Meet Catherine. She’s six years old. Bubbly, friendly, loves all the things kids love. Catherine also has eczema, a skin condition characterized by dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. She’s had it since she was a baby. It’s worse on her hands and feet. Sometimes, the itching is so bad she can’t sleep. Her mom, Nicole, has had to take her to the doctor at least once a month to help find the right combination of ointments and/or oral medications to help.
Catherine is my great-niece. I often have the privilege to care for Catherine and her five siblings, although, not all at the same time. (I really don’t see how my niece does it. She has super mom powers.) During my time with Catherine, I have seen how miserable she can be during flare ups. Her skin, especially her hands, would become dry, cracked and bleeding. Itching would cause her to scratch, and then bleed more.
Two years ago, I started on a mission. I asked Nicole if she would be okay if I tried to help Catherine. She said she trusted me, and I began researching creams, butters, carrier oils, and essential oils known for skin healing properties.
I first tried mixing together jojoba, rosehip, and turmeric butters, avocado oil, and essential oils. This created a rich, whipped body butter. “Butterstuff” worked great on “normal” dry skin, but did not seem to help Catherine’s eczema. After more research, I combined rosehip and jojoba butters with avocado, wheat germ, evening primrose and jojoba oils and added my “Nourish” essential oil blend (rosewood, frankincense, myrrh, and ylang ylang). The result is a nutrient-rich formula that heals, soothes, moisturizes, and calms inflamed, irritated skin.