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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?

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

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Does tea tree oil treat lice?

Does tea tree oil treat lice?

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 more

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Can tree tea oil clean my acne?

Can tree tea oil clean my acne?

Possibly : Tea tree oil does have some antiseptic properties and work for some people as a spot treatment for acne. However, it can also cause a contact dermatitis or rash in some people so use with caution. ...Read more

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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 more

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Is it ok to use coconut oil, grape seed oil, argon oil, cinnamon powder topically during pregnancy?

Is it ok to use coconut oil, grape seed oil, argon oil, cinnamon powder topically during pregnancy?

Why would you?: There are not restrictions applying fruit oils during pregnancy but why would you? None of these have any proven health benefits and are probably quite messy and expensive. ...Read more

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Olive oil ok as face moisturizer?

Olive oil ok as face moisturizer?

No: I think it would likely increase your risk for acne. ...Read more

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Flax, fish, borage, evening primrose oils for very dry skin?

Flax, fish, borage, evening primrose oils for very dry skin?

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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Neutragena t-gel shampoo or soap free tea tree oil cleansing cinditioner, which is better?

Products: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Does comvita olive leaf complex combat candida?

Does comvita olive leaf complex combat candida?

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

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Can olive oil replace insect repellents?

Can olive oil replace insect repellents?

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

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Can I dilute tea tree oil with vegetable oil or water instead of with olive/coconut oil?

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

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Does aloe Vera gel, cocoa butter lotion, or vitamin E oil heal mild scars on the face and body?

Does aloe Vera gel, cocoa butter lotion, or vitamin E oil heal mild scars on the face and body?

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

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Is organic pumpkin seed oil & organic cranberry seed oil safe to take with metoprolol?

Is organic pumpkin seed oil & organic cranberry seed oil safe to take with metoprolol?

Pharmacist: I believe your pharmacist can help you with this type of question. I feel most physicians are unacquainted with those supplements. ...Read more

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Are living oils like organic olive oil & avocados bad for you health?

Are living oils like organic olive oil & avocados bad for you health?

Oils aren't alive: Hi. Oils aren't alive any more than the sugar on your table is alive. They're products from living things, but themselves are NOT living. ...Read more

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What's tea tree oil for?

What's tea tree oil for?

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