Like, I need y'all to understand four things by the end of this post:
1. Tamanu Oil works forreal.
2. Shea Butter works forreal.
3. Essential Oils should be used with caution.
4. Google is your friend, but so is discretion.
Ok, so it goes a little something like this.
Last week, I woke up with a huge zit on the left side of my face, Not a pimple, a zit. Like, I just woke up as an 8th grader all over again zit. It wasn't cute, pretty, funny, or sweet.
I didn't appreciate it one bit.
While I know what happens on the outside is a reflection of the inside (I had been eating way more "quick" food and snacks, thanks to packing, cleaning, and the move), I still needed an effective remedy to help it go away with the quickness, cuz selfies.
I was all outta Tee Tree Essential Oil, and was in no mood to hunt for asprin to crush up. I had Bentonite Clay, Oregano Essential Oil, and Apple Cider Vinegar. Now, I shoulda left well enough alone and mixed the Bentonite and ACV and went about my business. But this zit was so disrespectful, I went stealth mode and added two drops of Oregano Essential Oil to my emergency zit fix.
Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. So much wrong.
First mistake - I didn't do my Googles. I went based on my (sometimes faulty, always brimming with random useless information) memory, just knowing I read somewhere that Oregano Essential Oil was a swap for Tea Tree Oil when it comes to antiseptic and antibacterial properties. And there's some truth to that - just ask @goldnlyfe on Insta, who took it internally to cure strep throat. But apparently, I didn't get the memo that the need for dilution was real.
Second mistake - I was impatient. I get impatient, I get rushy, and I make rash decisions.
Third mistake - I didn't spot test. I just slapped the concoction straight on my face without a second thought.
Because of these three things, I ended up with a big fat burn on the side of my face. In addition to the zit, though. Had I just let the zit run its course, it would have eventually faded into obscurity. But thanks to my impatience, I had to spend the last week with a zit and a burn.
(Insert Usher Let It Burn jokes here.)
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this pic in all its burnt realness:
Sorry if it puts you off as gross, but it's real.
The pic above was from day 3 of the burn, where it had just started that icky scabbing process.
Now, here's where things get real and miraculous.
|Oh, you don't follow me on le Snap? Add me: maneobjective|
It's the top of a new week, and I'm waltzing into it with a fresh, burn and zit-less face. In fact, I was all systems go for the weekend before. How did that happen? Two things:
Be Kekoa Tamanu Oil and Kyra's Shea Medleys Strength + Emollient Butter Cream.
The Quick 411 on Be Kekoa Tamanu Oil
- It's handcrafted, fair trade, and sustainably sourced on a small farm on the island of Huahine in French Polynesia (I witnessed it firsthand on my trip to Tahiti).
- Tamanu Oil is rich in vitamins A and E, and anti-inflammatory Omegas, which heal, protect, and fight skin damage while restoring elasticity and preventing discoloration.
- It's incredibly potent - a little bit goes a long way forreal.
About Kyra's Shea Medleys Strength + Emollient Butter Cream
- Also handcrafted in small batches - born and made in Los Angeles!
- It's infused with carrot oil and Mango Butter, which is rich in beta carotene and vitamins A, C, D, and E. Both aid in moisturizing and stimulating the growth of new skin cells.
- It smells ah-MAY-zing. My longtime favorite KSM butter.
Also worth noting, both Be Kekoa and Kyra's Shea Medleys are Black, woman-owned small businesses born and bred in California. And more importantly, Brandie (Be Kekoa) and Kyra are generous, community-oriented women who utilize their businesses to financially support and contribute to communities economically.
Now that I've gone off on a tangent, here's how I healed this burn in 4 days:
- Cleanse with super diluted Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Castile Soap (I use this as my face and body wash anyway - I just diluted it more than ususal). I avoided exfoliating or agitating of any kind, so as to reduce the chances of scarring)
- Spot treat with Be Kekoa Tamanu Oil daily, directly on the affected area
- Cover Tamanu Oil treated area with Strength + Emollient Butter Cream
- Repeat daily
Here's the progression of my skin:
|Don't mind the tiny bumps - gotta get back on drinking my ACV.|
As you can see, by day 4, my skin was ready to rock. By day 6 I was back in business forreal forreal.
So folks, that's the long and short of it. Tamanu Oil and Shea Butter are gifts from the heavens above. Oregano Essential Oil probably is too, but I got burned. So be patient, and do your Googles.
Have you ever had an experience gone wrong with "natural" treatments? Let me know in the comments!
featured - 5:00 AM
Y'all. Listen. Like, I need y'all to understand four things by the end of this post...