7 Natural Ways To Manage Eczema

7 Natural Ways To Manage Eczema

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Eczema is a general term used to describe varying skin conditions that result in inflamed and 7 Natural Ways To Manage Eczemadiscolored skin. Typically the skin is red, dry, inflamed, and occasionally blisters or crusts form. The term eczema is often times used interchangeably with the term dermatitis, which literally translates to “inflamed skin.”

There are many types of eczema, but the most common type is atopic eczema. Thought to be hereditary and triggered by allergens, atopic eczema is most common in children, but can reappear during adult years.

Unfortunately there is no cure, but often the key to determining what causes it to flare up and treating the symptoms is usually the course of action to take.

If you have eczema, your skin is most likely producing less fats and oils than it should be, and the ability to retain water is diminished. The space between cells widens since they aren’t plump with moisture, you begin to lose water from the dermis, and irritants and bacteria can enter easier. This is why things like soaps and detergents can worsen eczema, as they strip away what lipids your skin is producing, and it will breakdown faster than healthy skin would to become dry, inflamed, and sometimes cracked or blistered.

Natural home remedies for eczema

 Here are 7 natural, home remedies to take a close look at.  They will work to strengthen the barrier of your skin and retain moisture, as well as focusing on addressing specific troubles like itching and inflammation.

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil does a great job of sinking into the skin and filling in that intercellular space that’s opened up and caused you to lose moisture. It’s a lipid, of course, and fats and oils are what you need to prevent your skin from drying out and becoming more irritated.

Rinse your hands with water and pat them dry. Rub the coconut oil onto the affected areas, and let it dry. Apply throughout the day as needed.

2. Jojoba

While coconut oil is really fantastic, eczema is a highly individual condition, and not everybody finds success with it. If this is the case, or even if it isn’t, try jojoba oil. It isn’t actually an oil, but a liquid wax. It penetrates the skin deeply, and its molecular structure is the most similar of all the oils to that of our skins natural sebum (oil.)

Rinse your hands with water and pat them dry. Apply jojoba oil to the affected area, gently massaging it into your skin until it is at least partially absorbed. It is extremely rich and you don’t need a whole lot of it. Apply 3 times daily as needed.

3. A soothing butter recipe

When it comes to soothing those dry, itchy, painful patches of skin, nothing can really take the place of a good body butter when it’s needed.
This combines 4 fantastic healing ingredients that make a spectacular healing butter-jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax.
Shea has a high content of non-saponifiable fatty acids, namely stearic and oleic. Non-saponifiable just means it cannot be saponified, or hydrolyzed, and converted to soap. Many of its healing benefits come from these fatty acids and their wonderful ability to repair, heal, and soften damaged skin. It can also help reduce inflammation, which is huge when it comes to eczema. Beeswax is mainly just the medium used to thicken this butter, but it also helps protect and soften skin. Jojoba and coconut oil are good additions for all the reasons listed in the two remedies above!
To make this you will need:

-2 tablespoons shea butter
-2 tablespoons beeswax
-6 tablespoons of coconut oil
-4 tablespoons of jojoba oil
-Lavender essential oil (optional)
-Airtight tins or glass jars

Melt the beeswax and jojoba then add in the coconut oil and stir until it is fully melted. Add the shea butter, stirring it as it melts. Pour the mixture into airtight glass jars and, if using, add a drop or two of lavender essential oil and give it a little stir. Place the cover on and allow it to cool. Apply liberally to affected areas as needed.

 4. Make changes to your diet and lifestyle

For long term relief, you’ll most likely have to make some long-term changes.

  • Keep a little log book that tracks what you’re doing or what you are consuming when you have flare-ups or you notice the most discomfort.
  • Track the date, as well as your diet and any foreign products that you may have used (e.g. detergent, new hand soap, medication etc.)
  • Eventually you may see a pattern begin to emerge that allows you to get a better sense of what to avoid to manage it on a daily basis. Avoiding triggers and allergens is a solid approach that many folks find help their eczema.

5. Oats

Sometimes it is important to go back to the basics. A plain old oatmeal bath (rarely) hurts anyone, and it noticeably moisturizes and soothes the skin. Chemical constituents in oatmeal have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help relieve discomfort brought on by inflammation associated with eczema. It also seems to work a treat when it comes to reducing itchiness.

Get yourself around 1 cup of oatmeal and a cloth (cheesecloth or muslin works best) and of course a bathtub 🙂

Pour the oatmeal into some cheesecloth or muslin and tie it off securely into a little bundle. Tie an extra-long piece of material around the top. Fill the tub part way and then use the extra piece to hang the bag right below the faucet. Run the bath until it’s full and the water is milky and smooth. Soak for 10-15 minutes before getting out, patting gently dry with a lean towel, and applying your usual moisturizer. Feel free to just let the bag float in the water after the tub is filled-you can give it a squeeze now and then to get even more of the good stuff out.

