Natural Solutions for Eczema [& My Salve Recipe]

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Eczema was something I have never dealt with personally until this Winter. My son started getting very dry skin and at first, that’s all I thought it was, dry skin. I kept putting lotions and oils on him and it seemed to help temporarily but it wasn’t going away. Later I started seeing tiny red bumps and some small red patches on his skin. As it turned out, it was a mild case of Eczema. Once I knew what it was I started a natural remedy protocol. There are a few different things that can be done and also some diet considerations that might help.

Diet

Some cases of eczema can be related to diet. Stubborn reoccurring cases are a sign that there could be a food intolerance. The rash is a reaction to a food that does not agree with your child. As stated on nationaleczema.org, “Some studies of children and young people with atopic eczema found that one-third to nearly two-thirds also had a food allergy.”

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How to Choose Toxin-Free Personal Care Products

how to choose toxin free personal careA healthy diet is usually the first place that we start when making changes towards living a healthy lifestyle. Diet is so important to our health and well being because the foods we eat are absorbed into our systems and create the cells in our body. A secondary part of a healthy lifestyle is looking at the products that we are putting ON on bodies. The personal care products we use on a daily basis are also being assimilated into our bodies. About 60% of what you put on your skin is being absorbed into your bloodstream. The biggest problem with this is that most personal care products on the market are filled with chemicals and many of them have health implications.

There are no requirements for companies to prove that the chemicals they are using in their products are safe to use. It is up to us to be informed consumers and investigate all the products we buy to make sure they are safe.

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Three Reasons Why My Kids Don’t Use Bubble Bath

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When my daughter was a toddler she went through a faze where she would refuse to take a bath. In an effort to make the bath more fun we tried toys, games, pink soap, fun towels and I wanted to try bubble bath. I started looking for a bubble bath product that was organic and toxin-free but to my surprise it was not an easy task. An even bigger shock to me was how toxic some of these “baby” bubble bath products were and all of the terrible chemicals that were on the label. One would think that products marketed for children and babies would be safe to use but unfortunately that is far from the truth.

The three reasons why I don’t let my children use bubble bath are the three most common toxins I’ve seen on bubble bath labels.

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My Favorite 1-Ingredient Face Moisturizer (& It’s not Coconut Oil)

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For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved products. Lotions, body sprays, creams, shampoos, cleansers, moisturizers…all of it. In High school, my friends and I would go shopping and spend our allowances on this stuff. The obsession continued into my 20’s and the products just got more expensive and more complicated. Living in New York City at the time, I frequented Bliss Spa and tried so many of their over-priced (chemical-filled) skin products. It wasn’t until my natural living “makeover” that I realized all of this stuff was toxic. That former version of myself would die laughing if she knew the things I use on my skin now. The funny thing is that (at 35 years old) my skin has never looked better.

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My 3 Favorite Natural Face Cleansers (with 3 ingredients or less!)

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One of the first things I realized when I started using natural skin care was that most facial cleansers and soap are way too drying.  They will remove dirt and makeup but they also strip the skin of natural oils and moisture which we don’t want to lose. This holds true for all skin types. Using a cleansing method that strips natural oils will make dry skin dryer and oily skin oilier. Even worse it can create “combination skin” with patches of dry skin and oily skin on different parts of your face – which is even harder to deal with.

Natural cleansers are gentle on the skin and only remove the dirt and makeup that we don’t want on our skin. They won’t strip your face of it’s natural moisture and leave it feeling tight and flaky. In my search for the perfect natural face cleanser I tried many store bought brands and also tested homemade cleanser recipes. Most of the store bought options were still to drying and still had some ingredients in them that I wasn’t too pleased with.

Since  you are probably a busy Mom like me, making your face cleanser might seem like another annoying thing on the to do list! Don’t worry, my top three favorite homemade face cleansers have three ingredients or less and take 5 minutes to make.

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6 Reasons to Drink Warm Lemon Water in the Morning

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Using common foods to maintain health and promote healing is one of my favorite topics. Lemons are high on the list of healing foods and most of us already have them in the house. Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and also act as a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances, including citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene that promote immunity and fight infection.

Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the  morning has some really potent health benefits that I want to share with you.

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