Boiling the beeswax with the almond oil
All ingredients mixed together, hot.
I’ve tried pretty much every moisturizer that’s on the market: aquaphor, cetaphil, cera ve, coconut oil. They would all help for awhile but eventually my hands would start to ooze a lot and just be awful to deal with. I’ve attempted moisturizer withdrawal several times but that has always rendered my hands too sore to deal with anything.
This beeswax moisturizer is the only moisturizer that I have found that my skin can actually tolerate for any extended period of time. It’s also quite cost effective.
In a large pot place flat wire steamer rack into pot, boil enough water to cover an inch up from the bottom of a large jar. Heat beeswax, jojoba oil in the large jar until wax is melted in. Add vitamin e and lavender, stir together. Pour into smaller containers and refrigerate until solid.
The healing continues. Or at least, my symptoms don’t seem to be getting much worse. I’ve been sticking with the beeswax as a moisturizer along with Vitamin E and almond oil. Still get itch fits, but the severity of them has reduced immeasurably.
Something else that I’ve been trying this month is the Wim Hof breathing method. If you’re unfamiliar with Wim Hof, he holds 20+ world records for cold immersion, running a marathon in the desert without any water and hiking Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts. He has also been the subject of scientific experiments where he was shown to be able to modulate his own immune systems through breath work and he believes that this is a teachable skill. It’s all pretty unbelievable but it has me very interested in what he says and a lot of the science behind looks to be legitimate, at least to me so far.
His intro breathing method is pretty simple; just do 3 rounds of 30 deep breaths and on the last exhalation of each set, hold your exhale for as long possible. I’ve been trying to do this whenever I get an itch attack and so far I think it has been very beneficial, if only for the fact that it distracts me until the urge to scratch has subsided. More than that though, I find when I attempt this I get chills all over my body but especially in my arms and my lower legs (which also happen to be the places where my eczema is the most flared). Afterwards I’m left in a much more relaxed state. It will be interesting to see if there are any other long term benefits that can help me get this condition under control.