Have you heard of the Dead Sea Salt therapy for those suffering with Eczema and Psoriasis?
A month of swimming in the Dead Sea has proven to help sufferers immensely. At one low point, I remember looking in to going myself.
However, I knew that upon my return to N.Z.... land of the long white cloud of pollen...I would be back to itching!
So how do you deal with infected Eczema?
I'm a big believer in going natural first.
In giving your body a chance to do what it is meant to do, before heading straight to the Doctor for antibiotics.
The reason for this is multi-faceted.
1) The World Health Organisation (W.H.O?) have issued a statement saying that the overuse of antibiotics has resulted in antibiotic-resistant strains, which at this stage, there is no cure for. Frightening stuff...
2) Antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad bacteria in the gut resulting in a cycle of decreased immunity, greater chance of infection and so the cycle goes on.
But there is another way
We know that skin that is affected by Eczema is more likely to become infected because of two things
1) Eczema skin has a higher level of Staph bacteria - even in places that aren't affected by Eczema (fascinating huh)
2) Also Eczema skin is more prone to infection because of the cracks in the skin.
So what do we do?
1) Increase your immunity - do the good things that help your body to be a super dooper healthy body. Eat up those greens, keep your body alkalised (Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon in warm water) Green Veges etc, Vitamin C.
2) Keep the skin moisturised with a great moisturiser that helps to bind the skin back together as well as deal with any infections causing the itch/scratch response. The Colloidal Silver and Iodine in Gilly's Skin Balm help to deal with any infection. The deeply moisturising properties also help to help with any cracks in the skin that are making the skin more susceptible to infection.
3) Use Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics both topically and internally. Dabbing Colloidal Silver on any infected Eczema, or adding some to the bath can really help with that infection. As well, I swear by Colloidal Silver taken internally. This stuff is liquid gold and I have personally been using it regularly fo over three years for both myself and my family. Liquid Herbs made by a qualified herbalist such as Echinacea may also really help.
4) Minerals - Make sure you have adequate Zinc as that really helps with wound healing and dealing with infection.
5) Vitamin C - Lyphospheric Vitamin C is something I always have on hand for dealing with any viruses or bacteria. This is the most absorbable form of Vitamin C and has quite fascinating research.
6) If you have been on Antibiotics - I highly recommend taking a course of probiotics to repopulate your gut with good bacteria. This increases your immunity and also has research assosicated with it for helping deal with allergies.
Obviously if it is really bad, or if it is not going away, you need to visit your Doctor, but I do hope that some of these suggestions may help you to minimise and deal with any infected Eczema that you may experience.
There's nothing like having a car full of teenage boys to really make you appreciate the value of a good deodorant - think head out of the window gasping for air as I drive!
But what is it that makes us smelly, and why are some people more 'high' then others? Plus how can we detox those pits and go natural without losing all of our friends to our 'natural' fragrance?
THE TOXINS BEGIN
Remember when you were desparate for your first deodorant. Mine was Cool Charm. All butterflies and pink pretty container marketed for the teenage girl. Well take your current age and minus it from when you started using an aluminium based deodorant ....and we've got ourselves a case of detoxing to do.
WHY WOULD YOU BOTHER SWITCHING TO A NATURAL DEODORANT?
The reason why you want to switch to a natural deodorant is the below....!!!! These ingredients are taken directly from one of the top selling anti-perspirant deodorants in N.Z.
I don't even know what half of these are...but really? Do we need all of those toxins in one of the most sensitive areas of our body? Plus knowing that our body absorbs 80% of all personal care products directly in to our blood stream, do we really want that swimming around our body and those of our teenagers?
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly (14.8%).Inactive Ingredient:Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, C12-15Alkyl Benzoate, Ppg-14 Butyl Ether, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Fragrance (Parfum),Steareth-100, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil,Ethylene Dodecanedioate, ...
"Your body is an amazing system that is designed to do what it does for optimum health. Sweating is a huge part of the detoxification pathway as it helps to cool your body as well as detoxify.
As your skin is the largest organ it is integral for getting rid of toxins from your body."
BUT WHY IS UNDERARM SWEAT SO SMELLY IN SOME PEOPLE?
When perspiration/sweat encounters bacteria on the skin it creates a body odour. Interestingly enough, sweat itself does not smell. It's when it hits the dead skin cells on the way out that it creates an odour. Plus your armpits are moist, warm and dark so create a great environment for bacteria to breed.
SO WHAT CAN WE DO?
