Our 4 year old boy is unlucky enough to suffer with allergies. Some of them (cashew nuts) are very severe and mean we have to be vigilant about what he eats. His allergy to cats and various other airborne allergens manifests as eczema.
The best way of preventing his flair ups is to put moisturising cream on him morning and night. Eczema causes his skin to be very dry, so good topical hydration is vital. Originally we were prescribed a petroleum based product called Hydramol. It does the job, but when you’re putting this stuff on a little 4 year old’s skin twice a day you start to worry what the long term effects of a product like this might be.
We have peered down the rabbit-hole of internet information on products like Hydramol and decided to go for a more natural and (as it turns out) more effective home made moisturiser.
The main ingredients are bee’s wax, olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, tea tree oil and lavender oil.
It’s super easy (if a little time consuming) to make, and the ingredients can be ordered quite cheaply on Amazon..
Heat the wax, shea, coconut and olive oil in a bowl over boiling water (basically a bain marie) until everything has melted.
Transfer the melted mix to a stand mixer if you have one (you can use an electric hand whisk, but it takes more effort), and add the lavender and tea tree oils.
As the oil mix cools, turn the mixer on and whisk periodically to make the cooling moisturiser light and smooth.
You’re aiming for a thick mayonnaise consistency. Transfer to a jar and allow to fully cool before use.
Obviously this recipe comes with no guarantees – we’re not medically trained. However it works brilliantly for our itchy little boy!