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When my babies were born they had beautiful skin. Then, when the maternal antibodies in their system wore off, overnight they started developing skin that was covered in rashes, scaliness, oozing, and eczema. It was a terrible nightmare for me as a mother. We saw specialist after specialist and the doctors didn’t have any answers or offer any help to the situation. The first time I dealt with getting my son back to health was hard. Having to go through it a second time was even harder. The road was painful and full of heartache. I had to rely on God and my own research to get them back to health. Now that they are healthy, I am able to look over my notes and document the common factors in both cases. I hope my story and tips will help others. Some of my links are affiliate links to products on Amazon. These are legit products we use and the links just help us to run Lights UP North.
I want to start off with some photos of boys. These photos are of when they were near their worst state. I couldn’t bring myself to take a photo of them in their very worst state. At times one was completely covered in MRSA and the other lost his skin right off his face. Days and nights were hard and full of misery. They would scratch relentlessly. I couldn’t even do the dishes or take a shower or drive my vehicle without them tearing their skin open. I had to constantly hold their hands 24/7. This made life very difficult and tiring.
I am praying the following tips are helpful to you and whoever you know if struggling with eczema and/or allergies.
*It is important to note when reading these tips that I am not a Physician, just sharing what I have discovered through my journey. Seeking professional medical advice for your child is necessary but hopefully there is a tip here that helps to get you or your child well.*
1 – UNDERSTANDING MATERNAL ANTIBODIES
My first son’s skin broke out over night as soon as he hit 4 months old. With my second son, I didn’t get to have that extra month of bliss; he broke out at 3 months old. Several other people I met on my journey of life have babies who also started breaking out around 3 and 4 months old. Some theories suggest that maybe such occurrences correlate with the timing of infant vaccinations. They describe vaccination injuries. While I agree that vaccinations could cause injury to the body due to the amount of histamine and heavy metals that vaccinations contain, I feel the timing of children and allergy diagnosis has to do more with the maternal antibodies in the child.
When a mother is pregnant and the placenta forms, not only does the placenta form a safe and nourishing home for the fetus to grow, but it also brings about protection to the mother against allergies. A mother who typically suffers from allergies will have her symptoms greatly reduced during pregnancy. In addition, the baby will obtain many disease fighting antibodies from the mother.
When the child is born and especially when breastfed, maternal antibodies stay in his or her system. These antibodies help to protect the baby from diseases as well as allergies. However, in time these antibodies wear off. In my experience, in both my breastfed babies, their antibodies started to wear off around 3 and 4 months old – when their allergy symptoms started to appear. Around this range I had one son tested for allergies through blood test. Specifically a test for eggs came back negative. When he was tested a couple months later, a test for eggs came back in the anaphylactic range. By this time more antibodies were out of his system. However, children do obtain antibodies in later months with breastfeeding – it is just that the majority of what they had from the mother’s placenta start to wear off around 3 to 4 months. Please note that I did not find any articles specifically putting all this together but this is a theory of my own based off of my observations and piecing together research regarding allergies, hormones, and the womb.
2 – PROTECTING THE SKIN
While you are working towards figuring out what is going on with your loved one, you need to understand that the process could potentially be a long one. During this time it is crucial to protect the skin and not cause further damage to it. It is vital to do what you can to keep the skin barrier in tact so that infections do not incur. This however can create a challenge as allergies can cause skin to open up from the inside out. The skin becomes itchy and miserable.
My best strategy for trying to get my babes to not scratch was to constantly hold them. This consisted of holding their hands while they sleep at night and carrying them in a ergo carrier the rest of the time. This, however, was exhausting and caused great pain in my back and hips. Driving a vehicle was a different story because it was dangerous to lean back and hold his hands. If his hands were not held he would scratch his face completely a part. I was left with the choice of not driving anywhere at all or having his face spew blood every where. Seeing how I did have to drive to doctors appointments, I put my brain to work and designed a little straight jacket. This, shown in the photo above (the blue fabric) was just a rectangular piece of fabric the length with the ends sewn to make a tube on each side to hold his arms. I would first put his arms in the fabric and then set him in his car seat. Next he would get buckled in. In a sense it was a way of safely swaddling him in his car seat.
