If you are looking at your diet, and considering how it may affect your skin condition (from the inside out) . . you may be interested in purchasing the book - 'The Eczema Diet' (Exisle Publishing), By Karen Fischer

 

Here is some info out of her book which may prove helpful to you . . .

The Itchy Dozen
Here are the top 12 foods and beverages most likely to worsen the Eczema itch:
1.  Cow’s milk and other dairy products
2.  Grapes and grape-products including wines, sultanas and juices
3.  Oranges and products containing orange
4.  Kiwi fruit
5.  Soy sauce / tamari sauce
6.  Tomato and products containing tomato
7.  Avocado
8.  Some dark green vegetables, including; broccoli, spinach and silverbeet
9.  Dried fruits such as dried apricots
10. Deli meats such as sausages, ham, bacon, meats with flavour enhancers
11. Corn and products containing corn

12. Junk foods containing artificial colours, flavour enhancers or preservatives

 

Eczema-safe foods include:

Banana
Papaya (pawpaw)
Potato & Sweet Potato
Buckwheat
Oats
Linseeds/flaxseeds (these are great in smoothies)
Fish
Leeks

Rice Bran Oil

 

 

 The Importance of Buying Organic Foods

While stocking the pantry with all-organic food is ideal, unfortunately this just isn’t possible for some families, especially considering the current cost of organic foods. So what fruit and veg should you absolutely try to buy organic?

Research from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has analysed pesticide residue on fruit and vegetables to determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides and are the most important to buy organic. Here is a list of fruit and vegetables dubbed “The Dirty Dozen Plus”, found to have the highest levels of pesticides:


Apples
Celery
Capsicum
Peaches
Strawberries
Nectarines
Grapes
Spinach
Lettuce
Cucumber
Blueberries
Potatoes
Kale/Collard
Green Beans

When conventionally grown, these fruits and vegetables tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals. By buying these fruits and vegetables organic you can significantly lower your pesticide intake,  and help to reduce your risk of getting cancer or other diseases.

                                                                      

Another alternative, to try to remove some of the pesticides from your fruit & veges is to use a natural vegetable wash. We make our own vege wash using boiled Soap Nuts, and the natural surfectants, and antibacterial properties in soap nuts help to remove nasty residues off your fresh produce. This Vege Wash is super easy to make and only costs $1.50 for a large squeeze bottle!!

 

Recipe for Natural Vege Wash:

      - You will need: 1 pkt Wild Soap Nuts, Saucepan, Water, Pouring Jug, Sieve, Empty Pump Bottle

      - Place about 10-12 Soapnuts, and 4 cups of water into a saucepan. Heat at a medium temperature and simmer for 1 hr

      - Run through a sieve to get the soap liquid into your pouring jug

      - Now pour your soap nut liquid into an empty spray bottle or pump bottle, and it's ready to use!

        

                         

You can also make a large batch, separate into a couple of empty spray bottles, and use this mixture for Kitchen Spray or Toy Cleaner. We love adding a few drops of Peppermint Oil for the kitchen spray (to keep the ants away), and a few drops of Eucalyptus Oil for the Toy Cleaner (to kill dust mites and remove germs).

 

 


Soapnuts are most commonly used as a laundry detergent. They are used instead of chemical detergents and fabric softeners. The surfactants in the nuts cleans and softens your laundry in one economic and environmentally friendly swoop! Soapnut shells are used simply on their own in a small cotton drawstring bag, or you can boil them and just use the liquid as your detergent, and put into the machine with your clothes. They don't need to be removed during the rinse cycle as there is no irritating residue left over on your clothing.

We have personally tested them extensively in our washing machine and are very satisfied with their ability to clean anything and everything, including baby clothes and nappies, delicates and silks, woolens, towels and muddy bathmats and even sweaty work clothes from gardening, as well as pet bedding and horse blankets.

How safe are they?

Soapnuts are completely hypoallergenic, as in, are not likely to agitate or irritate the skin. They are so gentle that they are recommended for use by people with eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions. We use them for washing our baby and toddler's clothes, and our baby has particularly sensitive skin. We have seen an improvement in her skin since switching from 'sensitive detergents' to soapnuts, proving to us personally that they are indeed as gentle as can be. Many mothers have been sharing their success with soapnuts as a washing detergent alternative on online forums; a simple Google search will bring up many examples. Also, soapnuts are not technically nuts, they are berries. So people with nut allergies have nothing to worry about.