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Weekend Recap February 11-15, 2019









This week’s blog posts!

Deals: Latest product promotions and discounts to make living with your chronic illness less painful.

Spring Cleaning Doesn’t Have to be Painful: Tips to make sprucing up your home less painful.

Natural and Alternative Sleep Tips: What helps me sleep and how it may help you too.

The Disabled Diva’s Review of Earthley Soothing Skin Balm: My review of a natural and organic balm for eczema and psoriasis.

Give your love the best Valentine’s day gift ever!

Tips to make your Valentine’s day special, despite your chronic illness

























The Disabled Diva’s Review of Earthley Soothing Skin Balm









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Earthly Soothing Skin Balm Review

Before I dive into my review I want to give you a little background to explain why I was so excited to test and review this product.

My youngest has eczema.  Her first rash appeared when she was an infant.  At that time she was prescribed a prescription cream and put on extreme dietary restrictions.  When I say extreme, I mean she had to be dairy and gluten free.  After a couple of years, her rash was completely gone.  Our doctor then had us slowly introduce dairy and wheat back into her diet.  Luckily, she suffered no reaction, so on we went with life…..

As she neared her 16th birthday, her eczema returned.  We made dietary changes and even discovered a new trigger, high fructose syrup!  These changes however weren’t enough.

A few years prior we, my husband, daughter, and I, decided to take a more natural approach to our healthcare needs.  In the past 2 years we have tried many natural lotions and balms to relieve her pain, redness, and itchiness.  We have failed to find anything that really worked, that is until now…..











As you can see in the comparison picture, there has been a major improvement in the past 18 days.  Now mind you, she is a teenager, meaning that she has forgotten to apply it a day here and a day there.  But, to see that kind of improvement without being on top of applying the balm every day, I am impressed.  I also want to note that she hasn’t been watching what she has been eating throughout this trial period either.  I am sure once she does, we will see even more improvement.  The best part is that her rashes no longer hurt, the skin isn’t broken, nor do they burn and itch.  She is going to continue using Soothing Skin Balm by Earthley, because it is the only thing she has tried that has worked without a prescription.












The 411

Now time for some information about the product itself.  Earthley Soothing Skin Balm is an all-natural balm that effectively soothes and promotes healing for eczema, dry skin, and itchy skin.  It can also help relieve symptoms of psoriasis, which I have and have just begun using on my rashes.  Seriously, I just started today, so I will update you on that another time.

Anyways, what I love most about Earthley’s products is that they are completely natural and always free of fragrances, parabens, sulfates, and polysorbate 80.

The ingredients in their Soothing Skin Balm are: 

Apricot oil: combats sensitive, dry, red, and irritated skin

Organic calendula flowers: soothes dry, itchy skin and is safe for children.

Organic glycerin: slows down cell regeneration which reduces the redness and rawness that is typical of skin affected by eczema

Organic beeswax: holds it all together and locks in moisture

Organic mango butter:  is thick, rich, and super moisturizing

That’s it!!

If you are looking for a natural and organic balm to soothe eczema, psoriasis, or dry skin, you need to try this product.  I hesitated on whether I should have purchase the smaller jar, you know to make sure it was going to help, but I have zero regrets for purchasing the larger 4oz jar.

Click here to check it out for yourself!
























The Benefits of Charcoal Soap









Have you tried charcoal soap?

I recently tried it and let me tell you this….. I would have no problem landing on Santa’s naughty list if he would be willing to drop bars of charcoal soap in lieu of lumps of charcoal into my stocking.

Seriously! Who knew that something so simple and pure could make my skin feel so good??!!

Before I share the brand I tried and why I love it so much, I want to share some of the benefits of washing your face with charcoal soap.


* Treats oily skin

Charcoal soap removes dirt and excess oil from your skin.

* Provides flawless skin

Charcoal soap controls facial oil and draws impurities that builds up in pores and removes dead cells.

