Tanya ended up consulting a herbalist, who recommended hemp seed oil. Because the essential fatty acids in it act as an internal moisturiser for the skin, they can help combat the dryness and cracking of eczema and calm inflammation.
Tanya started taking a teaspoon of hemp seed oil three times a day. She also used a skin cream based on hemp oil every day. To her delight, her symptoms gradually started to improve. 'Over several weeks, Tanya's skin, which had been flaky and leathery, started to smooth out,' says Audrey.
Hemp seed oil does not contain the psychoactive substances associated with the cannabis plant. It looks similar to a dark olive oil, but has a flavour similar to sunflower oil.