5 Natural Remedies For Eczema

Eczema remedies

Eczema. What is it? Commonly referred to as dermatitis, eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that affects about three percent of the world’s population. If you have eczema, then you know that definition doesn’t even begin to describe the burning and itching sensation you feel during flare ups. Not only is it painful and uncomfortable, but it’s also unsightly and embarrassing. So what’s a person to do? If you prefer not to use doctor-prescribed topical creams, then you’ll definitely want to give these natural alternatives a try!

1. Coconut oil

If you read our recent article, “7 Amazing Ways To Use Coconut Oil Everyday,” then you already know that the benefits of coconut oil are endless. And now, we’re giving you yet another reason to love it: Many people who suffer from eczema swear that organic, cold pressed, virgin coconut oil is more effective than expensive store-bought or doctor-prescribed creams. Because of its healthy vitamins and nutrients, including caprylic acid, lauric acid, and vitamins E and K, coconut oil helps to nourish your skin while decreasing itching and flaking. All hail coconut oil!

2. Aloe vera

For thousands of years, aloe vera has been used to treat wounds, burns, and other skin conditions, such as eczema. To get the best results, make a trip to your local garden center and purchase an aloe vera plant. When you bring it home, be sure to wash it thoroughly, cut one of the leaves in half, squeeze out the gel-like substance that’s inside and spread evenly onto the irritated area.

3. Sweet almond oil

Most cases of eczema tend to be caused by excessive dryness. Massaging sweet almond oil over your body before taking a warm shower or bath can prevent your skin from drying out too much. Why? Almond oil is rich in ursolic and oleic acids, which contain anti-inflammatory properties that also repair dry and irritated skin.

Read the rest of my article at [BlackDoctor.org].

Oil Pulling For A Better Smile

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Oil pulling is an age-old remedy that started in India thousands of years ago. It’s used to clean and detoxify your teeth and gums while naturally making those pearly whites even whiter! But what exactly does it involve? Essentially, you swish a small amount of coconut oil (or any other vegetable-based oil) around in your mouth for 20 minutes and then spit it out and rinse well.

Aside from improving your gums and removing harmful bacteria, many folks claim that the benefits of oil pulling extend to improving asthma, headaches, skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, and more. If this growing trend appeals to you, then you’re in luck because we’ve put together a super easy step-by-step guide to oil pulling.

Read the rest of my article at [BlackDoctor.org].

What Is Seasonal Depression?

Seasonal Depression

Chances are, you may have experienced depression at some point in your life, but are you familiar with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? Approximately 10 million people in the U.S. experience severe cases of SAD, while 10 to 20 percent of people suffer from milder cases. And get this: Women are four times more likely to develop SAD compared to men, and it tends to affect more people living in northern states. So what else is there to know about this fairly common disorder? Read on to find out.

What is it?

Also known as seasonal depression, winter depression and winter blues, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time of year, typically in the winter. Although most people tend to suffer from SAD during the fall and winter, there are select few who suffer from it during the summer months instead.

Causes

SAD is believed to be caused by a lack of sunlight during the winter months since bright light is thought to have an effect on the brain’s chemicals. However, thanks to a study conducted by the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, we might be getting closer to understanding some of the details behind those chemical changes.

Read the rest of my article at [BlackDoctor.org].

Biggest Oily Skin Myths Cleared Up

Oily skin myths
There are so many myths surrounding oily skin. If your skin is on the oily side, then at some point, you’ve probably heard that you should always carry blotting papers with you, toner is your best friend, and the more you wash your face the less oily it will be – the list goes on and on. So, what’s true and what’s not? No need to worry, we’re here to set the record straight. Here are five myths about oily skin squashed just for you.Myth: You don’t have to use moisturizer if you have oily skin.

The Truth: Contrary to popular belief, oily skin needs hydration just like dry skin does. In fact, stripping your oily skin of moisture can cause it to produce even more oil as a way of trying to balance itself. If you have oily skin, try purchasing moisturizers with labels such as “oil-free,” “water-based,” and “non-cosmedogenic” to avoid clogged pores.

Myth: Oily skin doesn’t age as easily as dry skin.

The Truth: There’s no doubt that fine lines and wrinkles are definitely more visible on dry skin, but having oily skin doesn’t make you immune to aging. The best way to prevent premature aging is through regular exercise, healthy eating, lots of sleep and water and minimal amounts of stress. If you’re interested in adding anti-aging creams and products to your daily skincare regimen, then be sure to see your dermatologist to figure out a routine that works best for you.

Read the rest of my article at [BlackDoctor.org].

7 Amazing Ways To Use Coconut Oil Everyday

Coconut oil

The benefits of coconut oil are endless. Rich in a unique combination of fatty acids, this superfood can be used for just about anything from lip balm to hair conditioner to sunscreen to an insect repellent to a hormone balancer – you get the idea! Coconut oil is something that all of us should keep at least one jar of in our kitchen pantries. Read on to find out some of our favorite ways to use this miracle product a.k.a. coconut oil.

1. Prevents chaffing

If your little one has a diaper rash, try dabbing a small amount of coconut oil on the area that’s irritated and allow it to dry before replacing the diaper.

2. Soothes sore throats

There’s nothing more irritating than an itchy, sore throat, right? The next time you feel one coming on, try swallowing a teaspoon of coconut oil or adding it to your cup of tea.

3. Heals wounds

 Because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties, coconut oil can be lightly applied over superficial cuts and scrapes. This isn’t for deep cuts.

Read the rest of my article at [BlackDoctor.org].

The Truth About Postpartum Hair Loss

Postpartum hair loss

As women, we’re often told that our hair is our crowning glory, so it’s only natural for us to freak out after noticing greater than usual amounts of hair on our pillows and in our sinks. If you recently had a baby, then you’ve probably experienced this way more often than you would like. Although commonly referred to as postpartum hair loss, the medical term for this condition is called Telogen Effluvium, and it happens to about 50 percent of women after they give birth. Why does it happen? And is it normal? Read on to find out!

What Causes It

It’s not uncommon for new mothers to experience hair shedding between three and six months after giving birth. On average, we lose 100 strands of hair on a daily basis. However, when you’re pregnant, the hormones prevent those hairs from falling out, making your hair thicker and more luscious than it’s ever been. After giving birth, your hormones return to normal, causing all that extra hair to fall out – at once.

Read the rest of my piece at [BlackDoctor.org].

Hollywood After Dark: Black Celebrities Who’ve Overcome Depression

Black Celebs Who've Suffered from Depression-001

Depression is still a taboo topic, especially within the African-American community. With one Black person dying every 4.5 hours by suicide in the U.S., there are more of us suffering from depression than we even realize or care to admit. These celebrities are proof that money and fame do not equal happiness.

1. Alicia Keys

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