Single Mother Walking the Talk – Bathing Eczema

13th November 2014 by

A few weeks ago Otesha held our first ‘Otesha Kitchen’ workshop – we made four different types of salt shower scrubs, deodorant and lip balm.

Our skin absorbs about 60% of the products we put on it (chemical or otherwise), so I believe we should follow the mantra: ‘if you can eat it, you can put it on your skin’.

When I used to work at Lush Cosmetics LTD I learnt first hand the beauty of ‘homemade’ organic homeopathy and aromatherapy products on my children’s skin.

My son suffers from psoriasis that is particularly bad on his scalp and when I stopped breastfeeding my daughter, she developed really bad eczema from top to toe. It broke my heart to see them in pain, Nevaeh on antibiotics and steroids to keep the inflammation, infection and pain to a minimum.

By visiting an alternative health practitioner and using the exclusion diet we discovered that Nathan and Nevaeh were intolerant to chicken, eggs and dairy products.

Though cutting these foods out of their diets helped them, Nevaeh was still covered in red, sore skin that wasn’t remedied by all the creams, shampoos and bath products the doctor prescribed and Nathan had a red raw scalp, and you couldn’t brush or cut his hair without him being traumatised.

Here are a few tricks that have really helped my family out.

Tea tree essential oil:

  • A few drops directly on insect bites stops them itching and getting infected.
  • A few drops in the bath are antifungal and great for eczema.
  • Mix a few drops with the water you rinse your hair with – it’ll help keep head lice at bay, sooth dry scalps and helps with dandruff.

Sea salt/ Epsom salts:

  • Mix 100 grams into the water you rinse your hair with. It gives hair great shine and beautiful body.
  • It softens skin, while hydrating the skin and cleans without stripping the body of its natural oils.

Lavender:

  • Mix lavender flowers with salt for a gorgeous bath to soak.
  • Lavender soothes and calms itchy skin as it is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.
  • Mix a few drops of essential oil with the water you rinse your hair with – it’ll help keep head lice at bay, moisturise a dry scalp and soothe dandruff.

Sodium Bicarbonate:

  • Pop a few tablespoons in your bath to soften the water – which in turn softens the skin. (It also fizzes when it hits water, which my kids love!)

Evening Primrose/ Almond/ Olive/ Coconut Oil:

  • It’s best to lock in moisture into your skin before it is totally dry, as your skin is more likely to absorb if is slight damp.

 

Top Tip: Make sure the bath isn’t too hot. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils and pretty much negates the point of your having a soak in the bath to soothe and moisturise your dry and sore skin.

 

Until next time!

Love, luck and light!

Anna

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