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A salve for calming Eczema by reducing inflammation and fighting infection:

How to make -

  • 1TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1TSP Himalayan Rock salt (table salt will do)
  • 10 Fresh Sage leaves Salvia Officinalis finely chopped
  • 10 Fresh Spearmint leaves Mentha Spicata finely chopped

- Start by adding the salt to a Pestle & Mortar and crushing it down into a fine powder. Add the leaves and grind to a dry paste. Lastly add the oil and muddle till it becomes a relatively thick green consistent paste.

- Apply the salve to a cotton wool makeup pad or soft tissue and place on Eczema patch, binding in place with a bandage. It will sting initially due to the salt but the Spearmint will calm it quite fast.

- I find from personal use that 2 hours is long enough for it to reduce inflammation and leave the Eczema in a state in which it can heal itself over a few days.

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Why it works -

  • The salt draws excess moisture out of Eczema “blisters” which reduces itchiness and inflammation resulting in a faster healing process and less chance of further infection. This is especially helpful in sweat prone areas such as the crook of the arm and back of the knee.
  • Sage helps to heal the skin due to it’s high antiseptic and antibacterial properties. This is the main healing ingredient.
  • Spearmint also helps to heal the skin but it’s main purpose in the salve is to reduce inflammation and discomfort which can reduce itchiness and pain. This is especially helpful for raised and bumpy Eczema.
  • The Olive Oil helps to soothe the area and lock in some moisture around the  sores so the salt does not draw too much out. It’s main purpose here however is to be the base of the paste.

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This salve is not intended for long term storage and should not be used on the face or on children.

If suffering from dry eczema, do not add the salt.

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Here’s to all the people

With scars from their skin condition

Who have ever been told not to wear shorts or T-shirts because they should ‘cover it up’

Who feel like their body is gross or ugly

Who have been pointed at and called disgusting

Who always wear long clothes to cover up

Who get people without a skin condition telling them how to manage it

Who have 6843 different creams and lotions and have lost track of which ones they’re supposed to be using right now.

You’re all beautiful, you’re all fantastic and you’re all doing a great job

I Need To Get This Out There

I have severe eczema all over my body, including my face.  There are few things that people do/ say that drive me mental.  Let’s go:

1) DO NOT FUCKING STARE AT IT!

You think this would be common fucking sense, but NOPE!  The amount of fucking stares I get when I am minding my own business is unbelievable.  Imagine if you got a really bad hair cut and everywhere you went people were staring at you.  Even when you catch them staring they continue to do so.  It makes you feel like you are two inches.  Now multiply that feeling by 10 and that is what people with eczema feel like.

2) Do Not Point it Out

Yes I know it is there, I can feel it.  I ask you: What good does it do to point it out?  It is not dirt; I cannot just wipe it off to get rid of it.  This also adds to the anxiety that eczema causes and it is flat out rude.

3) Do Not Say: “It’s gross!” or “It looks painful!” or “It looks dry!” etc.

Look I know how it looks like to the public.  I cannot help how it looks.  Trust me it looks gross to me as well.  However, there is nothing I can do to really change how it looks or how long the recovery takes.  Plus, it is painful and no amount of pain-killers will get rid of the pain.

4) “You should cover it up!” 

HAHAHAHAHA! It is not that fucking simple man! First of all, eczema heats up really quickly.  If someone is the cover the area the eczema will burn said person, until it hits the cold.  Secondly, if they were to put say foundation on it both of these scenarios will happen.  When eczema is covered, the patch will look hella dry.  All it will do is make it look less inflamed rather than be a solution.  Let’s say that the person has a lot of makeup skills to make it look invisible, makeup will still hinder it.  like covering it up with cloth, the eczema will burn underneath causing the flare to worsen.

5) “You should try this (insert over the counter drug/natural ‘remedy’)”

At this point just shut the fuck up.  Let’s start with the drug argument shall we.  Do you honestly think I would not be keeping tabs on new products and not testing them out.  I know of pretty much all of the drugs out there and they do not work.  Correction, they work for those who are extremely mild or for people who think they have eczema when they don’t and only have a normal rash.  all those creams do is num the itch so you don’t scratch.  They do not stop it!  Now for the natural “remedy” crap.  Let’s get this clear,  THERE IS NO FUCKING CURE FOR ECZEMA!  For those who says “I used this all natural mixture/oil/whatever that my alchemist recommended and it cured my/baby’s/whoever eczema” That is all fucking bullshit!  Like with the over the counter, it more or less nums it.  A lot of the ingredients they use are mild moisturizers.  Now moisturizers are need to help the healing process of a flare, but like I said before, there is no cure.  These moisturizers just get rid of the dryness which prevents spread, not riding the body of it.  With this said, these moisturizers (more or less they are oil based) are mild.  These oils are primarily used in adding into things like steroid creams.  It adds to the moisture content on top of the pre-moisturized area and working power of the steroid. This argument drives me more nuts than the over the counter one because of my Teta. I know they are trying to help, but you are not a doctor, do not try to act as one.

6. “Have you tried taking cold showers?” or “Have you tried moisturizing?”

Of course I have! I personally hate cold showers, but because of the eczema, it is the only option I have unless I want it to spread.  It is one of the advices you receive from the doctor along with the application of moisturizers once your eczema starts flaring. 

7. “OMG! DON’T USE STERIODS! THEY ARE SO BAD FOR YOUR SKIN!”

No shit sherlock! I know they are bad for you, however they are all I have right now.  There is no other way to really treat it currently without harmful medication.  So unless you are researching a cure for eczema, do not preach to me about how bad they are and what they may cause, because I already know.

8. “DON’T SCRATCH IT!  IT WILL MAKE IT WORSE!”

I already know that.  However, it is a mental issue.  Role-play time again!  Imagine that you have a feather lightly going over your skin.  After a while, you want to bat it away.  Now imagine if you were not allowed to bat it away.  It would eventually dive you nuts and you will knock it way.  Again multiply that feeling by ten and that is what a person with eczema had to deal with.  The point of which we need to scratch is our breaking point.  Eczema legit will drive us mad, to the point we will do anything to stop it, even if it means worsening it.

Those are only some of the thing people with eczema have to deal with.  I probably missed a tone of comments that drive us nuts.  If you know of someone with eczema DO NOT do/say these things to them.  If you have some things that dives you nuts feel free to add.  If you do not have eczema and have questions please feel free to ask me.

Idk. But why do people think it’s acceptable to comment on the health of a total stranger.

Like, I was at work earlier, and this customer just makes a comment about the eczema on my hand and says “do you use cream for that”

Seriously!? It’s so fucking rude. Doesn’t matter whether it was meant in an innocent way or not, you just don’t do it.

shout out post for anyone with eczema. whether it’s little patches around your body or every fucking where. for the stinging, and the itchiness, and the dryness, and the pain. for anyone who’s ever itched themselves until they’re bleeding; in their sleep, or knowingly but you just don’t care because you’ve got to make it stop. for when it’s so raw and sore that you can barely bend your arm or leg or fingers, for when no amount of cream or moisturizer will soothe it. for every time someone’s told you ‘stop itching, you’re making it worse’. for every time you’ve seen a picture of yourself and all you can focus on are the red patches, the rashes, the dry scaly skin. you’re beautiful