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Posted by on Nov. 30, 2010 at 9:11 AM
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Our Story...

Hazelaid was born when our family was introduced to the amazing healing properties of hazelwood products.  These necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry made with pieces of wood from the hazelnut tree have the unique property of absorbing the excess acid produced in our bodies when it is in contact with our skin. 

We first heard about this jewelry when our third child was very little and was suffering from severe eczema. We had tried many different things to alleviate her symptoms and nothing really seemed to help.  A friend told us about how her son’s severe and painful acid reflux had been dramatically helped by wearing a hazelwood necklace and that it could help with our daughter’s eczema since the root cause of both is often related to excess acidity in the body. We were skeptical but intrigued. We decided we had nothing to lose by giving it a try. Within a couple weeks of wearing the necklace and using the hazelwood zinc oxide ointment, her skin was dramatically improved and she was also spitting up a lot less.  We were amazed! After reading all the testimonials about these wonderful products, we were no longer surprised by our experience...these results seemed to be the norm, and then some! 

Our whole family has very sensitive skin and we have all benefited from these products tremendously.  We invite you to try our products and experience them for yourself.  We are confident that you will find similar relief for yourself and your family. 

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by Group Owner on Nov. 30, 2010 at 9:36 AM

 

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So my son started using the haze-laid necklaces on December 17, 2010.  It took about a week to notice a difference, but it was working for him.  He wasn't getting that itchy anymore.  On January 15, 2011, he put a new one because the 1st one was all used up.

 

 

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by Group Owner on Jan. 7, 2011 at 5:23 PM

 

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by Group Owner on Apr. 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

 

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Eczema Cured by Addressing Toxemia (press release)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 by: NaturalNews

A 36-year-old man documented and photographed his journey in getting well from his eczema. Edwin Casimero is proud of his achievement and thankful to the doctors and people who have helped him with correct scientific information to overcome his debilitating condition.

"At the height of my eczema attack, I could not go out of the house to show my face, I couldn't even wear shoes!" says Casimero.

"I went to at least 5 doctors in my city and none of them could come up with the cure. One even told me that eczema is incurable. That was just unacceptable." Casimero continued.

This led him to go out into the far flung provinces to search for healers who knew what the doctors in his city did not.

He stumbled on an Islamic herbal healer called "Doctor Lorna" in the small town of Morong,Bataan. After a few minutes of analysis, Doctor Lorna said, "You have dirty blood. We will have to clean it. This will need at least 1 month of my personal care."

Doctor Lorna spent 1 month looking after Casimero and was able to drastically reduce his eczematic symptoms. Fresh herbs of different varieties were used as broad spectrum agents to cure his infected skin. Avocado leaves boiled and made into tea as a blood cleansing agent using the kidneys with some 5 liters consumed per day.

The breakthrough came with the python bile when it was applied on Casimero's left arm.

"I stayed up the whole night watching the python bile work its legendary properties and heal my left arm in 8 hours." Casimero explains.

The python bile cure was the most important clue needed by Casimero's second doctor Divina Hey-Gonzales. Doctor Hey analyzed that with Casimero's tongue condition, slight pain on his right side and frozen shoulder pain on his left side were all symptoms of liver problems. Possible blockage of bile release caused by stones. Doctor Hey gave her recipe for gallbladder-liver flush using apple juice and olive oil.

The first liver flush resulted in the expelling of large quantities of stuck up cholesterol and at least 100 green stones. Each successive flush resulted in faster healing of the eczema from all over his body. To make the healing process run faster, Casimero took it on his own initiative to take Pancreatin with digestive enzymes supplements.

The last to heal was the eczema on his right leg. By the 5th liver flush, all itching ceased. By the 6th liver flush, the leg had completely healed.

"This eczema is NEVER coming back. We found the root cause and addressed it. I would like to thank everyone who helped. I made a promise to write, photograph and setup a web site to help all eczema sufferers worldwide." Casimero says.

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by Group Owner on Apr. 13, 2012 at 3:45 PM

 

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by Group Owner on Jun. 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM



apple-cider-vinegar-stock-largeRecently, one of my good friends shared with me her story of how she cured her eczema naturally using apple cider vinegar (ACV). Since she was a young girl, her skin would break out in painful, itchy rashes which she would treat with doctor prescribed and recommended steroid creams. However, these creams had a detrimental effect on her skin over time, and eventually she had to stop using them, being left to deal with the extremely uncomfortable disease. Her quality of life was almost always compromised, admitting to me that she found it difficult being present while living with the ailment.

