Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is an allergic reaction to dyes, household cleaners, dry winter air, stress, extreme temperatures, and certain foods…In other words, pretty much anything that causes stress on the body can cause eczema. There is also a link between genetics and eczema, as well as being a result of nutritional deficiencies. Eczema is characterized by severe itchiness and skin rashes that can affect kids and adults. In extreme cases, the rashes may be seen on the entire body including the scalp, knees, face, neck, elbows, hands, feet and torso. Let us study some naturally healing remedies for eczema.
Apple cider vinegar can help prevent and treat eczema rashes. Take one tablespoon of organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with a glass of water every day. You can also add a cup of the vinegar to your bath water and soak in it for few minutes. Vinegar balances the pH of the body and reduces inflammation. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties also destroy the pathogens which aggravate the rashes.
Certain oils can help soothe the itchy skin that comes with eczema rashes. Apply warm coconut oil to the skin and massage it in gentle circular motions. Coconut oil gets absorbed into the skin relieving itching and redness. The oil also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Apply the oil as frequently as needed. You can also mix coconut oil with castor oil and massage the blend onto the rashes. Both castor oil and coconut oil promote healing.
Cucumber juice is a natural healing remedy for eczema. Grate or juice cucumbers in a blender and apply the juice onto the rash. Let the skin air dry. You can also mix Aloe Vera gel and Cucumber juice and apply the mixture onto the face, arms, back, and neck or anywhere else you have eczema flareups.
This is a good internal remedy for treating eczema from the inside out. According to this study, breastfeeding mothers who supplemented with black currant seed oil had 12 month old babies with significantly less atop dermatitis than the placebo group.
Apply vitamin E oil (from capsules) all over the rash onto the face, back, arms, etc. Massage into the skin. Repeat application as needed. Vitamin E oil soothes, nourishes and heals the skin. It also boosts collagen and promotes skin repair.
A mixture of iodine, raw local honey and vitamin E oil can also treat eczema naturally. Apply the mixture on affected areas and cover up with gauze. Leave on overnight to get relief from itch. Note that Iodine can stain clothing. You can buy decolorized iodine for this remedy.
Brew several tea bags of chamomile tea or make an infusion of chamomile leaves and flowers in hot water. Leave the mixture to steep for a few hours or overnight so that the soothing properties of chamomile get infused into the water. Once completely infused, soak a clean, soft cloth into the strained infusion and dab it gently all over the itchy rashes. You can also dab brewed/used chamomile tea bags on your eczema to cool, soothe and heal redness and pain.
Turmeric can be used internally as well as topically for curing eczema. Mix organic turmeric powder with extra virgin coconut oil and dab the paste onto the rashes. Note that turmeric powder tends to stain clothes and skin, so be careful. If needed, cover up the paste with old clothes or use a surgical gauze or tape. It is also beneficial take turmeric internally. Go for turmeric pills, which are readily available everywhere, or mix raw organic turmeric powder with a glass of milk and drink this daily. Turmeric builds immunity, prevents infections and strengthens the body internally.
Fill up a tub with warm water and add a cup of Epsom salts to it. Soak in this healing bath for 10-15 minutes. Epsom salts are rich in magnesium that reduces redness, aches and pains as well as inflammation and itchiness. Never use hot water when using this remedy.
Hot water is your skin’s worst enemy when you suffer from eczema. So go for cold showers or alternate between warm and cool showers. Apart from being very healthy for the skin, cold water stimulates circulation, builds immunity against colds and flu and also elevates the mood.
Diet plays a major role in the health of your skin. Eczema is no different. In fact, many doctors are of the opinion that certain foods aggravate eczema flare ups. The main dietary culprits in eczema are gluten based foods like wheat, refined flour, etc., sugar, artificial sweeteners, eggs, cheese, dairy, inorganic produce, preservatives, chemicals, dyes and so on. A nourishing diet of probiotic foods, fermented foods like kombucha, miso soup, sauerkraut, etc., can help sufferers. Also, add blackstrap molasses to your diet. Eat organic, chemical free foods. Switch to non dairy alternatives like rice, almond or soy milk.
Stress releases cortisol, a hormone that plays a key role in the health of the skin. If you suffer from prolonged, uncontrolled stress, you may want to take up some mind body practices like yoga, deep breathing, or meditation. These along with daily exercise and positive visualization techniques can all help you combat eczema.
Don’t let your eczema define you. Use the above natural remedies diligently to see a difference in your skin and overall health. Do you suffer from eczema? What remedies have you tried that have worked for you?
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