This method helped the car rides significantly, however there were still times where my son would tilt his head down and rub his chin on the car seat buckles. The face mask shown in the photo above was purchased from a company in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately the United States does not sell any chemical-free and dye-free, light-weight face masks like this. The face mask provided a barrier over his chin to protect his skin from the rubbing. Car rides then started to become much better.
Another huge blessing that we came across was the company AD RESCUEWEAR and their apparel that was made out of tencel. Tencel has antimicrobial properties to it and the suits we purchased our boy each had material that could be folded over his hands. His skin healed much better with AD Rescuewear’s clothing and more relief to his night time sleeping. In fact, he still wears their clothing 24/7. For more details about how AD Rescuewear helped us, please click HERE. Also, their website is www.adrescuewear.com
3 – BATHING THE SKIN
As far as bathing the skin of someone who has eczema due to allergies, it is important not to damage the skin further. Plain luke warm water will be plenty good enough to bathe in, however, with the skin being itchy and in some cases cracked open, it can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria. I have found some of the best baths have been those that are all natural and also have some detoxing components to them. My favorite is an apple cider vinegar bath. With this bath I add about 1/2 cup or 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to the tub of water and have the person bathe in it for about 20 minutes. Not only does bad bacteria die off of the skin, but the apple cider vinegar also pulls toxins out of the body through the skin. It is, however, crucial to make sure the person is not allergic to the apple cider vinegar as one of my sons was. He was allergic to the histamine properties in it.
What if you can’t use apple cider vinegar? There are other methods. A handful of Epsom salt in the bath can be very soothing and relieving to the skin. Not only does it detox the body but it also puts minerals back into the body. Epsom salt, though, has sulfur components to it, so anyone with sulfur allergies could be affected by Epsom salt baths.
Do you see my main caution with baths? One has to just make sure what is put into the water is not an allergen to the specific person. This is one reason why I suggest plain water baths until it is known what allergens affect the individual. How can you tell which affect? If the skin is more red or blotchier or has more rough patches of eczema after the bath.
Want another great bath? A handful of baking soda in the bath will also help to cleanse and sooth the skin as well as detox.
4 – CREAMS and LOTIONS
Usually when a person has skin that is struggling, the first instinct is to put something on the skin in hopes of healing it. The act of “doing” makes a person feel helpful in a helpless and hopeless issue. There are two main problems with this however: contact dermatitis and addiction.
Moisturizers can create contact dermatitis, can contain potential allergens, can cause clogged pores and heat rashes. In cases of contact dermatitis, the skin can then get broken out further, causing the body to be more susceptible to bacteria such as mild staph infections or serious staph infections such as MRSA. One of the best things I have done for my boys was to not use any moisturizers at all. This was a very hard action for me to execute as for many months I put cream after cream and oil after oil on them hoping to fix the skin issue. My actions then instead created worse problems for their skin.
What do I mean, the skin can become addicted to moisturizers? When a person is taken to a dermatologist – whether it be a local dermatologist or a specialist at a major institution like the Mayo Clinic – that person will be prescribed two things: a steroid cream and a moisturizer cream. When the skin has constant moisturizers on it whether it be a cream or even an oil, the skin will then start to rely on the topical. Glands will start to cease in producing and regulating the normal oil the body needs. The skin becomes dependent and without topicals it will begin to go through moisturizer withdrawal. One thing to remember with skin issues is that usually the root problem regarding the skin isnt an external issue that a topical can fix, but an internal issue. Stay away from moisturizers so that the body can regulate itself to its optimal level.
