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Buzz buzz little bee…

After using a product called WartPEEL on Mermaid’s thicker patch of Nevus it proved to be raw and a bit painful. I had been sent some amazing products from a company called Wild Carrot Herbals and amongst them was a salve. I personally had never used one but thought it might be the trick, within 24 hours all the rawness, swelling and discomfort was gone. I was beyond tickled and started reading more about “salves”.

Mermaid has one particularly “itchy” spot on her back so I thought I would take a swing at making my own. I researched all the ingredients that potentially soothe dry or itchy skin, a few recipes and came up with my own concoction.

I’m blessed to have a lot of savvy people in my life so most of these ingredients were gifts from people’s own labor’s of love. I included:

  • Pure raw honey – (given a jar from the neighbors hives)
  • Organic Beeswax – (given a bar made by my parents from their swarm)
  • Shae butter – (given a pure bar from a local Oregon company)
  • Lavendar oil – (a gift from Mermaid’s Grandma)
  • Coconut oil
  • Baking soda

The process in harvesting beeswax is interesting and my Mom had some pretty great pictures – here are a few.

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We gathered our ingredients:

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Started prepping them, if you have ever tried “grating” beeswax, it’s not easy, Mermaid gave up on that part and let Mommy finish.

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Melted part of them together:

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Time consuming, I learned quickly that slow and steady is required. After it was all melted we removed it from the heat and slowly added our other ingredients.

We poured it into a few containers and waited for it to cool. I feared for a minute that it might not bind, it stayed liquid for better than an hour and we continued to mix it, but eventually, it became this nice smooth product.

Given the ingredients I expected it to be slightly oily, which it is but we put some on Mermaid’s arm and it absorbed quickly with less grease left behind than I assumed would be present.

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We added a little garnish and closed up our afternoon project.

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I suppose the real test will be to see how well it really works, I have high hopes!

We are going to ship a container to one of our “itchiest” Nevus babies on the other side of the country and let them be the true judge.

We have plenty of leftover ingredients so I feel a round two of a lotion coming on.

Round one of find a natural aide complete.

Thanks for walking with us today,

Mermaid’s Mommy

 

 

Scrub a dub dub…

A good body scrub can be spendy; and let’s face it – if your like me, you might treat yourself only to use the product once, forget you have it, and find it months later when it’s all dried up and useless. Sunday afternoon we were longing for a soothing bath time treatment and decided to make our own.

Here’s what we were working with: Some Lavender body oil, Epsom salt with lavender, Sea Salt and pure Coconut oil.

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  The health benefits of sea salt and coconut oil in the beauty department are endless, we have discussed some of these in past posts but always separately. We have yet to combine the two for a single treatment. Add in the Lavender oil and Epsom salt and it’s sure to be just the small little wonder we were looking for.

Let’s talk about some of the benefits of these 4 products.
  • Sea salt can help push all toxins out of your body, the skin becomes soft and healthy. It has been seen that regular sea salt baths can enhance the skin tone to a large extent. The magnesium present in the salt can prevent the retention of fluid from your skin keeping it supple, firm and youthful.
  • Sea salt is full of vital vitamins and minerals, which are required for providing proper nourishment to the skin cells. These nutrients can improve the cellular energy metabolism, keep the tissues hydrated, boost blood circulation throughout the skin surface and increase the strength of cell membranes.
  • The calcium content of sea salt can help in cleaning up clogged skin pores. If you have an acne-prone skin, go for the sea salt pore cleanser. It keeps your skin clean and clear by reducing the chances of skin infections.
  • You can also use sea salt as a natural exfoliator. The texture of this salt helps remove the upper layer of dead skin cells and reveal a fresh one underneath that.
  • Epsom salt is very beneficial for the skin. Application of this salt on moist skin gives it a soft and smooth appearance. It also acts exfoliates and removes all the dirt and dust accumulated on the skin making it fresh and young.
  • The anti-bacterial effects of coconut oil can aid in acne treatment. Actually, this skin oil comprises of high amounts of lauric acid and capric acid, which are antimicrobial agents that treat acne. Using coconut oil not only treats acne, but it prevents further outbreaks as well.
  • Coconut oil can benefit those with dry skin through acting like a skin moisturizer. A study explains that coconut oil is a highly effective moisturizer for flaky and dry skin.
  • Lavender oil benefits for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions. It is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil is also added to chamomile to treat eczema.
We pilfered our cupboards for a jar and some craft supplies and went to work.
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Some scrubbing of the jar, a few artistic touches from Mermaid, a bit of a mess and….
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 VOILA!
Mermaid and I’s homemade body scrub.
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Happy relaxing!
Thanks for walking with us today,
Mermaid’s Mommy

