Spring time can see a flare up in eczema symptoms in children and adults. But eczema can be a year-round concern for many parents. Eczema Awareness Week is run by the Eczema Association Australia.
We acknowledge that parents must consult their GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment plans for eczema.
But we hope to offer additional, organic support for eczema symptoms, through the use of our natural products and some simple daily routines.
It is estimated that eczema currently affects around 1 in 6 children under 7 years.
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What causes eczema?
The exact cause of eczema is unknown – it appears to be linked to the following internal and external triggers:
- A family history of eczema, asthma or hayfever: if both parents have eczema, there is an 80 per cent chance that their children may also develop eczema
- Some foods and alcohol: dairy and wheat products, citrus fruits, eggs, nuts, seafood, chemical food additives, preservatives and colourings
- Airborne irritants like tobacco smoke or fragrance
- Chemical irritants found in soaps, detergents, shampoos, disinfectants, and household cleansers
- Allergens from pet dander, pollens, and mould
- Micro-organisms like viruses, bacteria, and fungi
- Swings in temperature from hot weather, sweating during physical activity, and low humidity caused by drying affects of A/C
- Clothing made of wool or synthetic fibers
Humidifying the environment with a cool mist vaporiser (Aroma Bloom, pictured above) rather than hot steam vaporisers can offer safe hydration to the skin. Dry skin is a key smptom of eczema. Adding organic essential oils to the water chamber allows each water particle to be coated in the healing benefits of the oil, as it is diffused and absorbed into the skin and body.
The following essential oils can reduce or suppress COX-2 production. COX-2 is a molecule produced by the body as part of an inflammatory response.
Safe, eczema-friendly oils for children should be diffused with water in the correct dilution. Undiluted essential oils should never be applying directly to the skin. Topical application may be appropriate when highly diluted with coconut oil (or other carrier oil).
As one of the most versatile essential oils, lavender is an all-in-one remedy for depression, sleeplessness, pain, poor digestion, and so much more. Lavender oil has been found to substantially reduce inflammation and eczema symptoms.
Clove is composed of between 80-95% eugenol, a substance commonly used by dentists as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory to relieve pain and swelling from dental surgeries. Smelling woody, warm, and slightly fruity, it suppressed COX-2 by 40%.
The aroma of the Rosa damascena is flowery, sweet, and uplifting and has long been cherished for its anti-depressant and aphrodisiac properties. As an anti-inflammatory, it also contains eugenol and was effective in lowering COX-2 by 30%.
Eucalyptus oil has many amazing benefits. Fresh and earthy, its main ingredient is eucalyptol which is used commercially in mouthwashes, cough suppressants, and insecticides. In addition to beating back COX-2 by 25%, yet another study revealed that eucalyptus oil is an effective treatment for pain relief and eczema inflammation.
With the fragrance of licorice, fennel oil contains anethole which has powerful anti-inflammatory qualities. In the COX-2 study, it was able to impede the production of this enzyme by 22%.
Derived from an orange tree native to Italy, bergamot oil smells fresh and citrus-like and is well-known for its energizing and mood boosting effects. Lowering COX-2 by 21%, additional research has demonstrated that bergamot oil reduced skin inflammation in children by 63%.
Safe, daily diffusion of pure essential oils, like Child Calming Remedy,
with lavender, orange, mandarin and chamomile.
7. Rose Geranium
Pelargonium graveolens is an African flower. Rose geranium oil has been used historically for its soothing effects on the skin, and a 2013 study showed it also is a potent anti-inflammatory. Researchers applied a tiny amount of oil to inflamed skin (mixed with carrier oil) and found it reduced swelling by more than 70%.
With calming and sedative effects, chamomile oil is rich, fruity, and sweet and very safe to diffuse with babies and children. Both Roman and German chamomile oils have similar anti-inflammatory properties. Tested specifically for eczema, topical application with chamomile decreased inflammation, and as a maintenance therapy, it was superior to over-the-counter NSAIDs and steroid creams.
9. Tea Tree
Distilled from the foliage of Melaleuca alternifolia, tea tree leaves were first used by the Bundjalung people of Australia to treat infections, cold symptoms, and skin ailments. While tea tree oil has a myriad of extraordinary uses, it is especially good for promoting healthy skin by allaying acne, sores, eczema itchiness, and inflammation.
Part of the ginger family, turmeric is chiefly composed of curcumin which gives it its yellow color and earthy, spicy aroma. Evidence of curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects has been well-documented in a number of studies by inhibiting many of the molecules (COX-2 included!) that cause inflammation.
11. Black Pepper
Unlike ground peppercorns that can make you sneeze, black pepper oil is easier on the senses with crisp and piquant notes. Peperine gives black pepper its spicy profile and this compound has also been shown to inhibit the molecules responsible for pain and inflammation.
Warm and spicy, thyme essential oil contains carvacrol, an organic compound that functions as a natural defense again pain, swelling and inflammation.
Get started on a natural path to eczema relief with daily diffusion of cool mist and essential oils, to purify and hydrate the air and skin. Our Starter Pack contains everything you need.
In addition, Bamboo Bubby is an Australian business specializing in eczema-relief clothing, sheets and towels. Itchy Baby Co provides pharmicist-developed soothing relief for eczema with lotions, bath washes and more.
For more information on eczema treatment, visit eczema.org.au
Disclaimer: We are not doctors or healthcare professionals or aromatherapists. Our products are offered for sale with general use guidelines provided by the manufacturer. Should any sensitivity to our products occur, please discontinue use. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, and/or take the place of medical treatment prescribed by a doctor or medical professional.