How good are herbal remedies for eczema?

Herbal remedies for eczema are excellent for moisturizing, healing, cleansing and soothing irritated skin. It is estimated that about 15 million people in the U.S. suffer from eczema and that one in five infants is affected; a skin disorder that is often difficult to treat.  Although conventional treatments in the form of medications are often prescribed to relieve the symptoms of eczema, many individuals opt to use natural treatment, such as herbal remedies for eczema, either as an alternative or complementary treatment to more conventional methods. 

Eczema natural treatment and herbs for general skin disorders has been used for thousands of years, a practice that was and still is prevalent in China. In Oriental and traditional Chinese medicine, eczema is not a skin disease but a symptom of another illness.  If a person suffers from eczema, something isn’t right with his or her overall health.  As a result, treatment of eczema using natural remedies focuses on improving the general health of the person and not just eliminating the skin disorder.  But before we delve further into the herbal remedies of eczema we need to know what is eczema and what causes it?

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin disease classified as dermatitis.  It is characterized by the inflammation of the epidermis or top layer of the skin.  It is often manifested in the form of small, multiple red rashes that may crack, blister, flake, scale, or ooze.  Because rashes can sometimes be dry and itchy, scratching can sometimes cause them to bleed.  The tearing of the skin can then lead to scarring and skin discoloration.The causes of eczema can't be pinned down to one factor but various factors such as allergies, irritants and so forth.

We will explore further on this topic and show you pictures of eczema so you can familiarize yourselves well with this skin infection.

What are the best herbal remedies for eczema?

To treat eczema with natural remedies, there are several methods that can be used.  These include:

  • After bathing, gently dry well, then apply eczema ointment such as chickweed, calendula or aloe vera cream, olive oil or evening primrose oil to help restore moisture and promote healing.
  • In case of eczema based on a nervous condition, take calming teas of lemon balm, peppermint and valerian.
  • Fresh juice of burdock leaf, stinging nettle, dandelion or chickweed to cleanse the body internally. Take 1Tbsp of juice daily.
  • In the evening, rub the affected areas with St. John's wort oil.
  • Allergic eczema can be relieved by bathing with camomile, chickweed, witch hazel, horsetail, comfrey or golden-seal: dissolve 2-3 tbsp. of herb for each quart of hot water and bathe skin.

These are some of the herbal remedies for eczema, we will continue to update you on any future remedies.


What other alternatives treatments are there for eczema

There other alternative treatments for eczema which include:

  1. Homeopathy
  • Rhus toxicodendron is useful for a particularly itchy rash of red bumps or small fluid filled blisters that are relieved by hot water, but are worse at rest, in bed and from scratching.
  • Use graphites for rashes which discharge a sticky yellowy substance. There is rawness and cracking of the skin.
  • Sulfur is helpful if the itching and burning are definitely worsened by bathing the skin, scratching and any form of warmth. The skin feels hot.
  • Arsenicum is a remedy for a dry or weepy eczema that burns, especially in the middle of the night. Typically, the person is chilly, enjoys sipping warm drinks and feels a nervous restlessness.

        2. Tissue salts

Take 4 tablets three times daily under the tongue.

  • Ferr phos will lend aid to inflamed skin, which looks red and burns.
  • Kali mur is also used for inflammation in the second stage, when the eruptions are filled with thick, white secretions. It is often used for swelling.
  • Rashes that form small watery blisters which burn or are excessively dry or cracked will be helped by the fluid-balancing action of Nat mur.
  • For peeling skin or sticky, yellow-colored, watery eruptions worsened by heat and in the evening, use kali sulph

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