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Parents: Challenges You May Face When Your Child Has Eczema

43785658_sIf your child was recently diagnosed with eczema, also commonly known as atopic dermatitis, you have a long road ahead. Although eczema is easily treated at home, there are many hard issues that you, as a parent, will face.

Nighttime Itching

You might assume that nighttime itching is the same as daytime itching for children with eczema, but it can be very different, especially in small children. Although they do not fully understand the complications that can arise from constant scratching, children are aware of their actions during the day. On the other hand, many small children continue to scratch in the middle of the night, without even being aware of their actions. This type of eczema is difficult to treat, as you cannot spend every night grabbing your child’s arm before they itch.

To combat the nighttime itching that is common among children with eczema, look for doable alternatives. If dust is a trigger factor, keep your child’s room clean and dust-free. If sweat is a trigger factor, dress them in light clothes and keep their room a cool temperature. If you don’t know the cause, try to keep areas susceptible to itching, such as the arms and legs, covered.

Pain

An eczema outbreak starts out relatively pain free. It typically begins with a simple itch that can’t stop. Soon, your child may find themselves literally digging at their skin. They mistakenly believe this will make the itch go away, but it doesn’t and it only gets worse. Severe rashes and the open wounds caused by constant scratching can lead to pain and discomfort. No parent wants to see their child in pain. That is why you must stop it at the source. Work with your child and his or her doctor to determine your child’s trigger factors. These are what cause the uncontrollable urge to itch. In the meantime, keep your child’s skin well moisturized.

Concern from Other Parents

Although eczema and atopic dermatitis are common among small children, you are likely to get many stares on the playground. This is most common if your child’s eczema rashes can be seen by other parents. Although you should keep your child’s open wounds covered to prevent infection, don’t just cover them to please others.

“Is eczema contagious?” That is a common question that many parents may ask. Unfortunately, some parents don’t even ask, they may automatically assume it is. You and your child owe no one an explication, as eczema is nothing but an inflammation of the skin. However, you may want to spread the word. As heartbreaking as it is to see other parents and kids point out your child’s eczema rash, it is a normal reaction that most don’t know how to avoid.

These are just a few of the issues you may face as the parent of a child with eczema. Since your child is young and does not fully understand their skin condition, you must work with them to seek relief.

If your child has eczema, finding a cure is a challenging, but necessary task. Luckily, research shows that all-natural treatment systems is possible on top of steroids which can be harmful over long run.

(Article reproduced from Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson. Go check out an all-natural treatment program at Rachel’s website, which may prove to be effective on top of the treatment you have been administering to your kid)

How To Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups?

22780787_sEczema is a chronic skin condition, also commonly known as atopic dermatitis. Sufferers often feel the constant need to itch the skin. This itching can lead to red rashes, blister-like sores that ooze, and scaly, rough patches of skin. The phrase “eczema flare-ups,” is used to describe outbreaks or episodes where the condition gets worse.

Those who suffer from eczema are often plagued with the skin condition for life, but there are ways to seek relief. Unfortunately, this relief can be short-term. Some individuals can go months without an eczema rash and wake up one morning to have a significant outbreak. Although there is no way to cure eczema, there are steps you can take to avoid regular flare-ups.

Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups #1 – Find Your Trigger Factor

The phrase “trigger factor,” is often used to describe the onset of an eczema outbreak. Something triggers the skin. It is irritated and produces a reaction. There are different causes for flare-ups and outbreaks, but medical professional have developed a list of common factors. They include dairy products, chemical irritants, allergies, the weather, and stress.

Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups #2 – Eliminate Your Trigger Factors

Once you believe you found the cause of your flare-ups, eliminate these as an issue. Keep a daily log to monitor what you eat, what you are doing, and what you come into contact with. Compare your outbreaks to this log to determine possible culprits. Then, work to avoid them. You should automatically notice a reduction in outbreaks.

Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups #3 – Avoid Too Much Direct Sunlight

While sunlight is good for the body and skin, too much of it can cause dry skin. Dry skin is another common cause of eczema educed breakouts. Don’t hide inside and avoid the sun forever, but display caution. Apply sun screen, wear covering clothes, and seek sunlight in moderation.

Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups #4 – Keep the Skin Well Moisturized

As previously stated, dry skin can lead to an eczema outbreak. Avoid dry skin by keeping your body hydrated and well-moisturized. After a shower or bath, immediately dab the skin slightly dry and apply moisturize. Continue applying lotions and creams throughout the day.

These are just a few ways that you can avoid eczema flare-ups, but they are successful and easy to implement.

Treating eczema may seem like an impossible challenge. However, research shows that all-natural treatment systems can be effective.

(Article reproduced from Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson. You can check out all-natural treatment program at Rachel’s website)

Common Types of Eczema

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Eczema is a chronic skin condition that affects millions of Americans. Although each of these individuals is plagued with sensitive and easily irritated skin, there are different types of eczema. A few of the most common diagnoses made are outlined and briefly reviewed below.

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis is the most common type of eczema. Luckily, the condition is rarely constant. Instead, those who suffer from this type of eczema experience outbreaks or flare-ups. Trigger factors, which may include certain foods and chemical irritations, are the leading cause of atopic dermatitis. Patients who determine their trigger factors and work to eliminate them tend to experience fewer and less severe flare-ups.

Contact Eczema

Contact eczema is similar to atopic dermatitis, but it results in a localized reaction. A common cause of a contact eczema outbreak is direct skin contact with chemicals. For example, some women may experience flare-ups on their risks, hands, or face after applying makeup. Although anyone can suffer from contact eczema, those with a history of allergies are more prone.

Seborrheic Eczema

Seborrheic eczema, like other forms of the condition, is an inflammation of the skin. The skin is irritated. This eczema, however, is used to describe flare-ups and outbreaks that don’t have a cause. Many areas of the body are targeted, but the face and scalp are most commonly affected. A common example of this type of eczema is cradle cap in babies and infants.

Nummular Eczema

Although relatively rare and uncommon, nummular eczema is another type of diagnosable eczema. The most noticeable and distinguishable feature is patches of irritated skin that are coin shaped. It is a chronic condition. Allergies, family history of eczema, and asthma lead to an increased risk. While anyone can have nummular eczema, it is most common in elderly males.

There are other types of eczema that men, women, and children suffer from. Although the names are different, the treatment options are usually the same. Medical professionals recommend avoiding skin irritants, keeping the body well moisturized, and making the switch to all-natural products. For an accurate diagnosis on what type of eczema you suffer from, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider.
When suffering from eczema, you want immediate and permanent relief. New research shows you can get it from all-natural treatment programs. Do not rely on steroid alone.

(Article reproduced from Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson. You can check out all-natural treatment program at Rachel’s website)

Quick Remedies for Babies with Eczema

28471780_sIf your bundle of joy is suffering from eczema, he/she will surely cry and even scream when the itch became unbearable. On top that, he/she has to deal with dry skin and even sores.

Thankfully there are quite several home remedies that parents and caregivers can experiment and see if they work for you

Moisturize
The first step is to keep the skin moisturized. Use a natural Aloe Vera lotion several times a day will help. You may reapply frequently to keep baby’s skin from drying out. Avoid any lotions that contains fragrances and alcohols. Beside moisturizing externally, let her drink plenty of fluid to ensure he/she is well-watered.

Oatmeal Bath
An oatmeal bath is very soothing and help skin heal. You can pour two cups of oats in a food processor (or use a coffee grinder) and grind them into a powder and add them to a running bath of lukewarm water. let your precious one soak in the oatmeal bath for about 10 – 15 minutes. After which, carefully rinse with clean water and dry with a soft towel. It is OK to bath baby with an oatmeal bath twice daily.

Healing Lotions
Healing lotions and certain oils (such as Watermelon and Coconut Oil) will shorten healing time, moisturize and protect the baby’s skin. Lotions to look for are those made with blueberry leaves. Blueberry leaves are really excellent at relieving inflammation of eczema, irritation and itching.

Zinc is also a great ingredient. Apply zinc lotion directly on the affected area.

