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Postby sea sprite » Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:57 am

Hi Folks,

Following on from the 'wisdom from the barn' thread, I was thinkimg we could have a similar thread on natural remedies (I suppose they might cross over a bit though).

Anyway, I have a vested interest as Robin has had a bit of a rash on his chest and back for months. It has recently got worse so I took him to the GP yesterday and he said that it looks like eczema, which was my suspicion. He's prescribed a general emollient to try first and then a mild hydrocortisone cream to try if the emollient doesn't help. I'm not wild at the thought of applying steroid cream to his skin, but I know it will clear it up and it is itchy for him.

I've been using a calendula cream which helps a bit, but are there any other things I could try? I know that homeopathy has been helpful to a lot of eczema sufferes and I saw a homeopath during my pregnancy, so I'm willing to try that, but does anyone else know of any other solutions? :?

Feel free to post remedies for other ailments and conditions too :)
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Postby Leanne » Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:10 pm

Here's one for you. I had this saved to my pc, I copied it from a forum i belong to about 3 years ago. Ive made some each spring since and its marvellous!! (I cant remember who originally posted it so i cant give them the credit, but its fab!)

Green Elder Ointment

Also called `oil of swallows' as you make it in the spring, when the
swallows return! make it some time between the time the Elder trees
leaf up and the flowers are just ready to come out, but a few weeks late
does not seem to matter. Pick all fresh ingredients on a dry day.

Ointments have two parts, the active ingredients and the base. I use
solid vegetable oil for the main base, (the Trex type of stuff, use a
supermarkets own brand) and add a little glycerine, so that it is
slightly softer and easier to use. Solid veg oil goes into the skin
better than the oily bases of things like germaline, which just sits
there. Ok if licked as well.

Ingredients etc
selection of small jars, the ones on hotel breakfast tables for
jams are ideal. Wash.
An elder tree.
Pair of tights, pop sox etc.

1 or 2 blocks of solid veg oil.
I small bottle glycerine, (comes in a bottle like food colouring)
This is not essential, just makes getting it out of the jar easier in
cold weather.
few ounces of dried lavender flowers, I use a good hand scoop full per block.
Ditto of dried comfrey leaves optional

How to make.

Pick around half a carrier bag of leaves, this should be plenty. Take
them off the stalks but don't get picky. Flower buds are ok,
Pick about half quantity fresh comfrey to fresh elder.
Heat a large saucepan, give yourself some room here. Melt oil. Add
some fresh leaves.

NOTE: You are not frying the stuff. If things start to crisp, oil is
way too hot. You want it clear looking, but no smoke coming off.
Fresh leaves should go into the oil and start looking sad and limp,
turning the oil gradually green as the active oils in leaves goes
into the base. If this is not happening, after say five minutes,
turn heat up. gently.
After first handful of leaves looks like over cooked spinach, replace
with new leaves. You will need to do this over and over 'til oil
goes green
If you are using dried comfrey, do the elder first. You are looking for
oil to be a nice deep green colour. Add dried comfrey to this and
cook a bit longer, maybe five minutes, keep the heat down, be gentle
with it. You will now have either a pan of green oil and a sad heap of cooked leaves, (fresh comfrey option) Or a pile of cooked elder and a pan full of green oil covered bits! Don't worry

Make enough room for the lavender and let it fill the air with nice
pong. Five minutes cooking should extract oil, Now stretch a tights foot over a bowl or jug, and spoon contents of pan into it.

Oil will run through, but there is a lot of good stuff in with the
leaves. Wait until it is just cool enough to hold, and start
squeezing. This is really good for your hands, but watch out for the
heat inside, don't burn yourself. Things tend to get a bit messy at
this point. Don't waste any, scrape hands off into bowl. Don't
worry about the odd speck of leaf.

Now keep an eye on it, it will change colour as it starts to set.
When it is cool but still pourable, add glycerine, half bottle per
block of oil. Stir really well, (it tends to settle to bottom) and
pot up.

Elder is a powerful wound cleaner, it gets gunk out amazingly. It
also seems to stop irritation, great with allergic problems.

Comfrey kick starts the healing system.

Lavender is an antiseptic, and stops the ointment smelling like bad

Use on well, everything. I have used it with success on eczema,
cuts, sores, boils, wounds, boy's knees, dry skin. . It is amazingly cheap and effective.

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Postby solsticedreamer » Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:26 pm

i always find aloe straight from the plant good for burns~very minor burns mind you! rashes, spots etc.

also a poultice of hawthorn leaves and berries are good for drawing out thorns, splinters etc...just mash up the leaves and berries add enough hot water to make a paste then apply to area and bandage on.
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Postby iWitch » Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:27 pm

I use lavendar essential oils for burns, even severe ones*.

*Saw a marvellous case in Ireland where a employee of a very well know American fast food store spilled a large cup of boiling hot coffee on my friend. It went straight through her trousers and she screamed in agony. The woman sitting next to us offered her some lavendar oil and we went off to the loos to apply it. The red mark on her flesh was huge and already beginning to swell when we poured half the bottle of oil on the affected area. After a minute or two the pain subsided and my friend put her jeans back on. We went out and offered to compensate the lady for the use of her oil, but she declined. The employee called over her manager to see the damage, but my friend just wanted to get home and so we left. The next day there was nothing to see; not even the tinest mark.
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Postby Moongoddess » Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:48 pm

Eczema tips from natural remedy books I have:

To soothe raw and weeping rashes use honey, strong chamomile tea, or barley water made with chamomile tea. Seek help if the rash gets infected. For itching in general, use oat or vinegar washes and baths. Strong peppermint tea in very cooling. Drink chamomile tea for nervousness and stress.

