We have such fond childhood memories of inhaling the soothing scent of eucalyptus as mum gently smoothed on a chest rub to help us breathe through a winter cold. This winter, we’ll be lovingly applying the all natural, petrochemical free version for our children, with the Frankie Apothecary chest rub, Breathe Easy.
One of the most common symptoms or issues we see in clients at our BePure clinic in the Hawke’s Bay is eczema. For some it is a mildly annoying patch of dermatitis that hints at other health concerns, while for others it is painful, raw, prone to infection, itchy, a cause of self-consciousness and in extreme cases it can be completely debilitating.
Eczema often runs in families – frequently along with asthma and other hyper-reactive illnesses. These ties to family traits identify the genetic link that can play a part in the development of hypersensitive and reactive skin. The role of your environment plays a large part, and can be what sets off a dormant trait.
While we worked on helping our children's eczema heal from the inside, we did our best to research and find what food, environmental triggers and fabrics to avoid – to reduce those eczema flare ups on the outside.
The role of food in eczema is a tricky one, but a well-established one, with many people seeing resolution in their eczema woes simply by making dietary adjustments. But how do you know if food is causing a problem for YOU? And how do you figure out WHICH foods are triggering a reaction?
Finding a moisturiser that did what it claimed proved impossible when my daughter Eva was struggling through extremely dry itchy skin caused by her Eczema. I tried absolutely every product on the market. All had little or no effect.
One of the goals of any eczema sufferer is to relieve and prevent itching. Not only because it is extremely distressing but because scratching the skin can cause the skin to become very inflamed and even infected.
Reaching out to widespread whanau, Michele gathered together threads of precious Rongoá wisdom, and applied this tikanga to create a Kawakawa based remedy for her small child’s severe skin allergies. To her delight the balm worked virtually overnight, and as other parents asked to try the eczema balm for their children, Michele’s skin remedy became a global phenomenon!
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