My education has taken me on many paths from Topical naturopathy, microbiology and skin science, along the way i have tried and tested a lot of remedies that we can do at home from simple ingredient’s.
Of course there is a time and place for conventional medicine and a diagnoses is the very best thing you can do for you, knowledge is power.
It happens to the best of us, just recently i went kayaking and forgot to put sunscreen on my legs.
Here is a fantastic home remedy to do for anyone in the household
In a cool bath add
1 cup of Apple cider vinegar
1 cup of bicarb soda
1 cup of fine oats
500ml of black tea cooled
500ml of Chamomile tea cooled
Soak your sunburn every hour during the day to draw the heat out.
When the pain eases pat dry lightly and apply our after sun cream or aloe Vera straight from the plant.
All the above ingredients will draw the heat out and cool the skin.
Another great tip is never use a heavy cream with beeswax in it for it will lock the heat in and make it worse.
For severe sunburn, after a soak pour straight apple cider vinegar on the area and resoak every 30min until the heat has calmed down before adding our after sun cream.
Hi. Kay here from Eco Seed To Skin by Saarinen Organics, and today I’m talking about all things eczema. Why is eczema so itchy, why is it so red, and why does it swell up?
A few little basics of what is eczema. Eczema is actually a form of dermatitis. There’s many, many types of eczema out there, and it’s really important to find out what type of eczema you do have and what’s the cause of it and there are many causes. There are a few main ones, like DNA, so hereditary, the outside exposure to the environment so it could be dishwashing powder. Then there is also food allergies and there’s also, which is quite interesting, there’s been a lot of research lately, about an autoimmune disease linked with eczema.
No matter what the cause is, the same thing happens inside the body, and that is, eczema is detected by the body, it sends out white blood cells. These white blood cells are actually delivered by a histamine, and the histamine is what causes the itchiness, the redness and the swelling. The white blood cells are there to gobble up the intruder and, unfortunately, it can be gobbling up your skin as well, like the fats in your epidermis, which iis like the “glue” that holds it together, with the glue gone the skin will become dry, crack and be flaky.
Your skin’s actually got three layers. It’s got the very top is the epidermis, the middle layer is the dermis and the bottom layer is the hypodermis. The epidermis is the protector coat and it’s what you see here. It’s quite rough. It’s quite robust. It’s stopping all those infections and the viruses coming into the body, the bacteria’s coming into the body. It’s protecting that dermis, and the dermis is like the engine room of your skin, is where everything’s happening. But it needs that protection. If it doesn’t, if that protection breaks down, then the dermis is left exposed, and that’s when all sorts of problems happen. So we really want to protect that epidermis layer, and that’s what we can do at home in our own kitchen with loads of beautiful ingredients. So I’ve got lots of tips and a couple of DIY treatments, too, that are coming up shortly.
Hi, Kay here from Eco Seed to Skin by Saarinen Organics. Just recently, I’ve been talking about eczema. We found out why eczema itches. We’ve also found out that the cure for eczema is in the cause. The epidermis, the top of the skin, once that gets really dry and flaky, that’s like the protector for our dermis. If that’s compromised, then bacteria can get down into the dermis and get ourselves in all sorts of trouble. Right. That’s what we want to do. We want to keep the skin from breaking and bleeding.
There are three main things that I want to show you here today, that you can do at home with really simple, simple ingredients. Number one is a medicated bath. Number two is an oil blend. Number three is a poultice. The hero of all of this is actually good, old-fashioned, certified-organic raw oats, colloidal oats.
Now, colloidal oats is a very, very old word. Basically, what it means is good, old-fashion oats that have been ground to a powder. Compounds in it, mainly fat. So, fat protein, it’s an antioxidant, it’s an anti-inflammatory, it’s an antibacterial. Loads of vitamins and nutrients in oats.
It’s like an emollient. It’s found in a lot of traditional skin-care cosmetics, actually. Shampoos, even. What’s really great too, in America, the FDA in 2003 proclaimed that oats was a skin protectant, which is amazing, to see an old remedy actually recognized by such a big organization.
I’m going to make up a pretty big batch, because my daughter Gemma has just had an outbreak of eczema. Hence, why I’m talking about eczema this week. I thought, “Well, I’ve got to make all this stuff up for her. So I might as well do a video on it all as well.” help everybody out there who’s struggling, especially little kiddies. It’s awful to see. Gemma’s not quite a little kid anymore. She’s 13.