Lotion that contains vitamin E, or apply vitamin E oil directly on the affected area, can work well too. It will quickly reduce itching and improve healing. Continue applying the vitamin E oil until the skin is healed.

Reduce Irritants
Some babies experience eczema because they are allergic to detergents. You may want to change to a pure soap for bathing as well as all cleaning and laundry to see if your baby’s eczema improves.

Luckily, most babies out grow eczema, or at the very least, it will improve as he/she gets older.

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Eczema Trigger – Alcohol

24250908 - booze glassTo those who suffer from eczema, you know your skin is characterized by red itchy rash, dry scaly patches, and/or weeping blisters. These are reactions to environmental triggers (for examples, stress, irritants in the environments like fragrant, dusts etc( as well as our diets.

To eliminate eczema, one needs to eliminate the triggers that cause it.

One such trigger could be alcohol. To find out, stop drinking liquor for at least 1 -2 months. If you cannot do without your drinks, you may reduce your alcohol intake and increase your water intake. As the good doctor always says, at least 8 glasses of water every day. Usually, we don’t drink enough water to flush the toxins out. And, beverages and soda drinks are not considered water. Because such drinks do little in detoxification, in fact, they add more impurities into our systems. If your symptoms improve without liquor, than go ahead to  continue the practice.

Alcohol is a diuretic and that means it flushes water out of your system. In another words, you body and skin gets dehydrated, and that’s really bad for dry, itchy and red skin.

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Homemade Eczema Treatment (9): Almond Oil with Vitamin E

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This is what I learned from a brochure in one of the health stores. I found it quite effective. The dryness and itchiness have somewhat subsided a fair bit after a couple of days.

I made a lotion with pure oil and Vitamin E. Pure almond oil is easily available. However, if you are willing to spend a little more, you can opt for apricot kennel oil. Basically any natural oil will do so long they moisturize your skin.

There are 2 ways to get Vitamin E.  Option 1 is to use pure Vitamin E oil sold in bottles. Option 2 is to get Vitamin E capsules from your local health shop. Pure Vitamin E oil is much more costlier but you can’t argue about the richness or the quality. Vitamin E capsules are a lot more affordable. Use a pin to prick open one of the capsules and add to the pure almond oil. The proportion is up to you but I generally add 2 – 3 thick drops to a teaspoon of oil.

You can also add some oats to the Vitamin E-Oil lotion to thicken it up and apply it like a paste. It is a little messy and you might want to use a gauze or something airy to cover the paste. Otherwise, do it my way  – Apply the mixture and then relax in front of the TV or with a good book for a good 60-90 minutes. By the time, your skin is nourished by the time you clean the oat residue off.

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How to keep eczema from spreading from one body part to the next

22581785_sMy eczema returned.  Grrrrrrrrr … and it is spreading. While I can apply all the home-made remedies to curb the itch and stop the growth. I was wondering how to keep eczema from spreading from one body part to the next. I did a google search and this is what came up.

Broyde McDonald shared that:

In some cases of eczema there are things that can be done to stop the spread. In other types the spread can not be stopped externally, but it has to be stopped using internal methods.

It is unlikely that you will stop eczema from spreading from one body part to the next when you have atopic dermatitis by doing external things to prevent it. The factors of inflammation do not seem to work that way. There are some usual places on the body for eczema to affect, but unless you can control where inflammation strikes, you will probably not be able to do much to control where it spreads to.

In cases of contact eczema, you can control where the condition spreads to if you can control where the contact problem is. As an example, you get a chemical on your skin that begins to cause an irritation. You recognize that the eczema is caused by a chemical, so you put water on it to wash it off, but as the water drains it irritates other parts of the skin. In this case there was something that you could do to contain the spread the condition.

If the eczema is not contact eczema, then it is an internal condition that you will have to find other ways of containing.

As it is right now, if you want to contain the spread of eczema I suggest that you learn to control how it is manufactured and spread from within the body.

