The Crisis is Far From Over

My body seems to have gotten stuck in a cycle of inflammation after that house-wide contamination a few weeks ago. I tried to use topical steroids a little less because my skin was getting inflamed, but my switch to tacrolimus (Protopic) on my body was doing nothing for my rash. The inflammation feeds the development […]


More Hair Experiments – Herbal and Plant-Based Hair Care

I spent Thursday *and* Friday brewing up some herbal infusions for hair. I haven’t used shampoo for about two and a half years, and my husband has been shampoo-free for at least a year and a half. I have been having a lot of difficulty with my scalp recently, partly because of changing seasons and […]


High-Mineral Salts for Eczema Reduction

I want to use less topical steroid for my eczema, saving it for emergency cases rather than maintenance, especially since I use a strong product (the only one I’m not allergic to). I have experienced some negative effects from over-use of topical steroid ointment and immune inhibitors. I would love to use them one or […]


Truths About Atopic and Allergic Dermatitis

I was planning to write today about red skin syndrome (RSS). I had written most of the post, but then started to find information from the other side of the debate about topical steroids, and didn’t feel comfortable making statements about it as fact. Instead, I’ll leave some links at the bottom of this page […]


Magic in Homeschooling, Travel, and Coming Home Rash-Free

My daughter and I travelled with my husband for his work this week. I wasn’t sure it would be possible after the house contamination last week, but it worked out. We spent three days in a hotel that is willing to cater to my chemical contact allergy needs. It turned out we were in a […]


Crisis Mode

On Friday, my daughter tried to be helpful. Unfortunately, she was helpful by cleaning the downstairs bathroom, the one that the cat uses. More on this later. Since finding out about my chemical contact and sinus allergies, we removed all allergenic cleaning products from our home, EXCEPT one. My husband felt it was very important […]


Fraudulent Olive Oil

It all started with an experiment. My daughter was making soap with medieval ingredients. I had saved her some beef tallow and some bacon fat, and were planning to add olive oil and a bit of beeswax. We entered numbers into the soapcalc.net¬†calculator, which calculates the amount of water and sodium hydroxide (lye) to use […]


Socks!

For the past few months, I’ve been thinking about socks. I’ve been trying to get synthetics off my skin, and socks were a part of this process for which I couldn’t seem to find a good answer. Buy mass-produced, everyone-buys-them socks from a big-box retailer, and you’ll come home with a sock that’s probably about […]


Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution

It was with disgust one day that we found our cat had been peeing on a specific area of carpet. Carpets are hard to clean, and even harder if the urine gets into the padding underneath. Luckily, I had made a pet stain remover already, but we felt it was time to clean the whole […]


Thanksgiving in Canada – 2016

It’s Thanksgiving in Canada today, and that means no new blog post. To help tide you through, I’ve added an additional advanced usage tip to last Friday’s post on neti pots that I forgot to put into the original post. In this Friday’s post I will be sharing my recipes for carpet pretreater and carpet […]