In April 2021 when London was getting ready for all non-essential shops to open by April 12 – including hair salons. I did a big chop as my hair which I put in locs before lockdown, is now matted and dry.
I was given bad advice to not touch my hair or even moisturise it. For at least 6 months. It is now dead hair. I will try to do a one week raw food challenge to ban the itchy skin. This will include vegetable juice and avocado smoothies. Plus bean sprout salads with plenty of sunflower seed dressing.
A Little Background
In February and March rubbish also started being eaten a lot by me. For example crisps, apple pie, lasagne (even though it was home-made), cheese, single cream. Tiramisu, etc.
First off, a small eczema patch developed on my shoulder, then crept up to my neck. As of today April 9, I’ve really got an extremely itchy chin as well. So I made some almond milk using a nutmilk bag, 250g of almonds and pure water.
Method: blend almonds with 4 cups of water. Til it looks like milk. Smooth and creamy.
Strain out milk with a nutmilk bag. They come in at 30p from Sainsburys Supermarket and are very useful.
For soothing lotion, I have been using Forever Living Aloe Vera Gelly, Olive oil and Aloe Propolis Creme
Back to the Raw Food Challenge
You will need a cold-press juicer and sturdy blender to get started. I recommend Vitamix brand of blenders and also Omega Juicers to begin with.
The Vitamix blender can crush flaxseeds when blended with liquids. Such as almonds, brazil nuts, etc. You can make nut butters, nut milks, and also avocado smoothies from them. Get really creative!
With the Omega juicer line, you can juice even leafy green vegetables like parsley, cilantro and coriander. Besides carrots, beetroots and celery vegetables.
Are you going to come along with me and get going? If you are willing to spend some time on yourself and get better with natural methods, then you are in for a surprise and lots of help. You can email me, if you have questions, although this is very easy. Remember to use alternative vegetables of your choice if you do not want to use the particular ones I recommend.
However, just remember that you should always have 5-10 medium carrots to juice, along with celery and 2 apples to make your juice taste nice. Add more vegetables of your choice to the mix. Go easy on the lemon slices and the ginger root, so that the taste is not too tart.
Update; It’s now May 2021 and the eczema has spread to my back and upper chest. I really don’t know how to get the itching to slow down. So I got some Moor Mud and even bought Dream Cream by Lush. Still no joy. I have been taking Moor Mud baths, olive oil baths with plenty of soaking at least every 2 days. This soothes my skin and keeps the eczema controlled. Good thing the Moor Mud moisturises skin up to 7% more than clay does.
I am moisturising with olive oil and shea butter. As for my face, as it is more delicate, I’m just using olive oil. I’m avoiding cleansers and toners, even natural ones, as anything could irritate my face as it is papery at the moment.
I Week Raw Food Challenge to Ban Itchy Skin
My shopping list includes the following:
5 celery heads
4 packets of carrots 1kg each
1 bunch of beetroot
3 bunches of parsley
3 bags of kale
1 large fresh ginger root
5 bulbs of garlic
6 plantain, yellow with no black marks
1 packet of walnuts (1kg)
6 medium avocados
1 packet of sunflower seeds (1kg)
1 packet of black-eye beans (peas) (500g)
1 packet of aduki beans (500g)
1 packet of green lentils (500g)
Update: September 4
My skin is much better but rather dry due to running out of Black Seed oil. It contains Omega-3 fatty acids that are good for skin and eczema. Meanwhile, I’m not itching anymore due to cutting out sweet food. Great! I’ve also been drinking more green juice at least three times a day.
A typical juice recipe;
1 whole celery
1/4 cup sunflower seed sprouts (simply soak sunflower seeds overnight)
Juice celery sticks and lemon, then blend with sliced cucumber, avocado and sunflower seed sprouts.
Share the grace and enjoy! Makes 2 8oz (250ml) cups of smoothie
1 tablespoon of flaxseeds
1 slice of lemon
- Juice the celery and chopped broccoli, and lemon and pour into a blender.
- Add the flaxseeds and sliced cucumber to the juice and blend on high speed til the seeds are finely ground in the juice.
Makes about 3 cups of smoothie.
1 Plantain, yellow with no black spots
1/4 handful of parsley, chopped
1 slice of lemon
1 8oz cup of mung bean sprouts
To grow you sprouts within 3 days;
- Soak beans in enough water overnight
- Next morning drain and rinse
- Put beans in a glass jar or sprout jar and leave on the kitchen window sill or where they can get some sunlight.
- In the evening drain beans and rinse
- Next morning drain beans and rinse
- In the evening drain and rinse beans. They should have started growing a little white tail by now.
- On day 3 they are ready to eat. The sprouted tails should be about 1 inch long.
- In a blender, put the chopped avocado and blend with lemon juice and half a cup of the bean sprouts.
- Chop the cucumber, celery, tomato, onion, carrots into bit-sized pieces. And put on a plate.
- Top the salad with the avocado and sprouts and chopped parsley.
Job Done! Share grace, and enjoy….