I’m always chatting with friends or acquaintances through social media with tips to aid moms with their children’s everyday ailments. These, of course, are moms who are seeking drug and chemical free alternatives. So here begins a sort of “Ask Sonia” column on natural and herbal solutions to children’s (and adults) ailments. I will address the following very common ailments for my first two topics:
1. Eczema (today)
Sadly many adults and children suffer from skin irritations/dermatitis and eczema is a particularly frustrating one. There are many over the counter and prescription drugs that people use, but instead I suggest trying a holistic approach to eczema. First, my friends, ask…what could be causing this? (Instead of covering it up with a band-aid, why not get to the source?) Second, what is safe? (Applying natural remedies almost never have any adverse reaction, and are non-toxic and safe even for infants.) Third, what is affordable and convenient? (You don’t need insurance or to break your bank with expensive meds when choosing natural remedies and herbs.)
What is it? Eczema is an inflammation of the skin and is sometimes accompanied by a watery discharge then dries causing scales and crusts.
What are the symptoms? Itching burning and stinging (reddening of the irritated area). Little pimples form (water blisters), they get scratched, break open, dry up and become scaly, crusty and itchy.
Educate yourself about the workings of body. The skin is the largest organ of the body and its function is for a covering and protection and also through the pores the skin absorbs and expels. Because the skin is like a sponge you must be careful about what you submerge your skin with so avoiding toxic substances on the skin is very important. The skin does not need to be washed in heavy duty detergents. A simple mild, natural soap is sufficient (avoid scrubbing and instead massage and lightly rub with fingers or soft cloth in circular motions). (Yes, there are instances when “brushing the skin” is useful but not when it is already irritated.) When the body expels, it is typically expelling waste or toxins (i.e. pee, poo and sweat). Unless the body is reacting to an allergy of some sort, when eczema or any problematic skin condition is present (acne, foul perspiration), that usually indicates the body is overly toxic and working to cleanse itself and eliminate those toxins, poisons or allergens.
Diet. You are what you eat. A poor diet of mucus forming foods (processed junk foods and dairy foods) contributes to clogged pores (blockage from sticky thick sweat that dries) inhibiting the body’s natural avenues to perspire. A regular diet of wholesome foods living foods, such as nuts, seeds, beans, fruits and veggies is best (foods that don’t come packaged in a can, box, or bag and contain ingredients you cannot pronounce and are so numerous you need a coffee break just to read the list). Drinking the juice of carrots and cucumber is very helpful. Applying cabbage leaves to the affected skin is soothing. To find out whether you are suffering from a particular allergy, tests should be done and a number of natural health practitioners are able to assist with that evaluation.
Topical. Clothing and covering the skin. The skin may also be reacting to synthetic fibers in clothing. Natural (breathable) fibers like cotton, linen, wool or hemp are recommended.
Water – Hydration. Lastly, in order for the body to function and eliminate properly it needs sufficient hydration and that means pure filtered water. To get enough water you need to divide your weight by two, that amount equals the number of ounces or more you should drink every single day. Plenty of water helps to flush the body of “unwanted everything.”
Herbs that Help. The following is a pretty comprehensive list but not an exhaustive listing of herbal suggestions that I may recommend trying in no particular order:
a. healing balms containing calendula and comfrey;
b. a homemade mix of coconut oil and olive oil and a few drops of tea tree oil should be applied regularly especially after bathing;
c. chickweed tea bath/soak and drink;
d. pokeroot (wash and/or tea);
e. burdock root;
f. yellow dock;
j. Oregon grape root;
m. goldenseal; and
Come back next month to read another article about Gas/Colic. (Let me know if you have a topic you would like me to cover.)
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