In this article, we will discuss ways to treat eczema. An itchy skin has the full capability to bring almost unbearable discomfort and those suffering with eczema know it very well. Eczema is a general term which is used to describe varying skin problems that result in inflamed and discolored skin. When suffering from eczema, the skin is red, dry, inflamed, and occasionally you can also witness blisters or crusts on the affected area. Eczema is often confused with the term dermatitis, which literally means an inflamed skin.
The disease has various types but the most common is atopic eczema. It is hereditary and can be genetically transferred from one generation to another. В The cause is present in your body from the very beginning and can be triggered by allergens. Atopic eczema is most common to affect children and can also reappear during adult years. Typically, the disease has no cure, but figuring out the causes and right kind of treatment can aid to treat eczema.
We often get questions about various skin problems and eczema and psoriasis are the most common terms. We may not be dermatologists by, but are here to help you with the cause and also have found a list of effective natural remedies that will help to treat the symptoms of eczema and reduce its effect on your skin.
Diet Connection with Eczema
All of the topical remedies in the world are ineffective until the underlying problem is addressed which is specifically the diet plan and lifestyle factors which contribute to eczema.
Eczema and other skin problems are considered as complex conditions that carry a potential to give you a tough time while dealing to treat eczema and lower the effects of its symptoms on your skin.
FYI, a newly born child carried the disease birth and struggled with it and for a long period before the family could identify the symptoms and begin with the treatment.В The child was born via C-sectionВ (due to placenta previa) and was on antibiotics and steroids since day one. The side effects of these antibiotics and steroids triggered the gut bacteria, resulting in the symptoms of various skin diseases including eczema.
The family was advised to feed the child according to the prescribed diet chart which included foods aiding to a faster healing process likeВ bone broth and healthy fats. One also needs to eliminate a certain foods including gluten and casein. Avoiding food coloring processed ingredients also proved helpful during the treatment.
In case you or a family member is suffering from various skin problems including eczema, we would definitely recommend a strict diet plan and treatment under a skilled professional.
How to Treat Eczema
When suffering from eczema, the skin is most likely producing less fats and oils than it actually should. The skinвЂ™s ability to retain water is almost diminished. This leads to increase space between cells since they are not plump with moisture, and it begins to lose water. This makes the skin more prone to the bacteria causing eczema. In this condition, soaps, detergents and other chemicals are likely to worsen the condition. This is why doctors tend to advice the affected person to stay away from these products. As they strip away what lipids that your skin is produces and make it appear dry, inflamed, and sometimes cracked or even blistered.
Enlisted below are a list of home remedies that will help to treat eczema and will also focus on strengthening your skins barrier, filling in those gaps, and helping your skins ability to retain moisture. Apart from eczema, these remedies will also focus on addressing other skin problems like itching and inflammation.
Coconut oil is one of the ingredients that should absolutely be on your list to treat eczema. You can use it forВ various skin,В hair,В teeth, health problems, but it is known to be a great remedy to treat eczema. Be cautious as there can be people allergic to coconut oil.
A small amount of coconut oil or aВ coconut oil lotion or even an oil/lotion bar can help reduce the itching and pain caused on the affected skin. For those sensitive or allergic to coconut oil can use hypoallergenic lotion bars which works as an alternative to coconut oil.
For eczema which is blistered, drying it works better than trying to moisturize. We advise using aВ homemade salt and magnesium spray to dry out and treat eczema. We have often heard people with skin problems say that having sunbath offers relief. Also, the composition of Vitamin D, magnesium and the minerals present in water is great for your skinвЂ™s health and to treat eczema.
For those who cannot reach the ocean anyhow,В this homemade sea sprayВ will help you achieve some of the effective benefits easily at home.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil
It may not taste that good but fermented cod liver oil is one of the great supplements one should take daily.
FCLO is a rich source of healthy fats that are required by your body. It is also an integral part of theВ tooth re-mineralization process. It will help to soothe inflamed skin and initiate the production of healthy cells, hormone and fast brain development. FCLO supplements are important during pregnancy and for children in their growth period.
Cod Liver Oil is also a rich source of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E. These supplements are rather pricey, but we have seen a big difference from adding this to our daily regime in order to treat eczema, and for the bodyвЂ™s overall health.
They are available in the form of capsulesВ orВ Fermented High Vitamin Butter Oil blendВ in Gel Form.
Soaking in magnesium water is an ideal remedy to treat eczema and soothe its symptoms. For those who can tolerate irritation for some time, magnesium baths other types of detox baths prove great remedies for the process of skin healing.
Add a cup of epsom salts orВ magnesium flakesВ and a few tablespoons of Himalayan salt to your daily bath regime. Soak your body or specifically the affected area to treat eczema and soothe the pain and inflammation.
The results are more effective when used in baths over internal consumption.
Magnesium bath recipe:
- Take 1-2 cups ofВ epsom saltsВ orВ magnesium flakesВ
- Mix 1/2 cupВ HimalayanВ or Sea Salt
- Now add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- And 10-15 drops of essential oil of choice for fragrance
Probiotics are supplements that seem to make a noticeable difference to your skinвЂ™s health. High quality probiotics play a vital role when trying to treat eczema.
