Sunday, 9 November 2014

Random Tip To Stop An Eczema Itch

I want to share a funny story with you (well, funny to me at least). My Mum phoned the other day and was telling me about an article she had read about distracting the body from pain and also a bit about helping itch scratch cycle with eczema.

That night my hubby had a moan "What on earth are you doing??" as the bed rocked rhythmically. No doubt he was thinking the wrong thing what with him being a man and all that. I said "A tip Mum gave me to stop me itching". "But what ARE you doing??" replied my hubby again. (I can still imagine what he was imagining!). "Sticking my finger in my ear and wiggling it" I explained.

Well, this tip didn't work and eventually I had to stop so my hubby could sleep.

The next day I confronted my Mum on the phone and told her that her tip was nonsense. She replied, "The wriggling in your ear is to distract the brain when you stub your toe! To stop the itch/scratch cycle you are supposed to rub a stone in your hand!". Oops. No wonder it didn't work. lol

Well, I now have tried the correct tip and I must admit, it is quite useful. Further research has suggested that the stone should be rose quartz. Crystal Well-Being discusses it in this article.

Worth a try in my book.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Just wanted to do a mini update. Right now I'm going through the most stressful time in my life. I would normally share it with my friends and family but I'm bottling it up and trying to deal with it alone. The odd thing is that stress usually comes hand in hand (excuse pun) with a big flare up of eczema. However, for the first time in my life, my hands are pretty much clear. The only tell tale sign is with a bit of dryness.

My doctor is baffled because she agrees that really I should be bandaged up with minimum hand movement. Very very odd.

The only other changes in my life are as follows:

1. I no longer eat apples or drink apple juice on a daily basis.  Due to a recent trip to America I've discovered cranberry juice is nicer.

2. I've decided to stop hiding away under long sleeves. I let the air get to them.

3. I now wear cotton gloves for all dusting, hoovering and sorting of laundry. I wear vinyl gloves for all cleaning and washing my hair.

4. I use Palmers cocoa butter regularly.

5. I wash in warm water rather than hot.

Any of these things could be helping but because I don't know which is helping, I refuse to change anything else that I do!

I will try and remember to post some photos.

How are you all?

Friday, 7 June 2013

8 Ways To Reduce Eczema Flare-Ups

I just wanted to share this article that was mentioned to me today. Some of the stuff in there is very interesting and it goes along with my theory about doing a juice detox to get a head start on my eczema.

8 Ways To Reduce Eczema Flare-Ups

Joe Cross is an extremely motivating and inspiring man. He did a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. If you can get to view this I HIGHLY recommend it as I found it very inspiring and motivating.

The following article is also an interesting read.

Natural Remedies For Common Skin Disorders

Due to all my research into eczema, some of it isn't new news but I hadn't heard the following before:

Replace inflammatory saturated fats: Replace foods such as meat products and dairy with the anti-inflammatory unsaturated fats such as those from deep sea fish, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and all seeds particularly flaxseed, chia and hemp seeds. Increasing consumption of these foods will also increase selenium, vitamin D, zinc and other helpful nutrients for good skin health.

I'm intrigued about the meat being "inflammatory". I do eat a lot of meat but mainly white meat. I've read that chicken can irritate but never why.

I've also learned that people with eczema (and even without!) should avoid processed meats like ham, bacon etc.

The other thing that I've been made aware of with regards to meat is that the meat bought in the supermarket off of the chiller is treated with something. I'm sorry that I can't remember what (sodium something?). It's a chemical for preservation. Also they add chemicals to keep it looking pink . I was told this by the man serving me on the delicatessen! I only found this out because I was asking him if their meat had MSG in it. See my previous blog post about MSG.

So, there you go, something else for you to read. See you next time. :-) x

Before And After Photos - Hand Eczema Clear

Well, as I said yesterday, I decided to reopen this blog. I wanted to share with you the improvements in my eczema and over the next week I'll discuss each one.

Here is the before and after photo. The first one is from January of this year before I started juicing and changing my way of life with regards to what I do, eat, touch, use etc. The second is as it looks today. Massive improvement!

I just hope I'm not tempting fate. If you're interested in finding out how I did it then please follow the blog and I'll explain more over the next week or so.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Starting this blog again

I've decided to start this blog back up again. The reason being is that I moved it to the Inspired By Jason Vale blog but as that isn't all about eczema I decided to reopen this one for those that aren't interested in juicing. x

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Blog moved to another address

To anyone who follows this blog, I've now moved my posts to the following address and will no longer be posting in here. Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you on the new blog. :)

Friday, 11 January 2013

Eczema Miracle!

I'm doing the Jason Vale juice program.

The photo shows what a change there has been since Sunday. :-)