If you’ve ever suffered from eczema, you’ll understand just how hard it can be to treat, and how equally hard soothing a nasty flare up can be. It’s red, it’s itchy, and let’s not sugar coat it… sometimes it’s just downright painful. We caught up with self-confessed Herb Nerd Reece Carter, who shared his naturally nourishing eczema treatment.
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.
Why it works?
Cleopatra’s flawless completion was no accident… the Egyptian born beauty is rumoured to have bathed in milk at night, and as a result, it’s gone down in history as one of the most practiced ancient beauty rituals 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.
Cleopatra’s Bath Mylk
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup dried chamomile
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 cups coconut mylk
- 2 cups boiling water
- 10-20 drops of your favourite aromatherapy oil
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!
Gym junkie, clean-eating cook, gardener, and massive herb-nerd, Reece Carter had been interested in natural health for several years when it dawned on him “hey, I could actually make this a career!” Now, with a Bachelor of Health Science under his belt and two years of clinical practice, Reece sees clients from his office at the Naturopathic Collective Australia in Prahran, Victoria. He practices under traditional naturopathic principles but utilises modern scientific evidence to develop individualised treatments for his clients.