National Eczema Awareness Week 17th to 25th September

An itchy subject. 

Following closely on he heels of Migraine Awareness Week is National Eczema Week, 17th to 25th September.  Another condition close to my heart as my youngest son suffers from eczema and has done since he was very small.  We hoped that he would ‘grow out of it’ but alas at 22 still suffers, and has learned, for the most part, to manage it.

1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults have eczema.  Skin is our protective barrier to the outside world, and our largest organ.  In people with ezcema that barrier is not so protective because the skin does not produce the oils it needs and doesn’t retain moisture as well.  This is why moisturising is so important, and why using harsh soaps remove the oils so crucial for protection.

Here is a link to the National Eczema Society, a charity registered in the UK, with lots of useful information about Eczema. If you would like to donate to them, then the link is here.

Complementary therapies may provide some relief, but I am sorry to say there is no easy solution to treating eczema.  Take a look at this article which I found interesting,  ‘Can Complementary Therapies Help Heal Eczema?

Aromatherapy.  I regularly make up a rich cream for my son to use and he finds it gives him some relief but only if he uses it twice a day to keep his skin well moisturised.  I use a Vitamin E base and essential oils.  Here is the recipe I use.  If you would like me to make this cream for you then please contact me and I can arrange this for you.  Also if you wish to buy the essential oils I can source these for you.

Eczema Blend Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces vitamin E cream
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops carrot seed essential oil
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil
  • 4 drops bay essential oil

Add the essential oils to the cream and stir carefully until the oils are thoroughly blended.  Apply to the affected area twice daily.  This cream is for adults NOT children.

Advice should always be taken from your GP if you have any concerns.

Bowen Technique. There are case studies on the Bowen Therapists Professional Association website about the benefits of eczema.  I have not found Bowen to have noticeably helped in the case of my own son, but as he is away from home he only gets treatments when he is home from university, and his eczema is mild compared to some.  The case studies demonstrate that  regular (weekly) ongoing treatment for some months does appear to have a beneficial effect on ezcema when combined with other treatment but requires commitment.

Keeping skin moisturised is the key.  Conventional treatments are listed here on the National Eczema Society website.  Getting to the bottom of the cause in the first place is the tricky part – and indeed stress once again is a major factor in many cases.

Homeopathy has been found to have good results which you might like to read here.   If you are looking for a homeopath do let me know as I have a homeopath colleague in Northampton.

Thanks for reading,

Sue Sig

Migraine Awareness Week 4th to 10th September 2016

Migraine Awareness WeekDid you know that migraine affects 1 in 7 people.  That’s over 8 million people in the UK. If you are a sufferer then you will know how debilitating this disorder is. It’s not just a bad headache.  I started suffering from migraines at the age of 13 and I know first hand how migraines can negatively impact your working and social life.

Migraine is a complex neurological disorder and working out what triggers them is very difficult – often there is no known cause.

There are a range of treatments on offer from medication, including preventative medicines, then there is botox, also there are various supplements which may help, and there are hands on treatments such as Bowen Technique and Acupuncture.  Everyone is different and what works for you might not work for someone else.  Here is a link to the Migraine Trust website listing details on different treatments available.For me personally I couldn’t find a food trigger but I know that stress is a major factor.  As well as having a monthly Bowen treatment from a colleague, I started taking Magnesium about 18 months ago and I find this works amazingly well for me.  Studies show that people who suffer from migraine may have low brain magnesium during attacks and may suffer from magnesium deficiency.  It certainly worked for me and is definitely worth looking into.  This link gives you the full story. Be aware though that magnesium can interact with other drugs so refer to your GP if you have concerns.  The same link tells you about Feverfew, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin B2, and others.

Bowen Technique can help to bring relief to migraine sufferers.  Here is a super video created by my colleague, Jane Robbins, interviewing a client who suffered from migraines explaining her experiences and how Bowen helped her.  Certainly many of my clients have found Bowen to help them.  Also do check out the Bowen Therapists Professional Association website for testimonials.


Finally, The Migraine Trust is a UK based charity promoting research into migraine. If you would like to make a donation to the Migraine Trust you can do so by following this link.

If you would like to talk to me about Bowen for migraines then do contact me.

Thanks for reading,
Sue Sig