When the immune system is not at optimal level, havoc wreck in our body system. 🙂

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Permanent Eczema Treatment (Part 1 of 5)

Before we go into actual eczema treatment you may want to get clear on the most common mistake all eczema sufferers make.
They simplistically assume that it’s a localized ailment. And then they erroneously look for topical solutions.

All these are temporary palliatives at most. As a matter of fact some of the harsher allopathic medicines may actually be harmful in the long run.

What an avoidable waste of time, effort & money! Would you like to bypass the endless treacherous trail followed by the rest of those afflicted?

If you have anything to do with eczema then I am sure you know that eczema is a tricky allergic reaction involving blood & skin. Skin is the biggest organ of the body & blood is everywhere under it. So we have an endemic toxicity here which builds up gradually in the blood until it flares up in the most vulnerable part of the skin. This continues forever. Unless…

Do you know what is the single biggest cause of ALL allergies?

The answer may surprise some – it’s COOKED food in all it’s shameless glory.

“Well then everyone should be suffering from eczema” you may sharply contend.

Yeah, you are right. All fired-food consumers are suffering indeed; but from some or the other affliction which WILL eventually show up later in life – but is harming them right now as well. Check out  the partial list here.

So can you REALLY imagine life sans eczema?
If yes then are you willing to do whatever it takes?

Do you REALLY want to cure your eczema for good? Many sufferers subconsciously own their disease to the point that if it suddenly disappears then it leaves behind a void  in their life – abruptly bereft of something they were so used to complaining / self-pitying  about. :-p

And that may be a bigger challenge.

If that isn’t the issue with you then I invite you to gradually upgrade to the ultimate “organic living sprouts” diet. If you have tried everything else but with unsatisfactory results or if you want to cut short your learning curve then give it a shot for a month or so atleast; the results will speak for themselves.

Why do I claim that?
Well check out my general thesis here on the perils of fired foods. Ofcourse I know 1st hand that my eczema-solution is easier said than done – but not as much as you think. Do read up on my own transient ordeals in some of my other posts mentioned below to expedite your progress. In just over a month, I made the adventurous switchover. You might as well – depending on your level of commitment. But before you get started – lets get some more clarity in the FAQ section towards the bottom.

So that was the starting point towards a final eczema cure forever. Do you remember how life was before eczema struck?

My 1st week as a Raw-Foodist
Week 2 to 4 of My Tryst with Raw Foodism.
The best sprout to beat the s*** out of eczema?
The weight-loss conundrum
A heart patient’s prescription (& your’s too…)
The BIGGEST deterrent to Strokes (& many other chronic maladies)
Is this how YOUR blood looks like?
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BEWARE! The over-sold ‘Benefits of Alfalfa Sprouts’

Homemade Eczema Treatment (9) Oolong Tea

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I’m a Chinese and I drink Chinese tea, yet, I didn’t know that oolong tea helps people with eczema ! This tells me that continuous learning is really important.

While I was at a seminar recently, a fellow attendee from Japan advised me to drink lots of oolong tea when eczema hits me. Touch wood, that did not happen. However, a friend had a pretty bad break-out and is willing to try anything. Of the 9 tips I shared, she chose oolong tea. She prepared a flask of oolong tea and brought it to work. She drank lots of water and oolong tea for that day. The next day, I got her text message.

To my amazement, she said the oolong tea worked like magic. Within 24 hours of consuming oolong tea, her itch and inflammation lessened.

Almost a week later, I got another text message. She reported that her angry lesions disappeared within 6 -7 days. What was simply remarkable was there were hardly any scars.

Why does oolong tea work so well? I couldn’t find any concrete studies on the subject but I suspected it could be the antioxidant, polyphenols, that are present in oolong tea. They have anti-allergic properties and calm the overactive immune response.

Let me know if you have used oolong tea to treat eczema.

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The best sprout to beat the s*** out of eczema?

It’s the finicky elusive well-sought-after & the highly-priced Flaxseed SPROUT.
(I am sorry, the much celebrated flaxseed OIL or flaxseed POWDER don’t cut it.)

Want to know why?

