When I was at the height of my eczema suffering my first healer told me no soap and no shampoo. At that point in time, my body could not afford to be constantly fighting more pollution every time I bathed. In fact for chlorine she said to let the chlorine escape out of a pail overnight, then bathe with the chlorine free water in the morning.
Of course I keep tell this to my children and the people I heal. I know if my little girl and little boy have been shampooing again when I notice they develop a crack of an eczema under their left ear. I reprimand them again to not use shampoo… at all.
And my little boy has a problem with dry itchy skin on his legs if he soaps his legs.
I personally only soap my butt crack and I only shampoo my hair when I have it cut by the barber… it helps remove tiny hairs that can cause itching.
I’m not the only one who thinks this way. You may want to read his blog post:
and his blog post:
and his blog post again after 1 year of not using soap and shampoo
I stopped using soap a year ago. It was easily one of the best moves I’ve ever made in my entire flippin’ life.
About this time last year I read an article (which Mark mentioned here as well) extolling the virtues of a soap-free bathing experience. TL;DR version: Your body is designed to regulate itself. Smearing chemicals all over it wrecks its own built-in processes, and screws with naturally balanced pH levels. This made sense to me and I thought I’d give it a shot for a month.
At the beginning of February 2010, I blogged about the results I’d seen so far. I didn’t stink at all (confirmed by friends, family and random people I ended up sitting next to on various forms of public transit), my skin felt better, oily and dry patches had all but disappeared and the light dandruff I’d had my entire life was almost gone. I was pleased with the results of my month experiment and decided I’d run with it for a while longer. As of January 1, 2011: it’s been a year now, and I can’t imagine ever going back.
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