The second prescription a dermatologist gives someone with skin issues is a steroid cream – usually hydrocortisone. My first son was prescribed steroid cream from the Mayo Clinic. While this helped clear up his skin for a few minutes, it did not address his root problem that his skin issues stemmed from food allergies. In time, the steroid cream then began to have adverse effects on his little body. The Mayo Clinic recognized the adverse effects as his skin getting addicted to the cream. They then advised me to wean his skin off of the steroids. There is now a condition that the skin can have, called TSW (Topical Steroid Withdrawal). Many people are noticing adverse effects on their skin from steroid usage and reliance. They are then weaning off of steroids and their skin goes through a sometimes long process of getting back to health as their body begins to regulate itself.
5 – DISCOVERING ALLERGIES
Now that I have covered steps to hopefully keeping the skin manageable – let’s talk about the root cause as to why the skin may be not functioning very well: allergies. Usually when a person is allergic to something, the body starts to go into attack mode and several organs start to suffer. The skin may become covered in eczema, redness, hives, or scales. Bowel movements may contain mucus or blood. Vomiting could happen. Circulation may slow down resulting in cold and purple hands and feet. Urination and bowel movements may cease.
How can allergens be discovered? It can be frustrating as a parent because several allergists may decline to test a child until he or she is about 5 years old. Scratch tests and blood tests could also be inaccurate with false positives. In my experience blood tests seem to be more valid than scratch tests, but the biggest challenge has always been trying to convince the allergist to give the tests. Crazy huh, I know.
When my boys were struggling and allergists denied testing them, I started to notice one factor: when allergens touched their skin, their skin got red or hives. So, why couldn’t I do some of my own investigating and testing at home? I first started circling off areas on the leg in pen and rubbing various foods on that spot of skin to see if there was a reaction. This theory did not work very well because the skin on the leg is very thick.
Then I started to use the forehead, which was the area on the body where the skin is thinner and more delicate. I would take a small amount of food and rub it into middle of the forehead away from the eyes. Then I would sit and watch that area of skin for about an hour. If the area showed signs of redness or hives, then I knew the food was an allergen. If the skin stayed the same, then I knew I could begin little oral tests of the food.
There are however a few tricks and cautions to this forehead test: 1) The person needs to have an area of clear skin to perform the test on. Putting a food where eczema already is wont show accurate results. 2) If a person is on antihistamines or is using steroids, the results wont be accurate. 3) Any warm or hot food rubbed on the skin may make the skin automatically red for obvious reasons. 4) If the food is a solid, I recommend mixing it with water ahead of time to make the ingredients soft. 5) Always have benadryl and epipen on hand when performing these test to make sure if there is a severe reaction to a food that the reaction can be dealt with properly. Dont be afraid to call 911 for a bad reaction, and even think about doing this test in the parking lot of a hospital. 6) Keep the allergen away from the eyes. 7) Have water nearby and a wash cloth because at any sign of redness or hives it is good to wipe the allergen away quickly.
*Note* A forehead test for foods had worked very well for me, but I did this test with much caution. It can be a safe or a dangerous test depending on how cautious the person administering it is and how sensitive an individual is to allergens. Obviously if a person is allergic to even the dust or smell of a food then he or she may go into anaphylactic shock by just smelling a food. Others may go into full-blown anaphylaxis just from a tiny bit of an allergen touching their skin. I am not telling you to do this test, but sharing my experience and tips in case you would like to try it to help narrow down. If you want the safest test possible then I recommend finding an allergist who is willing to do a blood test. A blood test will also show how allergic a person is by comparing the numbers to different class categories. It is possible that more severe reactions will be noticed with this method, but that less severe allergens may not show up. These less severe allergens may still need to be detected as they could still create itchiness or other responses in the body. Use extreme caution when testing for allergens this way.**
Here is photo of what my son’s skin looks like with even just a tiny drop of dairy on it. He gets redness and hives. This is the kind of reaction I look for in the forehead test. Even just redness with no hives lets me know there is an allergy.
