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Witch Hazel, a natural acne treatment and much more!

Witch Hazel, Hammemilis Virginiana, is a shrub found in the northern hemisphere.  Although many have heard of it, many do not know what a useful product it can be.  Many also know that it is great for first aid, and as an astringent.  What many don’t know is that it is natural, but the cheaper versions are actually more harmful than they are beneficial.  If you have used witch hazel and have not been satisfied, you have probably not tried one that is alcohol free.  The most natural form of witch hazel is an alcohol free Witch Hazel, by The Homestead Company, that is preserved with .15% Benzoic Acid, which is a food grade preservative derived from raspberries.

One of the most needed functions of Witch Hazel today, is for the treatment of acne.  It seems that it’s not only teenagers that are in need, but many into their adult years.  Witch Hazel can be used to cleanse, and control the bacterial growth, and also tighten the pores of the skin and aid in constricting the skin pores to control infections that lead to acne.  It also inhibits the sebaceous glands to control oil production, reducing the look of oily skin.

Using witch hazel on skin affected with acne is known to be effective through constant use and consistency.  It is important to clean the skin daily to maintain the environment needed for clear skin.  Other acne treatments can do more harm than good, so make sure that you are focusing on minimal ingredients that won’t dry your skin, or cause irritation.

Some of the other common and needed uses for witch hazel are: psoriasis, eczema, ingrown nails, blistered skin, insect bites and can be used as a compress for varicose veins, and hemorrhoids.

So, what does Witch Hazel have in it that can do all of this?  Studies have shown that it contains tannins, gallic acid, proacthocyanins, flavonoids, essential oil, choline, saponins, and bitters.  These are all medically proven therapies against various skin conditions, including acne, sores, bruises, and swelling.

Every household has at least one or more reasons to use witch hazel on a daily basis.  Why spend money on products that are made for only one thing, when you have a completely natural alternative that works even better?

Please feel free to ask questions!    We love hearing feedback!

Side Effects of Eczema and Treatment

Atopic dermatitis, or better known as eczema, is a severe drying of the skin. It is a hereditary condition most often seen in the form of a rash. It is common for babies to suffer from it, and most will grow out of the condition as a teen or adult. The skin condition is so common in fact that ten to twenty percent of people may suffer from it either as a child or adult. Unfortunately, there are irritating side effects associated with it. Here are some of the side effects or symptoms you will see if you or your child has eczema.

A side effect that any and every eczema sufferer will experience is chronic itching. The skin becomes very dry and flaky which leads to irritation. The best way to temporary stop the itching is to scratch your skin. However, this is very bad for it because the constant scratching can result in a rash. The itching is cause from an inflammation of the skin because it can’t moisturize itself or stay properly moisturized during the day.

The skin will appear to be inflamed, dry, red, and flaky. You can decrease the side effects by using some type of natural eczema oil. Quality ingredients you should look for in an oil are Kukui nut oil, premium emu oil, and jojoba Oil. All of which are high in vitamin E. These ingredients are proven to be effective because emu and Kukui nut oil have been used for centuries for their ability to soothe eczema and other skin related ailments.

Because the skin can become so irritated, the constant or frequent scratching can cause the skin to crack or bleed. This will make your skin ooze which leads to infections. Another side effect of the skin condition is blistering. This is usually associated with more severe cases. Bleeding, oozing, and blisters make it possible for eczema to spread over the body. It isn’t contagious, but it does spread on your own skin.

Eczema will most likely been seen as dry, red patches throughout your skin. Severe cases will include some of the other side effects. There are also side effects with medicines used to treat it. Most prescribed medications have noted that the itching and redness increases. This may happen because of synthetic ingredients are chemicals used to make the product. Using natural skin care products for eczema are safe and are only made with organic products. Another great advantage of natural products is that they can be used on any ages and are safe for babies as well.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit

Best Places to Live with Eczema

The United States has many wonderful cities each with different climates, native plants, and even allergies. There are certain places in the country to live that can affect your allergies if you suffer from cedar, mold, or other types of allergens. You should choose to live where you will be the healthiest. This is true for people who also suffer from eczema. You want to live in an ideal climate that will keep your skin from becoming too dry.

Living in the right city won’t cure your eczema but it will keep the amount of flare ups you are experiencing to a minimum. Living in the most ideal climate and treating your flare ups with eczema oil should keep your skin healthy, moisturized, and looking great. You should live where the temperature and humidity is right for you and where there isn’t a lot of pollen, smoke, or dust. Here are some cities that have favorable climates and low allergens for people with eczema as reported by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

Seattle, Washington is such a beautiful city with a great climate. What is perhaps the most appealing are the low pollen rates. Also, they have a public non-smoking law. People with eczema may notice that smoke can irritate their skin, but it’s a personal choice for someone to smoke or not. For those that don’t smoke, the law in Seattle is great because you have an issue with second hand smoke. The climate is favorable due to the location near the water, and is considered a mild oceanic climate.