They are among the list of elements that is often missing from the daily diet in this modern age. In the past, people used to have fermented food, which was a good source of probiotics for them. Today, we rarely ferment foods in theВ traditionalВ ways; this eliminates probiotic rich foods from our daily regime.
We prefer washing the vegetables which is beneficial to remove the harmful chemicals but his also wash off the beneficial soil-borne micro-organisms that are required by the body to maintain a healthy gut.
Get some friendly bacteria in fermented food and drinksВ like:
- Kombucha Soda
- Water Kefir
- Lacto-fermenting almost any vegetable using whey
Additional Gelatin-Rich Foods
As we previously mentioned that bone broth is an important part of a healing diet to treat eczema. This is because of its high gelatin content. Gelatin is veryВ soothing to the gutВ and is also beneficial for hair, skin and nails.
Homemade bone broth is incredibly easy and really inexpensive to make. It has no comparison to the store-bought broth which often contains MSG or other chemicals that prove harmful to the health and also lack gelatin and some of the other health-boosting properties that can be obtained from a homemade broth.
Always look for high quality bones from grass fed cattle, pastured poultry or a wild fish. While preparing the broth, you will be extracting the minerals and drinking them in a concentrated form, this requires you to make sure that the animal is healthy.
Find good bone stocks here:
- Save leftovers from your roasted chicken, duck, turkey or goose.
- Ask a local butcher, especially one who butchers the whole animal.
- From local poultry farms where grass fed animals are raised. В
- Online from companies likeВ US Wellness MeatsВ orВ Tropical TraditionsВ
For those who are not ready to jump in to having a pot of boiling bones, an alternative is to take Gelatin as a supplement.В We recommend Lakes Kosher brandВ since it is sourced from grass-fed raised cows, and are higher in nutrients.
Use Gelatin in homemade recipes like:
- Chewable vitamins
- Probiotic marshmallows
- Fruit Snacks
For scars or blisters caused due to eczema that takes longer to heal, a homemade healing salve proves helpful to treat eczema and soothe the symptoms. Homemade healing salve is helpful on eczema as well as wounds cause due to cuts, bruises, sting, poison ivy and skin irritations. It also helps to cure a diaper rash and baby skin irritations. Just avoid using cloth diapers while applying the remedy on the babyвЂ™s skin.
Go with jojoba
Jojoba oil proves beneficial to treat eczema and is also an alternative for eczema patients who are allergic to coconut oil. It is not actually oil, but a liquid wax that helps to grease your skin. The oil penetrates deeply into the skin and the molecular structure of this oil is almost similar to that of your skins natural sebum. It is composed of long chain fatty acids and alcohols which is incredibly rich and moisturizes dry skin. Fatty alcohols will not harm your skin, unlike the other artificial variants such as methanol, isopropyl alcohol, and benzyl alcohol which tend to soak the moisture from your skin.
- Simply rinse your hands with water and pat them dry.
- Now apply jojoba oil to the affected area by giving a gentle massage.
- This will help to absorb the oil into your skin.
- Continue massaging until the oil is completely absorbed in to the affected area.
- The oil is extremely greasy and you only need a small amount of it.
- Repeat the remedy thrice daily to treat eczema.
Make a Soothing Butter
Soothing those dry, itchy, painful patches caused due to eczema is easy when using butter as a remedy. Body butters prove extremely beneficial to treat erczema and soothe the symptoms. The Body butter comprises of 4 fantastic healing ingredients; jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. This composition makes a spectacular healing remedy. Shea butter is a rich source of non-saponifiable fatty acids, namely stearic and oleic.
Non-saponifiable means that it cannot be saponified, or hydrolyzed and converted to soap. Fatty acids present in body butter are the key ingredients that potent to repair, heal, and soften damaged skin. It also helps to soothe inflammation and pain which is caused due to eczema. Beeswax used in body butter is used to thicken the consistency of butter and it also helps to protect and soften the skin. Jojoba oil and coconut oil together are a great addition and beneficial to treat eczema naturally and effectively.
You will needвЂ¦
- Take 2 tablespoons shea butter
- Mix 2 tablespoons beeswax
- 6 tablespoons of coconut oil
- and 4 tablespoons of jojoba oil
- You can also add Lavender essential oil for fragrance
- Put this mixture in an airtight container or a glass jars
In a double boiler, melt down the beeswax and jojoba oil. Once the oils are completely melted, add in the coconut oil and stir well until the ingredients are mixed well. Finally, lower the heat and add shea butter to the melted oil mixture while stiring. Shea butter is added last as it is a little heat sensitive, and can get grainy further when heated for a longer period over high flame. Pour the mixture into an airtight glass jars and while applying to the affected area, add a few drops of lavender essential oil and mix it well with your hands. Place the cover on and allow it to cool down on your skin. Apply a generous amount of this homemade mixture to the affected area regularly and witness the results over time.