James Wong makes a natural cream to help eczema.
Makes one 150ml pot:
• 2 tablespoons (20 g) viola flowers, stripped from their stems
• 2 tablespoons (20 g) Roman or German chamomile, dried
• 1 teaspoon beeswax
• 2 tablespoons almond oil
• 1 teaspoon vitamin C powder
• 1 teaspoon glycerine
• 2 teaspoons emulsifying wax
1. Place the violas and chamomile flowers in a glass bowl. Pour over the water to cover. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Put the infusion into a medium-sized pan (this will form the bottom of your double boiler or bain-marie).
2. In another glass bowl, add the beeswax, almond oil, vitamin C powder, glycerine and emulsifying wax. Place on top of the infusion pan, and warm over a gentle heat, stirring until melted. This takes about 10 minutes.
3. Strain the infusion, then slowly whisk it into the oil mixture until incorporated - the texture should be smooth, like mayonnaise.
4. Pour the mixture into a sterilised dark glass ointment pot, then seal.
USE: Apply to affected areas morning and night. Ideally, apply within a few minutes of bathing, to keep moisture in the skin.
STORAGE: Keeps for up to 6 months in the refrigerator.