If you or your loved ones are troubled by eczema, below are some natural remedies you could try out. These remedies originated from a natural health practitioner who specializes in energy healing, flower essences and essential oils.
Topical relief for eczema
On days when the pain or itch simply drives you crazy, take a warm bath with a cup of Epsom salts added to the water. The salts can help you relax your body, relieve pain, as well as eliminate toxins from your body. Allow yourself to soak in the warm and soothing bath warm for not more than 20 minutes, after which towel dry and apply a moisturizer to your wet skin and allow it to dry naturally. You could use jojoba oil, almond oil or grapeseed oil as a form of natural moisturizer.
If you need to be up and about, you can also obtain relieve from the itch and pain on your skin by using aloe vera gel. It can help soothe your inflamed skin and facilitate its healing. My family uses the brand Lily Of The Dessert and we get it from here. It does not contain any parabens, artificial colors or fragrances. The gel is refreshing to the skin, and does not leave behind any sticky feeling.
Reduce your use of soap, especially on areas where your skin is dry. Use natural soaps that do not contain harmful chemicals that are too harsh on your skin.
Eczema is a problem that is beyond the skin
While eczema affects mainly your skin, it is a health problem that actually originates from inside your body. This is because your skin is actually a major organ for eliminating toxins from your body. When your body is filled with toxins (brought about by everyday pollution, unhealthy foods, stress, etc), it is not surprising that your skin gets badly affected too.
So it is not enough just to seek out topical relief if you want to get rid of your eczema for good. You need to clean up your insides as well.
Some important things you would need to do include the following.
Drink lots of water (at least 8 glasses) to help your body flush out the toxins within.
Take aloe vera juice per day, so that your skin can be nourished from inside.
Take vitamin E supplements to enhance tissue repair in your skin.
Practice meditation, breathing exercises, or any other stress-relieving techniques, especially if your eczema outbreaks are triggered by stress. Ultimately, you may need to address the source of your chronic stress.
Try eliminating foods like dairy, wheat and peanuts from your diet for a few weeks, to see if your symptoms improve. These foods are known food allergens, and they trigger eczema outbreaks in some who are allergic to them.
Ensure a nutritious diet, not just a tasty one, or one that merely gets you past the day.
Essential oils for healing
Essential oils, a form of concentrated plant-based medicine, can be used for reducing the inflammation and infection on your skin, as well as promote its healing.
The following hand-blend of essential oils has been used by the above-mentioned natural health practitioner to significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of flare-ups in eczema patients.
- oil of almond, jojoba or grapeseed (in a glass bottle)
- 6 drops of Eucalyptus
- 6 drops of Geranium
- 4 drops of Juniper
- 8 drops of Lavender
- 4 drops of Patchouli
- 4 drops of Rosewood
For the best results, use a therapeutic-grade organic or wild-crafted essential oil. The blend is to be used externally on the skin (it should never be consumed), on a consistent basis.
Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.