Another book I have suggests Marigold, taken as a tea and applied as a compress, lotion, wash ointment or cream.

Herbs and aromatherapy by Culpepper recommend: massage, aromatic baths and checking diet. Calendula cream and rescue remedy cream can also help ease the irritation and inflamation. Chamomile, yarrow, sandelwood and patchouli are indicated. Bergamot, neroli, lavender and melissa can also help. Chamomile and melissa can be a useful combination in skin cream for inflames sore areas. Evening primose, avocado and jojoba make particularly useful additions to massage and treatment oils. If the eczema condition becomes more irritating with oil-based treatment, use natural creams, gela and lotions as you base.
Dilution Use oils at 1%
I used this book for a treament for psoriasis for andrew years ago and it cleared it up, has very mild flare ups every so often, but nowhere near as bad as it was.

I would be very reluctant to use a steroid cream on myself, let alone a baby....but eczema can be so irritating, if it helps then so be it. I you follow any of these sugestions, I reckon you'll have the most fragrant baby in cornwall
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Postby Firecracker » Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:39 pm

I have one word for you OATS!!

Dan suffers from Excema in his elbows and behind his knees. When you run Robins bath, get a bag of cheapy oats from the supermarket and put a few handfuls in a muslin / fabric bag. Hang this from the tap so that the water is running through the bag.

Then when its run, tie the bag up and put it in the water. Keep squeezing it so that all the milky water comes out, you can even gently rub the bag on Robins skin.

It feels really slimey and a bit gross, but once Robin is dry it should really make a difference. It will reduce the redness and it really calms the area and stops it drying out and eases the itchiness. All I ever needed after that was a little bit of fragrance free moisturiser like E45. Whenever Dans skin breaks out I do this for a few days and it really clears it up.
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Postby faery » Sat Aug 30, 2008 9:29 am

Recommendations for Joint Problems

Essential Oils of
Chamomile; Cypress; Juniper; Lavender; Lemon; Rosemary.

Make up an oil blend using any of the above (generally a ratio of 2 - 4 drops of E.Oil to 1 fl.oz of carrier oil).
Use as a massage rub or add some to the bath and give yourself chance to soak a bit.
As a compress, add up to 6 drops of E.O. to a small bowl of water as hot as you can comfortably handle. Fold up some lint or other clean cotton material. Hold it onto the surface of the water so it takes up the E.O. and hot water. Wring it out and hold it onto the joint.

Cautions - with any E.O. it's always worth doing a skin patch test.
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Postby Sujee » Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:14 pm

Found these ladies at Witchfest and thought you might like to see their website - they are trained herbalists and witches too. They have some very interesting stuff on the site and I am on the email list:

They even have herbal tobacco for bad folk like me who like a wee smoke. I also rather like the look of the Party Potion... :wink: :lol:
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Postby Moongoddess » Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:26 pm

That was a really interesting email you sent me Sujee.....wouldn't mind some party potion myself, I reckon the jack should stock it :lol: :lol:
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Postby Sujee » Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:29 pm

I think we should keep it for The Sisters.... :wink: :lol:
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Postby Sorcha » Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:35 pm

Moongoddess wrote:That was a really interesting email you sent me Sujee.....wouldn't mind some party potion myself, I reckon the jack should stock it :lol: :lol:

Now I am curious, can you send it to me as well Sujee!???
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Postby Sujee » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:31 pm

Of course Sorcha! Hey........Presto!!!!! :lol:
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Postby Sorcha » Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:12 pm

Sujee wrote:Of course Sorcha! Hey........Presto!!!!! :lol:

Thanks!!! :P :P Received it, looks great!! Will look into it as soon as Sinterklaas is over! :wink: ( here I am complaining I have no time and at the same time I am writing here, sitting in the Jack etc. etc. Just cannot bring myself to leave yet! :roll: :roll: :wink: )
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Postby nikki/tony » Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:47 pm

hi sea sprite,sorry to hear robin has eczema ,i know how horrid it can be and bewildering as to what to try,i was born with severe hyredatry eczema ,was braught up with steroid creams .take it from me only use when all else fails , as you soon become imune to it then they give stronger and stronger creams .each person reacts differently to the natral remedys alovera works for a friend of mine but makes me worse so try everything also did your doc mentcion it can be an allergic reaction ,my son has eczema rashes all over when he eats anything with food colouring in it.worth looking at ,better to find the cause as well as the cure! :wink: :lol: hope you find the perfect cream soon :wink:
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Postby Seawitch » Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:19 am

Seasprite - I have recently formulated a range of body butters, which will soon be on sale alongside my soaps. As a result of feedback from some of my Aromatherapy clients, one of the body butters will contain a blend of essential oils which is aimed specifically at relieving eczema and psoriasis.

If you'd like to try a sample, please pm me with your address and I'll send you some.

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