Home remedy and perfect products!
In this part we will offer you ingredients, products and DIY practices to relief and cure your eczema.
If you have missed the first part with the types and symptoms of eczema you can read it here.
If you have missed the second part with the possibilities how you can avoid eczema or if you already have eczema, how to minimize your symptoms you can read it here.
Ingredients and DIY practices
There are several natural oils and butter, which can be very effective in treating and/or preventing eczema.
The first thing to mention is to use good quality and where possible organic ingredients. Always check the supplier's documentation about the products sold.
Cleaning your skin
If you have sensitive skin choose a natural nourishing soap without coloring (not even cosmetic pigments) and fragrance for showering. Shower only every second/third day. Exfoliate in a timely manner, and nourish your skin after showering. Always check the ingredient list, if you don't understand some of them also search on the internet. The best natural products contain only ingredients what every person can understand easily.
For very sensitive and dry skin we recommend you the Calendula Field Face and Body Soap , or the Schoko Magic Face and Body Soap. These two soaps don't have any kind of allergens, there is no coloring and scenting agent either.
And lastly, we have two really old fashioned fragranced soaps: Vintage Rose Face and Body Soap with rose oil, pink clay and rose essential oil, and Lavedel Dream Face and Body Soap with white clay and lavender essential oil.
Nourishing your skin
Nourishing and protecting your skin is very important. Simple ingredients: butters and oils can do a great job on your skin.
Best butters to use
Butyrospermum Parkii Butter - Shea butter
Shea butter is fat that’s extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree. It’s solid at room temperature and has an off-white or ivory color. Shea trees are native to West Africa, and most Shea butter still comes from that region. Shea butter is technically a tree nut product, but very low in the proteins that can trigger allergies, it doesn’t clog pores, so it is appropriate for nearly any skin type. Shea butter is full of vitamins that are great for your skin, including vitamins A, E, and F. It also contains linolenic acid and other types of fatty acids your skin needs. The acids in Shea butter are similar to your skin's natural sebum - the oil on your skin. Because of this, the acids in Shea butter super easy for your skin to absorb. When you nourish rashes and other irritated skin with Shea butter, the inflammation can go down and it will promote faster healing.
Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter - Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter, also called Theobroma oil, is a pale-yellow, edible fat extracted from the cocoa bean. Cocoa butter is 50% to 57% of the weight of cocoa beans and gives chocolate its characteristic melting properties. It is used to make chocolate, as well as some ointments, toiletries, and pharmaceuticals. Cocoa butter has a cocoa flavor and aroma. Its melting point is just below human body temperature. Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids, which is why it's often touted for its ability to hydrate and nourish the skin and improve elasticity. The fat in cocoa butter forms a protective barrier over skin to hold in moisture. Cocoa butter contains also antioxidants, making it the perfect choice for people who are suffering from skin inflammations, such as psoriasis, eczema, rashes, or other types on inflammation on the body.
Cocos Nucifera Oil - Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a highly saturated oil that is traditionally made by extracting the oil from raw coconuts or dried coconut kernels. At room temperature it’s solid. The lauric acid content, which makes up nearly 50% of the fatty acids have antimicrobial property that can help protect against harmful microorganisms. Coconut oil may relieve inflammation by improving antioxidant status and decreasing oxidative stress. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of coconut oil and its components could help treat also acne.
Best oils to use
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil - Almond Oil
Sweet Almond is an excellent emollient and is known for its ability to soften and re-condition the skin. It is rich in proteins and Vitamin D, and is considered extremely nourishing - particularly when used regularly. Contains Olein Glyceride Linoleic Acid. It can be expected to soothe dry skin and irritated areas. A versatile oil suitable for all skin types. It is often used in baby products, oil-base perfumes, for the treatment of eczema, psoriasis and acne in creams, in makeup removers and cleansing products and to treat itchy or hard skin.
Argania Spinosa Seed Oil - Argan Oil
Argan Oil contains a high content of alpha tocopherols, carotene, phytosterols and omega 6. It stimulates, protects and regenerates, helping to retain the soft supple, elastic skin. Used topically, Argan Oil provides intense conditioning benefits to dry and dehydrated skin and hair. When applied to the skin, Argan Oil particularly helps restore, regenerate and restructure the epidermis by way of increasing the nutrient content of skin cells. Argan Oil has sought-after antioxidant properties which makes it especially beneficial in skin care products. Argan Oil also has strengthening effects on nails and hair.
Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil - Jojoba Oil
Jojoba Oil is actually a liquid wax rather than an oil and as such in low temperatures becomes cloudy with a freezing point of 5°C. Jojoba is readily absorbed by the skin and leaves a velvety feeling while softening, protecting and increasing the skins' suppleness without clogging pores. A popular ingredient in skin care due to its softening, protecting and moisturise retaining properties which make it ideal in hand creams and products designed to protect skin from the elements.
Preparing your skin nourishing mixture
It is very easy to make simple body butters, face and hand balms. What you need:
Double boiler or two pots (over steam melting)
Your choice butters (60-75%)
Your choice oils (25-40%)
Essential oils (optional)
Measure together, melt, mix, pour and let it cool down. That's it!
It is always very important to apply the butters and balms on damp skin, to also hydrate it.
At Nohabe we make a bit more complex balms and butters, we have worked years to develop the recipe with the perfect ratio of the ingredients for the exact skin type for the best result.
Our philosophy about natural cosmetics is very strict. We always check the certificate of analysis for every single ingredient, and we are using as much organic ingredient as possible. You can read more about our philosophy here.
We offer 4 different types of body butters. Schoko Magic is for dry and sensitive skin, it can be also used for kids from birth. Kaffee Arabica is a toning body butter for all skin types. Lavendel Dream and Rosengeranie body butters are suitable for normal to dry skin, and contain essential oils. For further information, check out the product pages.
We also offer 3 different types of face balms, a hand balm and an eye and lip balm. All the balms can be chosen natural (scent-free), or with essential oils. For very sensitive skin we recommend you to choose the natural version. Hydro Feel is for young and normal skin, Hydro Age is for mature and dry skin, Hydro Clean is for oily skin. Wüste Feed hand balm is developed for dry and cracked hands. Smaragd Beauty is a special balm for the thin and sensitive skin around the eyes, and for the lips.
Please feel free to search among our valuable, high quality butters and balms. If you need assistance, we are always happy to help. Consulting is free of charge, and we can also make special balms or butters just exactly as your skin deserves it.
You can contact us here.
Getting rid of the itchiness
Itching is very frustrating, and also gives discomfort. Sometimes it even affects the quality of sleep. On the other hand scratching can cause lifelong scars and may cause also secondary bacterial infections.
Home remedy bath
You can make yourself a bath which will relief your itchiness. Most households have the ingredients for this. What you need:
Salt (sea salt, Himalaya salt, etc.) - 40%
Baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) - 20%
Oatmeal (flour or ground) - 20%
Flower petals (optional)
Essential oil (optional)
For one bath tub calculate 2 tbs salt, 1 tbs baking soda and 1 tbs oatmeal. If you wish to use essential oils we recommend lavender or tea tree, maximum 10 drops all together. Make a lukewarm bath, and spend no more than 15 minutes in the water. After the bath nourish your wet skin with your DIY butter or with your choice Nohabe body butter.
We will soon offer you a brand new anti-itching bath salt: Juckreiz Relief. It will contain pink Himalaya salt, Epsom salt, Sodium Bicarbonate and oatmeal. For avoiding any irritations it doesn't contain flower petals or essential oils. If you would like to be informed as soon as the product is available, please subscribe to our Newsletter here.
DIY scalp oil for problematic scalp
If you are suffering from dandruff, itching or hair loss this scalp nourishing oil is perfeclty for you.
What you need:
Jojoba and castor oil (or castor oil alone)
Essential oils (optional, maximum 20 drops for 30 ml carrier oil)
A bottle with dropper
Mix the oils and the essential oils together, pour into the bottle, and that's it. Use some drops directly on the scalp, massage in, and leave minimum 30 minutes. You can also leave it overnight with a protective cap. Then wash normally.
Some examples of the essential oils benefits:
lavender, rosemary: for hair growth
peppermint: for oily scalp
tea tree, pine, clary sage: against dandruff
ylang ylang: smoothing hair
lemongrass: hair strengthening
cedarwood: against hair loss
bergamot: for hair lustre
cinnamon: for scalp stimulation
orange, eucalyptus: for dry scalp
sweet basil: for hair volume and shine
Nohabe offers you a special scalp treatment oil with Neem oil. Nohabe Locke Cure nourishing scalp oil is developed for problematic scalp. It will normalize the sebum production, reduce the itchiness and hair loss, and also fight against dandruff.