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Neem Oil, Lesions, and Nosy Coworkers

February 05, 2012 By: kajay Category: F-Zymes, Morgellons, Supplements

Update: Like seabuckthorn berry oil, the neem oil ceased, after a while, to control my lesions.

The seabuckthorn mostly controlled them my lesions, but stained everything it touched an intense orange. That was a bit hard to explain to my coworkers and friends, in addition to the odd oily odor.

I have found that I am NOT allergic to neem oil as I thought. The neem oil not only does not break me out as I remembered, but it turns out it has a complex nutty FRAGRANCE that I find very appealing. It also is less staining, though, obviously, still oily.

My routine is this, and it is gradually resolving my lesions. That is, it seems to prevent the formation of new ones, and it makes the old ones get crusty and flake off. Morning, lunch, after work, and bedtime:

  1. Apply neem oil to skin WELL beyond the affected area, starting with the unaffected area and ending with the contaminated area, to reduce likelihood of spreading.
  2. Rub it in, which causes a lot of the sand in the sandpaper skin around the lesions to “rub up.”
  3. Once a lot of them are loosened up, wash the same area again a couple more times.
  4. Pat dry with clean paper towels, again working from uncontaminated to contaminated areas.
  5. Coat liberally with more neem oil.
  6. If no gloves were worn during previous application, wash palms and apply fresh neem oil to them.

For me, once the moisture has dried through the oil, I put on vinyl gloves. Especially when I am tired, this helps prevent me from carelessly contaminating my eyes or face.

The neem oil is of course not a silver bullet. I do not know of any immediate cures. But it is extremely helpful. Right now when I look at my arms, I see fading lesions, smaller than the ones that preceded them. Until I began using the neem, I was once again desperate as the seabuckthorn oil had ceased to prevent new lesions.

All this said, I am taking five seabuckthorn oil capsules morning and night. I am not sure yet what their role is in the healing process, but I am afraid to stop to find out if they are helping!

So that I can continue this routine away from home, I bought a dropper bottle of neem oil, which I refill and keep in my purse. At lunchtime and after work I go into our large ladies room and remove my suit jacket, then proceed with my routine. People walk in on me regularly and of course are curious. I act as though it is natural and make them ask me what I am doing or what I am using :-)

The answer I have devised is the most effective one I have stumbled upon:

I tell them that I am taking a supplement. This is a word that often produces a glazed expression, which is my cue to create a diversion or, for them, an out. I’ve found that an upbeat comment like “I am LOVING this crisp cold weather!” or “Do you know who did those adorable holiday decorations in the lounge?” works best.

Most nod with relief and go away. For those that do not, I lead the conversation to babies, weddings, or holiday decorations. For women, any of these topics usually clinches my victory, and my coworker goes away happy, having forgotten that I am up to my elbows in the sink in the ladies room.

Safely Social, Part 1

January 11, 2012 By: kajay Category: Best Practices, F-Zymes, Indoors, Morgellons, Psychological Effects, Safely Social

How do I avoid transmitting this disease to others without giving up a social life? Obviously compromises are in order. Here are the ones I have made, and they seem to be working for me because I have been sick with this disease for a while with no known transmission to others:

Social Life

There is no reason to forego a social life. What I do is graciously accept invitations to people’s homes (but never invite them to mine no matter how many times I have to change the subject) and then simply do not go. That is easier than declining while everyone is looking at me. Right! Instead, I meet people in public places that I know are vacuumed or mopped daily or more often in some cases.

I did stop attending a bible study because everyone hugged, all the time. Had I at the outset indicated that I preferred not to be hugged, it would have been accepted, but I did not want to explain why I was suddenly saying that after hugging freely for a couple of years. Simply simpler. I miss that group, they were wonderful, and of course I miss the hugs, but I am not short of friends or social life, I just have to have it on slightly different terms.

I did also choose to stop attending a church with upholstered bench seats. Fortunately it was not a church I had attended long and I realize that choice would be much more difficult for many of you. Instead, I found a small church with folding metal chairs. I can dash in discreetly after the service and swipe the one I used with a disinfecting cloth and no one is the wiser. If someone comes in, I’m there to pray, right?

Check back tomorrow for more on protecting others through simple preventive measures.