1. Eczema is an allergic reaction & the omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFA) in flaxseed SPROUTS help by tuning up the immune response, ‘scavenge’ some of the allergens from the blood, brings suppleness and a youthful appearance to the skin & grow healthy cell membranes.

2. Though we do get enough EFA from our regular diet from all the unsaturated oils that we consume. BUT they are all PREDOMINANTLY of Omega 6 type. Now that is a grave imbalance because we need much more of our EFA to be of Omega 3 type. The current omega 6 to omega 3 ratio in our diet ranges from 10:1 to 20:1 or worse. Ideally it should be between 1:1 to 4:1. Now isn’t that a big gap?

And to make things worse, the excess omega 6 competes with whatever little omega 3 we do have in our diet. So even lesser of the omega 3 EFA that we eat actually gets through our guts.

3. That isn’t the end of the story – almost all of this unsaturated oils (with all the omega 3 or 6) are consumed AFTER cooking. Now cooking is an oxidative process which oxidizes most if not all of the (weaker) carbon double bonds which make the oil unsaturated. In other words what we are left with after cooking is not actually oil but some other chemical (oxidized oil) which our body has no use for. It produces cholesterol plaque & other problems… but that’s a different story.

4. Flaxseed is one of the richest natural sources of omega 3 EFAs – better than even fish/ cod liver oil which is usually concentrated with heavy metal poisons. As a matter of fact he FDA recommends limiting consumption of certain fishes (ex. tuna, swordfish etc) due to high levels of toxic contaminants such as mercury, dioxin, PCBs and chlordane.

5. It is totally vegetarian – which means it’s holistically healthier (Well, if you are still harbouring any doubts about that then do sign up for my mailing list; I’ll settle that for you in due course – once and for all).

Flax Sprout

But then what’s wrong with flax-seed powder?

Simply because it has lots of enzyme-inhibitors (just like any other raw seed) which heavily interfere with it’s digestion once ingested.

Well, what about flax-seed oil then?

Again, None of the oils are easy to digest because the extreme heat used while extracting them denatures the fatty acids & destroys some of the nutrients needed to digest them properly. It also converts some of the oil components into free radicals. And cold pressed flax-seed oil will have their anti-enzymes intact – which will not let your enzymes digest the oil properly. If it is not even organic certified then it has pesticides, hexane (or an alternative petroleum based solvent) & possibly other additives. This has been proven in nutritive research.

All oils are best assimilated in their native state ie as part of their native source food. This makes available whatever other nutrients (cofactors, vitamins, minerals etc) we need to metabolize them inside our cells. This whole family of accessory nutrients are present in the right ratio in the ‘living foods’ alongwith the oil. (raw unsprouted seeds are not fully alive – they are hibernating. A sprout is vigorously alive).

Does that leave us with just one option?

Unless you can get hold of Chia seeds to sprout. It’s best to SPROUT them (flaxseeds or Chia) regularly for a certain specific duration (as prescribed) so that the enzyme-inhibitors are gotten rid of. And then eat them raw – sprinkled over salad or something like that. By that time the growing sprout will be be all-rich with the exact other nutrients & enzymes NEEDED to completely process & assimilate the OMEGA 3 EFA in them.

And btw, they are fully ORGANIC (as long as you grow them following my process) & most economical & effective as compared to all other alternatives.

Hey, but did I tell you that flaxseeds (& Chia) are some of the most difficult sprouts to grow? Well, given the upside potential if you succeed with it, I am sure you will still give it a fair try or alternatively let me get you up to speed in no time; Guaranteed!

Now, before you go – please eat them ONLY IN MODERATION because just like many other common foods – they may harm you if taken in excess (I have mentioned the exact daily quantity in my package).

Wait! Wait!! One last thing. There are a few other good (natural, vegetarian, organic, cheap, actually digestible) sources of Omega 3 EFA as well – more about them in my package.

I generally don’t recommend any supplements if you can lay your hands on the natural foods with a li’l more extra effort. The benefits comparatively far outshine the initial ‘trouble’. You gotta try it to know.

Flax away that eczema!