This is in my NutriBullet. I’ve made that really nice and fine. You don’t really want to buy it ground. You want to keep the oats raw. It can actually turn quite quickly like this.
Kay Saarinen: Best way to check, to make sure that it’s going to be water-soluble… because at this stage when it’s whole, it’s not water-soluble… so you just take a cup of water and a tablespoon. It turns out a nice, milky color. That’s when you know that’s good oatmilk there. Beautiful.
Kay Saarinen: First off, this is for a bath. For an adult or a teenager, you use a cup of the ground oats into a bath. Now, you only want the water to be only lukewarm. You don’t want it to be hot, as it’s going to aggravate an eczema or dermatitis, make sure it goes that lovely, milky colour. A little bit of stir around, and get them to soak in it for a good 10 to 15 minutes.
Kay Saarinen: Now, caution on this. Because of the fats and the proteins in the oats, is that it’s going to be very, very slippery in the bath. So, do try and help your teenager out, or if there’s someone a bit elderly in there. Do make you clean the bath out quite well after it, because those fats will stick to the bath.
Kay Saarinen: Once you get out of the bath, there’s two steps you can do. The first step is to quickly disinfect the really big breakout areas of your eczema. The second thing is to oil really quickly. Now, we want to do this within about three minutes of getting out of the bath to lock in that moisture into the skin.
Kay Saarinen: I do have some witch hazel. The witch hazel is a really light way to disinfect, an antibacterial for those areas that are really quite broken. You just pour a little bit on, and just in those areas, just dab. Now, this is a step you can do, if you want. For a child, it’s going to sting a little bit, but for an adult, suck it up, buttercup, and go with the sting. Because you really want to stop that infection, any infections that are building.
Kay Saarinen: This is the beauty about doing it DIY. You can incorporate things as you need them. I’ve got four beautiful oils here. They are all antibacterial. They are all anti-inflammatory. The big thing is the coconut oil.
Kay Saarinen: Now, the coconut oil, it’s going to give a little bit of a barrier, and this barrier is going to help stop the bacteria from getting in, into the skin. It’s great for things like staph infections and bacteria, stopping them from getting in. Anti-inflammatory as well.
Kay Saarinen: Good old certified-organic calendula oil is an absolute must. Really, really old remedy. Fantastic for keeping infections at bay as well. Sunflower oil and also evening primrose oil. Antibacterial, again. Anti-inflammatory again, full of antioxidants and healing benefits.
Kay Saarinen: With these oils… I’ve got them in here, so when you add your coconut, blitz it, it’s not going to actually all break down. There’s going to be little blobs. A nice little blob there. It will actually melt. Oh, it smells so good. Don’t worry too much about it being lumpy.
Kay Saarinen: Pouring it in there. I’m just going to blitz that. That’s it, blitzed. Look at that milky goodness. Look at that. See, it’s a little bit lumpy, but that’s okay because it’s going to melt straight away onto the skin. Look at that milky goodness.
Kay Saarinen: The poultice recipe is two cups of your ground, certified-organic raw oats, to 100-ml of these four oils, putting it either back into your bullet, or putting it into your mortar and pestle. I actually did this one earlier, just so it soaks in there a bit, because that’s the consistency that I want. I want it to be nice and sticky, without it being runny. You can test and measure how you like it.
Kay Saarinen: I’ll show you how to put a poultice on in a minute, but going back to the steps. Number one, having your medicated bath with the raw, fine, finely-ground oats. When you hop out, your choice, if you want to put the witch hazel on or not, and then put this oil on.
Kay Saarinen: Now, you are not putting this oil all over your body. You’re just putting it on the areas where your eczema is. Try not to really rub it in. We just want to gently pop it on there, and they’ll absorb in and soak in. Trying to do this, say, before dinner, so it’s got a long time for it to absorb in. So it’s not going to get rubbed off.
Kay Saarinen: Then at night-time, you can put your poultice on. I’ll show you how. We don’t want that to be runny. We want that to be quite sticky. This is the poultice, and then you quite simply get a Chux. You want it to be a dry Chux.
Kay Saarinen: Then you just grab a little bit, not a whole lot. Good thing about this is that you can do up quite a lot of these, wrap them in plastic, not Glad plastic, but you know. I’ve actually found the biodegradable, which is really good.
Kay Saarinen: Then with that, you get the affected area. This is so cooling. If you do quite a lot of these and stack them up in the fridge… sorry, in the freezer, then when you get them out, they are so nice and cooling. That’s all you simply do, is just wrap it around the area. With a good old-fashioned Chux, you can put a safety pin on that, and keep it nice and secure.
