Thursday, April 10, 2014

Why We Chose Castor Oil, Coconut Oil and Avocado Oil

From all our reading, one thing became clear to us. The products that we pick to apply on our son, had to ensure that it could protect him from any infections that may set in. Atopic dermatitis sufferers are particularly prone to skin infections, more due in part to the breaks in the skin from very dry, split skin and from scratching the itchy areas. The infections set in from the common bacteria on the skin which is on all of us. We all carry thousands of bacteria, most of these organisms work to keep us healthy. But all of us also harbor low levels of some harmful types of bacteria, pathogens that are known for causing infections.
Hence our decision to go with Turmeric, a nature product that has antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Turmeric did that and very effectively; and it also dried out the rashes and magically also killed the itch!!! 
Next we had to pick the oils to lubricate the skin. After studying all the oils, zeroed in on Coconut oil & Castor oil.
Coconut oil has healing properties, as it has antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial properties, which makes it a potent remedy for a variety of illnesses. Coconut oil has lauric acid, a substance found in nature. The body converts lauric acid into another compound called monolaurin, which is responsible for the antiviral and antibacterial powers of coconut oil. So in the first week of healing, we used coconut oil.

We also used a dressing called 'Tubifast' with a 2 way stretch technology, to protect him further. 

Once his skin no longer looked inflammed or broken, we stopped with the dressings. Also now wanted to use a richer oil that could penetrate and do what his skin required, as we found Coconut oil did not moisturize deeply enough. So started with warm Castor oil. So you can skip Coconut oil and go straight to the Castor oil which also has the
anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties as coconut oil, only much more effective. 

Finally after his skin was completely healed, the answer was Avocado Oil. Avocados are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E, and provides skin with deep moisture. It also has a high sterolin content which are anti-inflammatory and immune modulating. Studies have also shown that it increases the amount of soluble collagen in the skin and improves wound healing. This translates to better skin repair, as well as better elasticity and thicker, more resilient skin. And it truly proved itself with my son. The avocado oil has a thin consistency, but also thick enough to serve as a protective barrier on the skin, much like a lotion. We were extremely happy in how wonderfully it helped his skin recover completely. To us, avocado oil completed the task at hand!! Yes, he was back to his baby skin. Even after his complete recovery, we ensure that we always oil him. Typically twice a day - immediately after his bath, seal him off with oil; and oil massage him before he goes to sleep. Also he eats avocados on a regular basis!

Please note that coconut oil was only applied, but did NOT massage while he was inflamed; and commenced the massages only after the skin was no longer inflamed.
Any new inflamed spots that may come up during the process of healing, has to be dried out first with turmeric and AVOID applying avocado oil on inflamed areas, as avocado oil has no antibacterial, antiviral or antibacterial properties. The steps being: 1) Turmeric first, let it dry out. 2) Follow up with Coconut oil or Castor Oil 3) Final step after full recovery, keep skin moisturized with Avocado oil.

And if you find the dermatitis erupting over and over again in any spot, then just apply warm Castor oil over that spot overnight…
NOTE: ALL/ ANY oil needs to be cold pressed and bio/organic.