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I am drawn to the passion and dedication of Botanica Culture team members. Botanica Culture products have since changed my perspective and lifestyle. Not only do I gain the benefit from their amazing quality products, I do have a few of my favourites which are the oral botanica, Derma Botanica No3 and the organic mask spray. Especially the Derma Botanica No3 moisturising serum, I personally see visible fine lines reduced and I sleep better from the aromatic scent from the serum waking up to my morning glow. I love how premium quality Botanica Culture collections are and I can not wait for more to come! Give a try to at least one of their collections and you will not be disappointed.

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Excellent product! After using this liquid toothpaste, I can never use conventional toothpaste. I love using it as a breath freshener. Handy to carry around too.

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I can’t express my gratitude that Activated Black Seed Oil saves my daughter from her autoimmune disease. Activated Black Seed Oil brings back her quality of life.

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Hi, my name is Michaela. In 2018 I was just 17 years old when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. It started with joint pain on my right hand then it went down to my right foot. It was excruciating pain for months till I felt almost paralysed. I could not sleep, it made the situation worse. I was so depressed. I changed my diet completely, I went to many specialists but nothing could help me. Then one day on Chinese New Year 2019, it was a God's sent when I was introduced to Activated Black Seed Oil. By changing my diet and taking Activated Black Seed oil, after few days I could start eating without help and held a pen again. I am so thankful to Botanica Culture. Until now I am taking Activated Black Seed oil daily.

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I’m so happy I found Oral Botanica! My dentist had told me that my gums were receding and didn’t look healthy. I felt so sad because I’ve always looked after my teeth and I brush regularly. I tried Oral Botanica, which was a whole new experience: a liquid and non-foaming toothpaste?!  It took me a while to adapt to this new kind of oral care but I was impressed that it was made only from organic essential oils. Three months on, my dentist was happily surprised, saying my teeth and gums looked stronger, cleaner and definitely healthier.

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Which carrier oil is best?

If you’ve ever bought essential oils or tried aromatherapy, you’ll know it’s best to mix your essential oils with a carrier oil before applying to your skin. But which carrieris best for you? There are lots of carrier oils to choose from but what’s the difference between carrier oils and how do you choose?  

What is a carrier oil?

Before delving into your carrier oil choices, let’s review what a carrier oil actually is. Carrier oils are safe and gentle enough to use directly on your skin. They mostly have a subtle, nutty or neutral scents and the best ones are cold pressed from nuts, kernels or seeds of various plants. Cold pressing requires minimal processing and preserves the therapeutic benefits of the oils.  

What are carrier oils used for?

They are often used to dilute stronger and more concentrated essential oils and then “carry” these oils into the skin. Using essential oils directly on your skin can lead to irritation, redness, rashes or burning, so carrier oils have the vital role of making essential oils much friendlier to your skin. Carrier oils also don’t evaporate, unlike essential oils. Though they’re called “carrier oils”, most carrier oils are also wonderful when used on their own. They’re rich in vitamins, fatty acids and other nutrients and have an impressive range of benefits for your skin and hair.  

What are the benefits of carrier oils?

The vitamins, minerals and fatty acids in carrier oils are bursting with benefits. They are often anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants and are deeply moisturising, softening and healing the skin while also helping it to retain moisture.  

Which carrier oil is best for you?

Believe it or not, there are more than 50 different carrier oils! However, since this is a blog post and not a book, we don’t need to consider them all!   In many cases, the best carrier oil is the one you like most! This is because many carrier oils have similar properties and will usually help to nourish and replenish your skin and hair. So, it’s a great idea to try a few different carrier oils and find your own favourites.   Some carrier oils do have special properties and contain unique compounds, so we’ve created a list of our most beloved carrier oils and their characteristics. Feel free to consult our list when you’re wondering which carrier oil to choose.  

Our 5 best carrier oils for your face, body and hair

 

almond nuts

 

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet Almond oil is one of the most popular of all carrier oils. Rich in Vitamins A, B and E, as well as fatty acids, it softens and protects your face and body. Boosted with Vitamin E to deeply nourish dry, sensitive skin, it is absorbed quickly and is non-greasy and very versatile. It’s a must-have oil for overall skin health. It reduces signs of ageing and prevents damage from nasty free radicals, which cause your skin’s collagen layer to deteriorate. Sweet Almond oil is also the best buddy to your hair and nails, with Vitamin B-7, or biotin, to soften, strengthen and protect. Use Sweet Almond oil for: 
  • Moisturising the face
  • Removing make-up
  • Stretch marks
  • Healthy hair
  • Rejuvenating tired skin
   

Tips for using Sweet Almond Oil

Puffiness and dark circles under eyes

As an anti-inflammatory, Sweet Almond oil can soothe swelling and lighten dark circles. Retinol, Vitamin E and Vitamin K also calm the skin under the eyes. Gently dot a few drops of Sweet Almond Oil under your eyes after cleansing.  

