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Friday, February 20, 2015

Fair Friday- Skin Soothing Bath Salts



Not that I want to over share, but I've had a bad case of hives for a month. I'm not sure what's causing them, but they've been persistent.

I did a course of bendryl which kept me awake and prednisone which made me hungry. Neither helped very much.  I've been kept awake from the itching for weeks.  So I thought it was time to try a home remedy.  I had all the things on hand for this recipe.

I had all the ingredients on hand
The Epsom salts were purchased at Walgreen's, the oatmeal at the local grocery store and the rest on Amazon.

1 Cup Himalayan salt
2 cups Dead Sea Salt
1 Cup old fashioned rolled oats, ground to fine powder
5 drops orange essential oil.
5 drops tea tree essential oil.
2 teaspoons olive oil.

Use a blender to grind the oats to a fine powder.  Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Place 1 cup of mixture into bath. Soak for 20 minutes.

The finished product

This made enough for a number of treatments.   I stored my finished project in glass jars. I got these jars on Amazon. They are great for storing bath salts or if you want to give yours away as gifts.
After only 2 days of treatment my skin is much better. 

This recipe has a number of good ingredients for your skin.Dead sea salts and Epsom salts are traditional skin treatments.
 The oatmeal is soothing to the skin. The essential oils help to repair skin damage and the olive oil softens the skin.

Hopefully my experience and recipe helps you have you have skin irritated by the dry winter air, swimming in a pool or some unknown cause like my hives.


*  This recipe adapted from Bath Salts- DIY Bath Salts for Hobby and Gifts

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 160 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

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