Tag Archives: Eczema

How to heal eczema with essential oils

My boys suffered for a long time as little children with Eczema, especially around the backs of their knees and thighs, when we quit dairy there Eczema cleared up and hasn’t come back since, so I do believe a lot of skin complaints need healing from the inside out, start looking at what is going in your body and also what creams etc you are putting on your skin. I know the specialist eczema creams prescribed by doctors have an ingredient which actually causes the skin to dry out?! go figure that one. I use plain coconut oil on my skin and sometimes combine it with essential oils such as peppermint for a foot refreshing massage lotion.

 

How to Heal Eczema With Essential Oils

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Fight colds and flu naturally

Before getting to the natural remedies for colds and flu, I want to explain to you how medicine works, let’s say for example you feel full of cold and have a sore throat, runny eyes, mucus etc.
You go and buy a packet of Lemsip to make you feel better.

The packet says:
“For fever, headaches, body aches, blocked nose, sore throat and chesty cough”
Contains Phenylephrine Hydrochloride, Paracetamol, Guaifenesin:

Let’s look at those ingredients:
The primary side effect of phenylephrine is hypertension (high blood pressure) and it can cause increased heart rate
Some patients have been shown to have an upset stomach, severe abdominal cramping, and vomiting issues connected to taking this drug
Side-effects of guaifenesin include nausea, vomiting, formation of kidney stones, diarrhoea, dry mouth, chapped lips and constipation
Paracetamol can cause your stomach to bleed if you take it regularly, liver and kidney damage too.

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What’s so harmful with DIY?

So it’s Sunday, a typical day to get the decorating done, trip to the local DIY store for all the gear and home to crack on, you fall into one of two camps, people like me who wake up one day and think “ohh that wall would look nice red” move whatever furniture is near that wall to the middle of the room, or in some cases if its a big bookcase don’t bother moving it at all, grab the paint and go for it or those who prepare everything, move the furniture out the room, dust, wash and strip the walls, sand them down etc. Whichever way you do it is up to you but I have a few thoughts for you before you grab that tin of paint.

Whilst going on this journey of ours learning about living without toxins, we decided to decorate our living room, we had laminate flooring down which we got years before for a discount and it wasn’t fitted properly, the radiator had leaked on it and it was starting to lift in some places, the walls had been papered and over painted so many times and the woodwork was chipped and pretty knackered, we got rid of the second hand leather sofa we had, mainly because it was so cold to sit on (we didn’t know about the animal implications then) so we decided to gut the whole room and do a proper job.

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Benefits of coconut oil

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We love coconut oil, its a must in our house, I use it as an all over body moisturiser and to heal chapped lips, great in cooking (with potatoes, rosemary and garlic, roasted in the oven-yummy!) good for babies bottoms instead of toxic nappy rash cream. Awesome on untreated wooden furniture as an alternative to furniture polish.

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Handy list to avoid toxins in food

There is so much information it can be overwhelming to start off on a purer journey, we started by looking at and changing the food and drink we had, this is a huge step and I know from experience it can be mind boggling. So here is a handy guide for you to print off to take shopping, this is just a basic starting off list, we have moved so far on our journey now that we avoid so much more but I don’t want to overwhelm you or put you off.

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All about Thyme and how amazing it is!

I love herbs!

I use them in cooking, in remedies, in potions for the bath and skin, I love infusing them in oil and drying them for winter, I have a cracking collection now which has been easy to build up over the past few years. My favourite is always Thyme, this grows year round even when it’s snowing and doesn’t need drying out to store, it’s also very hardy, can last for days without watering even in hot weather, grows well in shade and poor soil too although I like to put my coffee grounds on the soil for an extra boost and comes in all different types, I have lemon thyme ( which hasn’t grown as abundantly as I would like) and English Thyme.

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The benefts and many uses of coconut oil

We love coconut oil here at NWF, it really is the bomb!

We use it in cooking, on our skin, hair and oil pull with it too. Check out these handy posters for more uses and benefits. If you can buy organic coconut oil as its more pure.

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How great and all from a coconut!

We also use coconut milk in curries, puddings and it is especially nice with porridge.

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Its one of the best fats to cook with too as it doesn’t turn rancid when heated either.

Top 4 versatile herbs to grow

We love herbs here at Naked Wild and Free and have a lovely collection growing in our garden but we tend to keep going back again and again to the same few for cooking, medicinal purposes and to use on our bodies, garden and home.

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Herbs are valued for their flavour, scent and healing properties. When you grow your own herbs you will save a lot of money and enjoy the benefits of having them at hand just by your kitchen. They are so versatile too!

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Dandelion an amazing ‘weed’

 

Not only are dandelions great for bees but the are also great to eat in a salad, please don’t class them as ‘weeds’ because they are so much more, you can eat the leaves and the petals, make teas and coffee too.  They are also good for your health as shown in the following post from Homesteadingsurvival.com

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Dandelion Health Benefits :

1) Cancer: the root extract is unique, and is one of the only things found to help with chronic myelomonocytic Leukemia and It is effective in treating Breast Tumors.

2) Detoxification of vital organs: Because of the diuretic abilities of dandelion root, it is beneficial for flushing out the Liver, Kidneys and Gallbladder. İt works great to purify the blood and cleanse the system. This also makes it a good herb for Fighting İnfections.
It is also used for Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout and Rheumatism.

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