I never thought I would fix my skin problem. Then I discovered an alternative and holistic approach that changed everything.
I've never been one to suffer from skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. That all changed once I had children.
I don't know what it was - the pregnancies, the hormones - but something changed. Suddenly dry, flaky skin that was red and itchy started to appear on my finger. Not fingers, but finger. My right index finger, where I usually wear my wedding ring because I've got a tattoo on my left index finger.
Now, I'm all for natural beauty, which is why there weren't too many creams I could direct the blame on. I hardly ever wear foundation and when I do put eye stuff on, I try to keep it natural.
So it was a complete mystery what was causing this irritable, itchy, inflamed mess I now took with me everywhere on my hand. I thought that pregnancy hormones might have caused me to develop a random allergy to the metal of my wedding rings. Mum mentioned once that psoriasis is hereditary and we do have it in the family - so it could be that.
Needless to say, I tried everything to get rid of it. I looked at food and nutrition, multiple creams, steroids, doctors appointments, willing it away - nothing worked. While it would ebb and flow in severity, it never quite went away and it seemed as if I was stuck with it.
That is until I discovered Kawakawa. Now, I know that might sound Greek to you. But where I'm from in New Zealand, Kawakawa is a type of plant that has been used in medicinal remedies for hundreds of years.
Kawakawa came into my lap when a good friend came around with a small pottle of it. I had just given birth to my first child and she said it was great for nappy rash.
Twelve months later and it sat untouched on my bathroom countertop. This liquid gold had sat dignified and useless for twelve months too many. While I didn't need it for nappy rash, I sure did for my skin condition.
It worked like magic. It immediately helped with the itchiness and irritability and within 48 hours my skin rash was all but completely gone. Since this discovery, I've gone through the pottle in twelve days applying it to anything and everything - mosquito bites, cuts, scrapes, and even a rash my three month old has from sucking her thumb too much.
You'll love checking out the Wild Love website and learning all about why Kawakawa is a miracle potion.
I really can't recommend wildcrafted Kawakawa healing balm enough. It's saved me from a world of itchiness, pain and frustration. Plus, it comes from the forest. Win, win.