What is eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition which can be caused by various factors as stress, poor choice of skin-care products, allergies and skin dryness. Symptoms that accompany this condition are severe itchiness, scaly skin, inflammation, and in some more advanced stages there might be an appearance of blisters.
The medication usually prescribed by doctors when treating eczema involves topical and steroid cream, which unfortunately have harmful side-effects, but worry not because there are plenty of natural remedies that can help you put an end to it.
Eczema home remedies
- Aloe Vera
Due to its amazing healing properties, this plant is the perfect remedy that will surely help you get rid of this condition. Aloe Vera is a widely used and well-known plant in the traditional medicine because it protects the skin and relieves it from infections.
Applying aloe on your skin will not only reduce the symptoms of eczema it will also repair the damaged skin.
How to use
There are two ways of using this plant, which both bring the same effect.
The first way is to:
- Combine aloe vera gel and pure vitamin E oil into a paste
- Then apply it directly on the eczema scars and let it sit overnight to work
- When morning comes wash it off using warm water
The second way:
- Using aloe vera massage the affected area for 2 or 3 minutes
- Do so twice a day to witness results
- Essential oils
There are a couple of essential that may be used to successfully treat eczema and also prevent its re-occurrence.
The fatty acids of this essential oil are helpful in soothing itchiness, reduce irritation and keep your skin moisturized.
Extracted directly from chamomile flowers, due to its soothing properties calms the skin and also reduces inflammation. It may be used in to ways.
To prepare a chamomile bath:
Warning: do not practice this type of treatment if you are pregnant!
- Cheesecloth/ muslin
- 4 tbs dried chamomile flower
- Start by tying 4 tablespoons is either a muslin or cheesecloth, whichever you choose
- Then, fill the bathtub but only to half
- Next tie the bag to the faucet and let the water run directly over it
- Stay in the tub and soak for at least 10 minutes
- When finished, gently pad yourself to dry and remember to use moisturizer after
- Apply chamomile oil directly on the damaged skin 2 or 3 times daily
- Sea salt
If you are suffering of eczema which caused blisters to your skin, the best way to reduce the itchiness and cause the blisters to dry up is to bathe in the sea waters, if you live close to it. For those of you who cannot experience this luxury we have another more suitable option, make a homemade spray.
- In a warm cup of water add a teaspoon of sea salt and stir it well until it has fully dissolved
- Transfer the liquid into a clean spray bottle and spray it on the affected areas of your skin
For this recipe you will be needing both neem leaves and neem oil. Neem leaves help with the discomfort and pain this condition brings, while neem oil cleanses the skin, keeps it safe and moisturized.
- 1 tablespoon of crushed neem leaves
- 2 drops of neem oil
- Combine these two ingredients in a bowl and mix them well
- Apply it on the needed areas and leave it on to dry
- Wash it off with warm water and repeat the process until you have reached your goal
- Tea tree oil
Owing to its anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil is very effective in treating the further spread of infection, itchiness and inflammation linked to a condition such as eczema.
How to use
- You’ll need half a cup of coconut oil and to it add exactly 20 drops of pure tea tree oil
- Gently rub the affected areas with this mixture, do so twice a day
If you are dealing with a more severe case of eczema and it has spread all over the body, it is best to take a bath with tea tree oil to calm the skin
- Add two tablespoons of either almond or olive oil to your bath and then add in 15-20 drops of pure tea tree oil. Wait 20 minutes before getting into the water.
- Vitamin E oil
Be careful when purchasing and remember to read the label because you want to avoid synthetic vitamin E oil. For the treatment to be successful and your eczema-suffering to be put to an end, solely natural vitamin E oil must be used. Apply the oil directly on the affected parts of your skin.