“It was obvious very early on,” Greg remembers of his gorgeous one-month-old daughter’s red and irritated skin; what he and his partner first thought would be juvenile eczema. But it never went away.
From very early on, Greg and his partner began treating what they thought would be a sporadic period of eczema for their daughter. A skin condition that many babies and toddlers experience in their early years, however, this just wasn’t the case.
“The eczema first appeared… in the creases of her chubby little knees and elbows and on her ankles,” Greg remembers of their first contact with the condition.
From just one month old their daughter suffered terribly from the unerring discomfort of raised rashes, raw, cracked skin and a rapacious itch that was undeterred by any of the creams or topical ointments they were prescribed.
“She just accepted it as part of life,” Greg said, acknowledging how powerless he felt as his young child continued to suffer like any other eczema sufferer, though without the ability to voice her incredible discomfort or ask for help.
Of course, they tried all the go-to commercial and natural eczema remedies, including barrier creams like Moo Goo, Daktozin and Dermaveen to protect her skin against further irritation. But even so, Greg recalls that “the redness and irritation never went away.”
“What was worse”, he continued, “We live at the beach and she loves to swim, but...if I took her in the ocean… without applying some barrier cream [and] the wind and salt hit the sore spots, she would scream until she was washed in fresh water, wrapped in a towel and dried.”
So, fed up with the creams, ointments and balms that did little to help his daughter’s skin, Greg decided to research what other options there were, preferring a natural and plant-based approach rather than the effective but far more invasive steroid creams that are most commonly prescribed to those with pervasive skin conditions like eczema. It was then that he stumbled upon a completely natural, safe and efficacious treatment. But it was illegal.
Many parents of children with diseases, illnesses or life afflicting ailments say that they would do absolutely anything in order to help their suffering children, and that’s exactly what Greg did. Living in Australia, where medicinal cannabis laws are still tightly regulated—with cannabis extracts near impossible to get a prescription for—Greg recognised that in order to offer his daughter something that could finally give her a fighting chance at relief, he would have to break the law.
“I researched for months about the ECS (endocannabinoid system), particularly autoimmune disease and the therapeutic effect of CBD,” he says of his decision, convinced that this would be a positive step toward relieving his daughter's pain. So he ordered CBD Hemp Oil; a non-psychotropic compound with mounting potential therapeutic uses. Once it had arrived he applied it sublingually (underneath his daughter’s tongue) and waited for action to take effect, but it wasn’t long before he discovered CBD used topically worked just as well, if not better for his daughter’s eczema.
“I thought this would take some time but really it happened overnight,” Greg recalls with disbelief at what he had first expected would be a slow and drawn out process of trial and error.
“A drop of oil rubbed in worked well, but… I wanted to make a balm or salve to hold it on the skin for longer and I found that barrier creams helped with the pain,” Greg explained. So he went back to the drawing board and created something that he regards as the crucial point of change at which he was able to provide a form of relief he and the family had almost given up on.
“Ultimately I made a balm using macadamia oil… soy lecithin, beeswax and CBD oil. This stays in our fridge and is referred to as 'super cream'. At the first sign [of an eczema flare up] cream goes on and the eczema disappears.”
Greg says initially he had to apply his ‘Super Cream’ every day until the welts reduced to being barely visible. Now he only has to apply the ‘Super Cream’ to his daughter’s skin once a month, before the beach, or when she has a flare up; though compared to before, this is a rare occurrence now.
“She still has eczema after 3 years,” He says, ”But it has never gotten worse, only better… from my point of view it [CBD] was clearly both miraculous and better than both ‘natural’ and commercial treatments that we tried.”
In one fell swoop, Greg had been able to relieve his daughter of the tiresome symptoms, gaining a quality of life that she had never experienced before.
He shares with us his homemade ‘Super Cream’ recipe, so that others, like his daughter, may experience a life sans eczema symptoms—without the need for buying steroid creams, balms, and other pharmaceuticals; which he believes are nowhere near as effective.
Greg’s ‘Super Cream’ Eczema Ointment
You Will Need:
- One glass heat-proof mixing bowl
- One spoon
- One saucepan
- One sealable container
- One sugar thermometer (jam thermometer/ candy thermometers are one and the same).
- 30gm of beeswax
- Tablespoon of Lecithin: to help the products combine
- 100ml of Macadamia Oil (because it is non-comedogenic)
- 750mg of CBD or half the bottle (which may seem a lot but this goes a long way)
- Using the double boiler method, place a heat-proof mixing bowl over a saucepan with an inch of water. Bring the water to boil and place the wax in the bowl on top.
- Once the wax has melted, remove the bowl from the heat and add the lecithin and macadamia oil, stirring the ingredients together while the mixture cools.
- Using the sugar thermometer, gauge the temperature of your mixture.
- Once it is under 70 degrees Celsius, add the CBD and keep stirring until the mixture cools (this ensures that the active ingredients within the CBD are not ‘cooked out’ of it).
- You can strain the lecithin or leave it in as you like. Once the mixture has cooled, scrape it into a sealable container and leave it in the fridge until it’s time to make your next batch.
This recipe was the culmination of months researching and YouTubing the best natural and effective recipe for eczema, eventually stumbling upon his own ‘Super Cream’ creation; a mixture of multiple recipes he found online, and then adding his own ingredient into the mix, CBD.
He recognises the time and effort it required in order to find the perfect treatment for his daughter and feels immense relief being able to help other parents find a remedy that works.
He concludes, “As a parent, I would have flown to the moon to help my daughter, as it was, I just had to do a little research and order some [CBD] online.”
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