7 Easy Natural Remedies for Eczema That Works
Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, is characterized by itchy inflammation on almost any part of the body with the most commonly affected parts being the arms and behind the knees. Unfortunately, it is a chronic condition that affects almost everybody from infants and children to adults and the elderly.
Modern science has yet to identify the cause of eczema although it seems to start with a weakened immune system. Periodic flare-ups can be accompanied by episodes of either asthma or hay fever, which only aggravates one's suffering. The good news is that there are plenty of natural remedies for eczema that can significantly ease the symptoms of eczema and then lessen their occurrences.
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe vera is, indeed, a miracle plant in its own right. It has been used in a wide variety of medications and products used to reduce inflammation, cure burns and sooth itching as well as add moisture to the skin. Application of its juice can result in immediate relief from the itching.
You have two choices in aloe vera juice. First, we suggest growing your own aloe vera garden. Just peel off the skin to reveal the gel underneath and then apply it on the affected area. Be sure to keep your hands clean to avoid introducing germs to your inflamed skin.
Second, buy a 99.9% pure aloe vera juice from pharmacies and drugstores. This is a convenient way of getting natural eczema treatment but be sure to buy only the highest quality product.
Your pantry should always have olive oil in reserve. Olive oil has many uses from the culinary to the medicinal because of the presence of numerous beneficial substances including good fats and Vitamin E. This vitamin is a known antioxidant that protects the skin against free radicals while also adding good moisture to the skin.
But don't just use any olive oil. The best one for eczema is cold-pressed, extra virgin and unrefined olive oil. A good tip: Apply the olive after your shower so as to seal it in the skin. Your skin should then feel smoother and suppler while your eczema should be lesser in severity.
Sea Salt Bath
Sea salt has abundant quantities of minerals that have been proven helpful in soothing inflammation, lessening the pain and hydrating the skin during eczema attacks. But you should not directly rub the sea salt into the affected area since it will worsen the skin's condition.
Instead, you should indulge in a sea salt bath. This will provide for significant relief from eczema as well as remove dead skin cells, which should help in restoring your skin's flawless beauty.
The amount of sea salt added to warm water depends on the affected area for treatment. For a whole body bath, two cups of sea salt to a tub of warm water will suffice for the purpose. Add natural herbal oils to soothe your inflamed skin, if you want to. Soak in this bath for 15 minutes, gently pat the excess water and then apply olive oil.
For localized treatment, a handful of sea salt to a pail of water will do. Again, soak the affected area for 15 minutes and then apply olive oil for a greater sense of relief.
Sea salt can be bought in specialty stores. Soaking in the ocean is generally not recommended despite this being the source of sea salt because the combination of the sun's heat and the sea's organisms will worsen eczema. Plus, the temperature of the sea may not be sufficiently warm for the purpose.
Calendula cream has many healing qualities that make it an excellent natural treatment against eczema. Its anti-inflammatory property soothes the skin while its moisturizing property brings back the skin's suppleness. Add in its antibacterial property and calendula cream also strengthens the skin's ability to resist the attacks of environmental pathogens.
For eczema, calendula cream also stimulates the body's production of collagen proteins. These proteins are used in healing the skin and its connective tissues of the damage done by atopic dermatitis. It likewise helps in increasing blood flow to the affected area, which facilitates faster healing.
You can purchase calendula cream from drugstores as well. Just follow the manufacturer's directions on the number of times that it must be applied to achieve the best results.
Eczema may also start after using skin care products with harsh chemicals. You can avoid this by using baby shampoo, soap and other skin care products because these have little of the harmful chemicals that lead to eczema. Or you can use water-based products.
Stress has also been proven to worsen eczema. As such, it is an excellent idea to lessen your stress levels by following these suggestions:
• Avoid situations where the possibility of sudden changes in temperature is present.
• Avoid physically strenuous activities that cause sweat to develop. Even becoming overheated is bad for your skin.
• Use loose cotton clothes and underwear that allow your skin to breathe while also lessening the stress on your skin from the friction.
• Get your full night of sleep (6 to 8 hours). Your body rebuilds itself when it is at rest, not to mention that your immune system requires sleep to strengthen its defenses.
• Take periodic breaks from the stressful situations that so often develop in the office and other workplaces. Too much stress will make your skin break out into itchy inflammations.
Just relax and enjoy life! Eczema is not the end of the world even if it sometimes seems like it is so.
Go on a Healthy Diet
Last but not least, you should adopt a healthy diet to strengthen your immune system. Foods rich in soluble and insoluble fiber as well as antioxidants are best for this purpose.
Fresh fruits like blueberries, raspberries and oranges; vegetables like spinach, carrots and lettuce; fiber-rich foods like oats, bran and psyllium husk; and seeds and nuts are your best bets to combat eczema flare-ups. Coffee, soda and alcohol must be avoided.
Indeed, there's always hope that your eczema flare-ups can stop. Or at least, you will experience lesser episodes with faster healing periods by following the abovementioned suggestions.