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psoriasis and eczema

Skin Conditions | Psoriasis and Eczema

Skin Conditions | Psoriasis and Eczema

Psoriasis and Eczema are two common skin conditions that affect many people, including children. Both skin conditions can have similar symptoms and are commonly confused for one another. Read on to learn about psoriasis and eczema.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is when skin cells build up and will form red, patchy scales. It is considered a chronic disease that comes and goes with no cure*. There are ways to manage and reduce symptoms. Symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • itchy, red patches
  • dry, cracked skin that can bleed
  • silvery, white scales on the skin
  • swollen, stiff joints

Psoriasis can appear as a few patches or can cover a large area. It often flares up for several weeks or months then disappears for some time. It can also go into complete remission.

Causes of psoriasis are not completely known, however it is thought to be an immune response. In psoriasis, cells attack other healthy cells by mistake. This triggers an overproduction of skin cells that build up to form psoriasis. Those with a family history of psoriasis are more at risk to have it. It typically first shows up between the ages 15- 35. It is rare for babies or children to have psoriasis.

Psoriasis is often starts or worsens because of a trigger. Identifying one’s triggers is an important step in the treatment and remission of psoriasis. The following are common triggers:

  • stress
  • smoking cigarettes
  • heavy alcohol consumption
  • injuries to the skin or skin infections
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • some medications

Psoriasis is often treated with creams and ointments and for more severe cases with oral medication or injections.

Eczema

Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, makes your skin red and itchy. Just like Psoriasis, it is chronic, flares up then goes away and a cure has not been found. Eczema is the skin’s inability to protect itself from environmental factors, irritants, and allergens. Symptoms include:

  • Dry skin
  • Itchiness
  • Red patches especially around hands, feet, neck, and inside the bends of elbows and knees
  • Thickened, scaly skin
  • Red bumps that ooze fluid
  • Stinging and burning feeling on skin

Eczema often begins before age 5 and can continue into adulthood. About 20 percent of babies and young children experience eczema with most developing symptoms within the first year. In babies, eczema tends to show up on the scalp, cheeks, arms and legs. Many children outgrow eczema by age 2. Food allergies can contribute to eczema in children.

Eczema is very itchy and scratching can cause problems. Scratching can cause thickened and darkened skin that scars over time.

Like psoriasis, eczema is more likely if there is a family history. Allergens or irritants in the environment can also trigger it. This includes pollen, cigarette smoke, or allergens in one’s diet. The rash is often aggravated by heat and irritants (such as chemicals in soaps and lotions). Stress can also cause a flare up of eczema.

Eczema is typically treated with topical treatment and avoiding known allergens and irritants.

*Joan’s Cure

Psoriasis and Eczema can be very difficult to deal with. Not only are they irritating and painful, they can cause a lot of embarrassment. While the mainstream medical field will say there is no cure for psoriasis or eczema, Joan was able to cure her psoriasis and has not experienced any symptoms in over 5 years. For Joan’s story on how she healed her psoriasis, come back to our blog next week for her story.

Irritants in body care products can trigger and/or exacerbate outbreaks of both psoriasis and eczema. For those looking to make more natural body care products check out our online courses and ebooks:

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Do you suffer from psoriasis or eczema? What has your experience been? Please comment below, we’d love to hear from you.

ylang-ylang

All About Ylang-ylang | Types | Uses | Benefits

ylang-ylang

All About Ylang-ylang | Types | Benefits | Uses

Ylang-ylang, pronounced EE-lang EE-lang, comes from the tropical tree known as the cananga tree that is native to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The essential oil is produced from the flower and has a rich, sweet floral smell. It is often used in perfume and aromatherapy due to it’s soft floral scent.

Ylang-ylang Types

Ylang-ylang essential oil is unique in that it is distilled in “fractions”, meaning it is stopped at different stages to produce different types. There is no clear “line” for when to stop the distillation to produce each type, so each distiller will make it’s own determination, creating slightly different variations. The different grades are ylang-ylang extra or super and ylang-ylang 1, 2, and 3, and ylang-ylang complete.

Ylang-ylang extra or super is the first “fraction” while the ylang-ylang complete is the full, uninterrupted distillation or a blend of all the distillation. The longer distillation does not necessarily produce a higher quality essential oil.

Ylang-ylang Benefits

Ylang-ylang has been used as an antidepressant as it relaxes the body and mind and has an uplifting effect on mood. It is also used as an aphrodisiac especially when mixed with Jasmine or Rose. Ylang-ylang has been shown to lower blood pressure and soothe sore muscles. It has also been used for symptoms of PMS and menopause.