6 – RECOGNIZING ALLERGIC REACTIONS
What are the signs of allergic reactions? My favorite poster to help me to remember the signs and symptoms comes from Food Allergy Research Education (FARE):
6 – BREASTFEEDING BABIES WHO HAVE ALLERGIES
So many medical professionals that I have seen told me the same thing, “Your child cannot be allergic to your breast milk. You don’t need to eliminate foods out of your diet.” This statement is completely false. If a nursing mother is eating a food that the baby she is breastfeeding is allergic to, traces of that food will be in her milk. I have seen it first hand, with two different children. When eating dairy and then breastfeeding one of my sons, his skin was horrible. As soon as I eliminated dairy out of my diet within 2 weeks his skin turned completely clear. Of course, it took a few days for the dairy to get completely out of my system and then out of his. Same happened with another son. This boy completely lost the skin off of his face when I was eating foods that had sulfur content in them. As soon as I eliminated those foods from my diet his skin turned beautiful instantly.
7 – UNDERSTANDING AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES + STRENGTHENING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
It has been argued that eczema and allergies are a part of an autoimmune disease. Therefore, when your body starts attacking itself in autoimmune cases, the immune system starts to become weaker. It is then vital to do what you can to strengthen the body’s immune system. How can you do this? Some of the following tips such as diet, sleep, and exercise will help to strengthen your immune system. Please keep reading below 🙂
8 – WHICH GRAINS ARE GOOD – BALANCED MEALS
When my oldest son began having skin and allergy issues I turned to the GAPS diet to try to help him. This diet helped in healing his skin because through it I was able to narrow down his allergies through elimination. One of his big allergies was dairy, so when dairy was cut out of his diet in the beginning steps of GAPS, his skin began to clear significantly. The GAPS diet as well as several other diets to help heal the body such as Paleo and the Whole 30 strongly believe in removing grains out of a person’s diet. The question is, are grains really bad??
When I was trying to heal my youngest son, I figured that the first step I would take was to eliminate grains from his diet. I mean, it was what I needed to do, right? All the healing diets say that grains aren’t good and his older brother’s skin improved a lot more when removing gluten from his system. So, I started my youngest on a grain-free diet.
At the time of starting the grain-free diet, my son had oozing skin but then his circulation became poor. His feet and hands were cold and purple. His health was so poor that we even took him to see a cardiovascular specialist. The post about this appointment is written here.
A few days into a grain-free diet things became really scary. He stopped having bowel movements and even stopped urinating. I thought I was going to lose him. I didn’t know which path to turn so I sat there one day holding my son and prayed. Instantly I felt like God was strongly saying, “GRAINS ARE GOOD.” God then reminded me that in the basic food pyramid taught long ago the grains are on the bottom as a part of the foundation of our diet. Also food pyramids in this day and age have fruits and veggies on the bottom as a foundation, but grains are also on one of the lower levels of the pyramid. Why should be be removing such a vital part of the foundation on which our bodies rely on to function?
After hearing from God I started putting Gluten-Free Quaker Oatmeal into my son’s diet. The next day he started urinating again, had a bowel movement, and his circulation even started to improve! This was such an awesome moment for us.
So, grains are good…but are ALL grains good? I do think it is vital to remember that many grains today are laced with large amounts of pesticides. I do feel it is important that when you are putting grains into your diet that you make sure that you don’t have an issue with gluten, or with wheat itself and that you are putting grains that aren’t enriched with a lot of bleached flours and other chemicals into your diet.
Again, we love Gluten Free Quaker Oatmeal – but then again, we don’t have an oat allergy either.
9 – FACILITIES MANUFACTURED IN
When dealing with allergies it is very important to read the fine print on labels. Even if a food product has all the ingredients that a person is not allergic to, the food itself could have been manufactured in a facility that other allergens are made in. This means it could contain traces of offending foods via utensils that were used to prep it or even the counters it was prepped on. Although labels are required to say whether or not products are made in the same facility of the top allergen, labels don’t usually say what allergens may be produced in that facility that aren’t common.
