Updated: Dec 11, 2020
Questions to ask yourself when trying to heal/treat eczema:
What are my triggers? Weather (change in weather, certain seasons that flare you up)? Diet (certain foods, not drinking enough water)? Artificial Fragrances (for most this is a trigger)? Dyes? Soap, Detergents?
Stress? The first thing that helped my son’s skin condition was switching to a more natural detergent. ECOS laundry or even Seventh Generation is a great place to start. We use soap nuts (natural) now and they work great! No more fabric softeners (Downy or Gain especially) or dryer sheets. We love wool dryer balls! After using a natural detergent I learned that I didn’t need those things, because a natural detergent and vinegar (it won't make your clothes smell like vinegar) will keep clothes softer throughout washes. Then, we switched to a natural soap bar with no artificial dyes or fragrances. This Oatmeal Milk & Honey Soap by Journee Naturelle is amazing! I’ve seen a huge difference in the appearance of our skin by using handmade soaps that include organic coconut milk, shea butter, coconut oil, oatmeal, etc. Other commercial made soaps were harsh, made with artificial ingredients and, dried out our skin. A good healthy diet filled with lots of filtered water, green foods, fruits, citrus fruits, etc will always make a noticeable difference inside and out. Cleansing your body from the inside makes a huge difference on the outside! For skincare, I created Herbal Body Butter, Shea & Cacao Butter, Honey Butter, and Calendula Oil. These organic herbs, butters, and oils provide nutrients that nourish and protect the skin with no added preservatives, fillers, or anything artificial. Soaking in my Lavender & Chamomile Oatmeal Bath Potion is also a great way to treat dry, irritated skin. It soothes the skin and is very relaxing. The best time to apply your organic moisturizer when trying to heal/prevent dry, cracked skin is 1-3 minutes after a shower or bath. Gently pat dry and while your skin is still a little warm & damp apply butter generously to the skin and massage in. This works great before bed. These are things that have worked for me and preventative steps we take to keep our skin healthy. Consult a holistic doctor if these ideas do not work for you. However, I still suggest incorporating them into your everyday routine. You may not see changes right away but if you stick to it then it could start to make a world of difference, naturally. Love, Erica
P.S. I am still editing and adding to this topic. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions on what has worked for you and your family. Thank you!