* Treats acne

It removes toxins and skin impurities which helps in the treatment of acne. It may also clear facial marks resulting from acne.

* Reduces pore size

Charcoal soap extracts dirt and grime. It also treats clogged pores and reduces their size.

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* Makes skin tighter and firmer

Charcoal has the ability to make the skin firmer and tighter.

* Suitable for all skin types

Charcoal soap is suitable for every skin type. While it extracts the excessive oil from oily skin, it moisturizes and nourishes dry skin. It is also suitable for sensitive skin. It treats skin allergies and redness on the face.

* Prevents premature aging

It helps to rid your face of wrinkles and fine lines, preventing your skin from looking old, dull, and tired.

* Treats psoriasis and eczema

Charcoal soap is effective for the treatment of dry, cracked skin.











My experience

My daughter has been using charcoal soap on her face for a couple of weeks and I have used it for a week.  I have psoriasis, while my daughter has eczema and acne.  We will post a before and after review of the product we choose to try in a few weeks.  But for now we can share the following: Our skin has never felt softer! My daughter’s face isn’t red like it has been from her severe acne.

Our product of choice

There are many charcoal soaps to choose from.  But I didn’t want to try just any brand…. I wanted to make sure the soap I purchased was pure and natural.  That is why I chose the Charcoal Facial Bar from Earthley.  Their soap is made with whole plant-based ingredients to cleanse gently.

You won’t find unpronounceable ingredients in this bar of soap.  Instead you will find: Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, coconut milk, mango butter, castor oil, and activated charcoal. It is available with a spearmint scent or unscented. Spearmint scent has spearmint essential oil.  I chose the unscented and love it!! Not sure if it is just my daughter and I who haven’t noticed any odor with the unscented or if it truly has no scent. I was worried about what the natural scent would be like and turns out I had nothing to worry about.

Another thing I love about this product is how quickly it lathers up and how easily it washes off of my face.  My daughter and I both agree that our skin feels cleaner, tighter, and smoother than ever before.  We can’t wait to see how it looks with continued use.  Click here to try it yourself!


Have you tried charcoal soap?  What was your experience with it and what brand did you use?

Click here to learn more about the Charcoal Facial Bar from Earthley and give it a try!

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure anything.


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How the coloring of medications put us at risk.


There is no medical benefit to adding color or flavoring to our medications.  In fact the dangers of coloring and flavoring them make me wonder why it is even legal to do so.  On one hand I understand pharmaceutical companies wanting to make it easier for mom and dad to medicate their child by providing a taste and look that appeals to their children.  But poisoning my child with dyes and flavoring just so I can avoid dealing with my child’s tantrum is not the way to do it.

Food dye alone is known to cause tumors, hyperactivity, hypersensitivity, and more!!! Here is a list of dyes and the dangers that are associated them.

Blue dye#1: Chromosomal damage.  Has been banned in France and Finland.

Blue #2: Brain tumors.  Banned in Norway.

Citrus Red #2: Bladder tumors.  The U.S. has banned the use of this dye in food processing but is permitted to color orange skins.

Green #3: Bladder tumors. Has been banned in European economic communities.

Red dye #40:  This dye is the most widely used and can cause chromosomal damage, lymphomas, and hyperactivity.

Red dye #3: Chromosomal damage, neurochemical and behavioral effects, and thyroid tumors.  The FDA tried to ban it and failed to do so.

Yellow #5: Chromosomal damage, lymphomas, hyperactivity, neurochemical and behavioral effects, thyroid tumors, allergies, aggression, violent behavior, asthma, and insomnia.  This dye has been banned in Norway.

Yellow #6: Chromosomal damage, hyperactivity, thyroid tumors, allergies, asthma, eczema, and hives. Has been banned in Sweden and Norway.

