We are entering eczema season .. It's now that the irritating and ugly skin condition is at its worst.
The Eczema Diet (Exisle Publishing)
By Karen Fischer
The Itchy Dozen
Here are the top 12 foods and beverages most likely to worsen the itch:
1 Cow's milk and other dairy products
2 Grapes and grape-products including wines, sultanas and juices
3 Oranges and products containing orange
4 Kiwi fruit
5 Soy sauce / tamari sauce
6 Tomato and products containing tomato
8 Dark green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and silverbeet
9 Dried fruits such as dried apricots
10 Deli meats such as sausages, ham, bacon, meats with flavour enhancers
11 Corn and products containing corn
12 Junk foods containing artificial colours, flavour enhancers or preservatives
Eczema-safe foods include:
Therapeutic Broth (recipe below)
Rice bran oil
MAKES 68 CUPS OF BROTH; PREPARATION TIME 10 MINUTES, COOKING TIME 6.5 HOURS, MAKE 1 DAY BEFORE USE.
To reduce the itch, drink this broth daily and use it as a stock in the casserole and soup recipes from The Eczema Diet.
2 large beef bones, with a little meat on them (incl. necks, joints, marrow, lamb bones)
3 ½ litres filtered water
1 large free-range/organic chicken carcass
1 large leek, chopped
2-4 spring onions (shallots/scallions), chopped
2 brussels sprouts, chopped
2-4 stalks celery, chopped
34 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). In a roasting pan, roast the beef bones for up to 30 minutes or until deliciously fragrant and browned. Remove from the oven and add them to a stockpot or very large saucepan along with the water, chicken carcass and vegetables. Cover, bring to the boil and then simmer on low heat for 6 hours.
Remove the bones using tongs, then place a strainer over a large bowl and pour the broth through the strainer, discarding the boiled bones and vegetables when you have finished. Before use, store the broth in a sealed container in the refrigerator overnight. The next day carefully lift or skim off the layer of fat (this saturated fat is no good for your eczema). Your broth, when cold, should be thick and jelly-like