Vegan Herbal Ointment for Itchy Rash

Little-Red-Rash-OintmentZi Zai Dermatology’s LittleRedRash Ointment is an herbal ointment designed to be a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to itchy skin rashes. Instead of beeswax, it contains a plant-based wax called candelilla wax.  This makes it an excellent option for vegans or for those who are allergic to propolis (which is sometimes found in beeswax).

The most important ingredients of this product are the Chinese herbs that are infused into high-quality organic extra virgin olive oil.  According to the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), these herbs work on an energetic level to Clear Heat, Dry Damp, and Resolve Toxins*.  When skin rashes are red, in TCM we describe them as having “Heat”.  When skin lesions ooze or weep, TCM says these types of lesions are of the “Damp” or maybe even “Toxin” type.  Papules (tiny bumps seen in some rashes) can form as a result of Heat, Damp and/or Toxins.  These energetic factors can combine in many ways to create imbalances in the skin that lead to rashes.

Bai-Xian-Pi-herbThe Chinese herbs in our LittleRedRash Ointment are all plants (or parts of plants) that are used very often in TCM Dermatology.  Bai Xian Pi (Radix Dictamnus) is a root especially useful for Alleviating Itch caused by Toxins.  Pu Gong Ying (Herba Taraxaci), better known to everyone as dandelion, is great when there are firm inflamed lesions or pus.  The combination of Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae), Huang Bai (Cortex Phellodendri), and Huang Lian (Rhizoma Coptidis) is known in TCM as “The Three Yellows”.  Together the Three Yellows Clear Damp-Heat and are famous for their antibacterial properties.  Ku Shen (Radix Sophorae Flavascentis) is another yellow root known to possess antibacterial properties and is most widely used to Alleviate Itch as well as for Clearing Damp-Heat.  Di Fu Zi (Fructus Kochiae) Drains Dampness and helps Ku Shen to Alleviate Itch.

Huang-Bai-herbZi Zai’s LittleRedRash Ointment is an all-natural option if you suffer itchy red rashes.  Keep in mind, of course, that no external product will cure chronic atopic eczema.  Additionally, if you have a rash of unknown origin that is not healing on its own, you should seek the medical advice of a skilled dermatologist.

*English terms used to denote the energetic factors described by Traditional Chinese Medicine theory are capitalized here to differentiate them from their common western meaning.

 

 

Tags: atopic eczema, eczema, itchy rash, poison ivy, rash, red rash

Topics: Eczema, Herbs for Skin Care, Rashes

Publish Date: August 1, 2015     *Articles may include updates since original publishing.

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Diana Hermann is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her Master Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR and trained in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Diana treats patients in her Fort Collins, Colorado clinic and hand crafts herbal skin care products for her company Zi Zai Dermatology. In 2015, she completed the Diploma In Chinese Medicine Dermatology program from Avicenna in London, UK.

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