kombucha tonic

This is the 24th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

The tonic is like the modern day antibiotic. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but being allergic to spicy foods, I kept hesitating. Most master tonics require the use of horseradish and chillies or canyenne peppers, which I can’t take. I suspect the eczema on my finger is due to skin contact with a chilli pepper a couple of months ago, which triggered the swelling and the itch. Contact Dermatitis, so they say.

I have a goal to convert my home to a natural home as much as possible. Its not completely done, I still have some chemical products which I want to replace when its finished. The goal is to live frugal and natural. Making your own cleaning products and using foods to build your own immunity is as frugal and natural as it can get.

As Hippocrates say: “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”.

Every year when the winter creeps in, everywhere we see ideas, and posts about how to keep warm. The Master Tonic is one of the most popular posts in winter. Everyone is making it keep warm and build resistance through the cold season.

kombucha tonic
kombucha tonic

I decided to make my own version of a tonic. Apple Cider Vinegar is quite costly to buy raw & organic. I wanted to replace it with Kombucha Vinegar as I brew my own and have a continuous supply of it. As for the ingredients, I kept it simple, and removed the horseradish and chillis which I may be allergic to.

I made a small jar as a trial for myself. I’ve seen others using kombucha, so I know it works. As quoted from Sam Biser:

This tonic is extremely powerful, because all the ingredients are fresh. Its power should not be underestimated. This formula is a modern day plague tonic. It is said that when added to an incurable routine it could cure the most chronic conditions and stubborn diseases. It stimulates maximum blood circulation, while putting the best detoxifying herbs into the blood. This formula is not just for the sniffles, it has helped to turn around the deadliest diseases.

Its one of the best natural remedies around and it hardly goes bad, since vinegar is already fermented with lively bacteria.

A mixture of natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitical, this is the best addition to a natural home’s medicine cabinet. Not forgetting that its also filled with probiotics, which help your body absorb the benefits better.

The best times to knock a shot of this tonic is when you feel a congestion in the nasal passages, or an itchy throat coming up. This tonic is safe for kids over the age of 2, but may require diluting it as the heat can be quite strong. Great for people with sinus issues, or when you feel the cold weather, in your bones.

I started out coarsely chopping the ingredients, but as tears started to swell in my eyes, and by the time I got through some garlic and the first onion, I could not keep my eyes open. I continued the remaining ingredients by pulsing them in my blender. I’m sure a food processor will be perfect for bulk brewing of this tonic.

You’ll want to lightly pulse them so they have wider surface area to help with the fermenting process.

To enjoy the maximum benefits of this tonic, use only fresh produce. I added everything recommended in the recipe to improve the potency of the tonic, but I personally left out horseradish and the peppers as I am allergic to spicy foods.

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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

Day 19: Kombucha smoothie

Day 22: Kombucha Fly Trap

Day 23: Cleaning the coffee machine

natural remedies for eczema

Natural remedies for Eczema

*Disclaimer: The following is not to be used in replacement of a doctor’s advice. If the condition is serious, please visit a doctor to receive proper diagnosis. Do note that this are my personal experience which each remedy. We will not be responsible if you try it and get a different result.

natural remedies for eczema

 

I can never understand why issues hit me one after the other. I’m not sure if this is due to what I ate or was it a skin contact issue. A possibility is that I had a tiny scratch on my index finger, which got further infected when I was chopping chilli to cook the Pork basil rice for my husband. I woke up the next morning to an annoying itch on my index finger, and now 6 weeks later, developed into something like a contact dermatitis. Do note that I already have an allergy to chilli which is why the reaction is more extreme.

I refused to see the doctor because I do not believe the solution is to apply steroid creams on it. In the same way that I believe an antibiotic does more harm than good to your body, I would never want myself or my kids to get on antibiotics, that would really be the last resort.

For the last 6 weeks, I have been experimenting with all sorts of natural therapies for eczema. I wanted to share it here so people knew what to expect if they had it, and wanted to try a natural remedy. During my research, I read many possible eczema remedies to make at home, but no one shared why, or what to expect when you tried each one.

Coconut oil + lavender essential oil. 

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I use this coconut oil. 