After doing some research, she came across people`s personal stories about how they cured their eczema and psoriasis with a simple solution of ACV. She decided to give it a shot. In a spray bottle, she diluted a few table spoons of ACV with room temperature water and sprayed her affected area. She said it stung for the first minute, but the results blew her away. In just a FEW DAYS, her eczema break-out had completely vanished. This was all from a cheap, organic, 1 ingredient remedy. While the proper medical studies haven’t been conducted at this point, my friend’s story stood as a first-hand account of the treatment really working. After looking into the matter further, I discovered the massive amount of ACV success stories that were out there.

What is Organic Apple Cider Vinegar?

apple-cider-vinegar-acne-treatmentReal organic apple cider vinegar, is made by fermenting pressed apple juice until the sugars turn to vinegar. Importantly, it should be made from organic apples and be unheated, unfiltered and unpasteurized to keep the ‘mother’ intact.

The ‘mother’ in apple cider vinegar is visible as cloudy strings in the bottom of the bottle and is full of beneficial enzymes, pectin and trace minerals. It is worth shaking the bottle each time before using ACV to distribute these elements.

Alongside all of the other health benefits of apple, substances like malic acid are formed in the creation of apple cider vinegar, giving it antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. This is a big part of what makes it so good for your skin. Let’s take a look at some of the common benefits of apple cider vinegar to see just how it can revolutionize your health!

 

12 Known Benefits of ACV

1. Improved Digestion

Drinking apple cider vinegar in water can help to naturally improve your digestion. Take a tablespoon of ACV in a big glass of water around 15 minutes before a meal to stimulate digestive juices for better breakdown of your food.

It’s important to use raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the mother for this and all of the other health benefits listed below.

Filtered and pasteurized vinegars will not have this and lack the enzymes and other nutritional properties in raw ACV that have such a positive effect on the digestive process.

Real apple cider vinegar contains valuable minerals and trace elements, LDL cholesterol lowering pectin, fat burning acetic acid, anti-viral malic acid, live enzymes, amino acids and many other beneficial nutrients.

When you drink apple cider vinegar regularly, ideally before each main meal, your digestion improves and you naturally begin assimilating more from your food. This can also reduce hunger and help with losing weight. More on this ahead.

2. Heartburn, Intestinal Problems and Constipation

Regular apple cider vinegar in water is believed to help correct low stomach acid conditions that leads to heartburn. Importantly, straight ACV is very strong and likely to be too powerful for heartburn sufferers, and especially those with ulcers, so make sure you dilute it well.

Apple pectin fiber, found in the mother of raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar, soothes the entire gastrointestinal tract, helping to prevent stomach cramps, bloating and gas.

Apple cider vinegar can also be useful as a mild laxative to stimulate peristalsis in cases of occasional constipation. It should not have this effect if your bowel movements are already regular.

3. Prevent Candida and Normalize Intestinal Bacteria

ACV is full of beneficial acids which are believed to help improve the make up of your intestinal flora. These include acetic acid and malic acid, which have antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties and can help control the spread of the candida fungus in your intestines, a common debhilitating problem with many people’s high sugar diets.

4. Strengthen Your Immune System

Your intestinal flora are a big part of your body’s immune system. It makes sense then that improving the conditions for the growth of friendly bacteria with apple cider vinegar can help improve your overall immunity.

The malic acid in ACV is also a strong antiviral, perhaps one of the reasons people often say they experience fewer colds when they take apple cider vinegar in water daily.

Additionally, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is said to benefit your lymphatic system by helping to cleanse lymph nodes and break up mucus in the body. Over time this can relieve sinus congestion, reduce colds and alleviate allergies.

5. Regulate Blood Sugar and Aid in Diabetes

Apple cider vinegar is full of acetic acid which appears to slow down the digestion of simple carbohydrates, thus regulating blood sugar levels from the brief highs and longer lows of a high carb diet.

The anti-glycemic effect of ACV has been proven in several studies, including this one that concluded, “vinegar can significantly improve post-prandial insulin and sensitivity in insulin resistant subjects…thus, vinegar may possess physiological effects similar to acarbose or metformin (anti-diabetic drugs). Further investigations to examine the efficacy of vinegar as an antidiabetic therapy are warranted.”

6. High Blood Pressure

Some animal studies have shown that apple cider vinegar may lower high blood pressure and there are many reports in online forums of using it for this purpose.

It’s possible that ACV increases nitric oxide production that helps relax blood vessels, or it may just have a generally beneficial effect on your cardiovascular system that, over time, naturally results in a lowering of high blood pressure.

7. Detoxification

Apple cider vinegar is a popular ingredient in detoxification protocols with good reason. Aside from all the other body cleansing benefits already listed, drinking diluted raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is believed to help detoxify and cleanse your liver.