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Homemade Eczema Treatment 8: Cure Eczema Eyes with Aloe Vera

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Eczema eyes is a condition where a person develops eczema around their eyes. This can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. So, if you have eczema eyes, you would probably like to find a way to clear them up.

According to health reporter cum writer, Janet Simpson, the ordinary aloe vera can be a great ailment.

How?

The most obvious way is to apply Aloe Vera gel to your eczema eyes as the plant is an excellent moisturizing agent. It also reduces pain and itching into the bargain.

The not so obvious way is to consume Aloe Vera, that is taking it internally.

Why? Janet said:

Drinking Aloe Vera juice is a great way to help your eczema eyes heal. It may seem like an indirect approach. After all, gel is a good moisturizer and pain reliever, but Aloe Vera juice can do things that gel cannot.

For instance, Aloe Vera juice can help to naturally cleanse your system. It can remove toxins brought about by external pollution sources, as well as poor eating habits. If your internal system is healthier, your skin will be too, including your eczema eyes.

Aloe Vera juice also has ingredients in it which strengthen the elastin and collagen in your skin. Those are what give your skin its smooth, yet stretchy texture. By strengthening them, you can avoid signs of aging, such as wrinkles and also cure skin conditions, like eczema eyes.

Also Yulia Berry also written about Aloe – Your Miracle Doctor. Interestingly, she mentioned that Organized medicine and pharmacology have not embraced Aloe, because it cannot be patented and its usage threatens literally hundreds of prescription and non-prescription drugs

There are a host of other reasons why Aloe Vera juice is good for you. So, if you’ve tried everything else, or if you simply prefer to take a hollistic approach to medicine, try Aloe Vera juice. It is good for you and can help you to fix your eczema eyes and avoid irritation, discomfort and embarrassing situations.

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Why Trans-Fatty Acids are Bad for Eczema & General Health

Not all fats are fat for our skin. In fact, I have mentioned that there’s 5 Healthy Fats to Combat Eczema. Still, some of the foods we eat is down right bad for us. Junk foods and highly processed foods for instance. Certain oils are also detrimental to ourskin health if eaten in excess and should be avoided at all cost. Cooked and/or processed oil should be avoided like the plague. Whenever oil is cooked, trans-fatty acids are created and these are one of the most destructive elements of a cooked diet.

According to health writer/reporter, Janet Simpson, trans-fatty acids do nothing to improve your eczema or your general good health.

#1 – Trans-fatty acids cause the body to age and degenerate at an alarming rate, especially your skin. They produce damaging free radicals.

#2 – Trans-fatty acids are difficult to digest.

#3 – They interfere with cell respiration and the function of the immune system. A strong, healthy immune system is paramount in your fight against eczema.

#4 – Trans-fatty acids have a tendency to interfere with blood insulin function.

#5 – Trans-fatty acids interfere with the liver detoxification process. They interfere with the liver enzymes and optimal balance is diminished.

#6 – Trans-fatty acids change the fluidity of cell membranes, they make them harder and slowing down their reactions, lowering vitality and making cells membranes weaker.

Eczema causes excruciating itch but even dermatologists discouraged prolonged usage of steroids, so you may want to start your healing process by experimenting some home-made treatments or by checking out Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson.

Homemade Eczema Treatment (7): Butter

OK, I haven’t try this out and so I cannot validate that this works. However, according to an unspecified contributor at Home Remedies, she said:

“I … pray for me so that i could get rid of my eczema. The next day somehow a stick of butter had gotten on my table and I thought to myself, this must be a sign. Now my eczema is completely cleared because I rub a stick of butter on my skin everyday!

If you are also suffering from eczema, and didn’t want to consumer or apply excessive steroids, you should check out some more home remedy treatments as well as reading other experts’ views on the subject. Appended below are some informative links: Janet Simpson is a health writer and reporter suffering from eczema while Evelyn Lim talked about her diet secret to combat eczema.

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5 Initial Steps to Heal Eczema

I wish I had read this article by writer cum health reporter, Janet Simpson, many years ago when I first discovered the skin rashes on my legs was eczema. I probably would have freed myself from the excruciating itch and pain. She said these are the first few steps a sufferer should take to make life easier:

1. Stopped eating all dairy products. Some people will find their skin itch even more after taking cheese, milk, yoghurt and cream products.