Make-up remover

Apply 5–6 drops of Sweet Almond Oil on damp skin with your fingertips or a cotton pad and use to dissolve make-up without using harsh chemicals — it’s especially good for stubborn make-up. Almond oil is one of the best natural make-up removers.  

Frizz buster

To smooth fly-away hair, after shampooing, apply about 5 drops to the ends before drying. This hydrates, tames frizz and makes styling easy.
Sweet Almond Oil is the best carrier oil for:
Frizzy hair, puffiness and dark circles under eyes
Blends well with:
Myrrh, Lavender and Geranium essential oils     jojoba fruit  

Golden Jojoba Oil

Another very popular carrier oil, Golden Jojoba oil is rich in Vitamins A, E and B which repair the skin and soothe irritation. It’s also deeply hydrating, balances oil production and is full of antioxidants. Golden Jojoba Oil is so much like sebum, our skin’s own natural lubricant, that our skin can’t tell the difference and it is easily absorbed without being greasy or clogging pores. Golden Jojoba Oil balances the skin’s oil production and is antibacterial, making it an ideal facial oil for acne-prone skin. Plus, it nourishes and hydrates the hair strands and roots. Use Jojoba Oil for:
  • Moisturising dry skin
  • Protecting skin from pollution
  • Healing wounds and acne
  • Unclogging pores
  • Promoting collagen synthesis
  • Soothing eczema and psoriasis
  • Nourishing hair
   

Tips for using Jojoba Oil

Oily and acne-prone skin

Since Golden Jojoba Oil can balance and reset your skin’s oil levels, it is ideal for oily skin. It can also control sebum levels and won’t clog your pores. It contains a high level of iodine, so it also fights the bacteria that cause pimples and acne. Apply a small amount to acne-prone areas in the morning and night as a spot treatment. To deal with blackheads and whiteheads, make a facial mask:
  • 5 drops Golden Jojoba Oil
  • 2 tablespoons of facial clay
Mix together and apply over your face. Leave on for up to 15 minutes before washing off.  

Cracked lips

With its oily consistency and hydration benefits, Golden Jojoba oil will swiftly soothe dry, sore lips. Apply regularly and you’ll see a difference in a few days. Plus, it absorbs quickly, so you won’t be left with an oily residue on your lips.  

Dry hair

Golden Jojoba makes an ideal hair conditioner. It nourishes and protects dry and treated hair, but also washes out easily, without leaving your hair limp and greasy.   You can also apply a. Moisturising Hair Mask to freshly washed hair.  Create a blend of: Massage through your hair and leave on for at least 30 minutes, or overnight before shampooing.  
Golden Jojoba Oil is the best carrier oil for:
  • Dry scalp and dandruff
  • Oily skin or acne-prone skin
  • Sensitive skin
Blends well with:
Tea Tree, Clary Sage, Sweet Orange essential oils     rosehip fruit  

Rosehip oil

The queen of skincare oils, Rosehip Oil is absorbed quickly, hydrates and rejuvenates the skin, and boosts collagen production. To reduce scars, moisturise dry skin, fade blemishes and improve skin tone, look no further than remarkable Rosehip oil. Rich in antioxidants, Omegas 3, 6 and 9, Vitamins C and E, and with up to 80 per cent essential fatty acids, your skin and hair will drink it up. And the Retinoic acid (Vitamin A) in Rosehip oil can reduce fine lines, boost collagen and encourage healthy skin production. Plus it can calm and relax your mind if you’re anxious. Use Rosehip oil for:
  • Facial scarring
  • Acne scarring
  • Wrinkles
  • UV damage
  • Premature skin ageing
  • Dark spots
   

Tip for using Rosehip oil

Neck Reviver

To refresh and tighten the skin around the neck, create a blend of:     Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.