One tablespoon of ACV in a large glass of water before each meal is often recommended as an effective dosage for daily detoxification. Some detoxifying methods may use larger doses, though it’s best to build up to these over time.

8. Weight Loss

Apple cider vinegar’s acetic acid has been shown in studies to suppress the accumulation of body fat and liver lipids. Its pectin content is also thought to slightly reduce your body’s ability to absorb fat.

When you have an apple cider vinegar drink before a meal, as well as improving digestion, it will usually reduce your hunger levels as well, which can only be beneficial for losing weight. Once again, 1 tablespoon in a large glass of water before each meal is the recommended dosage.

Raw ACV may well aid weight loss, but it would be better thought of as part of a larger body fat reduction plan. In all I’ve read on the subject, I believe the most effective first step is to reduce grain-based carbohydrates and eat more, not less, of the right type of foods.

9. Bad Breath

The natural acids in real apple cider vinegar, like acetic and malic acid, can reduce the bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath.

Using apple cider vinegar for halitosis, you would make it a bit stronger than when drinking it. Add one tablespoon to a third of a cup of water and gargle it for around 20 seconds to minimize bad breath.

10. Skin Benefits

Apple cider vinegar balances your skin’s pH levels and has long been recommended as a skin tonic. It can also help treat dermatological conditions like acne, especially when used both internally and externally regularly.

11. Leg Cramps and Restless Leg Syndrome

Sipping on an apple cider vinegar drink can increase low potassium levels in your body, a suspect in nighttime leg cramps and restless leg syndrome.

12. Stamina and Energy

Improved stamina and energy are harder to measure subjectively, but raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar has long been considered a general health tonic and more energy and greater stamina are commonly reported when drinking it.

This may be a combination of all the other health benefits of ACV already listed. Or it could be due to the powerful alkalizing effect it has on your body when you drink apple cider vinegar daily.

Despite being acidic outside the body, ACV, like lemon water, is recognized as a premier alkalizing drink, which reduces acidosis in the body and has been reported to aid in recovering from a wide range of health conditions and diseases.

Other Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

Acne

Athlete’s Foot

Heart Health

Kidney Stones

Nails

Rosacea

Sunburn

Vaginal Irritation

Animal Care

Arthritis

Blood Pressure

Gout

Hair Loss

Sore Throat

Menopause

Acid Reflux

Salad Dressings

Toner

Weightloss

Moles/Scars/Lesions

Cleaning

Energy!

 

Drinking ACV to Improve Your Health

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The starting dosage is 1 tablespoon in a big glass of water and you can slowly increase the dosage, a teaspoon at a time over several weeks, to 2 or even 3 tablespoons, if you find the increased dosage beneficial to your health.

Yes it does taste a little sour, but that’s a good thing. It’s important to train your taste buds to not expect everything to be sweet.

If you really can’t handle it at the start, then try it with a drop of natural stevia, but using sugar or commercial honey to sweeten it will only feed the intestinal problems that ACV is used to treat.

Have you tried having a daily apple cider vinegar drink for better health? Do you have other health conditions you’ve found ACV beneficial for? Let everyone know in the comments below and spread the word about just how good for you apple cider vinegar is.

Source:

http://www.healthambition.com/apple-cider-vinegar-drink-daily-better-health/

JCTVCBN
by Group Owner on Jun. 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM


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by Group Owner on Sep. 18, 2014 at 8:26 AM

 

http://thosewhohelpthemself.blogspot.com/2012/01/health-and-beauty-best-eczema-fighting.html

Home Made (DIY) Eczema Healing Salve/Creme

What follows is a recipe that is shared in the hopes that it can help those who suffer from eczema and psoriasis find some relief.  It helped my son when little else could to find some relief.

Quick note:  This recipe contains comfrey leaf infused oil.  There is debate that surrounds comfrey as the FDA banned it's use in internally consumed items (a good article to read that kind of sums up my stance on it can be found HERE).  I have read both sides of the debate surrounding comfrey and am still using it, BUT that is me.  If you do not feel comfortable using comfrey, I completely understand.  If you do not use it, I would just double up the calendula oil or the plantain oil.  The salve, while not having the regenerative skin aspect, would work almost as well.  I have personally doubled the plantain more than once just to give extra itch fighting power to the salve and it has worked fine.  Use your own judgement in this matter.  I'm sharing the recipe, but feel free to tweak it however you feel the need.  It's your choice.

