I wrote about M’s eczema a last week and a friend brought a Polish home remedy [that her grandmother gave her] for us to try. I have to admit I was sceptical when I saw the bag of potato starch but I listened to her explanation and agreed to try it. Nothing to lose and everything to gain, right?
Here’s what I had to do:
1. Get a bag of Potato Starch (my friend brought one for me)
2. Measure out 2 cups of the starch into a bowl/pan then add 2 cups of cold tap water.
3. Mix until smooth – it is tough to mix so if you are like me and struggle with your hands/shoulders get someone to help you.
4. Add hot water while mixing thoroughly until it turns to jelly. Leave to cool and set. It gets really, really thick so you have to mix it quickly. (I wanted to share the video but I have to get a paid subscription (US$99!!) to be able to share videos.)
At bathtime squish the cooled jelly into the warm bath water and stir it around so some of it melts into the water. Stay in the bath for ten minutes, wash the skin thoroughly with the jelly and jelly-water then pat dry and apply emollient.
I’m not kidding, this really actually worked! I haven’t had to give M any anti-histamines for itchy skin since before the first jelly-bath.
I know it sounds crazy – I mean it’s potato starch, right? I am absolutely, definitely, positively going to do this regularly.
I hate having to medicate him so a simple therapy that works is just pure genius.
(And now I’m wondering how/why a potato-starch-jelly-bath has been so helpful. Eczema is a problem with the structure of the skin so does the starch replace whatever is defective/missing from the skin? Anyone with the answer please comment below! #starchyourskin)