Ylang-ylang Uses

Ylang-ylang essential oil has a rich, floral scent. It is often used in perfumes and skin care products due to this strong and unique smell. Ylang-ylang has a balancing, soothing, and softening properties and can be used for most skin types including combination, dehydrated, dry and oily skin. It is also great for dandruff and to stimulate the scalp.

Cautions

As with all essential oils, cautions should be used especially around children, elderly and animals. Ylang-ylang has a strong scent and can cause headaches and nausea with too much use. Ylang-ylang should be avoided during pregnancy.

Interested in using aromatherapy in your skin, body and hair care products? Check out the following:

Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course

Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course

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Joan Morais Naturals Gift Certificates

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Joan Morais Naturals Gift Certificates

Do you have a loved one in your life that is interested in making their own natural body, skin & hair care products? Give them a gift certificate to Joan Morais Naturals and they can pick out the course and/or ebooks that they are interested in!

To purchase a gift certificate, click here.

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Happy product making!

Sugar Scrubs | Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

Sugar Scrubs | Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

One of the secrets for beautiful skin is routine gentle exfoliation. Sugar scrubs are a great way for your skin to go from looking dull to radiant by removing the dead skin cells that sit on top of your skin. They leave the skin feeling soft and moisturized. Sugar is a natural preservative and moisturizer with natural alpha hydroxy properties. There is no need to use a lotion after use.

Basic Sugar Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup carrier oil
  • 3/4 cup- 1 cup sugar (If you want oil to sit on top, use 3/4 cup sugar)

Directions: Mix ingredients together. For a smoother and finer scrub, blend ingredients in a food processor.

Containers: It’s best to use plastic in the shower or bath. Glass can easily slip and break as the oils make the container slippery. An option is to leave the scrubs outside of the shower and use a small container to scoop your scrub into before getting into the bath or shower. Do not get water into the container with the scrub and store it away from sunlight and water and keep the lid on the product when storing it.

How to use: dampen your skin in the shower or bath and gently massage the salt or sugar scrub onto your skin. Rinse with warm water. Be careful, the tub or shower will be slippery after use. Try using no-slip mat.
After use: sprinkle the tub or floor of the shower with baking soda to absorb the oil and then rinse off with water.

Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

This revitalizing and moisturizing body scrub leaves the skin feeling soft with a fresh glow.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup organic raw cane sugar
  • ½ cup organic brown sugar
  • ½ cup organic extra virgin coconut oil- melted

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spoon into 8 ounce container. Cap and Label.

How to Use: When in the shower or bath tub, in a circular motion, gently massage sugar scrub on your body, starting at the feet and massaging upward, avoiding the face. Rinse off. You will see and feel the difference!

Interested in more scrubs and other body care products? Check out the following:

Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course

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Natural Baby Skin Care | Make Natural Baby Care Products


baby skin careNatural Baby Skin Care | Make Natural Baby Care Products

A baby’s skin is pure, sensitive and delicate. The baby has been in the mother’s protective womb and then suddenly the baby’s skin is exposed to the atmosphere and the environmental elements. There are many baby skin care products on the market now. Many of these products claim to be “natural,” however they may still contain harsh elements.

Natural, Organic Ingredients

Products applied to a baby’s skin should be very mild and made from natural ingredients, especially baby products that do not rinse off and stay on the skin. Products that stay on the skin can easily irritate a baby’s skin especially if there are harsh ingredients in it. It is best to use baby products made with the highest quality of natural ingredients and organic whenever possible and containing no harsh ingredients.

Essential Oils for Babies

Essential oils can be great to use in baby care products.  However they need to be used with great care.  Essential oils add scent and have incredible therapeutic properties. A little goes a long way and many essential oils may not be safe for babies. Essential oils should never be used directly on baby skin. Essential oils should be highly diluted using a plant-based oil, cream, or lotion, prior to using and should never be used by the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Make Natural Baby Care Products

If you are interested in making your own baby care products either for a baby or young child in your life or as part of a professional product line, check out our ebook, How to Make Natural Baby Care Products.

You will learn seven different product formulations including a natural baby powder, diaper rash balm, and baby oil. They are natural, plant-based and contain no animal products. They are beneficial to the skin.

You will also learn about essential oils that are safe for babies and young children, including the dilution amounts.

These formulations are very pure and perfect for baby, toddler, child, mom and dad.