Our top products to combat ezcema
1. The Healer: Tallow, Tamanu and Baobab Oil
The Healer has become a favorite for all our customers with ezcema. People love using it for their babies too, especially since it has 0 essential oils in it. It's very soft, delicate, and smells a little nutty (which we love!).
"I am so thrilled with this tallow cream. I originally purchased to help with my son's eczema and the jar is quickly being used by my entire family for other skin issues. We love the smell, the texture and the moisturizing finish. I will definitely be back for more!"
2. Mend Blend: Tallow, Jojoba, Chamomile and Calendula
Mend Blend is another favorite for eczema. Every ingredient we picked is incredibly soothing and calming for inflamed skin. It's also made without any essential oils, which will be ideal for babies and pregnant women alike.
"I received my first Mend Blend last week and I already LOVE it! My husband tried it on a smaller breakout on his face and the morning after the spot was noticeably much better (way less red and inflamed)! My sister, who has struggled with eczema since she was a baby, also tried it and noticed an improvement overnight!"
3. The Soother: Tallow and Frankincense Resin
"The soother is a wonderful product! I have chronic eczema on my hands, and believe me when I say that I have tried every product available to ease my discomfort and heal naturally. The soother calms the redness and itchiness, while rapidly repairing scars. Thank you for creating such a lifesaver. I will always have it on hand!"
The Soother is lovely because it can be used for so many different skin irritations, including eczema. Check out this review and before/after photo.
What is eczema?
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a condition in which the skin becomes rough and inflamed causing itchiness, dry skin, rashes, scaly patches, painful blisters and even skin infections.
Eczema according to Traditional Chinese Medicine
TCM’s method for diagnosing includes both internal and external factors.
Regarding eczema, internal factors include the heart, spleen, and kidney.
External factors include the wind, dampness, heat, and climate. This perspective also considers diet to be a factor to some conditions as well. In this case, the over consumption of greasy or spicy foods can contribute to eczema.
The TCM approach to treating eczema often includes a combination of oral and topical herbal formulas, acupuncture, and diet and lifestyle modifications if needed.
Depending on the diagnosis, certain herbs will be recommended to address the symptom and underlying imbalance.
For example, ku shen (sophora root) has been shown to reduce inflammation, itchiness, and bacteria like S. aureus. Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system by applying pressure at various acupuncture points. In regard to itchiness, a study showed that acupuncture reduces itchiness by changing the itchiness response in the brain. How cool!
Some of the diet and lifestyle recommendations from this perspective are to avoid washing with hot water, reduce consumption of spicy foods/alcohol/seafood, and limit scratching to prevent further infection.
Eczema according to western medicine
Treatment plans from this perspective typically include some kind of corticosteroid but also include medications like antibiotics and antihistamines. UV therapy is also an option.
Topical steroids are recommended to be used for short periods of time, typically during flare-ups.
Even though they may seem to work, it can actually make eczema worse in the long run. This is because the use of these creams can thin the skin in addition to inhibiting immune function which can exacerbate the condition.
This doesn’t seem very beneficial, especially because you can only use it for short periods of time.
Understandably, it would be better to find a product you can use everyday that helps soothe and heal the skin. In addition, diet and lifestyle modifications which have been shown to have a positive impact on the skin… something that is rarely recommended from this perspective.
Our top tips for healing eczema
Topically, internally and emotionally
Focus on tallow based skincare, the most soothing ingredient for irritated skin. Avoid harsh soaps.
Focus on foods that are easier to digest: animal foods like bone broth, marrow, liver, oysters, eggs and fats like butter/tallow, cheese if you're able to digest it properly. If your gut is more sensitive, avoid high lectin foods like beans, nuts, whole grains which can be harder to digest.
Speak kindly to yourself. Breathe through your stressful moments, and trust that your skin is healing.
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