Does that make sense? For example, someone may have a banana allergy. Banana is not one of the top 8 allergens (eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, dairy, soy, fish, gluten) so a label won’t say if another product was produced bananas. The produce may contain traces of banana and one would never know. Allergic reactions are risked. However, labels will say if made in the same facility of the top 8 allergens.
Allergies can be tricky business due to facilities producing more than one food. Also another thing to think about is where produced is placed in supermarkets. For example a group of peaches may be displayed on the same shelf that say, bananas, were once displayed. It is always a bonus in life to know where your food comes from and to purchase from a trusted source.
10 – VITAMIN D3 CORRELATION
I strongly feel like there is a huge link between Vitamin D3 and allergies- primarily a link between a lack of maternal Vitamin D3 during pregnancy and the baby produced. With all of my pregnancies I had Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Basically I had severe morning sickness to the point I could not keep much food down. Therefore my body did not have very many nutrients in them. With my first pregnancy I supplemented with Vitamin D3. That child does not have any food allergies. I did not supplement with the other two pregnancies and both of those children have severe food allergies.
It seems that food allergies are on a huge rise in the United States. What could be the reason for it? Here is a post I wrote as to what my theory is on the rise.
I have come across multiple articles on the web about why Vitamin D3 is good for you. This Vitamin may help not only allergies but arthritis, cancer, other autoimmune diseases, and inflammation. However, it is important to make sure this vitamin is taken at the right dose level and that your other vitamin levels are at sufficient levels for the vitamin D to work properly. Below is a great article to read regarding Vitamin D3 and other vitamins in your body.
Also, when using Vitamin D3 to help treat allergies, it is important that this supplement does not contain additives that a person may be allergic to. Of course it is best to receive Vitamin D3 from its main source: the sun – however, many live where the sun does not shine very much at all, especially in the winter. Next then is the goal to find the supplement in a pure form without additives.
For infants and children I recommend: Thorne Vitamin D in a Metered Liquid (500 I.U. per drop). For Thorne Vitmain D/K2. This also has K2 in it to help the body absorb the D3 better.
I don’t really recommend 10,000 I.U. unless your blood work and a doctor say it is a good idea because, well, you don’t want to overdo things. Speaking of doctors, it is always a good idea when working with supplements to make sure your have blood work to check levels and talk to a professional before taking them.
One of my very favorite research articles on Vitamin D3 and Allergy Use is written in August 2010 by Daniel A Searing and Donald YM Leung titled: Vitamin D in Atopic Dermatitis, Asthma, and Allergic Diseases. Vitamin D in Atopic Dermatitis, Asthma, and Allergic Diseases. Basically the article talks about how scientists and researchers are working towards determining the role of Vitamin D in the pathogenesis of allergic reactions. They have a good start to gathering data regarding the issue. It also talks about Vitamin D being recognized and proven to be an immunomodulator, which means it works to regulate or normalize the immune system. This article was written 8 years ago so I am curious to find their updated information regarding the role of Vitamin D and allergies.
Another great article is the Importance of Vitamin D Receptors. This article takes the disease and Vitamin D relationship a step further than autoimmune diseases and also shows how the vitamin can help prevent cancers as well as protect brain cells.
11 – PROBIOTICS
When I first started dealing with the eczema and allergies of my boys, I had no idea what probiotics were. All I knew of were antibiotics and that you were supposed to eat yogurt during antibiotic use to prevent diarrhea. Many people mentioned to me about probiotics and putting good bacteria into the body. Just the thought of putting bacteria into my body made me leery. Then I decided I needed to learn more about the topic. Other than the basics of how our bodies need probiotics (good bacteria) to keep our systems in check, I also learned that not all probiotics are good for everyone.
First of all, many probiotics that can be purchased have allergens in them. They could derive from dairy or have traces of it in them, or other allergens as well. It is important to read the labels of probiotics just like every thing else.
