What could possibly be more natural or purer than a baby?
Being in the presence of a new born child fills me with awe and leaves me in no doubt as to how sensitive and precious such a perfect being is. It’s hard to even find words for the experience, because little else in the everyday human life even comes close.
Back in the day, when I was starting up Absolute Essential, there wasn’t nearly as much information about product ingredients or the adverse effects of toxins and synthetics. But I was already firmly focused on the healing power of plant oils that would logically be the most potent and beneficial when kept as pure as possible.
Case Study – Hope for desperate parents when children have chronic eczema
A family with two young children walked into my clinic in desperation. The youngest was just 6 months old and the other was 2½. Both babies were riddled with eczema. They were agitated and screaming pretty much all the time, their clothes and bed sheets were bloody from scratching - even though they were strapped at night and wearing gloves – and the toddler’s eyes were yellow, indicating that his liver was in crisis.
The parents were understandably beside themselves. They had been living with this for a while and had already tried everything their regular doctor had suggested (steroidal cream, adding ½ cup of bleach to the bathwater etc.).
How we cured chronic eczema with therapeutic plant oils and holistic care
Immediately, I decided that purification was needed, on every level.
Such things as vitamin/mineral intake, diet and cleaning products were put under scrutiny.
And from there, we talked about a focused natural skincare treatment:
- A bath routine, adding a teaspoon of sea-salt, 5 drops of Lavender Sweet into ½ cup of milk (goat, soya, almond or rice are okay) was established every night. Essentially my intention here was to ease the agitation, soothe the itch, disinfect the skin / wounds, and cleanse.
- I formulated a therapeutic, non-greasy gel for manageable day-time application. An Aloe Vera base (with natural preservatives), containing Calendula, Lavender, Myrrh and Chamomile. This was applied 2-3 times a day to hydrate, disinfect, soothe itching and cool. The outcome was our Skin Soothing Gel.
- At the same time I worked on an intense relief and repair blend using some of the greatest healing oils known to mankind – Calendula, Lavender, Jojoba, Evening Primrose, Chamomile – at an exceptional standard of purity, as well as some lesser known skin marvels, such as Myrrh and Geranium Rose. This was for night-time application, to super-boost skin defenses and nutrition, and to soothe, cool and relax. This resulted in the now much-acclaimed Skin Ease Oil.
Improvements were seen very quickly and after 8 weeks the baby was eczema free. The toddler needed longer for his body to cleanse, but the skin treatments I created for him helped radically in managing the symptoms, and after 6 months he was also cured.
As you can imagine, the journey for all of us was pretty intense and formative. For the family, it meant a significant turnabout in eating and their consumer habits which lead to a much healthier, more natural lifestyle.
For me, it provided overwhelming confirmation of the importance of purity in my medicinal ingredients and a commitment to developing a range of oils from mild plant varieties that are especially suited to infant care.
This also marked the start of a long career in family natural health care with a specialist focus on maternity and children.
Essential Oils for Eczema Baby
Skin Ease Oil (certified organic)
This is the very formula that came out of that first case and it is one that continues to prove its worth to date. It is a blend of some of the gentlest healing oils I have ever come across, and is designed to nourish the skin and promote healthy processes that make for soft, supple and resilient skin, while treating symptoms with organic compounds that are easily absorbed to combat inflammation, infection, irritation, itching and redness.
Skin Soothing Gel (certified organic)
The second formula from this case was to become a staple product for the Absolute Essential Clinic. Wonderful Aloe Vera was in the end such a simple solution to needing non-greasy, daytime care - so skin-perfect, light, cooling and healing - and a great base to deliver the important additions of Calendula, Evening Primrose, Lavender, Chamomile, Myrrh…. a true gentle giant powerhouse against chronic skin distress.
Baby Oil Rose and Chamomile (certified organic)
This is the ultimate in baby oils. It echoes some of the choices in the above Skin Ease blend because they simply are the gentlest most nurturing choices you can make for baby skin. This time with an Almond oil base for a lighter touch, and a hue of Rose with Chamomile for soothing, tender care of the highest calibre.
While Skin Ease is designed for areas of chronic skin stress, Baby Oil Rose and Chamomile is an everyday product that will ensure that all baby’s skin is maintained with utmost care, and without irritants or conflicting ingredients. It can be used on clean dry skin at nappy change time, for baby massage and for cradle cap.
Lavender Sweet Essential Oil (certified organic)
This is the gentlest of the Lavender breeds, and it lends itself to infant care with its mild, softness that carries the classic Lavender healing and nurturing properties. You can add 2-3 drops into the baby bath, (3-5 toddler, 5-10 older kids), to bring extra therapeutic cooling to the skin. Its scent is also relaxing and calming which can really help to ease agitation and aid natural restorative sleep.
Myrrh Essential Oil (wild)
Myrrh is an ancient treasure with legendary skin-healing properties. As powerful as it is gentle, this essential oil is wound-healing and a tonic that supports the body to restore and regenerate at its highest capacity. Add to the bath as above or combine the dosage with Lavender Sweet for greater synergy. This too is as restorative and calming on nerves and emotions as it is on the skin.
Calendula Infused Oil (certified organic)
If you are looking for the best single oil carrier to have on hand for troubled baby skin, I would recommend this. It is of course the classic gentle healing Calendula that you will often see in cream form by the more reputable natural brands.
The benefit of this oil infusion is that it does NOT contain added emulsifiers which means the full benefits of antiseptic, soothing qualities are absorbed seamlessly into the skin to do its magic. You can use it for blending with your essential oils – 1 drop EO to 2ml Calendula – or simply apply it as it is to soften, protect and encourage fast natural healing.
Medicinal-grade oils must be 100% pure. At Absolute Essential we use certified organic or wild grown (sustainable) plants to produce our oils and all extraction processes are strictly controlled to produce the best quality oil with a maximum purity and therapeutic value. See more at Absolute Essential.