Warts Shmorts…

I knew before I even started this trial it was going to come with some criticisms and skepticism. I knew that because roughly a third of the people I told as I was just learning about it thought I should leave it as just a thought.

On the flip side, the other two-thirds were eager to learn more and see results. I didn’t dive into anything, in fact, I have had this medication in my posession for a month now and just used it for the first time. In the end my gut and heart said that trying it was the right thing to do.

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So what am I talking about? Several months ago a confidant of mine wrote me privately and told me about a product she had trialed on her child called wartPEEL. She was kind enough to talk me through their experience and share pictures of their results.

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Gaining interest is the easy part. You cannot obtain WartPEEL directly from the compound pharmacy that distributes it. You have to have a prescription from your Dr. And pay out-of-pocket. I will tell you more about that later. Let’s talk about what it actually is.

Medcara pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company. They seek to discover, develop and commercialize major pharmaceutical products.

Med-101 known under the brand name of WartPEEL is used for wart removal. Here’s where the controversy with some may come into play… it contains 5-fluorouracil and salicytic acid.

Salicytic acid; best known for it’s uses as a key ingredient in topical anti-acne products; is a type of phenolic acid and a beta hydroxy acid.

5-fluorouracil is an anti-cancer chemotherapy drug with many uses, such as basal cell cancer of the skin and actinic keratosis.

The combination of salicytic acid and 5-fluorouracil helps to prevent wart re-growth and reoccurance by means of the salicytic acids exfoliating properties and 5-fluorouracils noted antimitotic and anti-proliferative qualities.

Acid and a chemo agent, I get it, it sounds slightly off kilter but hey, we will never know unless we try!

WartPEEL is NOT FDA approved, however, it IS in the process. The active ingredients are FDA approved individually but not together. It became available to patients in 2010 and once it is FDA approved it will represent an unprecedented opportunity because it will become the first FDA approved topical for resistant warts.

Medcara holds business relationships with compounding pharmacies. They have been able to accelerate new uses of drugs which increase success rates in early development compared to industry averages.

For WartPEEL specifically they partner with NuCara pharmacy which has about 25 locations in 5 states including Texas, Iowa, N. Dakota, Minnesota and Illinois.

Now back to how you obtain it. WartPEEL requires a prescription or authorization you could say, from a Physician. You or your physician can obtain the form directly from their website. Once submitted and approved NuCara will contact you and ask a few questions. In our case they were slightly surprised by the age and use but had no problem with our reasoning.

It is a pay for service product. The cost with shipping was $84 out of pocket for 5 grams. However, I did submit the receipt to our HRA who repaid us the full amount.

Nothing breaks my heart more than when Mermaid stops playing to come tell me her scales hurt, or tells me she needs to go to the Dr. to have them taken off. The constant in both these situations is the spot on her hand. For that reason I am going to trial that specific area for the sole reason that it is painful and/or bothersome.

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I want to wait to share both Mermaid and our confidants results until we have something more substantial.

We will have results this coming week! I can NOT WAIT to share them, you will pleasantly surprised!

Thanks for walking with us today!

Mermaid’s Mommy

A fish tale…

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The legends of Mermaids have long been discounted by modern-day society, they exist only in folklore and fairytale’s. Perhaps they never really existed, but maybe, just maybe… there is truth to those stories.