Rosehip oil is the best carrier oil for:
ageing skin, dull or loose skin
Blends well with:
Geranium, Lavender, Lemon or Frankincense essential oils     organic arnica oil flower  

Arnica oil

Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving, Arnica oil eases sore muscles, aching joints and ligament strains. It’s great on bruises and soothes the symptoms of varicose veins and osteoarthritis. It stimulates circulation and your body’s healing process reacts more quickly. Research confirms that Arnica oil reduces pain caused by inflammation and decreases the healing time for bruises. Use Arnica oil for:
  • Sore muscles
  • Bruises
  • Dry scalp
  • Varicose veins
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Facial puffiness
   

Tips for using Arnica Oil

 

Arthritis

Arnica oil has been shown to work nearly as well as ibuprofen in reducing pain and improving joint function in people with osteoarthritis in their hands. Warm a few drops of Arnica oil your palms and massage the affected area twice a day.

Varicose Veins

To alleviate and soothe the bulging and tender skin over varicose veins, carefully apply Arnica oil in a circular motion once a day.
Arnica oil is the best carrier oil for:
  • Bruises,
  • arthritis
  • varicose veins
Blends well with:
Lavender or Peppermint essential oils.     black seed (nigella sativa) flower  

Black Seed oil

Black Cumin Seed oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal agent.  It  promotes wound healing and can treat burns. It is often taken internally to protect and strengthen the immune system. Activated Black Seed oil powers up these benefits by adding four more superfood oils – styrian pumpkin seed oil, flax seed oil, and two organic essential oils: oregano and lemon. This creates a powerful and targeted blend of compounds, omega fatty acids, proteins and vitamins that significantly reduce inflammation — the body’s worst enemy. Activated Black Seed oil detoxifies and supports your skin, heart, kidney, liver and brain. It also has antiviral properties, increasing resistance to common infections: colds, flu and yeast infections. The ingredients in ABS have been shown to:    

Tip for using Activated Black Seed oil

To treat psoriasis, take ½ a teaspoon before food in the morning. You can also dab a small amount directly on the affected area.
Black Seed oil the best carrier oil for:
  • boosting immunity,
  • treating psoriasis
  • eczema
How to mix a carrier oil with essential oils
Whenever possible, purchase organic, cold-pressed carrier oils from a manufacturer you trust. Even though many carrier oils are hypoallergenic and won’t cause an allergic reaction, it’s always a good idea to do a skin patch test before you first use them.
How do I do a skin patch test?
  1. Dab a little of the carrier oil on the inside of your wrist or just below your ear.
  2. Cover with a band aid.
  3. Leave it for 24 hours and then check.
  4. If the skin is red or irritated, wash the area and don’t use the oil in future.
  If you’re allergic to nuts, you shouldn’t use oils that come from tree nuts. This includes Sweet Almond oil.  

How much essential oil should you mix with a carrier oil?

Even though we know that we should blend essential oils with a carrier oil, it’s always confusing trying to figure out how much of each oil to use. The United States’ National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, offers the following dilution guidelines: For adults:
  • 2.5% dilution: 15 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
  • 3% dilution: 20 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
  • 5% dilution: 30 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
  • 10% dilution: 60 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
  For children:
  • 0.5 to 1% dilution: 3 to 6 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
  • If using Massage and body oils are made by combining essential oils with one or more carrier oils. It is important to follow guidance on the appropriate ratio of essential oils to carrier oils.
  For massage and body oils: Use a dilution containing 2.5-10% essential oils. For facial treatments:  blends for sensitive skin should contain 0.5-1% essential oils, blends for normal skin can use 1% to 2.5% essential oils. Always store carrier oils in a cool environment, preferably in the refrigerator. You should also keep them in dark glass bottles.  

So, which is the best carrier oil?

It’s impossible to answer this question because it’s like having to choose between your children! However, if you’re looking for a carrier oil that’s very versatile and will suit most skin types, you can always rely on Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil. And, for even better results, you can combine carrier oils to boost their benefits further. Use your creativity and combine several carrier oils until you find your perfect mix. Then add your favourite essential oils to craft all-natural healing treasures — free of chemicals and full of skin and hair pampering delights. Make sure you choose organic carrier and essential oils for even more goodness. And remember too that carrier oils have their own therapeutic properties,  so it’s great to fully explore their benefits by using them on their own. Carry on with your carrier oils and have fun finding the best carrier oil for you.