Second, once I found some good probiotics for myself and my sons that didnt have any additives in them, they gave one of my boys a huge stomach ache. I then had to question, “why the stomach ache?” After researching the internet, I discovered that some people with allergies and intolerance also have trouble with histamine. There are certain strains of bacteria in some probiotics that can raise histamine and some that can reduce histamine. It turned out the probiotics that were giving my son a stomach ache had strains that were raising his histamine levels.
If a person has trouble with histamine, that person should probably avoid probiotics that have these strains of bacteria in them:
Or at least find probiotics with strains that reduce histamine to counter balance the strains that raise it. Here are some strains that reduce histamine:
This article, Why Supplementing with Probiotics is Making You Ill explains the concept a little more and has a more thorough list of what each strain does as far as histamine is concerned.
So, do we supplement with probiotics? We do. The best, high quality probiotic that I have found to work for my family is Gut Pro. I buy the capsule and break them open and give small portions to the kids in water. It is pretty expensive, but it does not raise histamine and does not cause stomach aches for my family. However, it does help to digest food more effectively and helps our body to become stronger so I feel it is worth the price.
Just another cool tidbit: if a nursing mother is taking a probiotic, the probiotic helps to break up the food in her system more efficiently, allowing her breastmilk to be more digestible to the babe. I found this out first hand while taking a probiotic while nursing my babe.
12 – VITAMIN C
With autoimmune issues such as eczema and allergies, it is very important to try to strengthen the immune system. One way in which we do this is with Vitamin C powder. I use Pharmax Vitamin C Powder that has magnesium ascorbate in it. I love this powder because it is tasteless and easy to put small amounts into glasses of water. Remember, when you take supplements it is important to research the dosage needed individualized per person. The good thing about Vitamin C is if you accidentally take too high of a dose it comes out in your urine, so it doesn’t create too horrible of effects like other supplements would create. Too much could, however, cause diarrhea. And, as always, it is best to run supplements by a doctor and/or monitor levels with blood work.
Pharmax Vitamin C Powder is pretty much hypoallergenic because the only ingredients are Vitamin C and Magnesium. This supplements helps to improve the immune system because Vitamin C helps to maintain bone and tooth development and works to repair tissues. Magnesium also promotes many functions in the body such as oxygen uptake, muscle function, and bone health. Also, did you know that Vitamin C works as an antihistamine? This is a great component when dealing with allergies!
13 – DETOXING
14 – MULTIVITAMIN-MINERAL SUPPLEMENT
Earlier I have mentioned the importance of Vitamin D3 in relation to allergies and also linked the article: Vitamin D is Pointless if you are Deficient in the Following. Usually vitamins have a synergistic effect with each other. One may not work as well without another kind of vitamin. Therefore it is important to make sure your other nutrients are up to par and not getting depleted. It is a good idea to therefore take a multivitamin.
When dealing with allergies the same advice regarding food applies to multivitamins or mineral supplements. It is important to try to get nutrients in their purest form, without additives that you are allergic to. Of course, the best way for your body to consume vitamins is via food. However, this could create two challenges. 1) With food allergies you may have to stay away from certain food groups which may also eliminate a category of nutrients. Therefore you may have to supplement. 2) Even with eating food to consume nutrients, sometimes the soil in the world has been so depleted of nutrients that our food is not as packed with nutrients as they should be. These articles explain the concept: Why Getting Your Nutrition Only From Food is a Bad Idea and Mineral Nutrient Depletion In US Farm and Range Soils
So, which multivitamin/mineral supplement do I recommend? I love Thorne Research’s Childrens Basic Nutrients. This supplement contains both vitamins and minerals does not contain additives. It also has folate in a methylated form for those people who have a hard time detoxing folic acid. The down side is that it is in a pill form so for those children who cannot swallow pills usually I put it in their smoothies they drink each day.
