Battle of the Eczema

Something we’ve battled with since Apollo was born, eczema. It’s improved a lot since I’ve taken him off milk products, but it still flares up in wintry weather and slip- ups in his diet.

I’ve tried so many over the counter products for eczema and nothing would kick it. Of course, I wouldn’t let it win, he gets so uncomfortable and cries he’s got an “owchie.” I’ve never battled with it, until after he was born, I was getting tiny spots here and there that itched like crazy! This poor guy had it all over his legs, his lower stomach and his cheeks. He would sit and scratch, sometimes until he made spots bleed. (No matter how short I cut his nails)

I don’t even remember what made me decide to make this concoction but it’s now a staple for our house and daily routine.

Beeswax, Coconut oil, Jojoba or Apricot oil (I had to use Hemp oil this time, I was running low on my Apricot) and Gentle Baby from Young Living. If you haven’t heard about Young Living yet, let me know! I used Gentle baby because it’s a blend of super oils like Lavender, Rose, Roman Chamomile and more. All have been shown to help improve and calm the skin.Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

I have a small 4 oz glass  mason jar I use and put directly into small sauce pan with enough water to surround it and covering about ¾ of the container. Turn it to medium heat.

I wasn’t very good at READING descriptions when I purchased my other ingredients off of Amazon. So, instead of buying pellets of beeswax, I bought blocks. Don’t do that. It’s 1000x times more difficult to get the right amount and cutting these blocks are NOT easy. If I estimate correctly, which lets be honest, could very well be off . This is mostly an eyeball-it kind of thing I do. But I’d say I use about 2 tablespoons of beeswax. In my opinion, this really helps lock in the moisture. It does make this more of an ointment than a lotion. So be prepared for that.Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Next I add in the coconut oil and let that help melt the chunk of beeswax, mixing them together every now and again. I make sure to use a wooden spoon, I’ve tried to eliminate the metals we use. Once the coconut oil melts down, I add in about 2 more spoonfuls of either the jojoba or the apricot oil. I’ve used both, we seem to have better luck with the Apricot, but I’m going to give the jojoba another try with a different brand.

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Once it’s all melted down, get a towel/glove and remove the glass jar from the water and place on a safe surface. I give it a few minutes to cool down, but not long enough that it starts to harden up, so about 4 minutes would be good. Add in 4 drops of Gentle Baby. Screw on the lid and shake!

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Let it sit until it’s harden all the way and enjoy! We use it everyday right after bath. We do a quick pat down to get them dry, then coat them in a layer. It’s best to even have a drop of water left on them, here and there, I feel it really helps lock in the moisture.

Right now, he’s got a tiny patch next to his mouth. I tried applying the ointment from the Dr the other night and he cried harder at me saying “it hurts.” I cleaned that off right away for 2 reasons; 1. I don’t actually know what’s in it. Sure, it came from the Dr. but that doesn’t mean it’s a good product for us. I appreciate and respect where medications have advanced over the years, but I still don’t know what its made with. Which leads me to my second reason for taking it off. It’s RIGHT next to his mouth. I can tell him not to lick it off until I’m blue in the face, but that is not going to stop him. Putting on the ointment that I just made, I know what’s in it, I know where it came from, I know it’s not going to harm him if it gets into his system.

If you’re going to attempt making this, MAKE SURE YOU USE A GLASS CONTAINER. Not only are you going to be putting it into boiling water! But Essential Oils are good at pulling toxins out of plastic. (Citrus oils are known to do this, Gentle Baby only has a little Lemon oil in it, but better safe than sorry!)

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