Best essential oils for acne

You know how it goes. There’s an important meeting, a hot date or a big event. You get up and look in the mirror – Aaaaaakkkkk! A spot has sprouted overnight. And it’s red, angry and seems to be throbbing. It may even be a dreaded white head!   So, what’s the best way to treat acne naturally without harsh chemicals? Better still: What are the best essential oils for acne and acne scars? Can natural solutions really help?

Should I use a pimple cream if I have acne?

Amazingly, 85 per cent of people experience acne at some point in their lives. And many still get spotty in their twenties and thirties: up to 50 per cent of women and 42 percent of men When you have a big blaring spot, it’s tempting to grab something strong from the pharmacy  and try to ‘nuke’ the pimple off the face of your face! But this can do more harm than good. While conventional acne treatments can get rid of pimples, they’re often associated with adverse effects, such as skin irritation and dryness. This can lead to even more breakouts.  

Best Home remedies for acne using essential oils

The good news is that there are many powerful botanical acne home remedies and treatments all around us. And many of them draw on the power of plants. Essential oils concentrate all the healing benefits of plants and flowers. So, what are the best essential oils for acne?  

*Most powerful essential oil for acne

tea tree oil for acne prone skin

Organic Tea Tree oil

Studies show that Tea tree oil has powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. And it can fight two bacteria that cause acne — P. acnes and S. epidermidis Tea tree oil is just as effective at reducing pimples as a lotion containing 5% benzoyl peroxide, a common acne medication. Tea Tree oil is also less drying and irritating then over-the-counter pimple creams.  

How to use Tea Tree oil for acne

  • It’s very potent and should be diluted with a carrier oil or it can cause redness.
  • Do a patch test on your skin before using
  • After cleaning your skin, add 2–3 drops of 100% organic Tea Tree oil to 10 drops of a carrier oil like Arnica oil
  • Dab on the breakout.
 

*Most gentle essential oils for acne scars

Lavender Oil for acne scars

Organic Lavender oil

A more soothing essential oil for fighting acne. Lavender oil calms your skin and reduces blemishes at the same time. It’s a great idea to incorporate lavender into your skincare routine to prevent breakouts.

How to Use Lavender oil for acne

  • add 3 drops of Lavender oil to your moisturiser or make your own by combining jojoba, almond or Rosehip oil with lavender essential oil.
  patchouli oil for acne scars

Organic Patchouli oil

Warm, sweet and sensuous, Patchouli oil is often called the “scent of sixties” after the hippies who discovered it in Asia. It is deeply relaxing, soothes irritation and can regenerate cells, making it ideal for fading scars.

How to use Patchouli oil for acne

To help acne scars heal faster, add 5 drops of Patchouli oil to 15ml of a carrier oil and apply to the affected area.    

*Best essential oils to clear pores

lemongrass oil to clear pores and acne

Lemongrass oil

Will instantly relax you and remind you of a spa but is also highly antibacterial and anti-fungal. Lemongrass oil will clean out your pores and tone the skin.

How to use Lemongrass oil for acne

  • cleanse your skin
  • add 5–10 drops of Lemongrass oil to a bowl of steaming hot water
  • drape a towel over your head and place your head over the bowl.
  • breathe in and relax for at least 5 minutes.
  clary sage oil to clear pores

Organic Clary Sage oil

The word “clary” comes from the Latin “clarus” and means “clarifying” or “cleansing”. Clary Sage oil cleanses and clarifies oily or clogged skin.

How to use Clary Sage oil for acne

To make a natural astringent face wash, in a bowl, combine:
  • 20 drops Clary Sage oil
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil (coconut, almond)
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Using a hand blender, mix all ingredients. Store in a glass bottle in a cool place. Regular use will reduce breakouts.  

