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The Vagus Nerve: Is yours in tune?

The Vagus Nerve: Is yours in tune?

By Grace... The Vagus nerve is the tenth cranial nerve involved in the bidirectional communication between the brain and gastrointestinal tract. The two-way nerve extends from the brainstem, through the neck and down to the abdomen, which is responsible for keeping a number of bodily functions in check, including digestion, heart rate and respiratory rate (1). If you’ve ever experienced a “gut feeling” or even worse, a “gut reaction”, this is exactly what I’m talking about. This is your brain speaking to your gut, and vice versa. So what does all this mean? Inflammation is the underlying cause of most...

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Oat and Zinc Bath Powder Ingredients

Oat and Zinc Bath Powder Ingredients

Our Oat and Zinc Bath Powder contains three key ingredients that are all excellent for healing, soothing and moisturising the skin. It has been formulated to be used either as a bath soak, or as a soothing paste and is gentle enough to be used both on your face and body.  Read on to see exactly why we chose each ingredient and how each one is going to help your skin...  Colloidal Oatmeal Colloidal oatmeal is a fine powder, that comes from grinding and processing whole oat grains. When these small particles are dispersed in water, a barrier on the...

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Eczema Diet Christmas Menu

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Eczema Diet Christmas Menu

Christmas is a time for celebration, and if you’re like me and my family it involves eating a lot of food. However many typical Christmas dishes, such as ham, gravy and mum’s amazing trifle dessert (sorry Mum), can trigger eczema flare-ups if you are susceptible to eczema. Luckily there are tasty eczema-friendly alternatives ... No matter what your religion or beliefs, here is an eczema-friendly festive menu plus one of my favourite dessert recipes, Baked Pear Crumble, which uses The Eczema Diet and Eczema Detox ingredients.  Eczema Diet foods for your Christmas table: Roast Chicken Refer to The Eczema Diet for the Roast Chicken recipe,...

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Caring for Someone with Eczema: Tips from a Former Eczema Sufferer

Caring for Someone with Eczema: Tips from a Former Eczema Sufferer

To all the carers, moms/mums, dads, friends (and other amazing souls out there) caring and supporting someone with chronic eczema: this latest blog by Bonnie is for you. {Photo of Bonnie, taken by Karen Fischer) Recently my mother was snooping around my mess (she uses the word 'cleaning') and picked up a book that I had been reading ‘Curing My Incurable Eczema.’ In her book, Cara Ward recalls her journey with eczema and Topical Steroid Withdrawal. Mum came to me to confess that she had to stop reading it because it bought back such painful and vivid memories of the...

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Bonnie's Tips for Travelling with Eczema

Bonnie's Tips for Travelling with Eczema

I recently returned from an epic 3 month backpacking trip throughout Europe, don’t be too jealous! Because of my life experience with eczema, I would like to share with you my ‘eczema travel tips’. For many years eczema, or as I like to call it- ‘bloody eczema,’ at times stopped me from socialising with friends, going swimming in chlorine pools and generally made me retreat from life. However, as I gradually educated myself via the wonderful Skin Friend community, overtime I was empowered to make significant lifestyle changes- altering my diet, introducing supplements, exercising more and meditating. Through these changes I...

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