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Hazelwood for eczema


I would like to know if there's anyone here who has heard of hazelwood to ease symptoms of eczema? Both of my kids (6 months and 5 yrs) have moderate eczema and is currently under the bleach bath treatment (my 5 yr old only) as per her pedi.

My sister-in-law has told me about this "magical" wooden necklace and I've found it online. Just want to know if someone here has tried it?

Thank you in advance.


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Nov. 26th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the hazelwood but I have suffered from eczema since I was a baby and the severity differs depending on weather and the foods I eat. Dairy always exacerbates it, BUT the one thing that I have found that works is Lansinoh. That's right, the nipple cream works wonders on my eczema. It's expensive, but well worth it. I read on the package that it's great for dry skin so I started using a little (a little goes a LONG way!) on my eczema and it's helped tremendously!
Good luck!
Nov. 26th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Lansinoh has lanolin in it, yah? The best cream I have ever used on my eczema is Triceram, which has quite a bit of lanolin in it. It's REALLY expensive, which is why I don't use it any more, but it helped get me from awful bleeding eczema to the point where I can maintain with other thick, moisture rich products. If Lansinoh works really well too, maybe I should get a tube for when a helpful laundry fairy has dried my sheets with perfumed Bounce.

Oh, to OP: That's another thing to check. How many fragranced products are you using, both directly on kiddo and in the laundry? Switching to unfragranced (NOT unscented; unscented means masking scents) products might also help.
Nov. 26th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
My son has Excema as well. We never used hazelwood, but we found that the pro-biotic acidophilous worked really well. Its the stuff that makes yogurt yogurt. I try and give him a 1/4 cup of yogurt a day, with some extra acidophilous supplement thrown in. It keeps it under control. If you'd like to try it, you can get the supplement at heath food stores or behind the counter at your pharmacist. Really any brand works.
Nov. 27th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
So you wear this magical necklace and the eczema clears up? I notice that site also sells magic amber necklaces and magic magnet jewellery too. Any time someone is trying to sell you something while making wild claims about how it is proven to cure all sorts of things that modern medicine can't (but they can't actually provide any scientific studies to prove their point) run, run away.

They say that laying a small piece of hazelwood on top of the skin somehow balances the pH of the entire body (and evidently it's a pH imbalance that causes things like eczema and psoriasis, except for the fact that it's not). Does it seem logical? It doesn't to me.

My dad has been suckered in by some of these snake oil salesmen in a desperate attempt to cure the psoriasis he's battled with his whole life. But all these things do is cause innocent people and their hard earned money to part.
Nov. 27th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)

Nov. 27th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
My son has (had) really horrible eczema. He wears a hazelwood/baltic amber necklace and we wash him with a wool wash bar (it has lanolin). I haven't seen the eczema patches in a year!
Nov. 27th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Nov. 27th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
According the website, the reason why they consider a hazelwood necklace might be necessary in the first place is: "mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid-producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline-producing foods like fresh vegetables. Additionally, we eat acid-producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid-producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many drugs, which are acid-forming; and we use artificial chemical sweeteners like NutraSweet, Equal, or aspartame, which are extremely acid-forming."

So personally, before rushing out to spend money on a hazelwood necklace, I would consider changing your children's diet first. If changing their diet doesn't help, then it seems unlikely that their claims about the necklace helping are true either.

There are lots of different ways of treating eczema symptoms. But it's never going to go away completely until you get rid of the root cause - which is different for everyone so it can be difficult to pinpoint. My son's eczema was caused by an allergy to disposable nappies. Mine is caused by an allergy to metal. Have you had your children allergy tested?
Nov. 28th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
My daughter has dealt with it and I spent a lot of time and money trying to figure it out. The doc's prescriptions didn't help, but Burt's Bees baby oil cleared it right up. It has to do with being food-based oils, not synthetic.
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