Kay Saarinen: A few other little tips too. We’ve got our medicated bath. Getting out… if it’s infected or it looks like it’s going to get infected… a little bit of witch hazel, and then within three minutes, get your oil mix on there. Then just before bed, pop on a poultice.
Kay Saarinen: You can, if you can sleep with this on wherever it is, you might have to get a little bit creative to see and test, to measure, to see how you can get this to stay on. If it’s in bigger areas, try not to use anything that’s going to trap in the heat. Get a nice airflow through. My daughter likes to sleep with the fan on. Make sure you’ve got cotton, cotton sheets, cotton doona, cotton pyjamas.
Kay Saarinen: I’ve done quite a few different DIY videos now. I don’t usually sell the ingredients that I’m doing, because you can buy this sort of stuff quite readily at your local wholefood shop. But a lot of people have asked me to… they wanted to actually buy the product, the DIY, or to buy ingredients.
Kay Saarinen: So I thought I would put this little kit together. It’s nothing fancy. It’s simply all the certified-organic ingredients that I’ve talked about today, in 100 ml bottles. You get 100 ml witch hazel, 100 ml certified-organic evening primrose oil, 100 ml certified organic sunflower oil, 100 ml of calendula, certified-organic calendula oil.
Kay Saarinen: Certified-organic oats, there’s four cups in here, and also 100 grams of the certified-organic coconut oil. Also, a printout of all the how-tos, how to do it all. Also, these QR codes, they’re not activated yet, but I will do that. All these QR codes will take you to the website with this DIY recipe video, as well as it all written out as well. All of them will have the QR codes that will take you to there as well.
Hi, Kay here from Eco Seed to Skin, by Saarinen Organics. And today I’m going to show you a DIY recipe that you can do with ingredients in your home. It’s quite a simple recipe. Now, this is all about the itchiness and the swelling from a mozzie bite. So I did a DIY video just before this one that you can do for that initial sting, because the initial sting that the mozzies are giving you has got fatty acid in it. And so you’ve got to neutralize that really, really quickly. So then after you neutralize that sting, then what you might have is a lingering itch and a lingering swelling.
And that’s because the mozzie has basically left behind a protein spike and the body thinks it’s a virus. So it’s going to rush the white blood cells there. So those white blood cells, they are transported in a histamine. And of course, what you’re going to get from the chemists is an antihistamine, to stop the swelling. But we don’t want that. We just want to mask the effects of it, because it’s actually quite a good thing that the white blood cells are going to that area to get rid of that protein. So all we need is to make something really quite simple that you can do at home that’s going to help with the swelling, and it’s also going to help with that itch, just to neutralize that itch.
1x cup of oats – organic raw – finely crushed 150ml of Alovera Gel chamomile tea
A NutriBullet is so good to fine cut of the oats, or else you’ll be there forever and a day in a mortar and pestle.
So what we are making here is a poultice that we’re going be putting on a Chux cloth. So quite simply, hopefully you can get yourself your hands on a really good organic oats and then have got some aloe vera.
Unfortunately, our aloe vera got burnt in the fires, so I’m using a bought in certified organic aloe vera.
150 mils into the oats. Making it into a nice paste.
And then we’ve got some cold tea here of chamomile. I’ve got about six tea bags in here to a cup, and now I’m just going to use some of the actual tea, using as much as i need to make a paste.
We don’t want a sloppy poultice. We just want it to be a nice paste.
And then all you have to do to apply it, grab yourself some Chux. This is a dry Chux, it’s not a wet Chux. You pop some on. This is great for midge bites as well. So what we want to do is spread that through, and then you’re going to be wrapping it on the area. It’s really nice and cooling. Then you can get a little safety pin and safety pin it on, if you like, or you can get a little bit of the tape as well. You can also pre-make all of this. This is what Greg does actually, he pre-makes all these and he puts a film, like Glad Wrap around them and Lay them in the freezer. Or you can either put the poultice from the mortar and pestle, put it in a container, just put it in the fridge, and put them on the Chux every day. Or you can premake maybe half a dozen and just put them in the freezer and grab one every day, or just keep them stored in the freezer until you get bitten by a mozzie.
So there you go. There’s a really simple DIY poultice that you can do at home to help with this itchiness and the swelling. Talk to you soon.
