There are so many incredible things about the technological advances with T1D that have made this condition manageable and livable. In many ways I am grateful that A has this condition at this time rather than 20 years ago, when all of the research we currently have wasn’t available. However, I have to admit. There are some down sides to the tech. Some are significant, others are smaller but still impactful. Small inconveniences are inconvenient nonetheless.
When I was growing up my grandmother was convinced I would be Ms. America. Seriously. Whenever I would have a physical accident resulting in a scar she would chide me, telling me that “Ms. America doesn’t have scars all over her body.” Secretly I was thinking, “I don’t want to be Ms. America.” Of course, I never shared this outwardly. When a scar came, as they often do with children, my grandmother would run to the store to get a cocoa butter stick to rub on the area to support in healing and decrease the visibility of the scar. Let me just say, this beautiful butter was coveted in our house and it always worked to get rid of these skin imperfections.
Cocoa butter, comes from the cocoa tree. Yes! The same cocoa as the chocolate we eat. Chocolate is its own kind of healer, especially on a bad day. Que the hot chocolate please. It totally makes sense that this cocoa would also have some legitimate healing qualities. One of the unintended consequences of all of the tech of T1D is scarring. The infusion sites of insulin pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) and their adhesives leave marks on my sweet brown child’s body. It bothers A to have marks on her skin (a quality she inherited from my beautiful grandmother). I know when she sees them she feels outward scars of what is often called an ‘invisible’ condition. I’ve returned to the cocoa butter of my youth to address this concern with my daughter. Some of the most noted properties of cocoa butter are moisturizing and prevention and treatment of stretch marks. The website ‘Natural Living Ideas’ highlights 13 of the most important benefits and qualities of cocoa butter, one of which is it’s healing abilities. Here is the full list of 13:
- Hair Conditioner
- Skin Healer
- Shaving Soap
- Soft and Full Lips
- Boost Immunity
- Help in Hearth Health
- Eases Constipation
- Encourages Happiness
You had no idea, did you? I know what you’re thinking. How have I missed the benefits of this butter, this seemingly magical elixir for so long? Let’s not keep it a secret any longer. Shout it from the rooftops! Cocoa butter helps our sweet ones with their scarring from the sheer blessing of their technological tools. I’d like to add, if you read my ‘Hair as Ritual’ blog you can add cocoa butter to the list of products I use in A’s hair. Go forth and butter up!