DITCH THE ANTIPERSPIRANTS
I know it can be hard letting go of that security blanket masking the body odour for the past however many years, but the research shows that by using an anti-perspirant you are actually creating more body odour. Yes that's right!
WHICH LEADS US TO THE DETOX PERIOD
When you swap to a natural deodorant, your pits will be singing out hallelejuh as will your body. You are no longer smothering toxins in to one of the most sensitive parts of your body. Your lymph glands and breast tissue will be forever grateful.
However, for some people, initially your partner, your friends and your work mates may not be so thrilled!
It's okay....smile sagely and let them know your smell is your bodies wisdom at work and you will soon return to your fragrant self!
Detox on a weekend.
SWITCH TO AN ALL NATURAL DEODORANT!
Look for a completely 100% natural balm that helps to absorb the moisture and most importantly has a probiotic added to it so that it can help to recultivate good bacteria in those pits.
I highly recommend and use Angel Wings and have had many people saying how they have found it to be the best all natural deodorant balm out. With a mild fragrance of Lemongrass this is suitable for men, woman, and teens.
So get switching, get detoxing, and get rubbing that natural deodorant balm in to those pits!
Check out www.eczemabalm.com to read reviews on Angel Wings 100% natural deodorant.
Love to hear your feedback on going natural!
What on earth is causing that flare up?
13 years ago, the plunket nurse looked at me and said the words I just didn’t want to hear.
“It looks like your son has Eczema”
As a sleep deprived, first time Mum, with a life long history of Eczema, this was like a knife in the heart.
I mean….I could cope (just) with my life sentence of Eczema. But the thought of my beloved son going through what I had been through just seemed brutal.
In a zombie state of sleep deprivation and overwhelm, I truly didn’t know what to do.
My mind raced.
I knew I didn’t want to go down the steroid route, but at the same time, here was this little baby with the backs of his legs scratched red raw, uncomfortable, bleeding and itchy.
I would do anything to make him feel more comfortable.
The Doctor, whilst sympathetic, prescribed steroids, pinetarsol and a lot of icky moisturisers with all sorts of nasties in them.
At a low point, I turned to the steroid creams.
I didn’t want to, but it just seemed inhumane to not ‘do anything’.
I knew in my heart, that this wasn’t the answer.
I’d spent years using steroid creams, and knew how this steroid cycle worked. Supress the symptoms, and use stronger and stronger steroid creams.
So the steroid creams went back in the cupboard and in my slightly sleep deprived, zombie state, I thought what can I do?
1) Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise – I started using an all natural moisturising balm.
2) Probiotics – Gave him a good quality probiotic powder.
3) Took out any high allergen foods - eggs, dairy, gluten all went.
4) Cotton clothes only
5) Made sure he never got too hot
6) Patted his skin dry after a tepid bath
7) Gave him Omega 3 Fish Oil
I’m pleased to say that from the age of about two, his skin was completely clear, and he now has the most beautiful skin.
To all the new parents out there given the ‘eczema’ diagnosis…my heart goes out to you. It can seem so overwhelming as we try and navigate what to do, and why our little bub has this skin condition.
The good news is that many babies grow out of Eczema.
If we can support the body by keeping the high allergen foods for when the gut is better developed, giving the gut good bacteria, and using natural moisturisers, we are well on our way to establishing a good environment for the body to heal.
To read more download “My Eczema Journey” www.eczemabalm.com
What came first?
The chicken or the egg? mmmmm
If you have had Eczema - what came first - The Itch or the Scratch?
The itch/scratch response is an interesting thing when you think about it.
Your skin reacts to an allergen.
A histamine response is set off by your body, and the histamine itself is often the cause of the itching.
A lot of research has been done on the itch/scratch response.
Your skin feels itchy and then you scratch it. What part of your brain is controlling that? Is it an emotional response? Is it worse some times rather then others? Does stress effect it? When do you itch? Do you itch around others?
I know I used to be just about jumping out of my skin at night time, and would nearly scream if my husband dared to say "just don't itch"...!!! Don't worry he learnt very quickly not to say that!
Interesting research has been carried out with people regarding the itch/scratch response with behavioural therapy.
With this system the particapants were encouraged to keep a clicker to record when they scratched
They were also instructed to clench their fists when they felt like scratching as it apparently induces the same feelings in the body.
If the itch was unbearable they were then encouraged to pinch the area, but not to scratch it.
