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.
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.”
Some of the foods that may be causing the problem include:
- Dairy products
- Nuts and seeds
- Soy products
The best way to determine if one of these foods are causing your child's eczema is to completely stop eating all of them and then slowly test each food, which is called an elimination diet. An elimination diet is a very effective way of doing this and it helps many people to determine if they have a food intolerance. (This is something I do with my private one-on-one clients and there will also be a module on elimination diets in my new gluten-free how-to program, sign up here to be notified when it opens up)
There are also some things in your home or environment that could be triggering the eczema. Some things to consider are:
- Laundry detergent
- Chlorinated water
- Hot or cold temperatures
- Lack of or too much moisture in the air
In the case of my son, he was already dairy & gluten free when his eczema appeared and when testing other allergens it made no difference at all. The cold weather and dry indoor air were a big factor for him. The rash flared up more when it was colder outside and the heat was on in the house.
The Solution that Worked for Us
Since the dry and cold air was a big factor for my son, running a humidifier at night helped. The best thing that I did to help my son was using a homemade skin calming salve. At the same time that this problem started showing up, I was working on my coursework at Natural Healing College and I read about a wonderful herb called Chickweed (I bought it here).
This is what it looks like…
After I read about it, I created a recipe for a skin soothing salve that I thought would help my son. It only took about a day or two to start working. I applied it about twice a day and it was completely gone in 3-4 days. Here is how to make it…
Homemade Eczema Salve Recipe
- 1 cup Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup dried Chickweed
- 1/4 cup dried Calendula flowers
- 1/4 cup Chamomile flowers
- 1/4 cup bees wax
Directions: Warm the olive oil in a pot on low heat. Add in all of the dried herbs and keep on low heat for 30-60 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain out the herbs (compost them or feed them to your chickens) and pour the strained oil into a mason jar or glass measuring cup. Place the jar or measuring cup in a double boiler on medium heat. Add the bees wax into the olive oil and warm until wax is completely melted. Remove from the double boiler and allow to cool in the jar or transfer to the jar that you want to keep it in. Once it is cooled and hardened it's ready to use.
Here's what it looks like…