A quick disclaimer.  I do not work for the FDA, I'm not evaluated by the FDA and wouldn't even know where to begin if I wanted to be.  I am not a herbalist or a naturpath and the only degree I hold is a marketing degree, so please do not assume by any means I'm an expert in this.  This is just something I've concocted through my own need for something to help my son's eczema and the research I've found through various sources.

Now, here's a list of base ingredients for you and why I used them.

1.  Calendula (aka pot marigold).  

This is the most mild and super moisturizing herb I could find when I researched the heck out of it.  I use it constantly in everything from soaps to salves for us around here.  Heck, I even made it into herb shampoo.  So, yes, I believe highly in this herb :).

2.  Comfrey

One of the most powerful topical healers out there, Comfrey has been known to do everything from help to knit bones to heal bruises faster.  It's a big one found in a lot of natural healing products.  Use for topical use only and try not to apply to open wounds.

3.  Plantain

The best anti-itching herb I've found to date.  This stuff is used as topical application to help itching from things like poison ivy and poison oak, so I figured it was hopefully strong enough to combat the surface itching with eczema.  And it does.  So well so that I'm currently letting a 2 cup batch of plantain oil cure and I'm going to add it to a misting bottle to coat my kiddo when he flares.

4.  St. John's Wort

A good anti-inflammatory herb, I added this in to help with the terrible red irritated spots that just needed something to help reduce inflammation.  And it seems to work, so it's staying in the salve for now :).

And now here's the process to make it...

Step 1:  Make your oils.  Take 1/4 cup of your herb and place in a mason jar and add in 1/2 cup of olive oil to the jar.  Let steep for two weeks, turning a couple of times a week (be sure to label your oils so that you know what they are).

Step 2:  Once your oils are done, strain them through a wire mesh strainer (in the case of comfrey and plantain I'd definitely suggest using some cheese cloth to strain out any tiny bits too).  I then add the now herb infused oils to pint sized mason jars and relabel them so that I have them labeled for later use and be sure to label the BOTTLE and not the top of the jar...if you get your lids confused it can lead to bad things...not that I'd know anything about that or anything *looks off to side and whistles innocently*.  And now we're ready to rock with the actual recipe.
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  • 1 cup = 1/2 pint jar
  • 2 cups = pint jar
  • 4 cups = quart jar
  • 8 cups = half gallon jar
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    Note:  The recipe calls for a small portion of unrefined shea butter.  This is NOT shea butter lotion or something from the store.  It's like a hard butter consistency.  You can order it through Country Soap Shack on Etsy or other places I'm sure, such as E-bay.  You can also use any butter really...mango butter, cocoa butter (although this would make your salve smell sort of like chocolate), etc.  You can also find  a lot of supplies, such as Calendula at All About Herbs, so don't think you have to order this all online if you don't want to.


    Eczema Healing Salve/Creme

    • 1/4 cup Calendula Oil
    • 1/4 cup Plantain Oil
    • 1/8 cup St. John's Wort Oil
    • 1/8 Cup Comfrey Oil 
    • 1 1/2 TBSP Beeswax pellets or 2 TBSP grated beeswax

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    http://www.worldwidebeekeeping.com/forum/index.php?topic=567.0

    Melted beeswax or liquid measure= Solid wax or Dry Weight
    1 Tablespoon melted beeswax or liquid measure=1/2 ounce solid wax or dry weight
    2 Tablespoons or 1 ounce= 1 ounce
    1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons = 2 ounces
    1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons= 4 ounces or 1/4 pound
    1 cup or 16 tablespoons = 8 ounces or 1/2 pound
    2 cups or 16 ounces= 1 pound or 16 ounces

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    • 1/2 teaspoon (about I just broke off a small chunk that LOOKED to be about 1/2 teaspoon) chunk of shea butter
    • 5 to 10 drops lavender essential oil, depending on preference

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    • 2, 1/4 Pint Canning Jars (at least the stuff I made filled up two of them without any extra)

    Place infused oils in a double boiler on your stove or in a big microwave safe vessel (I actually use my 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup for this) and add beeswax and shea butter.  Heat over low heat on stovetop until beeswax and shea butter are melted or microwave on high for 1 minute and then in 20 second increments until beeswax and shea butter are melted.  Add your essential oil and mix with a chop stick until well mixed and then pour oil mixture into your canning jars.  Let sit until cooled and if it's got a hard consistency to it, I usually take said chop stick and just mush the crud out of the salve until it's nice and smooth, but this salve turned out very well for me and required little manipulation to get it to turn into a soft and light Vaseline-like consistency.

    This is some cool stuff.  It goes on super soft and the shea butter makes the salve just have this soft after-effect on the skin.  I love how it makes my son's skin feels after I apply it and the salve heals the eczema outbreaks super fast.  Now I just need to make an anti-itching tincture to counteract the internal effects of the eczema and I'll be set :).