We also make a Hypericum oil that will give instant relief made with certified organic ingredient, sustainably of course.
1 Lemon’s anti-inflammatory and anaesthetic
Lemons have qualities that provide a near-instant relief. Cut a lemon in half and rub the flesh of the lemon over the mosquito bite. Initially, your skin might tingle a bit.
2 Garlic Antibacterial – anti inflammatory
Can help reduce itchiness. In a way, garlic is also a natural insect repellent because of the strong smell it gives off. To apply, take a few cloves of garlic and puree or mince them. Then, rub the mixture directly onto the skin. Leave the mixture on for a few minutes and then rinse.
3 Baking Soda neutralize the pH of the skin
It reduces itching and swelling while helping to keep pain under control. The underlying mechanism is baking soda’s ability by helping to balance it out. To use, mix a few teaspoons of baking soda with a few drops of water to create a paste. Apply onto the affected area and wash it off after a few minutes. The paste can be stored and kept for later.
4- Honey Antibacterial – anti inflammatory
You can soothe mosquito bites with a sweet touch of honey, a sought-after wound ointment from ancient times. Be sure to use raw honey, though; processed honey goes through pasteurization that kills off healthful constituents. Raw honey contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds that soothe itching. This sticky gift from bees also pulls fluid from the tissue surrounding the wound and helps flush out irritants.
Ok so remember mozzies are attracted by our smell of carbon dioxide and lactic acid which we excrete,
So why do mozzie bites hurt so much – mozzies inject a protein, anticoagulant and annacetic into the body, the anaesthetic is only effective while they are sucking, the sting is as they are leaving, you can catch them but often it’s too late.
The protein is delivered with a fatty acid which creates the stinging feeling.
Protein is what viruses are made up of so therefore the body goes into overdrive to get rid of it.
The body’s immune system releases histamine, a compound that helps white blood cells get to the affected area. Histamine is what causes itchiness, inflammation, and swelling, therefore this is why the chemist will say to buy a “antihistamine” to stop the swelling.
There are 2 things we need to do to stop the sting immediately and than the slow soothing of the effects of the body’s immune system of the itchiness, inflammation and swelling.
The first is our Hypericum oil to stop the first initial sting
Our hypericum cream will slow stop the itch and swelling.
DIY Garlic cold & cough remedy We wear on our skin what we put in our body. Instead of reaching for chemical cold treatments for a simple sore throat, try a home remedy. Good food, good skin So easy 150gm garlic 150ml Glycerine 400ml apple cider vinegar 500gm honey Mix garlic, glycerine and vinegar for 7 days. Strain, add honey. Refrigerate
By Kay Saarinen – Saarinen organics
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Stinging nettle Infusion By Kay Saarinen of Saarinen Organics, Eco skin care made sustainably in Australia
Dried nettle 30 gm per 1 litre of filtered rain water
I get asked all the time about how to make tinctures and herbal infusions.
It is pretty simple stuff, you just need to research each herb to find out what is best to draw out all the goodness that you need.
Some need to be used fresh and some need to be dried, some need an alcohol base some can be made with vinegar.
I use herbal infusions and apple cider vinegar tinctures in my skin care.
Stinging nettle is found in Australia from Qld to tassie in wet gullies, so we have it in abundance here so we can wild harvest though after the fires it hasn’t come back as yet so we are going to give it a go cropping it this spring.
We have heaps growing in the chook run, it readily will grow in with chooks because it loves alot of nitrogen, we are going to dig up the rhizomes and give it a crack at mass producing it.
It grows as a rhizome so you can easily transplant it.
What stinging nettle is good for
Nettle for infusions i prefer dried though it takes a while to brew it to get all of her compounds and nutrients out
She has vit ABCK loads of vitamins
High in iron and vit C
Great for stress & Anxiety
Energy – great instead of coffee if you can do that
Its an anti inflammatory thats why i use it in my night day and sunscreen creams for it helps with puffiness.
helps with puffy eyes as well
I love to soak makeup pads in the nettle infusion and lay there with them on my eyes.
It is also used as a scalp treatment for a rinse with itchy skin and flaky sculp.
Let it brew for at least 24 hours if not 30,
We have it in our heads that herbal tea should be a quick brew light black tea, this is such a western thought and thats all about taste.
Funny enough black tea goes bitter the longer you brew it though stinging nettle improves in taste.
Strain it and drink it cold.
Using nettle fresh is best in cooking like soups as it breaks down quickly.