By: Nine of Swords
This piece was made for a project, Remix: Purchase, and is a remix of Whatever, Dad. View here.
Feel free to remix this, iterate on it, create another version, use it for inspiration etc.
Reblog with your own version.
This was wicked fun Zorb where are you
nine of swords is so cool wth
qj: underground in the radio station // craftin the c-shock pocket guide
How to treat eczema naturally (a personal and common knowledge post)
I know most traditional remedies for eczema only provide slight relief. Steroids, in the long run, cause the skin to weaken and become even more susceptible to outbreaks. I’ve been told by dermatologists again and again they have no idea how to help me.
So this is mostly a post about how I handle my own eczema and other available natural remedies. I suffer from atopic dermatitis and dishydrotic eczema.
The number one thing is to be aware of your triggers and allergens and avoid them. I know they can be difficult to identify and avoid. One of my triggers is water. It just helps to know what causes your discomfort. Avoiding synthetic scented things (lotions, soaps, perfumes, and laundry soaps can really help). Keeping a journal about how your skin feels and any possible triggers or treatments can also help.
The second thing I’d recommend is an elimination diet. These are difficult. You pretty much have to eliminate all possible food allergens from your diet for four weeks and then slowly add them back in, noting how your skin and body reacts. It’s hard, believe me, but it can help.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are also really helpful. My advice here is to see an acupuncturist who practices TCM and who you feel comfortable with. Look for reviews, talk to people who get acupuncture. If you don’t feel good about it, don’t get it.
Now, onto the remedies you can provide yourself. For herbal teas (infusions and decoctions) I use dandelion, burdock, yellow dock, or plantain. They are all detoxifying and cleansing herbs. All of these would also work as tinctures.
The awesome thing about all of these plants also is that they are very common and easily wildcrafted. Most of them are seen as weeds and are in your front lawn. So feel free to research pictures of any of the above and practice some identification.
Other herbs (and if you’re just not into that) can be found here.
- Dandelion is one of the most cleansing and tonifying herbs while also being very gentle. A dandelion root tea with ginger, mints, and licorice is one of my all time favorite teas. It tastes wonderful, is well balanced, and is incredibly good for you.
- Burdock is another wonderful herb. You can use the leaves and the roots, depending on when you’re harvesting. Plantain is gentle and an anti-inflammatory. It helps itching and stimulates the growth of new skin. It’s widely abundant.
- Yellow dock is a plant I am far more wary of it. It’s an incredibly strong detoxifier and helps cleanse the liver and blood. However, it is also a laxative. Start in small doses.
Oils are the fun part! I cannot use lotions because they contain water, but you can extract almost any herb in any oil. Explore which oils you like. I’m a big fan of coconut oil, almond oil, and grapeseed oil.
Here’s a how to about oil extractions. Also click through the picture for more info about calendula oil extractions.
You can do an all-in-one oil with calendula, comfrey, burdock, and plantain that’ll be healing, cooling, cleansing, anti-inflammatory and will help with the itching, which is what I often do. Or you can take the herbs one at a time. Right now I have a simple calendula/grapeseed extraction I use before and after my showers.
Gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA, is an omega-6 fatty acid that is found in chamomile, borrage seed oil, evening primrose oil, and licorice. It has been shown to possibly help eczema. I personally take evening primrose oil daily and I think that it helps. Borrage and evening primrose can be found in capsules at pretty much any vitamin outlet. Chamomile tea is easy to find at most grocery stores and you can find licorice at most places that carry herbs.
I know these are a lot of options, and if anyone wants me to expand at all with any exact recipes or has any questions, please feel free to ask. Any criticism or any input where you think I should elaborate is very welcome.
Don’t feel scared to start with any one of the above mentioned options and work with it.
in my personal experience, itching is one of the most stressful, uncomfortable physical sensations and, despite the various forms in which skin irritation comes to me (ex: allergic reaction to foods/bug bites/cats/artificial cosmetics, prickly heat, good ol’ dandruff — don’t worry i’m not contagious don’t forget to hold me please!) or how often i encounter it, i can’t seem to find a trustworthy solution. visiting the derm’ domain tomorrow in hopes of deciphering my body once + for all. in the meantime, if any of this pertains to you 2, here is a neat resource from the Web. plenty of herbal remedies/symptom relief/advice on recognizing + documenting triggers for folks who have eczema.
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DDW021 // Flashlight O “The Truman Sho” (CS)
Let me just say, there are a lot of homies out there, but none quite like Colin Alexander. His friendship is something I hold close, and his tunes continue to inspire and groove me. "The Truman Sho" comes as Colin’s Flashlight O debut, a 10-song full length cassette that Mike and I have anxiously awaited since we first agreed to release it in 2013. The album pulls its musical influence from artists like Karl Blau & Calvin Johnson, constantly searching for “the perfect groove”. Sometimes layering fun and funny lyricism, the songs hit home in just the right way, not unlike his writing for previous project, SPOOK HOUSES. Anyway, get siced! I know I am.
"The Truman Sho" will be released June 3rd, 2014 on DDW. More info & track streams coming soon.
Very excited to announce! Can’t wait to give this to da people
do you guys even kno? you guys don’t even kno
honestly, i don’t even freaking D U N N O ……………………….. ..
achieve a particular caliber of small to unlock the second half of the glow pt. 2! tracks 10-20 that’s all i need baby LOL
you don’t fuck with women because you don’t fuck with women - colin self