If you prefer the east coast, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America would recommend Cape Coral, Florida. This city had a very high air quality score and reported low for allergen rates. If you love the water you will love the canals and waterways because it has more than any other city. Being on the coast makes the city have a favorable climate.

Studies have shown that asthma is also linked to eczema which is why the cities chosen were based on the study completed by the AAFA. These cities are ideal, but not necessarily where you have to live. There are other ways to control your eczema as well so that your skin won’t cause irritation for you too frequently. Because climate is a factor for causing it, you could always purchase a humidifier for your home. This will help to control the temperature in your home. Humidifiers are inexpensive and won’t take up too much space.

In addition to controlling external factors as best you can, keep up with a regular skin care treatment so that you’ll stay moisturized. Always use natural skin care products such as eczema oil, lotions, or creams. Products and controlled temperature will make a difference with the amount of flare ups you are experiencing.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit

Foods to Stay Away From If You Have Eczema

What you put inside your body, affects the outward appearance and health as well. Certain types of foods you eat make your skin healthier and can make you lose or gain weight. You have to be careful what you put in your body because of food allergies as well which can cause upset stomachs or external reactions such as rashes. People who suffer from eczema should pay extra attention to their diet, because certain foods can cause flare ups or reduce the amount of flare ups they are experiencing. Not all types of eczema are the same, and some foods for one person may not cause a flare up for a different person. It is trial and error and it can be helpful to keep a food journal of your diet and make a note of what caused a flare up.

Studies have found there are common triggers by certain foods that can affect your eczema flare ups. Keep in mind, however, that you may not have a problem with the food listed. Allergies are unique to individuals and not everyone with eczema will be allergic to apples for example. This is why a food journal comes in handy because you can keep track of what makes your flare ups worse. Some common triggers for most people with eczema are: milk, shellfish, wheat, peanut butter and peanut products, corn, soy, eggs, acidic fruits, food preservatives, and artificial sweeteners.

Because milk is a common trigger for allergies and eczema, you will have to avoid a lot of dairy products if you find that it does affect you. Dairy products that contain milk are foods like cheese and yogurt. You can find some great tasting cheese made from goat’s milk. Acidic fruits you should avoid are strawberries, oranges, and lemons. Another fruit, that is often mistaken for a vegetable, which you should stay away from, is tomatoes. You should try eating bananas, apples, or pears instead and see if they don’t cause a reaction. Soy products can be harmful because most are not fermented which makes them hard to digest.

Having a restricted diet can be hard to maintain and may require you to take supplements, vitamins, or super foods to stay healthy. Flaxseed has proven to be a healing power for flare ups. It reduces inflammation, a side effect of eczema. Flaxseed comes in the natural seed form, oil, and powder. You can add flaxseed oil or powder to most foods you cook or can be added to your drinks. In addition to having a healthy diet and using flaxseed or other types of supplements, you should also use natural skin care products to manage your flare ups and skin irritation.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit

Eczema Oil Treatments

Dry, itchy, red, irritated skin is very uncomfortable and can cause you a lot of trouble. Besides being uncomfortable, it can cause embarrassment if the rash is severe. If you are experiencing these symptoms with your skin you could be suffering from eczema. Eczema is a medical condition in the dermatitis form that causes inflammation of the skin that result in itching and redness. Eczema can be easy to treat. The best type of treatment that your skin will benefit the most from is using natural skin care products.

Natural products are less abrasive and don’t have harsh chemicals in them that will worsen the condition of your skin. A great treatment for eczema that is very effective is using natural, organic, eczema oil. There are different types of oil treatments that will reduce the characteristics of eczema such as inflammation, itching, redness, and rashes.

A classic oil for treatment is made from emu oil. This type of natural oil replenishes your skin’s moisture and replaces the lost oil your skin can’t produce. Emu oil contains five natural ingredients that help reduce the effects of having eczema which are: terpines, oleic acid, vitamin E, vitamin A, and sapogens. All of these ingredients naturally help skin repair.

A common household ingredient found in almost every kitchen around the world that can be used to treat eczema is olive oil. What makes this oil treatment great is the fact that olives contain polyphenols which are full of rich antioxidants which protect body cells. Olive oil softens the skin and has been used for centuries, especially in Greek cultures.

