It’s red, it’s itchy, and sometimes it’s downright painful: eczema.
From a naturopathic point of view, we look at a few things when it comes to this annoying skin condition: dietary triggers, liver function, and a history of allergies are just the tip of the iceberg. For me it flares up with stress, so I set out to design a recipe that acts directly on the skin, while also giving me a relaxing escape from stress for a little while.
The result? An anti-inflammatory bath mylk that would make Cleopatra proud. Run a warm bath, pour it in, and let the herbal medicines work their magic.
What you’ll need
- 1 cup dried chamomile
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 2 cups boiling water
- 10-20 drops of your favourite aromatherapy oil
Check out the video above to learn how to turn these kitchen staples into medicine for your skin.
Cleopatra is rumoured to have bathed in milk at night, and as a result it’s gone down in history as one of the most ancient beauty techniques around. I’ve supercharged her remedy with chamomile, a great anti-inflammatory; and oats to leave the skin feeling silky smooth. Make sure you bypass the sad old chamomile tea bags, and get the real deal instead. It should be bright yellow and full of all the good stuff: bisabolol, chamazulene, apigenin, and loteolin – in other words, the anti-inflammatory compounds. The same goes for oats: forget the quick oats variety and opt for a whole food option instead.
This remedy is so good for skin health, that even if you don’t suffer from eczema or dermatitis, you might want to whip up a batch of bath mylk anyway!
Article by Reece Carter – Naturopath & Herb Nerd
You can find plenty of Reece’s other #herbnerd recipes over at his YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/c/reececarterchannel/ – and keep yourself healthy, naturally!
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