Pro-biotic drops for babies & children

Through my baby massage classes I have been hearing a lot about Pro-biotics for babies. About how they can help ease colic and could help reflux AND eczema (by improving gut health). I wish I had know about these when my son was a baby as he was hospitalised with his reflux, it was a nightmare. There is not nearly enough support for parents who have to cope with this.

So these are recommended brands solarays, babylife and biogaia, http://www.colichelp.com/shop/biogaia-probiotic-drops.html, I will soon be getting some to try on my 3 yr old son to see if it helps his eczema.

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Read more on this useful link here on mumsnet http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/general_health/570913-can-a-10-week-old-baby-have-probiotics/AllOnOnePage 

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Sleep well Buckwheat with Lavender Pillow for neck support

A pillow with health benefits!
It’s one of the best pillows I have slept on (and I have tried many!). I hand-made it for my boyfriend first, then my friends ordered and as I have had so many positive comments, I decided to make it for other people to enjoy the sleep.

Its a great pillow for insomnia, headache,snoring, irritability, stiff neck and sluggishness and because it can be shaped and moulded to how you like it keeps you in a good position. Also can help lessen puffy eyes in the morning as the lavender helps you breathe well.

It supports your neck, moulds your shape, scented with lavender which is very calming and helps you to sleep more deeply. And its even environmentally friendly!

Makes you want one? Well my friend hand-make them bespoke to order, so for prices and to order please email on suzie@soothe-me.com

Super baby oil – may help eczema & psoriasis too…

Our ‘Super Baby Oil’ has had great feedback from mums and now from a Dad!

Christian told me initially he was worried that he would be unable to massage his daughter incase oil used irritated his skin. Then when Cathrin, his partner, bought some of our ‘Super Baby Oil’ during a baby massage class he started using it to massage his baby daughter at home.
Christian said he noticed that the psoriasis on his hands was actually improving rather than becoming more irritated. He is now able to bond with his baby daughter during massage time and to know his hands are actually getting a healing treatment. Winners on all accounts!

Scar healing oil – Recipe

Here is a recipe to make your own healing scar oil, to help improve damaged skin.

This oil can help mild burn scars that are quite new. You can also use it postnatally to help heal c’section scar. Can be used as a massage oil to help stretch marks to fade. It can not get rid of stretch marks but can help quality of skin to improve and to help them to fade if they are pink/red.

DO NOT use during pregnancy because it is high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is safe when breast feeding but high levels are best avoided during pregnancy.

Bespoke Healing Oil – soothe-me
A very healing oil, designed to help repair scarred, damaged or dry sore skin. Use on burn scars after burn wound is healed over (do not apply to broken skin), apply locally to damaged skin.

(photo shows 100ml bespoke oil that can be made to order from £14.99 inc uk postage)

Now lets begin, what you will need:

1 x 100ml bottle (with a sealable lid).
Measuring jug

Base oils:
35ml Calendula infused (Almond preferable)
25ml Shea butter (Shea butter cottage)
25ml Evening Primrose
15ml Vitamin E oil (natural plant sources)
40 drops Vitamin A Palmitate

Essential oils
8 drops Lavender
5 drops Geranium
6 drops Bergamot

Mix oils together and add Essential oils and Vitamin A. Make a label write the date you made the oil and the ingredients. This oil will keep for 12 to 15 months from opening after that it will be past its best, loosing its healing powers so discard.


How to use:
Massage in 2 to 3 times daily for at least 8 weeks or until improvement is seen.  Can be used on the body,  face, neck and hands. For external use only. Stop use if irritation occurs. Always patch test for 24 hours before use. (Best to patch test on your inner elbow).

 

Aqueous cream ‘aggravates eczema’ BBC

Read this report from the BBC.

(Its something I knew already but its nice to have it proven!)

“Cream often prescribed to relieve the symptoms of eczema may be making the condition worse, researchers claim. Scientists at Bath University found that aqueous cream thinned the skin after a few weeks of use. This, they say, is because it contains a detergent rather than just moisturisers. Another expert said most GPs seemed unaware of official advice not to prescribe the cream as a moisturiser.

Eczema, which affects millions of adults in the UK, happens when the skin gets dry and cracked. One way to reduce the discomfort and keep it under control is to use moisturising creams.

Aqueous cream, sold at every pharmacy, is an emollient cream, and is officially recommended as an alternative to soap when washing.

However, it is also frequently recommended by doctors for its moisturising properties – one recent poll suggested nine out of 10 GPs recommended it for childhood eczema.

The University of Bath study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology looked directly at its effects on the skin when used regularly.

Volunteers, none of whom had eczema, rubbed it into their forearms every day over a four-week period.

Scientists then compared skin samples taken before and after.

They found the thickness of the stratum corneum, the outermost skin layer, was reduced by about 10% in this time.

Professor Richard Guy supervised the research, conducted as part of a PhD course by researcher Manda Tsang. He said the sodium lauryl sulphate detergent in the cream was affecting a thin layer of fats lying on top of the skin.

