Eczema is a common skin disorder that affects adults as well as children. According to the latest research, this skin disorder affects an estimated one in five children, and one in 12 adults in the UK.There is no single cause for eczema but your genes are one of the most important factors. Although there are plenty of conventional medications available to alleviate eczema, many people prefer to use natural remedies, which are usually gentler and frequently more effective as well.
Why should you use herbal remedies to treat eczema?
The use of herbal medication for eczema isn’t something new. Herbs have been widely used for years to address a number of skin ailments, including eczema. The herbs used vary, depending on the severity of the case. Please be advised though that single-herb remedies are probably only suitable for mild to moderate cases.Remember, everybody’s body chemistry is slightly different, so we all reach differently to different things. Always do a patch test on a small area of skin like the inside of the elbow and leave for 24 hours before using a new remedy on a larger area.If you find that your symptoms are getting worse with a particular remedy, discontinue use and allow the skin to rest for at least 48 hours before trying anything else. If improvement doesn’t occur, consult your GP.
Herbal remedies for eczema
Here are some single-herb remedies you can try for mild eczema:
Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera)
If you are not allergic to coconut, try coconut oil. Rub coconut oil onto the affected areas and let it dry. You can apply it before going to bed and leave on overnight.Coconut oil has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It contains caprylic acid, capric acid and vitamin E and K that help to prevent itching, flaking and inflammation and prevents your skin from drying out.
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) soothes dry skin. It contains bisabolol or alpha-bisabolol – a natural alcohol – that helps ease irritation and inflammation. German chamomile has strong anti-microbial properties that may ward off germs. The best way to use German chamomile is to add a few drops of German chamomile essential oil to a bath and have a good soak.
Known as the wonder plant, Aloe vera is used to treat eczema, and to heal scars, burns and wrinkles. Aloe vera is often included in creams and ointments, or can be used just on its own.This succulent plant contains 75 different components which include vitamins A, C and F, amino acids, minerals, zinc, magnesium, enzymes and more. Aloe vera also contains a vital enzyme known as carboxy-peptidase, which has an anti-inflammatory effect.Although these single herb solutions may be effective, there are a number of professionally formulated herbal remedies for eczema which are likely to be more effective, in particular if you’ve been suffering from eczema for a long time without getting any relief from the usual prescribed medication. I offer a number of these in my shop in the Remedies section (or just search for eczema).Herbal remedies are often an effective solution to reduce or treat eczema. Alongside skin treatment, you also need to take care of your diet. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and try to get a balanced diet. If you don’t like fruit and veg, you can use fruit and vegetable powders to hide the nutrients and fibre you’re missing in your normal food or in smoothies and juices.