Finding an accurate eczema treatment is a bit difficult as this skin disorder doesn’t have any clearly defined cures. This is because different eczematous victims exhibit varied reactions to mainstream eczema treatments. However eczema is curable.
Though eczema has a wide variety of commercial products as well as medical treatment options, nature has a full range of products that provide many at home homeopathic and herbal remedies for eczema treatment.
Herbal therapy has been one major mainstay of alternative treatments for eczema. This is through the use of products such as topical, teas, tinctures or infusions.
Some of these home remedies for eczema have been used to directly treat the skin, while other have been useful in relieving stress, calming effects or cleansing of kidneys and the bowel in response to eczema.
One of the major significant aspects that should be considered in any eczema treatment is keeping the skin moisturized and hydrated at all times. There are a wide range of herbal commercial products that are manufactured to serve this purpose. However, most of them lack some of the natural properties that are useful in treatment of eczema as most of these properties are lost during the refinement process. In this regard, victims of eczema are advised to seek virgin-unrefined- varieties of the natural ingredients that are used in the manufacture of most of these products.
For instance, oils such as unrefined (virgin) coconut oil are believed to be a very effective eczema treatment home remedy that not only cures eczema but also takes care of many other skin conditions. Virgin coconut oils healing effects are attributed to some of the natural properties contained in the oil such as lauric acid as well as other fatty acids. Mother’s milk is believed to be the only other source of lauric acid. When applied over an eczema infected skin such as hand eczema, coconut oil helps to keep the skin soft and smooth hence reducing eczema effects.
Another home remedy for eczema treatment is burdock. Burdock helps in cleansing the entire body system through promoting toxins excretion through bowel and urine. This promotes the healing of many skin conditions such as eczema as toxins are believed to be one of the major eczema causes. Consuming 4 ml of burdock tincture three times in a day can produce considerable results in treatment of eczema.
Calendula ointment, compresses or tea are also other alternative remedies for eczema treatment. These products have been found to relieve blistering, flaking and itching on the skin of an eczema infected person especially if the skin is dry.
Chamomile tea is also another effective home remedy for eczema treatment. Chamomile tea has a calming and soothing effect and is great when taken before one retires to bed as it promotes rest from the stress and irritation from eczema. Chamomile cream can also be applied topically and is known to have a very soothing as well as anti-inflammatory effect.
Cheek weed is known to be very effective in helping sooth the skin that is itching from eczema. Treating your bath water with a tablespoonful of chickweed oil is as effective in relieving the symptoms of eczema as using chickweed ointment, cream or infusion.
Goldenseal powder is also another home remedy for the treatment of eczema as it is very effective in relieving eczema symptoms. It should be mixed with honey and then eaten or else mixed with warm water and then spread on the affected part of the skin.
Red clover is also another effective home remedy that is very effective in cleansing the entire body system. This helps in fighting infection as well as combating eczematous stress. Taking a cup of red clover tea or an equivalent of 500 milligrams of red clover thrice in a day produces very desirable results.
Stinging nettle ointment or cream acts as an astringent that promotes local circulation on application to an eczematous skin. Stinging nettle tincture or tea also helps in the treatment of eczema that is associated with poor toxin elimination through the kidneys and bowel.
When used thrice in a day, witch hazel compresses or ointments are very effective for eczema treatment due to their local astringent properties. Studies have demonstrated that Witch hazel leaf extracts are very effective in healing atopic dermatitis when applied on an eczematous skin.
Turmeric powder is also a very useful natural treatment for eczema. A table spoonful of the powder can be mixed with the same proportion of bitter neem leaves and made into a paste. This can then be applied on the eczema infected area.
Papaya is also another naturally and locally available ingredient that can be used in eczema treatment. Mashing papaya seeds and applying them over the eczema infected area is very effective in reducing itchiness.
A combination of several herbs concocted into teas or salves have been found to produce very desirable results in the treatment of eczema. Such concoctions include;
A mixture of a half teaspoonful each of goldenseal root, pau díarco tincture in addition to eight drops each of chamomile essential oil and tea tree oil into two ounces of comfrey skin salve. This mixture should be applied on the affected eczematous area two times a day.
One can also combine a quarter ounce each of red clover flowers, burdock, dried-heart ease and stinging nettle and an ounce each of fumitory and skullcap. Less than a steep of this mixture should be mixed in a pint of water to prepare tea thrice in a day. Such a mixture helps in cleansing the entire body system of toxins, soothes inflammations as well as calms jangled nerves.
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Other than the above home remedies for eczema, there are some practices that can be observed that also act as home remedies for eczema. For instance, simply changing one’s laundry detergents, changing jobs as well as moving to more favorable climates are very effective remedies for eczema if these conditions are identified as the causes of eczema.
Other than these, one should always prevent the skin from drying up by taking warm-not hot- showers rather than taking baths. One should then dry him or herself carefully and then apply skin moisturizers all over the body. Lotions that have fragrances should be avoided as these are some of the eczema causes. One should also avoid wearing rough, scratchy and tight fitting clothing. Scratching of eczematous rashes should be avoided and in case of difficulties in avoiding this, it is advisable to dress and cover the affected area. Avoiding strenuous exercises when one is having flare ups is also an important home remedy for eczema treatment as any activity that causes sweating only irritates the eczematous rashes.
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