Eczema otherwise known as Atopic Dermatitis can be present in all families, in this article I want to explain how there is a mind body connection. Both Ghanaian Coconut Oil and Shea Butter work wonders for Eczema topically, however, it is when you are able to incorporate a holistic approach; you can keep symptoms at bay and also reverse your skin woes. I have worked with clients who have been able to do so, I thought it would be useful to share some tips with you all.
First of all, I should explain how both Ghanaian Shea Butter and Coconut Oil work in healing the skin.
Coconut oil will protect the skin against damage; it heals and gives it a healthy and youthful appearance. Ghanaians, who are exposed to a lot of sun, benefit from Coconut Oil as a protector and also to heal sunburn. Coconut oil helps for extremely dry skin. At the same time it prevents bacterial, viral and fungal infections. This makes Coconut Oil very ideal for those who have Eczema or similar skin conditions.
Shea Butter is a very effective moisturiser and almost instantly transforms dry, cracked, wrinkled skin into soft, smooth, healthy looking skin. Shea butter is naturally non-comedogenic, has anti-inflammatory agents to reduce swelling, stinging and redness, and is loaded with vitamins A (for cellular turnover and collagen production), E, F and fatty acids for deep moisture without feeling greasy. Shea butter also has natural SPF of 6 to 10 which helps prevent damage that comes from sun exposure. Shea butter forms a light protective barrier on the skin that shields it from environmental factors such as pollution, sunlight and strong winds. It also contains phenols which are the same antioxidants found in green tea. Again, this makes Shea Butter a go to product for those who want to keep their skin, moisturised and also to heal skin from various skin conditions.
In one study, mild to moderate atopic dermatitis skin rashes improved significantly with virgin coconut oil. Another study showed a rapid transformation to skin conditions when using Shea Butter. Many cosmetics contain Coconut Oil and Shea Butter, but they can also be mixed with other harsh ingredients, when choosing Coconut Oil and Shea Butter for your skin, it is best to choose organic.
Ok, so back to mindfulness and Eczema…
There are some everyday elements in your surroundings that might make eczema flare up or get worse. These are called “triggers”. Knowing your triggers will help you keep your symptoms under control. The most important thing to remember is that eczema is different for everyone. The symptoms you have may not look the same on you as they do on another adult or on your child. You or your child may experience certain symptoms at particular times of the year and/or on different parts of the body.
Some of the most common Eczema triggers:
When your skin gets too dry, it can easily become brittle, scaly, rough or tight, which can lead to an eczema flare up.
There are everyday products and even natural substances that can cause your skin to burn and itch or become dry and red. These could be products that you use on your body or in your home, hand and dish soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, bubble bath and body wash, or surface cleaners and disinfectants. Even some natural liquids, like the juice from fresh fruit, vegetables, or meats, can irritate your skin when you touch them.
Emotional stress is known to be associated with eczema. Some people’s eczema symptoms get worse when they’re feeling “stressed”. Others may become stressed, just knowing they have eczema and this can make their skin flare up. It is important to do your best to control stress, affirmations are very positive, you can use these to help you de stress.
Hot/Cold temps and sweating
Most people with eczema will become itchy or experience a “prickly heat” sensation when they sweat or get too hot. This can happen when you exercise, wear too many clothes to bed or when you quickly move from one extreme temperature to another (cold to hot).
During the cold winter months, your skin may also get too dry — leading to irritation and an eczema flare up. If you find that conditions worsen during weather temperature changes, keep hydrated, moisturised and also cool. It is also worth mentioning, that transitioning to a hot country such as Ghana from Europe or USA and you are not used to the heat, this can also play a part in skin changes.
There are everyday materials in the environment that can cause you to have an allergic reaction and trigger an eczema (or AD) flare up. Some of the most common are: seasonal pollen, dust mites, pet dander from cats and dogs, mould and dandruff.
Allergens that cause symptoms to stick around a lot longer or to come back, are much harder to pinpoint. It’s important to know the allergens that could cause a flare up, so that you can help keep your rash under control.
Hormones are substances produced by the body that can cause a wide variety of symptoms. When the levels of certain hormones in your body increase or decrease, some people with eczema (especially women) may experience flare ups.
So how can I manage my eczema and keep symptoms at bay?
- Develop a positive mind-set to your skin condition, by doing so, you are impregnating your subconscious and this will help to lift your mood. Our product range is designed to include an affirmation card with each item that you use alongside applying on to your skin. Reciting affirmations are crucial to your bodies healing process.
- Pay attention to the foods you are eating, detox, detox, detox. Ailments and health issues develop in the gut and can worsen over a period of time. It will be very useful to cut back on certain well known trigger foods that may cause your Eczema. Eliminating foods such as meat, gluten and dairy for a period of time will help you to determine how your symptoms are. In my own personal experience and with clients eliminating some of these foods alone, cleared all allergens and improved skin, combined with Shea Butter or Coconut Oil this exercise will have a tremendous effect on your progress.
- Maintain positive mind-set and incorporate affirmations that are specific to health and skin into your daily routine. By doing so, you are filling your subconscious with positive thoughts sending signals into your skins energy. By doing so, you are giving your skin a rebirth. Our skin renews over a cycle and the affirmations proclaimed alongside natural skincare will help to encourage faster recovery.
If you would like to purchase Esocare’s range Shea Butter, Black Soap and Coconut Oil, 100% Organic from Ghana proven to target and heal Eczema you can buy online: www.esocare.co.uk.
If you want guidance on dietary needs or a holistic health analysis, please feel free to make contact with me and I will book you in for a one on one consultation.
I hope that this advice has been useful, I would love to hear your holistic tips on how you managed or healed your Eczema the natural way.
Until next time…
Love and light