Why:

Coconut oil helps to retain moisture in the skin, while protecting it from microbial infections.

Lavender essential oil, also known for its antiseptic and antifungal properties, is commonly used to speed up the healing process for inflammatory skin conditions because it improves the formation of scar tissues.

How: I mixed 3 tbsps of coconut oil and 10 drops of lavender oil together and applied on my finger all day. Every time I washed my hands, I made sure to reapply it.

Results: I tried this for about 2 weeks. It made me very tired and I decided not to continue with it. Its not the first time I tried coconut oil and it made me feel sleepy. I have tried eating coconut oil and adding it to my coffee before. Some suggested it may be a die off symptom or it may be due to an allergy. Either way, it was not functional to me. The good thing about this though, I had a mosquito bite, and applied a drop of this. It disappeared in 5 mins. No more redness, no more swelling.

Applying garlic on the skin. 

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Why: Garlic contains allicin, which is known to be anti-fungal and anti-aging. It is also known to increase anti-oxidant levels for the skin.

Another component in garlic, sulphur, is good for preventing infections and reducing inflammation.

How: I chopped the garlic into little bits like how you would use for stir frying. Applied them direct to skin where eczema occurs. Wrapped in plastic wrap to keep garlic in tight contact with skin.

Results: You can feel the heat and the sting from the garlic on the skin. And after about 5 mins my entire finger was red and slightly inflamed. This is normal and part of how garlic draws out toxins. I left it on for 15 mins because thats about how much longer I could tolerate the burn of the garlic. The good thing is, it provided relief from the insane itch. I did not see any visible improvement on my skin though. But I’ve read people who cured eczema from that.

Calendula Salve

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Why: Calendula has a high amount of flavonoids, which acts as antioxidants in the body. Calendula is great for reducing inflammation and promotes healing of the wounds. It is antiseptic and antifungal. It helps the affected skin by increasing blood flow to the area and boosting the production of collagen protein.

How: You can buy ready made salve like this one from iHerb and apply it on your skin. Or you can make at home.

Results: I think this is really good for moisturizing. It really provides relief for the itch. And I apply this every night before sleep. When I did not apply it, I wake up to cracked and bleeding skin. With eczema or not, this is a good cream to keep on handy for cuts and bites.

Baking Soda

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Why:

Baking soda helps eczema in a few ways…

  •         Naturally antiseptic
  •          Helps reduce rashes and inflammation
  •          Helps balance pH
  •          Helps detoxify the skin
  •          Helps cleanse and clear any bacteria or germs from the flare up zone
  •          Helps strengthen the skin to prevent further flare ups

Source here.

How: For best results, make sure you are using all natural baking soda. You may want to try this one from Bob’s Mill.  Mix baking soda with water to form a thick paste. Apply directly to affected area and wrap up with plastic wrap or gauze. Leave for about 3 to 5 mins and rinse off. Apply moisturizer or calendula salve or coconut oil after.

Results: Immediately after applying and putting on the plastic wrap, I could feel the bubbly action on my fingers. Somehow it felt ticklish and started getting inflamed (similar to garlic reaction), and the itch to scratch it spread all the way from my index finger to the wrist. I waited exactly 5 mins and tore the thing open to rinse off. It was extremely itchy after that. Not sure was it due to the bubbly baking soda action or was it because of skin sensitivity. I was already experiencing cracks in the skin with dry scabs that were bleeding.

Salcura Zeoderm

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You can read more about the product on the website. 

I’m not here to sell it, but it did help me greatly. I don’t get any benefits from the company. I paid for my own product at Watsons. I bought it on a whim of frustration that my finger was hurting too much and I was unable to do any housework. Was about to give into visiting a doctor to get steroid creams and decided to buy this instead. Its supposed to be natural and it helps the skin detox. One thing for sure, it really calmed my skin down and stopped the itch. I’ve been using this for 3 days now, and my skin is slowly healing. There’s no more cracks and peels. I apply it after I bath or wash my hands.

Note that I also take the following supplements to help my skin heal more efficiently.

1000mg Vitamin C.

Milk Thistle. 

Omega 3. 

This wraps up my experience with eczema so far. Have you tried any other natural remedies for eczema? Did it work for you?

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