2. Eat at least one meal that consisted of 65% raw foods. Basically a huge salad that contained bean sprouts, pumpkins seeds, vegetables, salads and a healthy salad dressing. After a short you should feel and see the difference in your skin.

3. Drink at least two large raw vegetable juices every day. This could be organic spinach, carrots, celery, ginger and cucumber. The objective is to cleanse and rejuvenate your body on a regular basis.

4 . Eat a lot more bean sprouts as they contain skin healthy, vital enzymes. They are easy to germinate or you can buy them from any good health store. (Click the link to find out a list of sprouts)

5. Eat healthy fats like Avocados and Flax Seeds amongst other. (Click the link to find out more on healthy fats)

These 2 experts shared their views on eczema. Evelyn Lim even compile an eczema diet book which you might want to refer on top of what Janet Simpson has recommended here.

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5 Raw Herbs to Treat Eczmea

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I mentioned that there are 5 Healthy Fats to Combat Eczema in my last post. Today, I’ll like to share what a list of 5 raw herbs that John Crawford mentioned.

Of all, I’m only aware of the medicinal benefits of Flos lonicerae, commonly referred as Jing Yin Hua by the Asians. Over the years, I had use Jing Yin Hua plus some other herbs to make into a brew to ease cold and cough.

The five raw herbs used are listed below.

1. The Flos lonicerae (Japanese honeysuckle) flower is of high medicinal value in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is called rn dMng téng (literally “Winter enduring vine”) or Jing Yin Hua (literally “gold silver flower”). It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and is used (often in combination with Forsythia suspensa) to dispel heat and remove toxins, including carbuncles, fevers, influenza and ulcers. It is, however, of cold and yin nature, and should not be taken by anyone with a weak and “cold” digestive system. In Korean, it is called geumeunhwa. The dried leaves are also used in traditional Chinese medicine.

2. Cortex moutan (root bark of peony tree), is a woody species of peony, named after Joseph Rock. It is native to the mountains of western China, mainly in Jiangsu and adjoining provinces. This tree peony is cultivated as an ornamental plant. It is very frost hardy and resistant to fungal diseases, and is grown in Europe, particularly in northern countries, such as Sweden and Finland. In Germany it is the most hardy tree peony species. Like Paeonia lactiflora, another Chinese peony species, it is used as a herbal remedy in traditional Chinese medicine.

3. Peppermint is sometimes regarded as ‘the world’s oldest medicine’, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years ago. Peppermint has a high menthol content, and is often used as a flavouring in tea, ice cream, confectionery, chewing gum, and toothpaste. The oil also contains menthone and menthyl esters. It is the oldest and most popular flavour of mint-flavoured confectionery. Peppermint can also be found in some shampoos and soaps, which give the hair a minty scent and produce a cooling sensation on the skin.

Peppermint, like many spices and herbs, is believed to have medicinal properties when consumed. It is said that it helps against upset stomachs, inhibits the growth of certain bacteria, and can help soothe and relax muscles when inhaled or applied to the skin. Other health benefits are attributed to the high manganese, vitamin C and vitamin A content; as well as trace amounts of various other nutrients such as fibre, iron, calcium, folate, potassium, tryptophan, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, riboflavin, and copper.

4.The Cortex phellodendri is resistant to drought and insects, and it can thrive in a variety of soils. It is hardy to zone 4 and it is easy to maintain, sometimes to the point of being invasive. One drawback is that the drupes fall and scatter, which may be undesirable on a formal lawn.The bark in some species is thick, resembling that of the Cork Oak, but is not thick enough for commercial cork production. It has been used to produce a yellow dye.

5. Atractylodes Rhizome are considered very important to the treatment of digestive disorders and problems of moisture accumulation. The herb helps move moisture from the digestive tract to the blood that reduces diarrhea, gas and bloating. Atractylodes is rarely ever used by itself. It is usually included into tonic prescriptions

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