He said: “Our study has found that rubbing aqueous cream containing sodium lauryl sulphate into the skin thins this protective barrier, making the skin more susceptible to irritation by chemicals.

“So to use this cream on eczematous skin, which is already thin and vulnerable to irritation, is likely to make the condition even worse.”

‘Heavy duty’

The National Eczema Society recommends alternatives such as white soft paraffin or even other types of emollient without such a high sodium laurel sulphate content.

Margaret Cox, chief executive of the National Eczema Society, said: “Aqueous cream contains sodium lauryl sulphate, which is a fairly heavy duty detergent. Sadly it is widely used – one it’s cheap and two, it’s prescribing habit.”

Professor Michael Cork, an academic dermatologist from the University of Sheffield, said despite advice from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence in England and Wales not to prescribe or recommend aqueous cream in this way, it was still widespread practice.

He recommended that people with eczema use a formulation without the detergent instead.

“This layer of skin will grow back over time, but if you’re using aqueous cream on it every day, it simply won’t get the chance.”

Link to report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11564662

Organic Castor Oil – for very dry skin

A big-up for organic castor oil (Ricinus Communis) from the castor bean. If you have very dry skin or need an oil to help soften and soothe dry eczema, this is a great oil. I buy this beautiful one from Shea Butter Cottage, it comes from India. (click image to buy it)

Benefits of castor oil are its antioxident and anti-inflamatory properties, It is highly antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal too. Great for those who work a lot with their hands, gardeners, kitchen workers etc. When used on dry and very dry skin is its thickness and viscosity, make it a good barrier,  But with nutritional benefits for the skin, unlike petroleum or paraffin based products which are just and only a barrier.  Especially suitable now in as the weather gets colder and skin can get very dry. Although do only buy a good quality organic one to ensure its properties are still intact and of high standard.

Suggested very dry skin blend (can also help Eczema):
Makes 100ml

Try to by cold pressed oils, they dont have to be organic.

40ml Sesame oil (organic NOT TOASTED!!)
25ml Shea butter oil
20ml Castor oil
15ml Avocado oil
5ml Vitamin E (natural)

For very dry skin you could add 6 drops of Benzoin and 6 drops of Lemmon
If you are using it to soothe dry itchy eczema add 4 drops of Peppermint oil and 4 drops of Patchouli oil to 150ml of base oil.
(I used this blend on my young 2yr old son when he has a flare up, its very soothing and he asks me for it when he wants it)

NEW RECIPE UPDATE 30th July 2013:  For children under 7 try this essential oil blend in 100ml of the above base oil blend: 3 drops lavender, 2 Patchouli, 2 tea tree, 1 Roman Chamomile, 1 Eucalyptus.

IMPORTANT NOTE!!! ALWAYS PATCH TEST FOR 24hrs BEFORE USE. NOT SUITABLE DURING PREGNANCY. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT SUGGESTED AS A CURE OR A MEDICAL TREATMENT I AM NOT A DOCTOR, PLEASE ALWAYS GET MEDICAL ADVICE FROM AN EXPERT FIRST.

UPDATE July 2913: If you or your child is having a bad flare up never introduce a new natural product you may cause further reaction. In this case you will find it best to get the flare up under control with steroids. Then once skin is just dry and not broken and inflamed try a natural option in small patch test for 2 days.  In my experience there is sometime a small flare up from the natural remedy that may be referred to as a ‘healing crisis’ this should then subside. If this carries on past 24hrs I would wait until the child is older to try the remedy. If you are an adult you maybe able to tell from the type of itching if it is a ‘healing’ itch (more tingly and less aggressive) than the usual eczema itch. Always introduce a new product slowly to a small patch of skin.

More interesting facts about castor oil on these sites
http://www.bukisa.com/articles/74566_awesome-benefits-of-castor-oil#ixzz13VBLvIso.
http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/benefits-of-castor-oil-5250.html
http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-castor-seed-oil.html

Other oils and eczema healing
http://menscookeryclub.com/2007/03/16/sesame-oil-and-eczema/

Super lip care – Vegan style

Ready to go and now for sale are my yummie yum yum balms

natural lip balms from soothe-me
100% vegan, natural and organic made with Olive Wax and Fairtrade Cocoa butter, these are handmade deliciousness for the lips and skin. Long lasting and effective, all have a natural SPF of 15, perfect for the colder weather to naturally protect lips and skin. Bin the petroleum jelly buy a yum yum – for gorgeous healthy lips all winter!

I think I have got the texture perfectly creamy, not to oily and not to hard.  Use on any little dry skin patches. I even use mine on my face when I dont have any creams handy. The Rose and the Lemon are great for babies as dribble rash prevention balm. Click on the image to go to my shop to buy now…

Making Vegan Yum Yum Balms in our ‘cottage kitchen’ by soothe-me.com

Vegan lip balms in the making