IN­SIDE SCOOP

There’s More to Mela­tonin

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS -

Ev­ery­one knows about mela­tonin’s sleep­pro­mot­ing prow­ess, but that’s just the tip of the ice­berg for this po­tent hor­mone.

IF YOU’VE EVER GONE HIK­ING OR C AMP­ING, YOU’VE PROB­A­BLY H EARD the warn­ing, “leaves of three, let them be.” But what if you have an ac­ci­den­tal brush with poi­son ivy? A chem­i­cal in the sap of the plant called urush­iol rubs off on the skin. It’s a de­layed re­ac­tion—12–72 hours later, itch­ing, red­ness, bumps, and even blis­ter­ing be­gin to ap­pear, and last for up to three weeks.

There are many ways to treat poi­son ivy nat­u­rally. “An Ep­som salt or sea salt bath is very effective, as well as aloe vera,” says John Salerno, MD, direc­tor of The Salerno Cen­ter in New York City.

Poi­son ivy causes a his­tamine re­ac­tion in the body, so nat­u­ral an­ti­his­tamines taken in­ter­nally can also help. “I en­cour­age my pa­tients to take an oral treat­ment which con­tains net­tle and quercetin. Th­ese are strong an­ti­his­tamines and very effective.” Spe­cially for­mu­lated home­o­pathic reme­dies may also ease symp­toms.

How to stop the itch­ing and swelling from a case of poi­son ivy? Aloe vera gel is a triedand-tested rem­edy for sun­burn and other types of skin ir­ri­ta­tion, in­clud­ing itch­ing from in­sect bites and rashes from poi­son ivy. Gen­tly wash­ing ir­ri­tated skin with chamomile tea, brewed and then cooled, is an­other sooth­ing treat­ment. “Aloe vera has nat­u­ral an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties, as does tea tree oil,” says Salerno. “Both are very effective for poi­son ivy re­lief. Ap­ple cider vine­gar, com­frey liq­uid ex­tract, and bur­dock root liq­uid ex­tract ap­plied via com­press are great for itch re­lief,” he adds.

MEGAFOOD Quercetin Strength is for­mu­lated with nat­u­ral an­ti­his­tamines, s, in­clud­ing quer­rcetin, net­tle, and vi­ta­min C, de­rived from whole-food sources.

Soothe itchy, ir­ri­tated, flaky skin and rashes, in­clud­ing poi­son ivy and oak, with ALL TER­RAIN Ditch the Itch Bar. Made with all-nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing tea tree oil, neem oil, and oat ex­tract, the bar comes in biodegrad­able pack­ag­ing.

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