Hi There, Edmund here.
Are you looking for natural eczema treatment methods? If you are, then you have come to the right place. I am sure you are aware of the many side-effects associated with steroidal medications.
That is why you are looking into natural treatments right? Therefore, I am going to share with you some effective strategies that you can implement to keep your eczema symptoms at bay.
Without further delay, let’s dive into the first natural eczema treatment.
1. Oat Soak
Add oatmeal to your bath to calm inflammation and ease itching. Oats contains avenanthramides, which are both anti-inflammatory and anti-pruritic (anti-itch), as well as moisturizing fatty acids and vitamin E.
Place a couple of handfuls of oats in a white cotton handkerchief, or a pair of thighs, and tie tightly. Either attach the bundle to the bath tap so the water can run through it, or throw it in the bath as it fills. You can even use the bundle as a gentle body puff whilst you are in the bath!
Phytosterols are plant extracts that have similar effects to cortisone. There is limited research regarding their effectiveness, but some sufferers claim they are helpful and view them as a gentler and more natural alternative. Skincare ranges containing phytosterols include Allergenics.
3. Aloe Vera
The third natural eczema treatment that you can use to combat your symptoms is Aloe Vera. It is normally found in skincare products as well as some canned drinks. It is used for its skin moisturizing and healing properties. Research suggests that the gel from the plant’s leaves has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.
Anecdotally, there’s evidence that it can relieve the itching and dryness associated with eczema. Some people grow their own Aloe Vera plants so that they can use the gel directly from the leaf, others prefer to use creams, lotions or gels containing it. Some gels to consider include Aloe Vera Gelly and Aloe Propolis Crème.
4. Baking Soda
Baking soda is the next natural eczema treatment that sufferers find relief from itching by adding to the bath. Use one to two cups in warm, not hot, water. Some people find that applying a paste made from mixing baking soda with a little water can also help.
5. Calamine Cooling
Calamine lotion has been traditionally used to relieve itchy skin. It’s especially helpful for rashes that ooze and need to be dried out. Whilst it has a cooling effect on the skin, it can be too drying, so use it in the short term, or mixed with an emollient. Alternatively, buy calamine in a water-based cream or oil-based lotion.
6. Pansy Flowers
German health authorities recommend an infusion of pansy flowers for the treatment of seborrhoeic eczema, especially in babies. To make an infusion, add one to two teaspoons of fresh flower petals to a cup of boiling water. Allow it to cool and use it as a wet dressing.
Pansy flowers contain salicylic acid, which is anti-inflammatory, and saponins and mucilage, which have a softening and soothing action. No adverse effects have been reported when the infusion is applied externally. Therefore, it is a good natural eczema treatment to consider as well.
7. Witch Hazel
There is a study that suggested Witch Hazel as an effective natural eczema treatment for reducing inflammation and itching. There is anecdotal evidence that it helps to sooth atopic eczema. It’s an astringent and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Therefore, it can be applied to weeping eczema to promote healing and protect against bacterial infection.
Burdock is a traditional herbal medicine that is claimed to have cleansing and purifying properties. Hence, it can be a good eczema treatment for relieving skin eruptions and soothe inflammation. It is also thought to contain inulin, a prebiotic which helps to normalise the immune system by stimulating the growth of good bacteria in the gut. However, there is no clinical evidence to back up these claims.
With that, I have come to the end of this natural eczema treatment write-up. I hoped that I have given you enough great ideas on what you can do to combat your eczema.
However, if you are looking for a step-by-step natural eczema treatment strategy to eliminate your eczema symptoms once and for all, I would highly recommend the Beat Eczema guide by Susan Clark. This guide is written by Susan Clark, a past eczema sufferer. In this guide, she will reveal a systematic approach to beat eczema using natural ingredients that you can easily buy from the grocery store.
If you are interested to learn more about the guide, you can read my Beat Eczema Review.
Last Updated: 28 March 2012