When there’s a pressing issue in my life, like when my child was bitten by a cat, or how to deal with a defiant child, or even a simple how to aid common colds, or how to color your own hair at home (up next), I usually research most likely through the internet. It’s a readily-available dose of information right in front of your face. Aside from asking others personally of course.
Okay, so now, one of my friends has eczema. And I feel bad to see her having to go through the on/off flare-ups of the disease. So I did a research and a blogger mom shares her experience in dealing with eczema of her own child. I could sense in her story that they’ve been through a lot with preventing the flare-ups of eczema and treating it with doctor-prescribed meds which don’t work. And she’s not comfortable in giving her child a stronger med steroid. So she jumped into research-nerd mode (hmp, sounds familiar) and found natural ways of treating eczema. Now she found out about epsom salt bath and moisturizing with sunflower oil. She said it’s been getting better results after two weeks with her baby’s skin looking better than it had been before when they were still using those prescribed meds. Here’s the link to her story:
Nowadays, even doctors, though not all, would recommend natural treatments for diseases. And a doctor, Peter Lio, MD, has been studying and specializing in treating eczema. We may not know why, but thankfully we know there’s a doctor who is concerned in the treatment of this disease. He mentioned about the conventional meds of course and how moisturizing plays a very important role in treating eczema. Towards the end of his talk (T47:20), he mentioned about going natural and shared about how sunflower oil helps the skin to retain moisture by increasing the formation of skin’s natural ceramides, has anti-inflammatory effects and that it also relieves itchiness of the skin. Early on in his talk, he mentioned that the major keys in treating eczema are 1. moisturize 2. antibiotic 3. anti-inflammatory and 4. antipruritics. So clearly, I understand that the 3 keys in treating eczema is already given by sunflower oil.
It’s almost one hour of talk but if you have the time, and if you’re concerned with treating eczema, do watch his very informative speech. Some of the things, you might not fully understand but most of what he said was helpful.
Some of the research about treating eczema with sunflower oil:
Sunflower seed oil - Anti-inflammatory. Also serves as an excellent moisture barrier. - http://www.naturalnews.com/037615_eczema_natural_remedies_immunity.html
High LA concentrations have been shown to accelerate skin barrier development and repair, hydrate the skin, and, as a result, reduce the severity of atopic dermatitis and be steroid sparing. Some natural oils with the highest LA/OA ratios are safflower oil, sunflower seed oil, and sea buckthorn seed oil. - http://nationaleczema.org/moisturizers-skin-diseases-insights/
Sunflowers may hold the solution to a problem which gets under the skin of millions of Australians every year. Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, rosacea and the lesser-known Netherton Syndrome pose an itchy problem for many sufferers world-wide, but a group of researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are looking at ways to soothe the problem – with tiny proteins called peptides, found in sunflowers. - http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/247029.php
Here’s my previous post about sunflower oil, if you wanna read about it.