I know...I really do KNOW! That itching is soooo good....however we want to encourage the skin to heal and part of that is avoiding that itch.
I used to find that having a hot shower and then applying moisturiser (a good one with anti-tich properties like Gilly's Balm) really helped.
Applying ice cold packs sometimes helped.
Some suggest using oral anti-histamines to help alleviate the itch. Personally, this didn't help me, and it made me feel groggy and tired.
What has helped you to avoid the scratch part of the itch/scratch cycle?
To download the free e-book My Eczema Journey visit www.eczemabalm.com
It was one of those hot as hell Auckland days, and my Eczema was driving me nuts. I was desperate and I wanted a quick fix...fast!
I told my boyfriend that I was off to a Chinese Doctor. I'd found this person in the phone book and I was sure he could cure me!
This was the start of many such expeditions for a silver bullet. For a magic fix.
Fast forward 20 years and the journey of Eczema has taught me so much.
Here's my top 5 unexpected gifts of Eczema.
1) Patience - When they were handing out patience, I think I was too impatient to wait in line and missed out on that one! Eczema sure as eggs taught me to be patient. All I wanted was the 'quick fix', and yet eczema made me wait and wait and wait. It taught me to be patient. It taught me that sometimes the only way out is through.
2) Tenacious - Like a "dog with a bone" trying to find some relief for this 'itchy, scratchy, hell'. No stone was left unturned, and nothing wasn't tried. The words of Churchill were never more true "Never give up. Never give up. Never ever ever give up!" The things that I tried would make your head spin. Hypnotherapy, past life regression, herbs that were vile!, Allergy testing, Natural, Not natural, Alternative, Top dermatologists! Every. Thing. I. Could!
3) Compassion - Sometimes I wonder who I would have been without Eczema. It made me so much more compassionate and empathetic to the plight of others going through long term 'dis-ease'. It also made me a lot less judgemental as to how people looked. I remember a friend saying to me that I was the only person who had never asked her about a scar on her face. Honestly, it didn't even register.
4) Open minded-ness - When you have something that the medical profession has called 'incurable' you go on a journey. It takes you to some unexpected places. People who have always had great health won't understand this journey. It's a journey that humbles you. It brings you to your knees..again and again and again. It strips away your ego and breaks you open. It makes you open to new ways of thinking, new ways of doing things and new ways of being. I will always be so grateful to Eczema for the journey it set me on. Now I look back and I can see how much it shaped my life, influenced my career choice, and changed me as a person. I can tell you hand on heart, that if I hadn't experienced Eczema, I wouldn't have bothered.
5) Grace - Eczema taught me grace. At a certain point, I surrendered to it and thought...you know what...if this is my 'lot' then this is my lot, and I just have to accept it. This didn't come easily to me. In fact it was messy, ugly and completely 'grace-less'. I fought against it for years, not wanting to accept it. The amazing thing was that when I finally surrendered to it, that's when things came together for me.
To read more download the free e-book "My Eczema Journey" available on www.eczemabalm.com
I remember it well. I'd just finished a dance class and all I could think about was how itchy my arms were, and how I needed to get in a shower fast!
Many years ago, a Doctor told me "Your eczema is just part of who you are. You were born that way"
This ignited a spark (of defiance) within me to find a way to help myself! I just didn't want to accept that diagnosis!
It took many years of training, and many hours of research but Gilly's Natural Co was born out of the desire to revolutionize the options available for those of us just 'born that way!'......
My new product, which I am just so proud of, is "Angel Wings" a 100% natural probiotic deodorant.
Why would I even bother? A deodorant is a deodorant right?
Most of the deodorants are loaded with ALUMINIUM plus all sorts of nasties !!!
Yikes....I'm talking things you would never eat so why put them on your skin, where they are absorbed directly in to the bloodstream.
And deodorants go on to one of our most sensitive areas of our bodies, right near lymph nodes and breast tissue? (many say aluminium deodorants are connected to high levels of breast cancer)
So, the lab coat went back on and off I went....researching, mixing, trialling, perfecting this product until I made something that is 100% natural and that actually WORKS
As you all know...every single product I use in my products is of the highest quality and is stuff that I am happy to use on my teenager boy (read smelly!!) and on myself.....top shelf!
This deodorant is fantastic because it actually works and its 100% all natural!
So throw away that aluminium deodorant and get on the natural deo band-wagon.
This is only $12 and the convenient eco-friendly glass pot will easily last you a couple of months.....as you only need a dab under each pit and off you go!
The Steroid Cycle