15 – WATER
16 – MAGNESIUM (bath and spray)
17 – SMOOTHIES
18 – GINGER ROOT
19 – LEMON WATER
20 – EXERCISE
21 – ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils can be a very beneficial natural method to help a person with their health, especially someone who is struggling with autoimmune disorders such as eczema and allergies. However, they must be used with caution.
Did you know that some people can be allergic to essential oils just like they can be allergic to foods, chemicals, or dyes? It is very important if you decide to take the route of using oils to monitor the person using them. Is their skin improving or getting worse? Are any other healing properties noticed? Do you notice if they seem to be struggling more than usual or not?
Oils can have several benefits ranging from boosting the immune system to clearing the sinuses to fighting cancer. However, each oil must be researched carefully and dealt with on individual basis concerning people. For example, you do not want to use an oil that has properties of increasing blood pressure on someone who is already dealing with hypertension. Every person in a room where oils are diffused need to be taken into consideration as well. When diffusing oils into the air, the oils are entering the blood stream of everyone who is breathing it. You don’t want to cause an asthma attack for the rare person allergic to frankincense just because you assume frankincense is ok for everyone.
Another caution that I have concerning essential oils is in the case of the eczema covered person. Many times this eczema is caused by something inside of the body (for example a food allergy), not necessarily anything on the surface of the skin unless there is an infection or an allergic substance is touching the skin. During this time the body’s immune system is being triggered to almost attack itself, per say (auto immune response). When the body is in this state of fighting itself and essential oils are absorbed. If there is any kind of infection on the skin then use your research to decide if you want to use oils, a vinegar wrap, or conventional medicine to fight the infection.
Based on the above paragraphs one may think that I am against the use of essential oils. I actually LOVE essential oils! What I am against is people using essential oils without researching them first and being knowledgeable on what they could do to the individualized properties of their body. Essential oils are have strong medicinal properties that should not be taken lightly.
Why do I love essential oils? After many years of going completely fragrance-free while cutting chemicals out of our household I love the fact that I can add some natural fragrance here and there to our lifestyle. I also love the benefits that oils can have if used wisely. With autoimmune disorders the immune system can tend to be weak so I love to use them to boost the immune system and make it stronger. One of my favorite things to do is dilute them into coconut oil and keep in a small jar in my pocket. Then after being out in the public I use this substance to rub into the skin on my hands to kill off germs. Usually a citrus mix of lemon, sweet orange, and grapefruit is my go-to because those are the 3 oils I know my family is not allergic to and the 3 that do not have side effects that would hinder my family’s health based on their health history.
There are two companies who I purchase oils through. I like Young Living for its R.C. blend. This blend significantly worked to heal my son’s croup whenever he gets it. I also appreciate Young Living’s Frankincense and Hyssop. Plant Therapy is the other company I love. Plant Therapy is not as expensive as Young Living as they give discounts to educators and have free shipping. This company I like to purchase my citrus oils and oregano oil through. Oregano oil has worked to heal several of my family’s ear infections in the last year which I am very thankful for.
I feel it would be beneficial for people to become knowledgeable on essential oils and apply them to their health issues if they can. Used wisely and with caution essential oils can be a great gift to many with skin issues or food allergies, especially because some, like lavender, contain antihistamine properties.
22 – HOUSEHOLD CLEANING (laundry soap, no dryer sheets, )
23 – MEDICATIONS (benadryl, epipen)
24 – FAVORITE ALLERGY FREE FOODS
25 – FAVORITE ALLERGY FREE RECIPES
26 – EVENING PRIMROSE
27 – ANTI INFLAMMATORY FOODS / SUPPLEMENTS
When a body is going through an autoimmune response inflammation can occur and take a toll on the body. If a person can put foods or supplements into their diet that contain anti inflammatory properties, then the inflammation can potentially be counteracted (unless there is an allergy to those substances). Turmeric, fennel, ginger,thyme, and butternut squash are all very good anti inflammatory foods. Frankincense and thyme essential oils as well as evening primrose oil are very good supplements that contain anti inflammatory properties. Amber, such as genuine amber necklaces or bracelets also work to reduce inflammation in the body.
