If you are suffering from eczema then you know how important an effective remedy is. The most effective therapies are those that are soothing, healing, and safe. This is why natural alternatives are a preferred method over the harsh chemicals and health risks of standard medical remedies.
This article will address three specific natural remedies for eczema, including explaining why they work and how to prepare them. These three therapies will help you find much-deserved relief from eczema.
Oatmeal has been one of the most commonly used home remedies for eczema and many other skin problems since ancient Egyptian times. Oatmeal is a fiber-rich, nourishing food that keeps you healthy on the inside. Although it may seem unbelievable, this fantastic food is also an excellent way to keep you healthy on the outside as well.
Oatmeal has unique properties that soothe and relieve the symptoms of eczema as well as keep skin healthy to prevent eczema. On a basic level, oatmeal hydrates your skin and prevents it from drying out. Oatmeal mainly consists of four skin-promoting components, polysaccharides, proteins, saponins, and fats.
Polysaccharides are complex sugar that breaks down into a gel-like consistency when mixed with water. It helps to prevent drying by creating a protective barrier on top of the skin. The proteins in oatmeal further that protection by promoting your skin’s natural ability to create a barrier against foreign irritants and allergens. Saponins are natural cleaners that work to keep the skin and dryness functioning by cleaning out the dirt from your pores. Finally, the fats in oatmeal are a fantastic natural way to lubricate your skin and keep it hydrated.
You can often find oatmeal in many forms, such as lotions or compresses. However, one of the most effective oatmeal remedies for eczema is the oatmeal bath. Start by taking four cups, or two for a young child, of raw, unprepared oats and processing it in a blender or grinder until it is a fine powder. Pour the powder into your bath as you run the warm water; make sure the water is not too hot as this will aggravate your eczema.
Soak in this bath for at least 15 minutes and then rinse yourself clean with warm water. When you dry off, try to dab at your skin instead of rubbing it in order to preserve the oatmeal on your skin.
You probably already know that good hygiene is an important part of any remedy for eczema. However, many of the cleaners can be too abrasive to your skin. They may dry out your skin and make the itching and inflammation of eczema worse. However, there is a very good natural alternative that will keep your skin healthy and help it heal.
A combination of comfrey root, white oak bark, and slippery elm bark will make a very good cleaner to use both during an eczema flare-up and as your normal cleanser. It will also help relieve the itching and inflammation of eczema. It is even gentle enough for use on babies and young children.
Comfrey root has been used for centuries to heal wounds and reduce inflammation. It also accelerates cell growth and renewal and helps to reduce scarring. White oak bark is rich in vitamin B12 and skin-soothing minerals like zinc. It is also an excellent astringent to tone your skin and reduce inflammation.
Slippery elm is packed full of tannins like the cleansers found in oatmeal discussed earlier in this article. These cleaners are very powerful at removing and killing germs. Slippery elm is also great for reducing inflammation resulting from infection. As one of the better cleaners and eczema home remedies, this natural skin wash is easy to make. Take 1 teaspoon of comfrey root, 1 teaspoon of white oak bark, and 1 teaspoon of slippery elm bark and combine it with 2 cups of water.
Make sure all of the ingredients have been mixed together and then heat the mixture over medium heat until it boils. Reduce the heat and let simmer for about half an hour. Then, remove the mixture for heat and let it cool completely. Strain out the solids. The remaining liquid can be used as you would any other liquid face wash.
A Healing Moisturizer
After you have cleansed your skin, it is important to keep it hydrated. A lotion will help keep your skin moist, but you must make sure it is one that will help your skin heal more quickly and protect you from future outbreaks. Many commercial lotions are full of manmade chemicals, allergens, and other items that are known to actually trigger eczema.
Those that do not cause eczema can aggravate the itching, redness, and pain. A very good eczema remedy and alternative to commercial lotions are to use a natural moisturizer that is enhanced with blueberry leaf and licorice extracts. Blueberry leaves are known to contain a very powerful compound that prevents the spread of germs.
This will prevent a secondary infection from forming and will help your skin cells better repair themselves. This will reduce the redness and inflammation from eczema, which will also help to alleviate the itching. Licorice extract has been proven to quickly reduce swelling and redness. It is known to relieve pain related to skin wounds and open lesions, like those from eczema.
It also helps relieve itching and children were shown to scratch less when using licorice, which helps the skin heal more quickly. You can buy lotions and moisturizers from natural stores that contain both blueberry leaf and licorice extract. However, it is not necessary for you to give up your favorite natural lotion. You can also add these extracts to your lotion and get the same fantastic results.
Make sure you always start with a natural lotion that is free of dyes, oils, and fragrances. An aloe vera and/or zinc-based lotion is the best choice among lotions that are eczema remedies. To add the extracts to your lotion, start by applying your normal quantity of lotion to the palm of your hand. Then add 2 drops of blueberry extract and 1 to 2 drops of licorice, depending on how bad your eczema is, to the lotion in your hand.
Use your finger to mix the extracts into the lotions. Then, apply the lotion as you normally would. If you are having a severe outbreak you might try a more concentrated solution of licorice extract to relieve acute symptoms.
Other Remedies For Eczema
There are many other remedies for eczema, but these three will greatly help alleviate your suffering, soothe your skin, and help you heal.
If you would like to know more about home remedies, read the ebook Eczema Free. It will further explain these remedies along with other natural therapies. Also, it has very helpful information on eczema in general so that you can better understand your eczema and the best treatment options. If you are suffering from eczema, this book can guide you to safe, natural relief.