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Are You Dealing With Eczema?

I was diagnosed with eczema at a young age. I believe I was around the age of seven. Growing up I had dry, itchy, scaly and oozing skin on my elbows. I now have it every now and then on my right elbow. I also have it on my hands. It can be very aggravating as I must be careful what I apply to my skin and with it being on my hands, that makes it that much harder. My hands are always exposed and touching many different things throughout the day.

Having eczema in visible places can be very embarrassing. Imagine having dry, scaling oozing skin on your hands and someone reaches out to give you a hand shake or you are handing someone money at the store to pay for your goods and you notice the cashier gives your hands a prolonged look. Yea, this has been my life. I have learned some things that I will share in this blog post but first let’s get into what eczema is.

Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis. It is a skin condition and symptoms vary from person to person. The skin may be red, itchy, oozing and scaly. Eczema can be found on various places of the body: hands, back of the legs, on the nap of the neck area, on the scalp and the arms- just to name a few.

As I have grown older, I pay attention to the triggers of my eczema. I notice that when I am stressed, or my diet is not as healthy as it should be, my hands begin to itch and ooze. Diet plays a major role in eczema and we covered this in my last semester of class at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. I am currently attending this school to obtain a Holistic Health Practitioner Diploma.

As we continue to consume foods that do not support a healthy digestive system, our gut health goes downhill, and this is a major contribution to eczema. To test this, I went on a green smoothie cleansing diet for three days. I replaced my meals with green smoothies that consisted of fruits and leafy greens. I had no dairy and drank a lot of water. I played around with recipe combinations and some were tasty, and some were disgusting. I am going to be completely honest here. Some combinations I will be staying away from.

I have gotten better at creating green smoothie blends with great taste. I know which fruits will work to better the taste and sweeten. Bananas and strawberries have a bold flavor. Pineapple helps to sweeten. My base consisted of leafy greens such as kale, chard and spinach.

The smoothie cleanse helped me to cleanse my digestive tract and I did notice that I did not scratch my hands not one time during this cleansing. I also did not have to apply any type of ointment or cream for a few days after doing my cleansing. So, gut health is a big contributor to my eczema. Staying away from dairy also helps A LOT.

I have used hydrocortisone for years to help soothe my eczema. It has worked for me but there is something that I do not like about it. Hydrocortisone contains chemicals and has side effects.

I have been applying a chemical filled cream directly to my broken skin for years. Hmmm…. So, what are these side effects? Hydrocortisone can cause nausea, dizziness, headaches, heartburn, thinning of the skin, stretchmarks, menstrual period changes, insomnia and acne. Can a Sista get something side effect free please? If I am applying a chemical to my body, it is a given that my body could react in some way.

Because of my love for holistic health, I began to consider some ways to care for my eczema so that I can toss that hydrocortisone to the side. I began whipping up my own Shea butter and adding herbal infused oils that are good for eczema. I chose herbs that are beneficial for eczema and healing the skin. Eczema can also cause the skin to turn dark and Shea butter helps me with that.

If you are looking for a chemical free way to care for your eczema, eating a healthy, dairy free diet in combination with natural soothers/healers (for external) can work for you.

I have a new Facebook group, Naturalista4me Group, that is for women from all walks of life. In this group I can communicate with my followers on a more personal basis. In this group you will find hair care tips, lifestyle and mind, body and soul posts, Facebook LIVES and videos.

Get Rooted is a company that makes eczema cream , hair sapp, natural deordorants and more! They will be going live in the group January 16, 2018 at 8PM EST. Please join the group so that you do not miss it!

Join the group here—> Naturalista4me Group

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Until next time,

Qwania

 

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The Benefits of Using Herb Infused Oil for Hair & Skin

Benefits of Using Herb Infused Oils for Hair & Skin

I am a lover of nature and I have been spending a lot more time appreciating the outdoors and studying the medicinal benefits of plants. I applied to attend the American College of Healthcare Sciences in January of this year and ran into some obstacles there, but I did not give up and guess what, I am now a student there! My focus is Holistic Health Practioner and Herbalism. I look forward to studying herbs on a daily basis. I also incorporate herbs into my daily life.

Before I started college, I was whipping up concoctions for my family and those within my hometown community. I began to make frequent visits to the herbal stores and would pick three or four herbs to study at a time and incorporate them into my daily lifestyle. I have learned so much and have shared this on my Instagram and Facebook.

What is an herb infused oil?

It is the process of infusing herbs in a carrier oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil or olive oil.

I infuse oils to use on hair and skin. I incorporate my herbal infusions in my whip shea butter or I simply use it alone by applying directly to the scalp, hair and skin.

Some of my favorite herbs to work with for hair and skin care  are: lavender, chamomile and hibiscus. I infuse these oils for 4-6 weeks and use them on my family, hair clients and myself.

Lavender is known for keeping the follicles detoxified. It stimulates new hair growth and controls dandruff. It also regenerates the skin.

Chamomile has been used to lighten hair in tea form. It is great for dandruff and irritated scalp. Chamomile can be used for acne and eczema helping to reduce inflammation and prevent scarring.

Hibiscus combats hair loss, strengthens hair, promotes hair growth, treats dry itchy scalp and combats hair loss. It consists of antioxidants. Hibiscus combats aging by lifting and firming the skin. It also evens your skin tone and gives a good moisture boost.

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Hibiscus herb infusing in olive oil . Week 3

I have eczema and have always used shea butter to help with dryness, itchiness and the fading of scarring. Incorporating herbal infused oils into my shea butter has helped me so much. Eczema is a bit complicated as many things must be looked at when it comes to this skin condition. Gut health is important as well as watching your stress levels.

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Chamomile infused whipped shea butter.

The shea butter works great for me and I get a lot of great feedback from those who purchased some from me to use on their family’s hair and skin.

Now that I have experienced herbal infused oils, I prefer these oils rather than stand alone carrier oils. I noticed that my eczema does not react well to coconut oil and I don’t remember when I first began noticing how itchy it made me feel but I stopped adding coconut oil to my whipped shea butter. I also had a young lady to tell me that coconut oil irritates her as well.

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Image from my YouTube video on some of my favorite oils for hair growth.

Because of this I infuse my herbs in a good brand of olive oil. I say a good brand because there are so many to choose from on the shelves and many are really diluted. That is not the one that I want. I know it can be easy on the pockets to purchase a store brand big jug of oil, but I am here to tell you that all olive oils are not created equal. I have been using it for many years and pay close attention to how it works for my family. Pay attention to the thickness of your olive oil. Does it look diluted?

If you want to add an extra boost to your hair and skin care regimen, I would recommend using an herbal infused oil.

The herbs that I work with I have studied extensively and found that they are great for stimulating growth and have healing properties. You can also do hot oil treatments with it or just apply it regularly as you normally would your carrier oils. Carrier oil plus a boost of the medicinal properties of an herb is very beneficial.

To increase blood flow circulation in the scalp, give yourself a good scalp massage in a circular motion once you have applied your choice of oil. Be sure to use the padding of your fingers when doing so to prevent any scratches on the scalp.

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Chamomile and Lavender Infusion in Olive Oil

 

Did you know that you could also do herbal tea rinses on your hair? I will cover this in another blog post.

What do you think? Would you give herbal infused oils a try?

I would love to make you an herbal infused oil or herb infused whipped shea butter! Contact me below.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and do not claim to be. I do not treat, diagnose, prescribe or claim to cure. I am a lover of nature and use its’ medicinal properties to better my health. All information shared is for informational purposes only. Consult with your physician about any medical needs you may have. 
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