External Applications in Anthroposophic Nursing

Ice Plant Juice Bath

Kind of substance

Ice plant juice

Guiding principle

The distinguishing characteristic of this plant is the watery element, revealed in its fleshy stems and leaves, and in its innumerable little vesicles reminiscent of ice crystals. Mineral salts gather in small crystals through evaporation. If the juice is pressed from the leaves, it has a calming and soothing effect on itchy, dry or cracked skin. The pain diminishes, the redness and swelling are reduced.

Indications

  • Neurodermatitis (see example case)
  • Allergy
  • Eczema

Instructions

60 ml juice in 60 l of water (ca. 37°C), duration: 30 minutes. Lightly “massage” the patient’s body with a washcloth in the bath. After the bath, do not dry the patient’s body but lightly wrap it in the sheet. Then generously apply Mesembryanthemum 10% ointment with a slightly circular motion. Put on cotton underwear. This bath is best given in the evenings, because it relieves itching and pain, thereby often enabling the patient to sleep well.
Since this juice is not available everywhere, equisetum can be used as a substitute (ideally an oil dispersion bath), followed by the application of Mesembrianthemum ointment.

Evidence
Benefits many patients
Dosage
1 x daily
Onset of effect
The effect can be immediately experienced as positive
Length of therapy
Lasting improvement depends on the severity of the illness; it can take weeks to months
Other recommended therapies
See also: Mesembryanthemum cristallinum (ext.), Vademecum of Anthroposophic Medicines
Warning
Pronounced initial aggravation is possible

Case example

A 3-year-old child with itchy, dry and yet oozing dermatitis, who came to Lanzarote with his mother and grandmother for a cure, was bathed on the second day in a mesembryanthemum bath. The child had been unable to sleep for weeks due to pain and itching. His exhausted mother was assisted by his grandmother, so that one of them always had a chance to sleep through the night.
The child was bathed (60 ml mesembrianthemum juice in 60 l of warm water at body temperature) and calmed down already during the bath. After the child was also rubbed with a 10% ointment, he slept through the night. The application was continued daily for four weeks, the child then was able to return home with intact skin. At home the child continued to receive treatments with the mesembrianthemum 10% ointment and was free of symptoms for a number of months.
Unfortunately the symptoms returned later, but they were not as severe as before.
WM

Author

Red., WM

Bibliography

See Centro de Terapia Antroposófica

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