*Best essential oil to dry out pimples fast

Turmeric oil to dry pimples fast

Organic Turmeric oil

Turmeric is packed with antioxidants that clarify the skin and heal inflammation. The compound curcumin dries out pimples and eases acne flare-ups

How to use organic Turmeric oil

  • Mix 2–3 drops Turmeric oil with 10 drops of a carrier oil
  • Apply directly on a pimple.
  Rosemary, Rose, Cinnamon and Clove oils are also proven acne-fighters and can kill acne-causing bacteria S. epidermidis and P. acnes   

*Best essential oil blends for acne

When so many oils can claim to be the best essential oils for acne, knowing which one to reach for can be a bit bewildering. But before another pimple pops up from the stress of choosing which essential oil to use, how about using a blend of the best? Derma Botanica No3 is the best oil blend for acne Derma Botanica is a luxurious healing face serum made from 11 organic essential oils, including some with amazing acne-fighting properties:   Lavender – to fade scars and soothe red, raw skin Rosehip – Powerful antioxidant, rich in Retinoic acid (Vitamin A) and Vitamin C for healthy cell production Frankincense – repairs damaged skin Tea Tree -  highly antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, combats oily skin Myrrh – antioxidant and moisturising Carrot seed – protects from environmental stressors and soothes sensitive skin Niaouli & Neroli – treat scars and wounds, prevent infections, speed up new cell growth   Some people worry about putting a facial oil on their acne but many acne-prone complexions are also stressed and dehydrated. The gentle yet powerful oils in Derma Botanica are like a long, cool thirst quenching drink for this kind of parched, unhappy skin. Use it twice a day after cleansing. You can use it under a moisturiser or on its own. So, next time you’re tempted to blast your spots or acne with a harsh chemical-based cream, remember the treasure trove of healing that nature has provided in the form of super-charged acne-blitzing essential oils. Hope this guide to the best essential oils for acne and acne scars will help you choose the right one for you, so you can let them care for your skin, and destroy the nasty acne bacteria, without turning your face into a war zone.

How can Activated Black Seed Oil help eczema sufferers?

The word Eczema comes from Greek and means “to boil over” — and that makes sense when you think of the inflamed, red, raw skin that comes with eczema. Eczema affects about 10 percent of people worldwide and occurs when your immune system reacts to something that irritates it. It’s not contagious and people often dismiss it as “just a rash”. However, it can cause significant physical discomfort and emotional distress.  

What is eczema? 

What makes eczema tricky to treat is that there are at least six different kinds, and you can be affected by one type or several forms at the same time. It also affects people throughout life, so it’s safe to say that most of us have been “touched” — or should that be “scratched”? — by eczema at some point.  

Varieties of eczema 

 

Atopic dermatitis: 

  • causes inflammation and scaly, dry, damaged skin
  • can affect babies as young as 2 months but also children and adults
  • symptoms often improve as children grow up
  • can recur even after an inactive period
  • affects face and scalp in infants, and neck, elbows and behind the knees in children
  • 20% of children in Singapore suffer from this kind of eczema, 60% develop it before their first birthday.
  eczema atopic dermatitis Source: www.nationaleczema.org  

Contact dermatitis:

  • develops when skin is exposed to something that irritates it, like a red, itchy area under a wedding ring
  • skin usually heals quickly when the irritant disappears
  • use gentle products to soothe the redness.
  eczema contact dermatitis Source: www.nationaleczema.org  

Dyshidrotic eczema:

  • small, extremely itchy blisters on the hands and feet
  • mostly affects adults under 40
  • possibly the most unpleasant version of eczema
  • sores can become infected and filled with pus
  eczema Dyshidrotic dermatitis Source: www.healthline.com  

Nummular eczema

  • coin-shaped (Nummular is Latin for coin)
  • often begins with an insect bite or localised irritation
  • appears as a dry and scaly circle of skin
  • can become red and weepy if it gets irritated or infected.
  eczema Dyshidrotic dermatitis Source: www.nationaleczema.org  

Seborrheic dermatitis:

  • Commonly found on the scalp (affects the sebaceous glands)
  • dry, flaky patches of skin
  • called “cradle cap” in babies
  • affects all ages, often those with immune disorders or other chronic illnesses.
  eczema Seborrheic dermatitis Source: www.healthline.com  

Stasis dermatitis

  • occurs when there are problems with circulation
  • Lower limbs get swollen, leading to irritated skin.
  eczema stasis dermatitis Source: www.mayoclinic.org  

How do I know if I have eczema?

Diagnosing eczema is quite straightforward: you must have itchy skin, plus three or more of the following symptoms:
  • Itchiness in skin creases or folds
  • Dry skin
  • Visible rash affecting the limbs, cheeks or forehead.
  • Symptoms appearing within 2 years of birth (not always an indication, but very common)
  • Family history of asthma, hay fever or immune system diseases, especially affecting a close relative.
 

What triggers eczema the most?

