Friday, April 19, 2013

Morning Song Gardens – Beeswax Products For Sensitive Skin

Morning Song Gardens – Beeswax Products For Sensitive Skin

I am blessed with fair, Celtic skin that erupts into a rash or hives with the first burst of pollen in the spring. This is particularly inconvenient since my passion is gardening and landscaping. With 3 acres of hardscrabble land to tame, the transformation of our yard to a Garden of Eden is a never-ending work in progress.

For decades the first sign of spring for me, after the delicate blooms of the grape hyacinth, is itchy skin. And I have no discipline. An itch must be scratched. Sometimes I would scratch until I had scabs covering my upper and lower extremities. Despite my resorting to SWAT gear from head to toe, pollen in the air, exposure to mulch, weeds and the leaves of my treasured tomato plants and herbs, caused me to resemble one who had launched herself into a briar patch.

The past three summers I resorted to Prednisone and prescription cortisone cream. The drugs worked; however, Prednisone leaves a metallic taste in my mouth and devastates my enjoyment of food and wine. And while I appreciate the relief from the itching, I prefer not to bathe in cortisone.

To complicate matters, I have rosacea, another blessing of my Irish / English/ Scottish heritage.  So, what is the solution?

A coworkers recommended an organic face, hand and body cream that she found at Whole Foods ~ Morning Song Gardens Bee Balm Cream for Face, Hand & Body. She said it was amazing for ameliorating eczema and other rashes and my just be the perfect alternative to scabs, drugs and steroids.  Since I have no Whole Foods in my neighborhood, I checked the website she recommended and read the description of the products and the testimonials. I decided it was well worth a try.

I tried the Calendula Pomegranate Bee Balm Cream, which consists of beeswax and extra virgin olive oil. It is purported to have anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve arthritis, allergies, hives, and aging skin. The calendula and pomegranate seed oil is said to afford relief from the itch and pain caused by sunburn, insect bites, eczema, psoriasis, minor cuts, scrapes, poison ivy, and poison oak.

It is a rich, thick cream that I have to rub in my hands before applying to my body and face. And yes, it is appropriate for using on one’s face. I’ve been using it for two weeks, worked in the garden all last weekend, and smothered my skin with the cream after showering. It soothed the itch. My skin feels moisturized. I don’t itch.  And this cream seems to keep my rosacea at bay. I liked the cream enough to buy a second 8-ounce jar. Morning Song offers several different creams, soaps & beeswax candles. Check out the website and try the products. Also some amazing lip balms!

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