Monday, September 24, 2007

Beeswax Balm Used to Treat Eczema

Skin Balm Spurs a Rash of Demand Nationwide
By Victoria Cheng, Boston Globe (USA), 9/23/2007

When Mike Arsenault saw the red bumps blooming across his 2-month-old daughter's cheeks, he felt immediate pangs of guilt.

Arsenault, an acupuncturist who lives in Brookline, has a tendency toward allergies and he suspected that Emily's baby eczema might have stemmed from the same sensitivity.

Not wanting to apply the harsh topical steroids usually prescribed for eczema on his daughter's skin, Arsenault turned to his training in Chinese traditional medicine.

"Chinese herbalism is four, five thousand years old," he said. "I just took herbal remedies for skin conditions, looked at the common denominators, and pared it down."

The result was a salve called Emily's Skin Soother, made of olive oil, beeswax, and three Chinese herbs. It's now sold in more than 35 stores across the country and has generated an invitation from Whole Foods Market to present at a buyers exposition next month…

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