Tracking down the root cause of an eczema attack is no easy task, and often a few different triggers combine to bring on a mean-red flare up and get the itchy scratching. The most common triggers for eczema are:
  • stress (both ongoing stress from work and life, and also unusual stressful events)
  • hormonal changes  (pregnancy, peri-menopause, menopause)
  • temperature changes (very dry, hot air or extreme humidity)
  • fabrics, especially wool or polyester
  • pet dander
  • genetics (you are much more likely to have eczema if your parents have it)
  • unhealthy lifestyle
  • allergens, toxic chemicals or pollutants, such as:
    1. cigarette smoke
    2. metals, such as copper or nickel
    3. perfume and other fragrances
    4. antibacterial creams
    5. formaldehyde (in disinfectants, vaccines, and glues)
    6. thickeners in lotions and shampoos
    7. some dyes or temporary tattoos
  We can control some of these triggers but others are out of our hands, unless we can develop some kind of Avengers-style weather-manipulating super powers or avoid many common daily products.  

Does eczema go away by itself?

In short — No. An eczema outbreak usually takes a few weeks to treat and most of the time it will not disappear if you ignore it and hope for the best. It’s vital to work out which triggers affect you most and stay away from these.  

How to treat an eczema flare-up

If eczema flares up, many people head to the doctor and are given the following treatments:  

Seven at-home treatments for eczema flare-ups

If you want to avoid the onslaught of chemicals, and the potential nasty side effects from conventional eczema treatments, you can also manage an eczema outbreak at home. Try these steps when your eczema is acting up:
1. Moisturise at least twice a day.
Keep your skin hydrated and protect your skin’s barrier, reduce dryness and stop cracking with a rich daily body moisturiser such as organic cold pressed Rosehip seed oil
2. Don’t scratch.
It takes will power but avoid giving into the urge to itch. Instead, try pressing on the skin. You can also cut your fingernails short, and if you scratch in your sleep, wear gloves at night.
3. Apply bandages.
If you cover your eczema with a bandage, you won’t be as likely to scratch. You can also use wet bandages to soothe the skin.
4. Have a warm bath.
Sprinkle your bath water with baking soda, uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal — ground oatmeal made for using in the bath. Soak in the bath for 10 to 15 minutes, then gently pat your skin dry. You can also add a few drops of a gentle organic essential oil, such as Lavender oil.
5. Choose mild, perfume-free soap or body wash.
Use a non-alkaline soap that is highly moisturising so your skin won’t be parched after your shower.
6. Use a humidifier.
Air-conditioning can dehydrate sensitive skin and intensify flaking. A humidifier adds moisture to the air and can ease itching.
7. Wear cool, smooth-textured clothing.
Avoid tight, synthetic or scratchy clothing that can irritate damaged skin.  

How to prevent eczema?

Being sustainable is the buzzword now and dealing with eczema is no exception. Why not sustain your eczema-free state and prevent eczema outbreaks from happening at all?

Six steps to prevent or reduce eczema flare-ups

1. Reduce chemical load
Aim to eliminate chemical additives from your diet. These include:
  • Salicylates (natural chemical found in plants and fruit that’s also used in aspirin and many personal care products)
  • MSG
  • artificial colouring
  • natural colouring
  • preservatives (sorbate, benzoates, sulphates, nitrate)
  • artificial sweetenersOur liver will detoxify salicylates and other chemicals so they are safely removed from the body but too many of these chemicals can lead to inflammation and an allergic response such as eczema.To support the liver, it needs glycine, vitamin B6, magnesium and limonene. Found in Lemon oil, studies show that limonene helps detoxify the liver. This is why we included organic Lemon oil in our dietary supplement and immunity booster, Activated Black Seed Oil.
 
