Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “My son got into poison oak while playing golf. His ankles are in terrible shape. Is there anything he can take to help? Thanks!” — Deborah, W., TN
A. Dear Deborah, Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to meander into a patch of poison ivy or oak knows how painful and uncomfortable the ensuing rash can be. Poison ivy rash is caused by a sensitivity to an oily resin called urushiol, which is found in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. At least 50 percent of the people who come into contact with these plants develop an itchy rash.
I first recommend your son try a soothing spray that combines very high quality boswellia and curcumin (the major players), along with some wintergreen and menthol (the minor players). This is the best topical combination I have ever seen for pain and inflammation. The boswellia and curcumin are strongly anti-inflammatory, and the wintergreen and menthol enhance circulation and aid in absorption through the skin. Just spray it on the affected area and rub in. It goes to work very quickly, and even though it contains curcumin, it will not stain your clothes.
I would suggest he also take a blend of highly concentrated peppermint, rosemary, Labrador Tea, juniper, lemon and cypress plant oils, which are very effective for detoxifying the lymphatic system, as well as the liver and kidneys. He should take 2 softgels of this combination twice daily for 10 days. After the initial 10 days, he should take one softgel for 30 more days. Be sure to choose formulas which feature concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.
Terry . . . Naturally