 6. Fish oil

Fish oil has been shown to help lessen the severity of some people’s eczema, particularly the itching. Research has shown that those with atopic eczema seem to have a lower rate of essential fatty acids breaking down into their metabolites, and lower rates of getting those fatty acids up into the skin cell membranes closer to the surface of the skin. N-6 and n-3 fatty acids are particularly important in maintaining normal skin function and, surprise surprise, fish oil is rich in both. Taking a daily dose can help your body produce more of the stuff you need on the inside, so you don’t have to worry so much about the outside.

7. Honey

Honey performs all the staple tasks needed to relieve symptoms of eczema. It’s anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, helps speed up the healing process of broken skin, and it’s a humectant (draws water to it.) The downside is that it can get sticky, so this is best when used over small areas, rather than slathered all up and down your legs and arms.

Rinse your hands and pat them dry. Apply a thin layer of honey over the affected area. You can cover it with a bandage to keep it from rubbing off on anything, but I personally prefer to “let it breathe.” Leave it on for 20-30 minutes then rinse off with cool water, pat dry, and reapply another thin layer of honey 3 times throughout the day.

 

Do you have eczema? What is your natural remedy or tip you can share?

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4 Natural Ways To Settle An Upset Stomach

4 Natural Ways To Settle An Upset Stomach

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An upset stomach can come out of nowhere. It may be as a result of something we ate, a virus or 4 Natural Ways To Settle An Upset Stomachinfection we are fighting or simply because we are nervous and churned up over something. Whatever the reason, the best news is we don’t have to reach for chemical-based drugs to help settle an upset stomach.

There are a number of tried and tested natural remedies that can be applied which can effectively settle the tummy and help you get back on track.

Please be aware that none of the methods offered below are based on medical advice so please take them on board knowing that you should seek professional medical advice if your symptoms persist.

1. Alkaline Water

An upset stomach is usually the result of acid buildup. Did you know that alkaline water helps to counteract this?

Drinking alkaline water, regularly, will almost eliminate any upset tummy issues caused by acidity.

Why? Because alkaline water, sometimes referred to as glacier water, has zero acidity. The pH level of alkaline water is 3 or 4.

Coconut water is natural alkaline water. Just make sure there is no sugar added.

2. Peppermint

Peppermint is a fantastic herb and useful as a natural medicine in many ways. Try peppermint tea or pick mint leaves from your garden and soak them in some warm water and sip it.

3. Crackers and Lemonade

Very commonly we hear about eating some soda crackers, or dry salty biscuits and sipping on some lemonade or ginger-ale. Ginger itself is a fantastic natural remedy and commonly used to help with nausea associated with pregnancy too.

4. Baking Soda

Believe it or not, baking soda is one solution you probably would never think of.

Simply add 1 tsp of baking soda to 1/2 cup water and drink it. As strange as it sounds it is very harmless and helps to balance the pH levels in your stomach.

If you don’t have baking soda at home, you can get it in a tablet form called sodium bicarbonate.

Keeping it real

The most important tip is to consume real foods. Anything like ginger root or sipping on hot water with lemon juice works well.

  • Try to avoid teas with added sugars or anything with artificial flavours.
  • Try to eat only raw foods until your stomach settles down or at least settle for bland items including skinless chicken and boiled rice. A piece of dry toast is also a great idea.

Is prevention the best medicine?

Try to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to looking after your health.

Avoiding pre-packaged and processed foods or unnatural food that has had chemical additives added. For many people, they are sensitive to the chemicals secretly added into foods.

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3 Natural Ways To Improve Your Memory

3 Natural Ways To Improve Your Memory

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Do you need a boost, naturally?  Are you looking for a safe and natural way to improve your 3 Natural Ways To Improve Your Memorymemory?

It can be extremely frustrating when you’re at work and you can’t even remember what you had for breakfast that morning or when you walk into a room and are not even sure why.  Let’s face it, we all do it.  Unfortunately, this problem comes with age and we all have to deal with it.

However, there’s good news! You can slow the effects of memory loss by eating certain healthy foods.  3 healthy foods in fact.

So, if you want to improve your memory to help you get the job done, start munching on these healthy, brain-boosting foods today!

Memory boosting anchovies

Whether or not you like them on your pizza, anchovies are a great food to add to your diet. Anchovies are a great source of omega-3s which can help fight against memory loss. Plus, the healthy fats in these these little fish can put you in a better mood! Who knew?

Healthy berries

We all know about the antioxidents berries provide however these juicy treats are even better than you thought! Research has shown that fruits like blueberries and strawberries can help boost memory. Apparently it is the flavonoids found in the berries that are the natural triggers that help our brain. Flavonoids slow stress, help to reduce inflammation; it’s these 2 elements which can contribute to causes memory loss.

Onions, onions, onions

Yes onions make you cry and yes they can also give you bad breath but don’t shy away from adding onions to your sandwich!  Studies show that the quercetin found in onions actually helps to reverse the effects of age-related problems like memory loss.  So, next time you are making a salad, cooking a barbecue or whipping up an awesome healthy sandwich, consider adding in the  onions.  And if you are looking for a natural breath freshener, a glass of water with lemon will do the trick.

