When Raff was diagnosed with eczema a while back, our GP prescribed emollients and steroid creams, neither of which had much impact. Similarly the steroid creams given to me to treat my psoriasis over the years had been pretty ineffectual and caused areas of my skin to become discoloured. Frustrated, I decided to explore a more holistic approach to managing our symptoms.
Firstly, I set about eliminating any harsh products we were using. When I started to really look into it, I discovered that so many products we were using in our home and on our bodies contained a lot of nasties – even stuff like baby friendly bath wash, laundry detergent and most of my household cleaners. I’d been blindly using things because they filled a need without really considering whether they could be harmful to us.
Slowly but surely we’ve weeded out the rubbish. Instead, I’ve been using homemade bath wash, homemade counter top spray, homemade woodspray, homemade floor cleaner and even a miracle healing balm which has worked wonders on Raff’s eczema and my psoriasis. I’ve ditched our old laundry detergent, opting instead for a gentle and eco product made with natural ingredients. Honestly it cleans just as well and smells just as lovely.
I’ve really noticed the difference in my skin since ditching the bad guys and opting for natural alternatives and I’ve not had to compromise on cleaning power one bit.This little pot of healing balm in particular, has been my go to cure all for so many ailments, from nappy rash, to sore spots, to chapped lips, to flare ups. It really does work wonders, and the beauty of it is that I know exactly what it’s made from – all natural ingredients. Perhaps most surprisingly for me, a skeptic, is the improvement in my psoriasis, and raff’s eczema is barely noticeable now. A little goes a long way and my 30ml pot fits neatly into my bag so I can carry it wherever we go and apply it whenever we need.
Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try:
- ½ cup bees wax pellets
- 1/8 cup organic jojoba oil
- ¼ cup shea butter
- ¾ cup organic coconut oil
- 35 drops lavender oil (young living)
You can also adapt the amount of lavender to 20 drops and add 10 drops of melrose oil and 10 drops of roman chamomile oil (neither of which I had at the time of making this batch but I’ll give them a go next time and keep you posted).
Heat the first four ingredients in an old pan and stir continuously until everything is dissolved, then add your essential oils, stir again before pouring into 30 ml glass jars. I use amber jars as these protect the oil inside. Allow to cool then label.