Colloidal oatmeal has been used for centuries to treat a variety of skin conditions such as rashes, burns, itchiness, stinging nettles and eczema.
I'm Cynthia Okoli, and I only discovered this following the birth of my son who arrived a week late with extremely dry skin/eczema. I wanted a solution which was effective, gentle on my son's skin, and free from chemicals. As advised by the paediatric nurse who came to visit, I tried bathing him in oats and to my surprise, his skin improved significantly. At that point, the mission was born.
Over the next few months, I trawled through research in the natural eczema relief space, and found studies which supported the use of colloidal oats in the relief of eczema symptoms. Studies such as this one published in Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (2015) showed that colloidal oats exhibited anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and scientists Kurtz & Wallo in a 2007 paper described the properties of the oatmeal plant which made this possible.
We at OrganicXY believe that it is possible to offer an effective, convenient and environmentally-friendly alternative to relieving the symptoms of eczema, and we have a set of values which guide us in our quest to do so.
1. We believe that if we can help it, we should not have to use harsh chemicals in dealing with eczema if a natural, chemical-free solution can provide the same outcome.
2. Transparency. We believe that everyone has a right to know what goes on their skin, so we aim to tell ensure that our ingredient list is easily accessible and easy to understand.
3. We will always use materials and ingredients which are naturally available and sustainably farmed, trying to avould artificial chemicals and preservatives as much as is reasonably practicable.
4. We believe in reducing our carbon footprint, and will try as much as possible to source our products locally. Currently, 100% of our ingredients are sourced from the UK, and can be traced back to their farms of origin. Not just this, but we choose suppliers who share our values. Our oats supplier for example employs no chemicals or artificial fertilisers in their farm and instead relies on natural methods to ensure that the soil remains fertile.