Understanding and healing eczema naturally

We have all heard the word eczema at some point. We probably all know someone who has it, or whose child has it. 
My biggest pet peeve with this, is the lack of understanding, and proper training on the matter by the healthcare providers.
Being the daughter of an Ulcerative colitis sufferer, I experienced first hand, through my mother, what the lack of research can do to a person in medical terms. My mother has battled this illness for 25 years now, and only in the last 3 has she entered remission. What was the trick you ask? Natural medicine... Simple as that.
And you can heal eczema naturally, if not fully, you can keep it under control enough for it not to flare up badly. 

The first thing you need to do is learn to understand and listen to your body. Yes we all heard that too, but it is doable. Our bodies are complex yet perfect machines of Nature, and they hold the power to heal themselves. 

The first thing you need to do is a food diary. Why you ask? 
Because a healthy gut, will give you a healthy body and mind. Eczema is usually a sign that your gut is in poor health and in need of support. 

So start by creating a food diary. Write down everything you eat and drink for 3 weeks. And note down how your skin is behaving. It also helps if you keep a note of your stress levels. 
within 3 weeks you should have collected enough data to identify your triggers.
Stress and cow's milk, are, in my experience your worst enemies. 
Now you can drink cow's milk, just make it raw. Raw milk is pure, full of nutrients, minerals and vitamins. I am sure you can find a farmer's market, even if you live in a city. I can guarantee their milk will be the bees knees.

Second factor, being stress. If you identify your stress triggers, try to find ways to control them, and eliminate them completely. Yes that may mean a change in job, and even in the people that surround you. I am not sorry for this, I am all about tough love, and asserting healthy boundaries and sticking to them.
You'll thank me later.

Stay away from steroid creams, eczema responds better to natural medicine and skin care.
I am sure you have heard of oat baths, THEY HELP. Oats are know for soothing skin irritations and gently exfoliating the skin, as well as leaving you nourished and moisturised. Use organic rolled oats, coloidal oats,  just not the cut oats as they have been stripped of all their goodness in the process. 

As far as skin care comes, it wouldn't be my blog post if I didn't recommend you some of my products.
As a wash you can use either of the following: charcoal soap, goats milk soap or Cultus soap. Any of those 3 will provide exfoliation, anti bacterial properties and generous cleansing for your skin. You can use the cultus bath milk to soothe and nourish your skin, and this can also be used as a face mask. As far as creams go, you can definitely use Rose Salve or Fat fab, tallow whip... Any of these 2 will provide rich moisture to your skin, healing benefits as well as an array of vitamins. 

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. I am here to help. 

Stef xxx