Is giving your child a medication that looks pretty and tastes good really worth the risk? I sure don’t!!!  Our household tries to avoid dyes in everything we possibly can even beyond our food and medications.  We use dye free soaps, laundry detergent, etc….  There is no need for dyes in these products.  What spurred us to become as dye free as we possibly can was after discovering that our youngest was highly allergic to red dyes many years ago.  Not just one, but all red dyes.  She not only had severe reactions from digesting them, she would also do so when she had physical contact with one.  We began carrying hand sanitizer with us everywhere we went because most places only provided liquid soap that had been colored with red dye.  Avoiding red dye meant avoiding every color derived from it as well.  No purple and pink princess cake for her!!  This also meant reading every label.  We discovered red dye in many products that were not red, pink, orange, or purple!!  When in doubt we throw it out!!! Even I have noticed an increased amount of pain whenever I consume food coloring.

I used to feel sorry for my daughter because of her food dye allergy, of course that was before knowing about their dangers.  Now I am thankful that because of her allergy she will be at a lesser risk for all the above mentioned ailments.  The only problem that we still struggle with is finding medication that isn’t colored.  At the time of her dye allergy diagnosis, the only dye free allergy pill available was double the cost of the pink ones and not for children. However we didn’t have a choice and that is what she needed.  Thankfully now the cost is the equivalent and she is at an age where my doctors are okay with prescribing adult medications for her. Not that there are aren’t adult medications that contain dyes, but there are more dye free options. At this point the only medications that we are unable to find a dye free version of cough syrups.  Instead we use honey as a cough suppressant.  While not as fast acting or long lasting as a cough syrup, it does help.  One might think that getting her to take the honey would be easier than a traditional syrup, but they would be wrong.  She hates honey.  She doesn’t mind it if it has been baked into something, but she considers swallowing a spoonful of honey to be a form of torture.  To this day she has a fit about having to take it.  I just tell her what I have told her since she was first diagnosed, “suck it up buttercup!”

The scary part of coloring medications is that they dye is not always disclosed.  During one particular doctors visit, our doctor prescribed her a cough syrup.  By this point we had been become pros at avoiding red dye and knew that we had to constantly remind physicians and pharmacists of her allergy.  Being that we had just moved to California and were seeing a new doctor, I was ready for the challenge.  I made sure to make just about every staff member of that doctor’s office aware of her allergy.  I stressed her allergy to her doctor several times during our short visit.  He assured me that there was no red dye in the syrup he prescribed.  Still not feeling assured, I made it a point to stress the importance of the syrup being dye free to the pharmacist.  An hour later the pharmacist called to tell me that the original prescription DID contain red dye and that they would be contacting the physician for a different prescription.  When I arrived to pick up the new prescription I began to inspect the bottle.  Because the bottle was dark, I was unable to see the syrup.  Prior to paying I asked again if they were positive that this syrup did not contain red dye.  They pulled up the ingredient list on their computer and read the list to me.  Red dye was never mentioned nor was any natural ingredient that could cause a red color listed.  So I paid and went home to give my daughter her first dose.  My heart sunk the moment I dispensed her dosage, that is right, IT WAS RED!!!!  We are not talking light pink, it was bright red!!!!!! I learned a lesson that day, and that is to have the pharmacy open and prove that a medication is dye free before purchasing it.  I also learned that just because something isn’t listed in the ingredients it doesn’t mean that it isn’t in there.  The reason I began insisting upon pharmacies showing me the ingredient list as well as to be able to inspect the medication personally before paying for it is because when the product is opened after purchasing the pharmacies are unable to refund your money.  It doesn’t matter if they screwed up or not.  Avoiding dyes in medications involves a lot of research, actively asking questions, and using natural methods that may not help as quickly or as well.

I would like to end this post by posing this question:  If coloring medication offers absolutely no medical value and comes with a long list of dangers, why are so many of our medications colored?  Especially in our children’s medications, why would we want to expose these young darlings to more danger than they need to be exposed to?  When it comes to colored medication, JUST SAY NO!!!

The Disabled Diva



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