Eczema… One of those dreaded words. Somewhere like 20% of kids today suffer from that dreaded word. Twenty percent is a pretty big chunk of kids. That is a number that has nearly doubled in the last 20 years, and it’s really no wonder. Kids today face more vaccines, preservatives, additives, artificial colors, chemically raised and genetically modified foods and all around synthetic ingredients than any other generation ever. So the rising number of eczema among many other illnesses is not surprising, but what really can we do about it? Would you believe me if I said you can learn how to get rid of eczema naturally? And it’s not even hard or complicated?
My daughter is the kind of kid who had a classic case of eczema. You know the kid who has super sensitive skin, or so it seemed. If anyone with a strong perfume would hold her as a baby her skin would turn red, and soon dry out and look very irritated. Lotions always seemed to make things worse. Then of course all the kid “fun” shampoo’s or body washes were off-limits with the excessive fragrances. Sugar, preservatives and over all junk food would cause her skin to get worse. It can be tough to be the mom who is trying to tell everyone please don’t give that ‘fill in the blank’, to my kid. It’s really hard on her. I usually get a roll of the eyes from extended family, like I made up the fact her skin was in such bad condition.
For many people reducing or eliminating gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs or other allergy prone foods can help. However it can be difficult to monitor all of those items everywhere they go. The truth is our skin is like the dash-board on our car, it gives us signals when something is going wrong. When our skin is acting up that is a clue that something internally is off.
In the process to look for a detoxing solution suitable for young children I began to try activated charcoal. More specifically charcoal baths, black baths, we call them. It may sound crazy, but it works!
Activated Charcoal is nothing new in fact it has been in use for eons. Charcoal like this, is known to have been used to treat or filter water for at least 2000 years. More recently it became the filtration for gas masks, cab filters in commercial sprayers (the big machines they use to spray agriculture crops with nasty chemicals). Activated charcoal is also the magic ingredient in the healing properties of African black soap! Activated charcoal has many health uses and is even used in hospitals to pull drugs out of someone who has overdosed.
I wont attempt to give you all the science, I will just try to highlight the important facts. On microscopic level activated charcoal has tons of surface area, and it bonds extremely well with chemical compounds. This includes all sorts of chemicals or pharmaceuticals. This makes it a master for efficient filtration. So smells, drugs, chemicals, stains on teeth you name it, activated charcoal can wipe it out.
Benefits of detoxing with activated charcoal
With such an extensive history we know quite a lot about activated charcoal, so we also know the many ways it can benefit us. One of those ways it detoxing our bodies, it attaches just as well to chemicals and drugs inside the body as it does out. Here is a few reasons to love activated charcoal
- Safe for everyone including pregnant or nursing women and children
- Easy to find a quality activated charcoal
- There is no harm in using too much
- No real negative side (if taken internally constipation can be an issue if a lot it taken)
On a little side note here you want to make sure it is activated charcoal other forms like grilling charcoal has stuff in it that you just don’t want. Amazon has some great options in both powder form or pills or capsule.
Activated Charcoal Powder 1 Pound by Sagano – Raw Organic Coconut Charcoal Bulk Food Grade – Premium Activated Charcoal Face Mask Coconut Powder – Natural Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste Detox
How to do a Detox or Black Bath
There are many ways to do a detox bath but in this post we are talking about charcoal detox or a black bath detox. Now it can be a little messy and it will leave a black ring around your tub, but no worries it doesn’t stain a tub, in fact once you clean it up it will be cleaner than it was before, bonus!
Unlike other detox baths an activated charcoal bath you don’t want to add anything like essential oils or bath salts, as the charcoal will bind to them and make them useless. All you want to do is add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of activated charcoal to the bath water while it is filling. Once it is fully mixed in soak in the bath for 15+ minutes. At the end of the soaking bath you will have to drain the water and refill the bath to wash off any activated charcoal residue.
Repeat as often as desired.
We did 2-3 baths a week. We found that after a week the, always persistent, signs of eczema started to fade. After a month of black baths regularly, all signs of eczema were gone. We continue to do black detox baths once a month or even less, and no signs of eczema has ever returned, that includes being around normal irritants!
Baths are great right? I mean if a bath were to cure everything I certainly would never complain! In this case a bath is the cure, or at very least will help reduce signs and severity of eczema by a whole lot. It can help people to different degrees. However this much I can promise it helps everyone to a large extent, eczema or no eczema we all have toxins and less of those is always better.
Eczema is no fun. So if creams or topical steroids are not the answer you are looking for. If trying to manage everything your eczema suffering little one is touches or eats is difficult, try a bath! They will love it, and there is zero negative side effects. With a black bath you can take healing your childs eczema into your own hands. So go detox the problems away
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