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Some Facts about Hydrocortisone and Benzathonium Chloride

Why is Hydrocortisone used in your ‘Natural’ Products?

Hydrocortisone is a catabolic steroid that greatly reduces inflammation, redness, itching, and other signs of allergic reaction. We use 1% hydrocortisone in several of our healing solutions, including Eczema Ointment, Psoriasis Ointment, and First Aid Anti-Itch Cream.

The word 'steroid' has a negative connotation. However, not all steroids are created equally. There are two basic categories of steroids: anabolic and catabolic.

- Anabolic steroids are what some weight lifters and athletes may take to enhance muscle mass; testosterone is the most common anabolic steroid.
- Catabolic steroids, such as hydrocortisone, are those that mimic the ones that we naturally produce in our own adrenal glands. They’re called glucocorticoids and are responsible for helping reduce inflammation and itching, particularly in allergic responses. Hydrocortisone is a catabolic steroid often prescribed by doctors and dermatologists to address dermatological issues.

Low doses of topical steroids – such as our use of 1% hydrocortisone – used for short lengths of time are sufficient for controlling most itching, redness and topical swelling with little to no side effects or problems. Most of the over-the-counter (OTC) products that you would find on your local drugstore shelves contain the same amount – 1% hydrocortisone. At Healing Tree, we combine this powerful ingredient with natural botanicals and essential oils to optimize their healing powers.
*For those who still feel strongly about NOT using hydrocortisone, we have developed an all-natural alternative formula (Natural Healing Cream) using only plant-based anti-itch and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

What is Benzathonium Chloride?

Benzathonium Chloride is a very safe, broad spectrum antimicrobial and anti-fungal agent. In small concentrations, it can be extremely effective in combating tough-to-beat fungal problems such as Athlete’s Foot and finger and toenail fungus. We use small doses of Benzathonium Chloride in our Athlete's Foot Solution and Anti-Fungal Healthy Nail Treatment.
In developing these products, we found that many natural ingredients were initially effective in treating irritating symptoms, but they were not strong enough to entirely eradicate the underlying fungus. Many people suffer from persistent fungal conditions on their feet and nails because they are not able to eliminate the underlying fungus. At Healing Tree, we combine a tiny percentage (0.25%) of Benzathonium Chloride with the natural carrier Jojoba oil and natural antimicrobial Tea Tree oil, for a powerful solution can be absorbed into places in the foot and under the toenail, allowing the anti-fungal properties of all the ingredients to work their magic, and kill the fungus without damage or irritation.