28 – HIMALAYAN SEA SALT (minerals)
29 – MEAL MENU
30 – LIMITING PROCESSED SUGARS AND SALTS
31 – BENEFITS OF HONEY
32 – BENEFITS OF MAPLE SYRUP
33 – HOW I COPE (NAZARITES, muddy eyes article
34 – HUMIDITY
35 – DISRUPTION OF OTHER BODY ORGANS
36 – OMEGA 3’s
37 – AIR FILTER
38 – EPI BELT, NECKLACE,
39 – PEA SPROUTS and DOA ENZYME
40 – VACCINATION DECISION
41 – COOKING ON THE GO
42 – GARDENING AND FARMERS MARKETS
Some of my favorite articles regarding gardening and growing your own food are:
43 – FOOD/HEALTH RELATIONSHIP
44 – EPSOM SALT
45 – SLEEP AND REST
46 – NAET TREATMENTS: DO THEY REALLY WORK?
47 – GOING OUTSIDE WITH ECZEMA , bamboo blanket
48 – Candida Confusion
49 – KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS
Gluten – Where can gluten be found:
Chocolate, white vinegar, starch, food starch, modified food starch, wheat, genus triticum, bulgur, couscous, dinkle, einkorn, emmer, farina, fu, graham, kamut, seitan, semolina, spelt, glue, anything with “wheat,” barley, genus hordeum, maltose, malt sugar, rye, genus secale, oats, genus avena, caramel color, dextrin, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, textured vegetable protein, maltodextrin, triticale, malt vinegar. Usually any food that is premade “fried, coated, crispy, or crusted.”
Corn – Where corn can be found:
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), baking powder (corn starch), brown sugar, calcium citrate, caramel, cellulose (vegetable, powdered), citrate, calcium citrate, magnewium citrate, potassium citrate, citric acid, cornmeal, corn syrup, Decyl Glucoside, Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Dextrose (glucose), IVs, Lidocam, Novocaine, lunch meats, Ethanole, Ferrous Gluonate (in olives), flavoring, natural flavoring, golden syrup, honey, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), iodized salt, lactic acid, lauryl glucoside , magnesium citrate, magnesium state, malic acid, malt, malt flavoring, maltitol, maltisorb, maltisweet, maltose, mannitol, methyl gluceth, modified food starch, monosodium glutamate (MSG), polydextrose, polylactic acide (PLA), polysobates, potassium citrate, powdered sugar, saccarm, sodium citrate, sodium erythorbate, sodium starch glycolate, sorbitan, sorbitan monostearate, sorbitol, starch, sucralose, tocopherol (vitamin E), vanilla extract, white vinegar, xanthan gum, xylitol, zein.
My second son on the other hand is allergic to much more foods. He is allergic to anything with sulf in it (sulfur rich foods, sulfates, sulfites). He is also allergic to salicylates. As well as histamine containing foods. Raisins and most fruits make his face ooze. Garlic covers him in hives. He sneezes whenever around soap that has citric acid in it. I could go on and on about what he can’t eat but for now I will say he can Currently only eat rice and cauliflower… And breastfeeds.
7) Avoid histamine containing or histamine releasing foods. These are things such as dried fruits, meats, and leftovers. Rice, gluten free oats meal, pure maple syrup, butternut squash, and cauliflower are our go-to’s.
If it is an infant who is suffering, the mother needs to cut out allergic foods. We also saw it beneficial for the 2 if the mother took probiotics. This allows for the breastmilk to be broken down more in an easier form for the infant to digest better.
Pea sprouts are good to eat ( if you don’t have an allergy to them). They contain the DAO enzyme which held to stop histamine production in the body.
msg and histamine
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15) Here is the connection that we made with allergies and omega 3’s and 6’s: Eureka – Another piece to the eczema puzzle revealed!