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Is topically using coconut oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil & aloe vera gel (as homemade lash/brow serum) safe to use during pregnancy?
Pregnancy-safe oils: Castor oil and sweet almond oil may bring on early labor, if used earlier than term. Coconut oil and olive oil are safe in pregnancy. Topical vitamin E oil is felt to be safe, but may cause contact dermatitis in some people, as can topical aloe vera. "When in doubt, leave it out" applies in pregnancy. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20306538 ...Read more
Several: Try a cream that has aloe and/or lanolin are the best. ...Read more
Tea Tree Oil: Although tea tree oil is generally considered safer than other treatments for head lice, caution should still be employed when using it. While very few people have a sensitivity or allergy specific to tea tree oil, it is not impossible. If irritation occurs, stop use immediately. Usually safe for skin, tea tree oil is toxic when consumed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will lavender or rosemary oil help treat nail fungus? Have already tried apple cider vinegar, listerine, coconut and tea tree oil
Not usually.: Toenail fungus is very common, and unfortunately very difficult to cure 100%. We can test the nail to see if it is a callused or traumatized nail or if it is indeed fungus, and from there you have several options: topical or oral antifungal medications, laser nail treatment, or removal of the nail in severe cases. See your doctor to talk about which treatment is right for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it ok to use coconut oil, grape seed oil, argon oil, cinnamon powder topically during pregnancy?
Yes: You can try each of the above after a warm shower and use plastic wrap over the dry area doe 1 h-2 hours. ...Read more
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Olive leaf extract: There is always a sales pitch for otc cures which have not been subjected to controlled trials, and the snake oil purveyors still make a profit. Not to say this may not work for some people, but don't you think if it were beneficial that you would not have to ask this question? Try it, you have nothing to lose but your $. ...Read more
NO: Insect repellents are designed to repell insects, olive does not work. When your doctor recommend insect repellents it is to prevent the diseases insects carry. Many of these diseases can kill you. Only 20% picardin and 30% deet have been proven effective. Resist the tempation to use ineffective repellents which can put you at risk for serious illnesses. ...Read more
Camellia: Best rule is not to use anything unless it has been ok ed by your OB doctor. ...Read more
Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil can be mixed with both of these things. But what are you using it to treat, as the mixtures are different. ...Read more
Possible: There is no proven scar healer out there that I am aware of, keeping the area clean and soft should help with decreasing the amount of scar build up. I have always thought that sunblock for the first year on a scar is important to avoid excessive scarring as sun damage can exacerbate a scar. Most scars overtime though do improve, the body usually does a good job at healing itself. ...Read more
Herbal remedy: Tea tree oil derived from the melaleuca tree is used as a topical antiseptic for bacterial and fungal infections. I can't tell you if its effective or not. It's also used as a substitute for tea. There are in expensive effective otc antibacterial and antifungal creams & ointments that can be used just as easily and that are known to be effective. ...Read more
Cranberry, d-mannose, uva ursi, grapefruit seed, caprylic acid, potassium caprylate, olive leaf extract, marshmallow althea officinalis root, red rasperry rubus ideaus - are these safe ingredients ?
Yes: I don't see anything in that list that is dangerous. ...Read more