Lately, I got so bugged by my inflamed big toe which developed ingrown nail. I did everything from removing the ingrown to treating it with antiseptic and even penicillin but nothing worked at all. Our doctor said that if it won't get well in a few more days, I would need surgery. Oh, surgery for such a seemingly minor problem? But the pain was so sharp and excruciating especially if it bumped even just the bed sheet at night! So I had to check from the Internet for any alternative treatment other than surgery. I came across Wikipedia's article from causes to treatment so I tried everything that is suggested. Although I learned a lot from wiki's well-elaborated explanation about ingrown or onychocryptosis, still my swollen toe bothered me everyday for over two weeks.
While I was applying extra virgin olive oil on my baby's skin after I bathed him to prevent skin rashes, the idea of trying it on my very painful toenail suddenly came to my mind. So I poured a small amount onto my swollen and darkened toe after I removed the pus with a cotton bud and cleaned it with Betadine. I did it again in the evening and Eureka! I woke up in the morning with the swelling, redness and excruciating pain all gone. So I got saved from covering my toes with cellophane when taking a bath or shower from that day on as wetness would make the problem worst.
What's in extra-virgin oil that it's not only good for the heart as it lowers LDL or bad cholesterol but is also good for inflammation and skin problems? According to Mayo Clinic, "all types of olive oil contain monounsaturated fat, but "extra-virgin" or "virgin" olive oils are the least processed forms, so they're the most heart healthy. Those types contain the highest levels of polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant that also can promote heart health."
No wonder olive oil is used by Greeks not only to anoint their kings but also for bathing. It's also no wonder that my baby's super-sensitive skin filled with rashes since he was born got healed by extra-virgin olive oil. (Read related post.) Its antioxidant property can heal skin problems and even inflammation such as inflamed toe due to ingrown nail or dead skin.
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