    Wondering where I buy my herbs and stuff so you can make your own?  Well here you go...

    • Calendula:  You can purchase this by the pound, but only the full flowers (least that I found) at All About Herbs (a local Alaskan store). I order mine online through Jen's Enchanted Garden on Etsy right now.  I love that she goes by weight, not volume, so even 1/4 lb is a REALLY nice amount of calendula petals.  AND it's the petals, not the full flower, so you end up with more petals that way :).
    • Comfrey, Plantain, St. John's Wort:  I ordered mine through The Bulk Herb Store.  Love that place :).  By the way, 1/2 lb of Plantain?  Will last you forever.  Awesomely huge amount :).
    • Shea Butter, Beeswax beads:  Country Soap Shack on Etsy, but I know you can find them other places as well.  I know for sure that the Bulk Herb Store also carries the beeswax.  Country Soap Shack, I've found, just has great quality products and their beeswax is pretty darn cheap (1 lb of the stuff cost me 12.00 shipped and that'll be enough Beeswax to last me a long time :).
    • Lavender Essential Oil:  Cheapest place I've found essential oils, now that Fred Meyer stopped carrying them (I miss the sales on those oils *sniff*) is Amazon.com.  In SOME cases, such as Sweet Orange Oil, it seems like All About Herbs isn't too bad, but I've found that even through Marketplace sellers on Amazon AFTER shipping the oils are many times much cheaper than buying them through All About Herbs. 

    And there you are folks.  One of the "projects" I've been up to lately.  Enjoy!  I'm off to make pork and sauerkraut for dinner (it's a Polish thing I picked up from my grandma and her husband for luck in the New Year).  Enjoy your evening!

    EDIT:  Just a couple of answer to some quick questions I've gotten from people about the instructions.

    1)  The olive oil used is just good old olive oil you buy at the store...nothing special about it.  I just buy mine at Costco or Three Bears in the big mondo jug as it's more cost effective.  Olive oil is used because it's like the only oil that naturally doesn't go rancid on you, thus is good for making health and beauty products out of.  It gives you a long shelf life.

    2)  When I say, "turn the jar a couple of times a week" I don't mean to turn it over and leave it.  Sorry about that.  If you do that you're going to end up with oil all over your counter as mason jars do NOT vacuum seal unless you can them.  Just swish the contents in the jar enough to get the herbs and oil moving around and then put it right back on the shelf to steep some more :).

    3)  YES, if you lose track of time you can steep the herbs and oil indefinitely.  Some people were concerned with the 2 week thing.  That's just a minimum amount of time you're going to want to steep your oils for so that they're effective.  Honestly the St. John's Wort oil and the Calendula oil I'm using right now *coughs* got strained at about a month because I didn't need them right away and lost track of time.  I, like you, am human, so don't sweat it :).

    4)  You can mix the salve with metal or wood utensils, yes, but NOT plastic ones unless you want one heck of a oily coating on them.  I use the chop stick to mix because it gets into tight areas without issue and trust me you make salves a couple of times you'll learn to love the chop stick (once you try to stick a teaspoon into a thing of newly formed salve to mush it up and you'll quickly see what I mean :).  Just pick up some throw away sets at your store's sushi counter or ask for a couple of extra pairs the next time you get chinese food.  They come in very handy.

    5)  1/4 pint mason jars are found at the grocery store.  You don't have to order them online or anything.  I was in this phase where I thought you needed "lotion" containers and ordered them online.  They were double walled plastic deals and were expensive.  They're nice containers, don't get me wrong, but I didn't like the cost involved, especially after handing out a couple of jars of salve to relatives and realizing I was going to have to reorder them.  I found that you can get 12 1/4 pint mason jars, even in off season pricing, at Fred Meyers for about 10.00, which was a LOT cheaper (I was paying that for 4 of the double walled plastic ones after shipping).  And the nice part about the mason jars if that you won't feel badly if you end up giving a couple away for people to try your new salve.  Just make sure you label your jars (labels come with the jars) so that you know what is in them as beeswax makes pretty much everything turn yellow, so it all tends to start looking the same.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to e-mail me, Facebook the question or post it here (if Blogger will let you :).

    NOTE:  This post is linked to Gluten Free and DIY Tuesdays on Allergy Free Alaska

    Note:  This post contains affiliate links.  I am a proud Amazon.com associate, and if you order through the links on this post I get a small amount of money from Amazon as a way to thank me for spreading the word about their products.  The opinions and feedback about said products, however, are entirely my own.   

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