Another type of oil that can be used for treatment that can be easily found in a grocery store is coconut oil. It provides temporary relief for eczema flare ups, but also has long term healing benefits. The oil protects our skin and isn’t harsh because the oil is unrefined. Coconut oil contains a lot of vitamin E and other antioxidants. It makes your skin soft because it gently removes the dry, irritated, outer layer of skin, and at the same time it soaks deep into the tissue to moisturize and protect the deep layers of skin.

Flaxseed oil, another oil treatment, was produced and cultivated more than 6,000 years ago in Europe and has become a great organic treatment for eczema. Flaxseed oil has a lot of essential fatty acids which help reduce inflammation. Essential fatty acids protect our cell membranes and keep the skin healthy and moisturized. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.

Organic oils provide the most effective and safe treatment for eczema. The natural oils are soothing and don’t contain harsh chemicals that can make the symptoms worse.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit

Skin Care Treatments with or without Eczema

Taking care of your skin and finding a daily skin care treatment is important to your health. Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and it protects us and controls our body temperature. We should protect our skin to keep us healthy and at the same time keep our skin looking beautiful.

For people suffering from eczema, skin care treatment can be even more vital and difficult to take care of. People with eczema have to pay careful attention to the types of soap, makeup, and even water temperature they are using. Finding the correct skin care treatments to use can have the ability to decrease uncomfortable flare ups and decrease irritation of the skin.

Skin produces oil to stay moisturized. When we shower, these natural oils are washed off. During the day, the natural oils are reproduced in our skin. For people with eczema, the oils are harder to be reproduced through our skin which results in dry, flaky, irritated skin and sometimes rashes. Controlling the water temperature will help to keep more of the oil intact and not wash all of it off our skin. Shower water should be warm; not too hot or too cold. However, the colder the water will result in less oils being washed off. Keep your shower times short too. Avoiding extreme temperatures is important for any type of skin care whether it be for someone who has eczema or not.

After you find the appropriate water temperature to shower with, next choose a soap that is right for your skin type. Organic, natural skin care products are the best to use. They are fragranced with natural oils and don’t use harsh alcohol based scents. Using natural products will reduce flare ups for people who have eczema, and for those who don’t, it will prevent your skin from becoming dry. Bar soaps can have the tendency to dry out your skin more so than liquid soaps.

It is important to moisturize after you shower in case the soap you used can dry out your skin. Preventing a flare up or dry skin will ensure little to no irritation. Use moisturizing lotions for your face and body every day. Putting face moisturizer on before you apply makeup, ladies, will actually help the makeup look better and is easier to apply. If you have eczema, it is important to find a moisturizer that isn’t fragranced. Look for moisturizers that come in oil or lotion form.

These skin care treatments will help your skin stay healthy, and for people with eczema it will reduce the amount of flare ups that are occurring. Keeping your skin in good condition is vital for our health.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit

Eczema and its Causes

Dry itchy skin can be really uncomfortable and embarrassing. Some lotions and oils are heavily perfumed or have alcohol in them which can cause the skin to become even more irritated than before. If you find yourself consistently treating dry, red, irritated skin you could have a medical problem called eczema that requires treatment.

The exact causes of eczema haven’t been determined by doctors. However, there are factors that can cause it to flare up. Research has shown that it is a genetic skin disorder that is affected by external factors such as makeup, clothing, soap, laundry detergent, jewelry, stress, and allergens in the air. Doctors are under the assumption that it is an immune deficiency problem that can be controlled with skin care treatment and trying to best controls your external factors. Eczema is most common in children, who often grow out of the problem during adulthood.

There are ways to avoid the causes of a flare up of eczema. Soap and laundry detergents can cause irritated skin, so you should use a mild unscented soap or detergent. A lot of soaps are fragranced with perfume which causes irritation. Take showers instead of bubble baths too. The type of clothes you wear is also a cause factor. Itchy clothing rubs against your skin and can cause a flare up. To avoid this, wear loose clothing and soft materials such as cotton shirts.

Stress is also a factor that causes eczema. It can be hard, if not impossible, to avoid all stressful or uncomfortable situations especially as an adult. Instead of trying to avoid all of life’s situations, you should find a way to manage your stress. For example, if you are at work or school keep a stress ball at your desk. Listening to calm mellow music can also lower stress, so you could find a jazz or classical CD that you like. Practicing yoga helps manage every day stress and is very relaxing. Yoga is great also because you don’t sweat very much. Sweat can increase a flare up and irritate your skin.

It is impossible for us to control allergens in the air which are also a cause. If possible, live in an area with a favorable climate. Living in the right climate won’t cure your eczema, but it will help to control it. If you don’t have the resources to live in better climate, you can take allergy pills to lessen the effects.

Once you have determined what causes you to have flare ups, you can find a treatment that works best for you. Eczema oils and lotions are very soothing and are great way to treat irritated skin.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit

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