In Real Food Quote Monday (RFQM), I share each Monday a quote from something I read. Here's today's RFQM.
Natural Remedy for Keratosis Pilaris
Today I'm sharing about keratosis pilaris, those sandpaper like bumps that are on the back of many of arms, including mine. I have had them as long as I can remember, and so do two of my children (one worse than the other). I've long looked out for a natural remedy, and was thrilled beyond thrilled to find one mentioned in a recent article by Sally Fallon Morell called Skin Deep. The article was published in the Fall 2010 (Essential Fatty Acids) issue of Wise Traditions, the quarterly publication of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Do you have keratosis pilaris? I think I'm not the only one. Well, here's your natural remedy. My daughter and I have been following this routine for about 3 weeks and we're noticing improvement, though it is slow going.
Sally Fallon Morell writes:
“Keratosis Pilaris: “Sand paper” bumps, most frequently on the back of the upper arms, appear when keratin forms hard plugs within hair follicles. This is a classic sign of vitamin A deficiency. In addition to taking cod liver oil orally, mix cod liver oil with evening primrose oil and rub on the affected area. Avoid soaps and shampoos containing sodium lauryl sulfate. —Skin Deep“
To review her recommendations, and add one of my own:
- Take (fermented, high-vitamin) cod liver oil daily (we are taking 1 teaspoon each)
- Rub a mix of cod liver oil and evening primrose oil on the affected area (daily for us)
- Avoid soaps and shampoos containing sodium lauryl sulfate
- Use a loofah sponge, gently, for exfoliating during washing (I added this)
About cod liver oil. It is important to use a high-quality fermented cod liver oil, otherwise the vitamins are not nearly so assimilable. People buy expensive alpha-hydroxy lotions and other remedies from the dermatologist, right? Why not spend that money on high-quality cod liver oil and avoid the pharmacy or doctor bill? That's my thinking, anyway. Here are cod liver oil basics and brand recommendations (and why fermented is so much better).
About evening primrose oil. I purchased our evening primrose oil from the refrigerator at the health food store. It is a cold- and expeller-pressed oil that is produced without solvents, fillers or chemicals. This oil contains health-supporting omega-6 fatty acids which are also helpful for eczema and inflammation (see Skin Deep).
I have known for quite awhile that the rash on the back of my arms was a vitamin A deficiency. A few years ago, a doctor told me to take pure vitamin A for it. So I did, until I developed vitamin A toxicity (rather quickly) and had to give up on that treatment. The problem was, I was taking Vitamin A in isolation. That experience was proof to me that God's foods in their whole form are the best source of nutrition. Vitamin A and Vitamin D, in good-quality cod liver oil, work together in a God-given balance.
“… the vitamin D found in cod liver oil and butterfat from pasture-raised animals protects against vitamin A toxicity, and allows one to consume a much higher amount of vitamin A before it becomes toxic. —Cod Liver Oil Basics and Recommendations“
Food Sources of Vitamin A
Above is a regimen to treat a condition that results from Vitamin A deficiency. But, you might be wondering what foods are naturally high in Vitamin A to prevent vitamin A deficiency, and/or to maintain healthy levels of Vitamin A. The Real Milk website says:
“… Vitamin-A-rich foods like liver, eggs, and cod liver oil are vital to good health. If you–or your children–don't like liver, eggs and cod liver oil, don't despair. Studies show that the best and most easily absorbed source of vitamin A is butterfat, a food relished by young and old alike. So use plenty of butter and cream from pasture-fed cows for good taste and wise nutritional practice. —Vitamin A Vagary“
Sounds like yummy advice, doesn't it? 🙂
If you or someone you love has keratosis pilaris, I hope you'll give this natural remedy a try! Let me know how it works for you. I noticed a difference (softness) right away, and I'm hoping for rash-free arms for me and my daughter very soon.
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