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Fixing the Juniper Rash Problem

By flaflwrgrl
October 10, 2011

If you are like me, you get a rash from working with junipers. They prick your skin and it's not always possible to wear long sleeves heavy enough to protect your skin. Wash your arms well with soap and dry them. Then hold them over the sink and literally drench them with Witch Hazel. Let it dry naturally. You may have to repeat the Witch Hazel again in an hour or so but I find that after doing this I do not suffer with the rash for days on end.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 9, 2011 6:21 PM CST
Ann what a great idea. I bet this would work for me after pruning the wild blackberry vines and all the other pickery things I work around. I will definitely be giving this a try.
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 9, 2011 6:29 PM CST
Thanks Lynn. In the past 4 or 5 years Witch Hazel has become one of the most important things in my medicine cabinet. I try it first for almost everything. It's truly excellent for bruises or what may become bruises but do not if you soak a pad with witch hazel & hold it on for 2 or 3 minutes.
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Oct 9, 2011 6:47 PM CST
What a great tip Ann - thank you so much!

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Sharon
Oct 9, 2011 8:16 PM CST
I use witch hazel morning and night on my face. It is the best!
I also use it for scratches as Ann mentions, but only recently someone told me it was also good for bug bites. Bugs don't like me so I haven't had reason to try it for that.
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zuzu
Oct 9, 2011 8:50 PM CST

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This is wonderful to know. I do get a nasty rash from juniper and have avoided it for years now, but I also get a nasty rash from Sweet Alyssum, which is ubiquitous and almost impossible to avoid, so I'll have to buy some of this stuff and start using it. Thanks.
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Aguane
Oct 9, 2011 10:26 PM CST
Like Sharon, I use Witch Hazel on my face at least twice a day. Committed regimen.

I didn't know about it working on bruises, skin abrasion. I've always used fresh aloe sliced and squished onto the bites etc. Seems to work for me though I've heard it's not effective for everyone, every scenario.

But, THANKS for the tip. I ALWAYS have Witch Hazel on hand. Walgreens has some good values on the bottles every now and then.
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 10, 2011 4:44 AM CST
Some of the many uses for witch hazel:

http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel

and that's not the entire list.

I might add that I use it on my dog too & really don't have to worry when she licks the place afterward. Sometimes she'll step on something, a thorn or such, that may go up in the "frog" of her paw --- I take a cosmetic round & soak it with witch hazel & it tucks nicely into the frog. Cools & reduces the swelling of her pads.
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Name: Rebecca Gardner
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rebeccag
Oct 10, 2011 10:07 AM CST
I had totally forgotten about witch hazel. I will get some, I love the smell of it. My mom used it a lot, I cannot remember why, I just remember the smell.

Sharon, maybe bugs don't like you because you use witch hazel. Perhaps its a bug repellant as well?

Good tip for the dogs, I use hydrogen peroxide on them mostly and if they have a rash I use coconut oil but may try this as they love the coconut oil and I have to hold them for awhile so they do not lick it off.

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