I've been racking my brains to come up with something light-hearted and cheery to write about...the only thing I've come up with is Coconut Oil.
Ever since I've been on oxygen and the nebuliser I've had cracked sore lips...especially the corners which have actually bled sometimes...lip balms often have petroleum in them so they were out...ordinary facial moisturisers just didn't work. Then I read about Coconut Oil and how it's organic and totally without additives of any kind and you can use it for cooking and spread it on bread to replace butter...yuck...and can be used as a skin moisturiser.
Tesco's had big pots for sale so I parted with five euro and started using it. It is very greasy...you only need a tiny bit...but after using it two or three times a day for the past couple of weeks the cracks at the sides of my mouth have gone and healed up. Now I'm using it after a shower on my legs and arms...no more itchy skin.
There's nothing in it...no perfumes or additives or preservatives...just mashed up coconut. To be honest, I'd have to be really desperate to use it for cooking...the smell of it would put me off I think. It's grand for skin... the scent is perfectly acceptable for a cosmetic use.
It can also be used on dry and brittle hair...though you might need to experiment with how much to put on...it may take much washing to get rid of the residue.
Apparently Jojoba Oil is much better than Coconut, but it's also far more expensive...it isn't as greasy and a very small amount goes a long way.
It's the almost insignificant side effects of this disease which are often the most troublesome...finding an answer is a godsend.
Remember that what works for me may not work for you...but if you also suffer from itchy skin or painfully dry lips and find the Coconut Oil doesn't work...you can always spread it on your morning toast instead...