It all happened overnight. My hands started to crack and bleed at the slightest movement. Pustules appeared between my fingers along with itching. My hands, which were once soft and flexible, suddenly looked like an arid desert. After consulting several doctors, I was diagnosed with a severe form of eczema.
I tried every single solution proposed by specialists as well as many I found online, without success. Nothing could solve my problem, which after so long, was starting to make my life very difficult. One day, after yet another meeting with an experienced dermatologist, he told me that I was allergic to petrolatum. He then proceeded to write me a prescription for a cream commonly used to treat eczema. After reading the list of ingredients, I was surprised to find that the first one was, you guessed it, petrolatum.
I asked him why he was prescribing me a petroleum-based cream despite my allergy. After some unconvincing explanations, this so-called expert politely showed me the door to his office. At that point, I realized that the usual treatments were not suitable for me. I had to fix this problem myself. It was the start of my quest to find a natural cure for my eczema.
After more than a year of research and false hopes, I finally managed to get rid of my eczema once and for all.
What Causes Eczema?
After a simple internet search, you quickly realize that there are a myriad of possible causes for eczema and psoriasis. In fact, how those two conditions work is not yet completely understood. However, the research does show links between these diseases, the immune system and skin cells. Generally, the body reacts to an internal or external stressor. For example, external chemicals can cause stress to skin cells. In some people, the body overreacts, causing skin problems.
A similar phenomenon can be observed internally. When certain molecules are absorbed, it over stimulates the immune system, which reacts and creates dermatoses such as eczema and psoriasis. With this information in hand, I defined two priorities I needed to work on: reducing the response of my immune system and reducing the chemicals that caused unnecessary stress to my body.
How to improve your Immune System ?
The immune system is very complex, but there is an increasingly clear link with its health and the state of our digestive system. With all the chemicals we eat and the daily stress we experience, our digestive tract can become less and less efficient. Because of that, it can let molecules get through that should otherwise be eliminated, creating all kinds of unpleasant reactions. It is therefore imperative to regenerate our digestive system in order to improve our immune system. This naturally reduces the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
There are several foods that help stimulate the immune system. In our case, we don’t necessarily want to stimulate it, but rather control it. My favorite product is the chaga, a type of mushroom found in the boreal forest. It’s very effective in controlling the immune system. Consumed either as an extract or as a concoction it’s easily accessible on the market. I personally recommend buying it in powder form and boiling it for 15 minutes. Ideally, 3 cups a day with a little honey does the trick.
For even better results, two simple rituals can be added to your daily routine: a cold shower or bath and meditation. Proven to give a boost to the immune system, they’ll surely have a positive impact on your life. A little skeptical? Try it and you’ll see! I recommend a 2 minute cold shower or ice bath every day. All it takes is a little courage. I promise, after a while, it will almost feel comfortable. As for meditation, you should set aside at least 10 minutes for it, once or twice daily. These practices are essential in a healthy lifestyle. Want to learn more? Check out Wim Hof, whose techniques based on the daily incorporation of cold and relaxation have influenced science.
How Can We Improve Our Digestive System?
One of the best natural ingredients to help heal intestines is collagen. Found in chicken broth and in the skin and cartilage of animals, it’s also available as a powder supplement or pill. Ideally, 10 to 20 grams of collagen should be consumed per day. Not only is it a great help in healing the digestive system, but it is also known to make skin smoother. What’s not to like, right? Unfortunately, there are currently no vegan collagen supplements available. However, it is possible to eat foods that will help you naturally produce more of it. For example, green vegetables (kale, broccoli, arugula), garlic, cashews and pumpkin seeds are particularly effective.
Another important ingredient? Colostrum. Known as the fluid produced by mammals before breast milk is released, it’s rich in growth factors that stimulate the development of the membranes of your intestines. In addition, it keeps the immune system on the right track. Another weapon of choice for psoriasis and eczema! Colostrum is available in powder or capsule form. Ask the manufacturer about the dosage before adding it to your diet.
Last but not least, it’s essential to reduce internal stressors. I recommend eliminating foods commonly known to cause inflammation such as gluten (wheat) and casein (milk) for 30 days. It’s possible to reintroduce them later. You can also follow the “Whole30” diet, which is much stricter, but can help you a lot. Opting for organic ingredients as much as possible, reducing your sugar and alcohol intake and adding probiotics and prebiotics to your diet can also be beneficial.
How can we improve our Skin Cells?
Now that we know how to deal with the internal problems that can affect our bodies, it’s time to address the external ones. First things first, we must eliminate the stressors. These agents are found mainly in everyday cosmetics such as body gels, shampoos, conditioners, soaps, as well as in household products such as laundry and dishwasher soap and fabric softeners. It’s essential to eliminate them and turn to natural alternatives such as Chanv products.
Next important step to improve our skin cells? We must nourish them with vegetable and essential oils. Hemp oil is rich in vitamin E and omega 3 and 6. Its perfect balance makes it very similar to sebum, naturally produced by the skin. The epidermis absorbs it very well and helps regenerate cells. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s an essential ally in reducing symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
Speaking of essential oils, Italian helichrysum is a must. Very popular in the cosmetics industry, it has been known for ages for its exceptional anti-inflammatory properties. Italian helichrysum is great for healing of eczema or psoriasis naturally, as well as for cell regeneration. You can make your own mixture by adding 1 gram of Italian Helichrysum essential oil to 50 grams of hemp oil. Alternatively, you can use Chanv Intensive Care Oil , which contains both ingredients as well as lavender and tea tree essential oils effective in relieving symptoms of eczema or psoriasis.
My protocol for healing Eczema or Psoriasis naturally
In a nutshell, here is the protocol that allowed me to get rid of eczema and psoriasis:
- Improve Your Immune System
- Drink 3 cups of chaga tea per day
- Take a cold shower or an ice bath for 2 minutes, every day
- Meditate for 10 minutes once or twice a day
- Improve Your Digestive System
- Consume 10 to 20 grams of collagen per day
- Take colostrum every day according to the manufacturer’s dosage
- Eat a Whole30 diet or eliminate gluten and casein from your diet for 30 days
- Eat probiotics and prebiotics foods such as sauerkraut or kombucha
- Reduce your sugar and alcohol intake as much as possible
- Improve Your Skin Cells
- Eliminate chemical-based cosmetics
- Dispose of household chemical products
- Apply a mixture of hemp oil and Italian helichrysum to affected areas 3 times a day, or apply Chanv intensive care oil
If you do all this for 30 to 60 days, you should be able to manage your eczema or psoriasis. I successfully tested this protocol and the results were spectacular. I sincerely hope that these tips will improve your well-being. Share this protocol to help more people overcome the burden of eczema or psoriasis. If you have any questions or recommendations, feel free to use the comments section!