Eczema or dermatitis is one of the most common skin complaints. An inflammatory skin disease that people of all ages can get, eczema is usually very itchy and uncomfortable. It affects our largest body organ – the skin and is visible to others.
It also poses a financial burden on affected individuals and their families with the ongoing costs of buying creams and other prescription items.
Doctors say there is no known cure for eczema. However, an eczema sufferer can fight eczema by getting treated. There are various ways to treat eczema. One such treatment is topical treatment, which is something that is applied to the surface of the body, such as moisturizers and antibiotics.
Another common treatment method to relieve eczema is the use of oral antihistamines and steroids. However, frequent use of such treatment can result in side effects such as skin thinning, stretch marks and redness.
Other than getting oral and topical scientific treatments, you can opt for other safer methods to relieve eczema without the use of medications. One alternative would be the use of natural remedies for eczema.
You’ll be surprised how the fruit and veggies in the fridge can provide natural treatments for eczema. Instead of taking medications, here are a few natural ways to keep eczema at bay:-
- Carrots and Spinach
Eczema can be treated little by little by juicing carrots and spinach.
Simmer mango pulp and mango skin for a few minutes and apply it as lotion thereafter. This aids in soothing the skin. Mango can be used as a protection against UV radiation as well.
- Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil is very suitable for those with dry, chapped skin with eczema. It is a great moisturizer with natural oils that are perfect for the human skin in hydrating it.
- Safflower Oil
It has been discovered that the occurrence of eczema is due to a lack of linoleic acid. Safflower oil is a rich source of linoleic acid. Therefore, taking two tablespoons of Safflower oil daily helps to improve your eczema skin condition. The oil can be found readily in your grocery store under the baking section.
- Chamomile or Calendula
Use of creams containing chamomile or calendula. They are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the skin and promote healing.
- St John’s Wort
This herb is used for the treatment of depression but it’s also has been traditionally used topically (directly onto the skin) for skin complaints, including eczema. It contains a substance called hypericin, that is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.
In a double-blind study, a cream containing St-John’s Wort extract was compared against a placebo cream among 21 people with mild to moderate eczema. In this study, participants used the St John’s Wort cream on one arm and the placebo cream on the other. The results suggested that the use of St John’s Wort cream significantly reduced eczema symptoms.
The last of the seven natural remedies for eczema is our source of life, water. A thick soft cloth moistened with cold water (55 deg. F to 60 deg. F) every 15 to 30 minutes for 2 hours at a time, can be wrapped around the affected part.
The bandage should be left intact, keeping the cloth cold. There may be intensification of pain or itching initially but this will soon subside. A cold compress may be applied twice daily for a week or so.
With that, I have basically come to the end of this natural remedies for eczema article. I hoped that I have given you enough remedies that you can try on your own. If none of these remedies work, you may want to take a look at this guide by Susan.
Last Updated: 28 March 2012