What is Eczema?
(Eczema also known as Atopic Dermatitis), This is an inflammatory condition of the skin that manifests variously as itching, skin inflammation, dry, thickened skin, and tiny blisters that burst, weep, and can become infected. It is a very difficult problem to treat - particularly if the cause isn't found. Look for the cause among allergies, low stomach acid, stress, poor or inadequate diet, dysfunctional immune system, or build up of toxins. "I think however it's an easy problem...it's what your eating or it's comes from what your putting on your skin. But for those that think highly of all doctor's, let's just go with it being a difficult problem to solve :-) ". Eczema isn't contagious, but because it's intensely itchy & scratching can be a problem for the child.
Some will argue to say that eczema is inherited. I disagree, lifestyle is inherited (that's handed down). If you have poor eating habits and you live a poor lifestyle (example- smoking, doing drugs, applying toxic & synthetic body products on your body, promiscuous behavior...etc) they all play a apart in your lifestyle. In truth, this is what you hand down!
If your eating habits are poor...your child eating habits will be poor. POOR=POOR
If your applying natural products to you and your child bodies and you're living a healthy lifestyle, they too, will continue that healthy lifestyle. HEALTHY=HEALTHY
How common is eczema?
Eczema is very common in children. And it's getting even more common.
Useful tips to treat your baby's eczema
White flour - Try Spelt
White sugar - Try Cain or Coconut
White rice - Try wild rice or Quinoa
Cow Milk - Try Almond Milk
Cheese - Try Almond Cheese
Store bought Juice - Make fresh juice
Processed Foods(boxed & can goods) - Make fresh daily homemade meals
Just to name a few...
What I would like for you to do now is look closely at your child's skin to see if you can spot any skin irritations. Stop eczema before it becomes a problem. Use natural products and feed your children healthy vitamin and mineral enriched meals...Boost their Immune System!
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Demeka Scott - The Savvy Kitchen Beautician
My Herbal Baby products will be posted in baby care this week to purchase. I am so excited I finally got the whole kit together and done....at last! It took weeks for me to gather the right ingredients to use, I wanted to be sure that you would truly be applying life giving herbs and oils on your precious baby. I have gotten great feedback from moms who have tested our products and they love it!
Asthma and eczema run rampant in the African american community. Using safe and natural products is one way of reducing those types of disease. Talc, mineral oil, petroleum jelly and cancer causing parabans should not be used on babies...period.
My Herbal Baby kit will include:
Below are a few questions I have answered over the past two weeks, I decided to post them so that others can see my response. I urge those that wish to use essentials oils to please research on the oils you want to use on you and your baby first, and only after you have researched, use them as directed on the labels!
Do not use essential oils on children younger than 4 months of age!
What essential oils can I use to calm my baby down for bedtime?
Lavender and Roman Chamomile are good choices for small children. It is best to add the essential oils to some milk or liquid soap before adding to the tub. Use 1-3 total drops per bath. Be sure to keep all bottles of essential oils away from children.
What essential oils can I use for my teething baby?
Use 1 drop Chamomile oil on a washcloth wrapped ice cube to relieve teething pain in children
What essential oils can I use for a crying/irritable baby?
Put 1 drop Lavender on your shoulder (mix with a carrier oil like sweet almond or jojoba first) and rock the baby to sleep while the baby's head rest on your shoulder.
Roman Chamomile is soothing for tantrums and will also promote a good nights sleep. Put 1 drop on the pillow at bedtime. Used in the bath they can be blended with liquid soap to help them disperse. Use a lower dosage, 50% or 1/2 the recommended amount if pregnant or breastfeeding, with children or the elderly. The number of drops of essential oils used should vary in direct proportion to body weight, taking into account the age of the person as well as mental and physical health. The very old should use the same number of drops as children and babies half the amount of children.
Sweet Orange - The oil of happiness warm and sunny, excellent for depression, stress, tension, frustration and anxiety. Orange helps to lift the spirits and promote joy. A great scent for children. You can also use it in a diffuser or aroma lamp.
What essential oils can I use for stuffy nose, coughs & colds?
Eucalyptus Smithi is the only Eucalyptus essential oil that should be used on children. Eucalyptus Globulus which is the most common is usually rectified and is not suitable for children. A top note in aromatherapy, this oil is said to be helpful for chest infections, to facilitate breathing. It is also an effective analgesic.
At the first sign of a stuffy nose place 1 drop of Eucalyptus on the corner of your pillow. This can sometimes even stop a cold from coming on. For young children use Eucalyptus Smithi a much safer oil.
For colds and coughs. Using essential oils with babies and children. Under the bed place a bowl of boiling water to which you have added 3 drops of Eucalyptus Oil. Use Eucalyptus Smithi which is safer for children. The steam will rise releasing the molecules into the room.
