Monday, December 20, 2010

2 Days Later (eczema)

Wow! Just look at this!
I promise they are the same legs.
I did a little happy dance when I saw her legs this morning.

Yesterday morning we saw an improvement in Munchkin's legs. They were still red a scaly, but the inflammation had almost disappeared. These are both picture of her right leg (the worst one) taken yesterday morning after a night of nothing but the hazelwood necklace wrapped twice around her right ankle and the usual Eucerin (but we do that every night).

Now, don't rush out and buy a necklace yet. Save some money first and try this:

or something similar. It's pure soap. Nothing but lye and oils.
We've been using Dove on our kids at our doctors advice for 6 years. We've had the most success with it and it was the only soap that didn't aggravate my kid's skin. It wasn't until last week I looked at the ingredients. Holy cow!
I've wanted to try soap making and knew all you really needed was oils and lye. When I saw how much junk was in Dove I got out the castile soap (just oils and lye) I had off the shelf (I make a face wash for myself with it) and used it on my daughter yesterday before church. When she got out of the tub I put Eucerin on as usual and we also kept the necklace on her ankle (wrapped twice) so it was closer to the breakout.

Something worked. This is dramatic! I just don't know why it wasn't this dramatic before, which is why I'm hesitant to give all the credit to hazel wood. Maybe it's the combination of the two.

But here are three days in a row of pictures to really show the improvement. Saturday 24 hours after prescription steroid (small improvement); Sunday after a night (about 14 hours) with hazel wood necklace; Monday 24 hours after pure soap and 36 hours with hazel wood.

Sorry these are posting weird. The middle one is Sunday.

I bought my castile soap at Good Earth a few years ago. It seems expensive, but a little goes a long way. I used about a tablespoon to wash her hair and body. I'd try a small bottle and see if it works (be sure to follow up with Eucerin or another lotion good for eczema). I have also bought some pure bar soap from makers on Etsy. I plan on trying a goats milk soap at some point.
We bought our hazel wood necklace from Amazon sells them too, but even with shipping hazelaid was cheaper. We bought the one with hematite beads (maybe it was the magnetism...I have no idea).

So now you have all the info. Caveat Emptor, I am unaffiliated and will make no money from these companies, blah,blah, blah. But if your kids (or you) suffer like mine, please, at least try pure soap if you haven't already. If that hasn't worked, try a necklace. I hope it will work for you too!


  1. What a great improvement!!! I'm sure she feels so much better. Does the castille soap sting the eyes? And how does it work on oily hair? I might start with the soap and move to the necklace if needed. Thanks for the pictures and updates!!!

  2. I'm so glad it worked! I can't believe how bad the inflammation got. Poor kiddo.

  3. @Crazy-I have no idea about the eyes, sorry. I got the mild baby soap, but it hasn't gotten in her eyes yet. If it does I'll let you know.

  4. I love that Dr. Bronner's stuff. And as a bonus to getting clean, the bottle is really entertaining to read in the shower! I love the peppermint soap. It's totally invigorating in the morning.

  5. My little guy had eczema starting on his back so we switched to Dr. Bronners unscented and his eczema went completely away! His eczema wasn't bad though, just a little. I haven't got the soap directly in his eyes but i have gotten soapy water in his eyes and he didn't mind.

  6. So awesome! We have a similar two girls (ages 7 and 2) suffer from eczema as well. We tried Eucerin body wash and lotion but they burned both of my girls! So, I scoured the interent trying to find something that would work for them...and that was all natural. I happened across Hazelaid and am sooo glad I did! Being firm believers in the baltic amber necklaces (they are a Godsend!)I immediately purchased three for each girl and one for myself. Though I don't suffer from eczema, I do have major issues with heart burn and acid reflux. Also, I have been told by my dentist that I have a very acidic mouth and that I'm prone to cavities. The hazelwood is supposed to absorb that acid. And it must!! The necklaces helped my girls tremendously! And I was totally shocked that I too noticed a difference only after a couple of days of wearing the necklace! I no longer have to sleep propped up and I can eat and drink things that I had to stay away from for so long! It's amazing! We NEVER take our necklaces off!

    BWT--I too am a mommy to three young children, living in a tiny 2 bedroom, one bath home. We actually gave up our master bedroom (if you can call it that!) to all three kids. It's tight but we make it work! :0)