There you have it. Three foods that will give you a boost at work AND help your memory.

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6 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Garlic Breath

6 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Garlic Breath

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6 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Garlic Breath

Garlic is amazing. For many though it’s a love hate relationship. The enjoyment we get from eating it can be greatly outweighed by the stench we encounter sitting next to someone with awful garlic breath. And if we know we have just endowed a huge meal, full of garlic, it may be worth being aware of some of the most common to fight garlic breath.

Here are 6 foods that you can enjoy (not all at once) that will go a long way to absorbing the excess garlic and helping you to feel a little more comfortable next time you need to get up close and personal with someone.

> Apples
> Spinach
> Basil
> Parsley
> Green tea
> Milk

You can also squeeze a few drops of lemon juice onto your tongue or even drink lemon water.

Do you have a natural cure for garlic breath?

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Skin-Nourishing Massage Oil Recipe

Skin-Nourishing Massage Oil Recipe

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There’s nothing more enjoyable than a massage, and better still being able to make your own skin-nourishing using ingredients that are natural.

Building from a base using a natural oil such as almond oil always works well on its own, but there are also endless ways to customize a massage oil for skin and relaxation needs.

This recipe is a favourite blend and incorporates all the top elements.

 

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40 Natural Toothache and Wisdom Tooth Remedies

40 Natural Toothache and Wisdom Tooth Remedies

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40 natural toothache remediesAre you seeking natural remedies for a toothache or pain as a result of having wisdom teeth removed?
If you’re unable to get into the dentist as soon as you’d hoped, some of these tips may help you relieve the pain. Remember:
Different remedies work for different people.
Some remedies may work well at first but slowly stop working.
  1. Clove Oil – Rub a little on the tooth and gum.
  2. Hot water bottle or heat pack on the side of the jaw.
  3. Cold ice pack on the side of the jaw.
  4. Peanut butter applied directly to the tooth. Repeat applications as saliva will remove it.
  5. An onion placed on the cheek side of the tooth. Bite it occasionally to let out juice.
  6. Gently tap the sore tooth with your nail 3-4 times. (Temporary relief only.)
  7. Swish a mixture of salt (preferably natural sea salt) water around in your mouth for 30 seconds and also brush your teeth with it.
  8. Remove the veins from cabbage, roll it with a rolling pin then put this compress against the tooth and gum.
  9. Apply a small dab of vanilla essence to the tooth.
  10. Have someone pour a very small amount of warmed olive oil into the ear on the side that the tooth aches.
  11. Boil guava leaves and then hold the mixture in the mouth for 30 seconds and spit.
  12. Hold a shot of whiskey in the mouth for 1 minute.
  13. Place a thumb and forefinger (one inside and one outside your mouth) and slowly work your way back towards the molar. There is a muscle near the back of the cheek which, when rubbed, can temporarily relieve toothache.
  14. Apply a small dab of peppermint extract to the sore tooth.
  15. Mix Swedish bitters with water and hold in the mouth for 30 seconds then spit.
  16. Suck on a sore throat lozenge, rubbing it against the tooth.
  17. Apply some hot chilli pepper seeds to the tooth.
  18. Wet a wash cloth and put some crushed ice in it. Bite down on it.
  19. Kanka – a pain relief liquid that resembles honey and is available in stores.
  20. Sangre De Drago applied to the tooth (A natural tree sap extract.)
  21. Swish vinegar in the mouth for 30 seconds.
  22. Mix some baking soda into a paste and apply to the tooth.
  23. Crush plantain leaves (a common garden weed) and apply to the tooth.
  24. Apply a hot, wet tea bag to the tooth.
  25. Chew on some gum to gently massage the teeth.
  26. Apply some xylitol (natural sugar that helps regrow teeth) to the tooth daily.
  27. Hold a piece of cheese (such as cheddar or mozzarella) against the tooth.
  28. Swish a mouthwash, preferably peppermint based, around the mouth.
  29. Tea tree oil applied directly to the tooth.
  30. Apply sliced ginger root to the tooth and bite down if possible.
  31. Apply oil of oregano to the tooth.
  32. Mix two teaspoons of dried sage, a teaspoon of natural sea salt and a shot of alcohol. Mix and leave for five minutes to infuse then swish in mouth for a minute at a time before spitting.
  33. Apply lavender oil to the outside of the jaw.
  34. Apply some fresh echinacea root to the tooth.
  35. Apply some cinnamon oil to the tooth.
  36. Crush or slice garlic and place against the tooth.
  37. Drink a glass of wheat grass juice (preferably home grown).
  38. Apply a slice of cold potato or cucumber to the tooth.
  39. Use oil pulling once per day to make your teeth stronger.
  40. Apply drops of goldenseal tincture to the tooth.
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