What essential oils can I use for cleaning my child room?
Keep Lemon essential oil on hand to kill germs. Keep a spray bottle handy for quick cleanups in children playroom. Add to dish washing liquid or any mild hand soap. Use in a spray for disinfecting the air. You'll find plenty of other uses I'm sure. It has high antibacterial properties. It's antiseptic properties will last for 20 days.
Demeka Scott- The Savvy Kitchen Beautician
Watch this video as I show you step by step how to make an All Natural Baby Powder for diaper rashes. Talc should never be used in baby products but it is the main ingredient in main stream baby powders such as Johnson & Johnson and Baby Magic. Not only do I show you how to make your own baby powder but I discuss with you the hazards of talc.
Enjoy and share the knowledge,
Demeka Scott - The Savvy Kitchen Beautician
What are you putting on your baby's skin?
There are several products claiming to be for "Babies". But do you really know what's in them? Let me ask you, have you ever took the time to look on the back and research the ingredients.
I have added a full report " NO MORE TOXIC BATH" by The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics. Click here to view report
This report includes:
But people are becoming smarter in their purchases and they're choosing safer, more natural products. So I encourage you to become a part of the few who actually care about what's in your products...only seek and patronize those that care for your well being by making products that help to heal...not to destroy and kill! This week I will explore products that claim to be safe for babies and I will expose those that are merely playing word semantics. I have found several products for babies...let's just see what the ingredients say, shall we.
I have chosen a few toxic/synthetic ingredients to highlight
Baby Magic Calming Baby Bath -Lavender and Chamomile
(View ingredients on website here)
Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, PEG 150 Distearate, Sorbitol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender/Lavanda) Extract /Extracto, Chamomilla Recutita (Matriacaria) Flower Extract /Extracto, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Polyquaternium-10, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Glycereth-2 Cocoate, Benzoic Acid.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate - This chemical thickens when salt is added in the formula, it produces high levels of foam to give the illusion it its rich, thick and expensive. It's irritating to the scalp, it can cause hair loss and if it gets in the blood it can cause an array of problems. You can find out more here: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706089/SODIUM_LAURETH_SULFATE/
Peg 150 Distearate - Polyethylene glycol's contribute to stripping the skin's natural moisture. Potentially contaminated with or breaking down into chemicals linked to cancer or other significant health problems. Found in cosmetics, creams and foods. You can find out more here: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/721473/PEG-150/
Fragrance (synthetic) - Many compounds found in fragrance are carcinogenic, or otherwise toxic. Fragrances can cause headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration. coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritations.
JOHNSON'S® Baby Creamy Baby Oil, Aloe Vera & Vitamin E
(View ingredients on website here)
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Coco Glucoside, Glycine Soya (Soybean) Oil, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hydrogenated Palm Glyceride, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Tetrasodium EDTA, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Glyceryl Oleate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Titanium Dioxide, Mica
Phenoxyethanol - Possible connection to reproductive or developmental harm to fetus, potential for reduced fertility, classified as toxic and an irritant, potential risks to wildlife and environment through excretion of body product toxins and disposal of cosmetics. You can find out more here: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/704811/PHENOXYETHANOL/
Methylparaben & Propylparaben- Potential breast cancer risk and endocrine disruptor raising concern for impaired fertility or development of fetus, and increased risk for certain cancers, itching, burning and blistering of skin. A close cousin of benzoic acid: poisonous and moderately toxic it is found in body products. You can find out more here: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703937/METHYLPARABEN/
Mineral Oil - A derivative of petroleum, this additive clogs pores, locks in toxins, suffocates and dries skin and inhibits your skins natural oil production further increasing dehydration. Causes testicular tumors in the fetus, deposits accumulate in the lymph nodes and prevent absorption of vitamin A from the intestines. Found in blush, baby oil, lotions, foundation and creams. You can find out more here: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703977/MINERAL_OIL/
JOHNSON'S® Vanilla Oatmeal Baby Lotion
(View ingredients on website here)
Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-6, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Sodium Citrate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Tocopheryl Acetate.
As you can see Johnson & Johnson use pretty much the same ingredients in their products. I tried to track down lotions made by Sesame Street & Gerber...it seems as though they have discounted a lot of their products...I wonder why...lol.
The ones I listed here are only 2 brands of a thousand. I encourage you to stop right now, if your at home go look into your bathroom cabinets or where ever you store your bath and body products. Look at your ingredients, do you recognize any of the names...heck you probably can't pronounce 90% of them. Become more aware of the products you buy for yourself and most importantly your children. I have so much more to come.....stay tuned!
Demeka Scott - is a mom, wife, entrepreneur, author, herbalist and nutritional consultant. She spends her time learning new things and encouraging others.
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