2. Reduce blood histamine levels
Histamines are chemicals released into the blood by the white blood cells when the body is fighting an allergen. Reducing the level of histamines in the blood can relieve the itchiness of eczema, which is why doctors sometimes prescribe artificial antihistamines. Eating foods rich in Vitamin C and B6 naturally reduces histamines. You can find these vitamins in papaya, mung bean sprouts, Brussels sprouts and green onions. And you should avoid histamine producing foods such as eggs, peanuts, dairy products including cow’s milk, sesame seeds and wheat.  
3. Improve your gastrointestinal health
Eczema sufferers often have Candida albicans (a yeast infection) in their gastrointestinal tract or on their skin. This is hard to get rid of, even after a change of diet. Oregano oil in our Activated Black Seed oil contains thymoquinone, a natural compound which eliminates Candida albicans and boosts your overall gastrointestinal health.  
4. Balance your fat ratios
If you eat a lot of saturated fat, it can also negatively affect your eczema. Unsaturated fats, however are quite different. These are composed of essential fatty acids (EFAs), including linoleic acid (Omega 6) and alpha-linolenic acid (Omega 3) and they benefit the body by stimulating hair and skin growth, and regulating the metabolism. Flax seed oil increases your Omega 3 intake and Pumpkin seed oil (PSO) is also rich in Omega 3- and 6- fatty acids, as well as zinc, Vitamin E and antioxidants. All these goodies make these ingredients a gift for the skin, allowing it to retain moisture and fight free radicals. Both Flax seed oil and Pumpkin Seed oil are important in our Activated Black Seed Oil.  
5. Restore your acid/alkaline balance
Maintaining a healthy acid/alkaline balance also allows the liver to detoxify problematic chemicals. Too much acid in our body will be stored in our tissues, which can make the skin itchy. A healthy, balanced diet, with both alkaline and nutritious acid-forming foods is key to keeping eczema in remission. Alkaline foods include green, leafy vegetables, nuts, root vegetables, broccoli and fruit, while acid-forming foods are proteins, sugars, grains and processed foods. Choose foods that boost the immune system and promote healthy skin to reduce the risk of infection, and increase your intake of alkaline foods and drinks. Enjoy Eczema-easing foods:
  • Fatty fish with high levels of Omega-3 (salmon, herring)
  • Fruit high in anti-oxidants: apples, blueberries, cherries,
  • Broccoli, spinach, kale
  • Fermented foods: tempeh, kefir, miso soup, sauerkraut
  Minimise Eczema-triggering foods:
  • Milk, cheese, butter, yoghurt
  • Margarine,
  • Pork, ham, deli meat, sausages
  • Smoked salmon
  • Raw egg, mayonnaise
  • Tomato, bell pepper, mushrooms, pumpkin and broccoli
  • Dried fruit
  • Vinegar
  • Wheat
  • Sugar
 
6. Reduce Inflammation
Eczema is a sign of inflammation in your metabolism. The compounds Thymol and Carvacrol in Black Seed oil (Nigela Sativa)  are effective in reducing inflammation in the body, while research has discovered that the lauric acid in Black Seed Oil is also responsible for preventing an eczema relapse  in many patients.   activated black seed oil  

What is Activated Black Seed Oil?

We created Activated Black Seed Oil (ABS) to shield your body from inflammatory diseases. It acts as an organic super-supplement for your immune system, is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, and detoxifies and supports your skin, making it ideal for anyone grappling with skin conditions. Black Seed oil has been used as a healing remedy for thousands of years and our Activated Black Seed Oil powers up these benefits by adding four more superfood ingredients. This creates a powerful and targeted blend of compounds, omega fatty acids, proteins and vitamins that significantly reduce inflammation — the body’s worst enemy.  

Can Activated Black Seed Oil be applied directly on the skin?

You can apply a thin layer of ABS to your skin but taking it internally is even more important. Taking it regularly will  help to eliminate Candida Albicans, decrease inflammation in your body and boost healthy levels of good fats, such as Omega 3 and 6.  

How to take Activated Black Seed Oil?

Activated Black Seed oil tastes medicinal, with a slightly spicy flavour. It is best to take one teaspoon in the morning on empty stomach. If you’re not keen on the taste, you can swallow it with warm water or mix it with honey, juice, oatmeal or cereal.  

When will you see results?

Each person is different and it also depends how serious your eczema is. If you follow a healthy eczema-friendly diet, as well as taking ABS, it usually takes six to eight weeks to see improvements. Many customers see full results after three months.  

Does it really work?

Our founder, Dr  Ubbo von Oehsen suffered from severe eczema for more than three years before we successfully found the right ingredients and formulation for Activated Black Seed Oil. This helped him to get rid of his eczema permanently.   Eczema- Activated Black Seed Oil before and after effect   So, even though eczema has been a rather unwelcome companion for many of us during our lives – perhaps even as a baby! – it can be a much less frequent visitor when we take care of ourselves with diet, being mindful of what triggers an eczema attack, and by regularly taking Activated Black Seed oil to ease inflammation inside and out.
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