Sunday, January 10, 2010

Winter Itch! Hitch Itch!

This is supposed to be last night of this freeze, thank goodness.  It is supposed to go up to 47 this afternoon, but down to 22 overnight.  I am getting stir crazy, and I am out of bananas, so I was going to to the store this morning, but I am waiting.    You never know if, or when, you will have a flat, or something go wrong with a vehicle, so I would rather it happen in 47 deg. than the current 32!!

Stir crazy, cabin fever, winter itch, call it what you like, but I also have the other kind of winter itch where my skin has dried out, and suddenly starts itching.  I know about the usual remedies, oatmeal baths, mineral oil baths, Vaseline, but I found out that there is one more oil that doesn’t make one feel like a greased pig, or leave a nasty bath tub ring….castor oil.

“Again, there's no need for the fancy stuff: Plain ol' castor oil is an excellent, low-cost choice. "It's one of the few oils that will disperse in water, and it won't leave a ring around the tub," says Varro E. Tyler, Ph.D., professor of pharmacognosy at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and author of The Honest Herbal.
Make your own bath oil by mixing 1/2 cup of castor oil with ten drops of sandalwood-, pine-, rosemary- or mint-scented oil and storing it in a closed jar. Add one teaspoon of the mixture each time you bathe. For those who prefer store-bought brands, Alpha Keri body oil, Geri-Bath and Nutraderm bath oil are highly recommended.
Caution: Be careful in the bathroom, because these oils can make tubs and floors extremely slippery.”

Then I found out some more information about it:  
“You can also add a few drops of castor oil to shampoo or conditioner for a daily beauty aid that will keep your hair moisturized and brilliant.”  There are a lot more beauty tips here:  and health tips like removing corns, calluses, ringworm, remedy for hair loss, etc:

I also found out that:  “Castor oil is soluble in alcohol and creates an interesting solubility with beeswax, which is why it is used so much in lipsticks, lip balms, and deodorants. It has a low molecular weight so it penetrates skin easily, and acts as a softening oil.”

So we are using castor oil, whether we know it or not.
Some people really think that it makes your lashes grow, when used in moderation. 

The sun came out, so I drove to town, and that sure gave me the ‘hitch-itch’, a term which most RVers know.  Once the sun is out, and it is not too hot, we get hitch-itch when we have been in one place too long, and want to hitch up, or start up our RVs and go on a trip.
I see my motor home out there, just waiting for good weather.
Most of us know about : and the travel tales of those on the road.

I put two teaspoons of castor oil in with the bubble bath in the tub, and it did help. 

Because she could see the sun through the patio doors to the porch, but I wouldn’t let her out there, Bobcat has been swaggering around all stiff–legged with a huffy attitude all day.

1 comment:

Mom of Bark+Bite said...

Hi Penny Thanks for the info on castor oil had forget about it. Thought you might like this. Bob Schieffer read this on Face the Nation this morning. It is about what we would learn if dogs were our teachers.