Some believe Mermaid’s are aliens, coming to us through a wormhole; others, that they are a bad omen – set out to lure men of the sea to their death, and then, the most popular are the tales of a half fish-half woman creature sitting upon the rocks and shores brushing her lavish long hair while singing to her God Neptune in angelic, hypnotic voice. These tales claim that Mermaid’s had a kind demeanor and saved many men from an uncertain fate.

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Believer or not, the conundrum of a Mermaid is nothing shy of fascinating.

It is said that a Mermaid’s complexion is pale and their skin is flecked with shimmery scales. Though you may not notice this as they tend to cover themselves with their wonderous hair.

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Mermaids feed on small fish and kelp. I once asked my Mermaid what she ate when she lived in the ocean and her response then and now has always remained the same. “Little fishes!” She is adamant that at no time did she ever eat crab, seahorses or big fish – only “little fishes!”

Coming from the sea Mermaid’s require hydration so their need for water is their biggest weakness. I read once that while in human form they donned webbed hands and feet.

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Aquamarine, known as the “gem of the sea” is spoke of in legends to be tears of Mermaid’s that hold the power to keep sailors safe at sea. Others claim it was the sacred stone of Neptune, washed upon shore as a gift from the God’s.

Mermaid’s have the ability to control basic elements and weather, they can transform into smaller mammals and even fade away becoming invisible. They love to be free but it is said that they grow lonely and have no power of their need for love. Its is believed that this need to be loved is what brings them to the surface. Watching men from afar feeding their curiosity. during shipwrecks and storms they would save men and it is then, that they would fall in love with humans.

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Ok, so maybe the idea of a half Victoria’s secret model – half tuna, lounging on the jetty stalking pirates is a bit far-fetched, but I will tell you this – something that has the ability to cry pricey gemstones and part the seas receives a glimmer of my belief. Let’s face it, I have no intentions of meeting my own uncertain fate for doubting her being.

Fact or fiction the idea of my baby once being a Mermaid has brought light to an otherwise dark subject.

As Mermaid and her lifelong pal go through life maneuvering their oddities of scales and webbed feet, they are bound to face struggles. Perhaps struggles of pain, itching and surgery, or perhaps bigger ones. The need to hide their gifts, feeling different or being teased. Together, we will face those struggles as we are faced with them. For now, if only for a while, I can enjoy my Mermaid embracing her sea life. When she tells me stories about eating “little fishes” and swimming so fast with her tail, I will smile. If she believes her scales will disappear if she doesn’t take a bath or use her special soap – I believe it too.

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I recently had the pleasure of a local photographer,  who I now call friend, take interest in my blog. She generously spent a day with us, a close friend of ours and our little blessings taking pictures. Here’s the ringer – not only did she arrive at the location but brought a second photographer and a wooden sign she had purchased then had designed by another source. Her genuine desire to help raise awareness is beyond appreciated.

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I cried driving home that day. I had to leave rather abruptly as Mermaid needed a nap in the biggest of ways so I never really got a chance to tell everyone what they did for me.

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I choke up as I write this in a happy, humbled way. You see, time has proven that Mermaid’s case is far less severe than it could have been and our journey thus far has been relatively easy. I could stop writing about it and be satisfied with how far we have come, but I have to remember why I started this. I remember how I felt after first learning of her disease and the sense of loneliness. I remember that I longed for someone to tell me it was going to be ok. I can not tell everyone its going to be ok, because the truth is, for some, it might not. I can not think that a cute little blip about a mythical creature will warm your heart, but I can show you, through this encounter that people you would never expect to care, do. For 4 Women to lend their talents, oddities and identities to our purpose, I thank them.

You have assisted in one small step towards teaching the world about nevus owners.

I thank you for seeing our vision and letting these two little girls be portrayed as fierce, powerful Mermaid’s, if only for a day.

So today, Kinna Clark, Geneva Richardson, Coleen Papike-Robbins and Andi Hakanson, you are our honorary Mermaid’s. May you find freedom in the seas!

To see more work by Kinna Clark go to:

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Thanks for walking with us today,

Mermaid’s Mommy

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