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Health Benefits of Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is the pharmacy equivalent of a can of oil. It's a superb moisturizer, it takes the soreness out of chapped lips, it eases skin disorders such as eczema and as if that weren't enough, you can also use it to coat car battery terminal to prevent corrosion. This article explains the benefits of petroleum jelly in our health.

Petroleum jelly is the pharmacy equivalent of a can of oil. It's a superb moisturizer, it takes the soreness out of chapped lips, it eases skin disorders such as eczema and as if that weren't enough, you can also use it to coat car battery terminal to prevent corrosion.

As you can tell from the name, petroleum jelly is made from petroleum, the same basic stuff that lubricates a car engine and goes in the petrol tank. The reason that petroleum jelly smears instead of pours is that it's made from heavier petroleum products, including mineral oils and paraffin wax. It makes an excellent base for salves and ointments and is also useful by itself. 

Doctors will often recommend petroleum jelly as winter moisturizer because it's heavier and traps more moisture than ordinary lotions.It's perfect for dry hands and feet, especially when you put on extra-thick coating and cover up with gloves or socks before going to bed. To get the best skin protection, apply petroleum jelly after a shower or bath. this traps moisture next to the skin where it's needed. At the same time, the oils seep into the skin and make it supple and soft. 

What else is petroleum jelly goof for? Plenty. For instance, you can use it to:

  1. Prevent windburn. Petroleum jelly makes an excellent protective barrier between your skin and the wind.
  2. Get relief from psoriasis. Apply petroleum jelly to dry skin patches caused by this chronic skin disorder. It lubricates and helps to remove hard, itchy scales.
  3. Eliminate lice. Irritating head lice that are resistant to over-the-counter lice medications might succumb to a thick layer of petroleum jelly, applied to the scalp. Leave it on overnight and repeat several nights in a row. When you remove it with baby oil, you get rid of lice at the same time. Note that this treatment does not eliminate the need for nit combing. Some find this remedy more trouble than it's worth, as the petroleum jelly can be difficult to remove. If baby oil doesn't work, try the trick of applying a runny paste made from washing-up liquid and cornflour. Let it set hard then wash it out with shampoo.
  4. Soothe chapped lips. Rub petroleum jelly on the lips to stop rapid evaporation, which has drying effect. It's an ideal moisturizer and makes a nice lip gloss too.
  5. Protect cuts and grazes. A layer of petroleum jelly keeps moisturize in and air and bacteria out. 
  6. Moisturize healing burns. A Do not apply petroleum jelly immediately when you have a burn, it will trap heat and increase skin damage. However, after three days or so, when the skin starts to heal itself, moisturizing with petroleum jelly can be useful for reducing dryness and promoting better healing.
  7. Trap pollen- Dab a little petroleum jelly just inside your nostrils to trap pollen spores that are wafting around before they make it further in your airways.
  8. Prevent nosebleed. If you want to avoid nosebleed, keep your mucous membranes moist by dabbing the inside of your nostrils with petroleum jelly. This is a useful tip when flying.

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