7 Natural alternative Remedies for Eczema
What is Eczema?
We live in a time of so many technologically-devised “everythings” that it really is no wonder that more and more people are suffering from all sorts of skin conditions and allergies. Some of these irritations are minor sensitivities; however, more and more are becoming full-blown allergies or worse. The real question is how do you know if what you have is caused by an irritant, or if it is a medical condition such as eczema?
If your doctor confirms that your skin problems are actually eczema, then are there any natural choices for treatment available? First, you need to understand what’s happening with your skin. You need to educate yourself. Researchers at the National Eczema Society of Britain help with an explanation:
Eczema (also known as dermatitis) is a dry skin condition. It is a highly individual condition which varies from person to person and comes in many different forms. It is not contagious so you cannot catch it from someone else.
In mild cases of eczema, the skin is dry, scaly, red and itchy. In more severe cases there may be weeping, crusting and bleeding. Constant scratching causes the skin to split and bleed and also leaves it open to infection.
Eczema affects people of all ages but is primarily seen in children. Those who “grow out” of their eczema during early childhood may see it recur again in later life.
Traditional treatments of eczema include antihistamines, antibiotics, and steroid creams. While these definitely have their place, the question is – are there any natural remedies that work, and how can a person know reputable from non-reputable? I always choose the research path. That can be daunting when there is so much information out there about health; moreover, not all of it is valid, useful, or accurate. Here are some suggestions that will make the research process a productive one.
Any Website, magazine, or journal that you look at needs to have a reputable author, the author needs to have reputable research for his suggestions, and the information must be current. Medical information changes quickly, and it is best to have the most up-to-date information. One site that you may find useful is the Derma Report, an online website and newsletter. James Weathers is the Senior Editor, and he claims:
We here at Derma Report are here to provide you with accurate up to date health information so you can make an informed choice. [. . .] We have a monthly newsletter that provides natural skincare updates, and new product reviews. If you have any questions comments or concerns, please contact us at [email protected].
The most reliable source I found was Dr. Merry Li, a Chinese doctor and herbalist now living in San Francisco, California. Dr, Li has done extensive research on nutrition and developed a line of vita-nutrient supplements to improve the skin health. Her natural treatments include:
- Detoxify your body system to control the inflammation of the skin, clear up the skin rashes by treating the root. * Reduce itching, redness and crack associated with eczema. *
- Improve your blood circulation to nourish your dry skin. *
Skin-Detox Supplement helps strengthen the skin immunity to fight against allergens and pollution, and deliver necessary nutrients to support your skin health. *
Dr. Li’s natural eczema treatment plan focuses on balancing your body system from inside, and controlling the symptoms from outside to manage your eczema.* This website is well written, easy to understand, quick to navigate, and it has doctor availability directly from the site.
The other extremely helpful aspect of Dr. Li’s approach is that she realizes that eczema in children is entirely different from adults, and it needs to be dealt with appropriately. Eczema can be very painful, itchy, and frustrating. None of these conditions combine well with children who do not and cannot fully grasp what is going in with their skin, and they may make the condition worse due to frustration. Dr Li’s methods are designed to help from the “inside out,” and the following is a treatment plan for children:
Merry Clinic Eczema Treatment Plan:
- Healing from inside: Take Kid’s DermaCalm syrup or the EcDermaid Capsule to cleanse the toxins from your child’s body. These products also help improve your child’s immune system to support and maintain the healthy skin. *
- Control from outside: Use our natural EcDermaid spray to control the skin inflammations and relieve existing skin rashes on your child. It is designed for ultra sensitive skin and provides fast, gentle relief. *
- Dead Sea Salt Bath (optional): Restore minerals to your child’s skin. It can help heal damaged skin barriers caused by eczema or improper topical medication. *
- Food Limitation: To avoid further aggravating your eczema, your child needs to eliminate certain foods which might generate toxins inside the body. These foods include seafood, eggs, milk, mango, pineapple, citrus, peanuts, tomato.
- Safety: This product is made of natural herbs. There are no known side effects for children or adults. However, a very few children might be allergic to some of the ingredients, much like they could be allergic to certain food. Overall, this is a very safe treatment for children. *
1. Coconut oil:
Coconut oil does an amazing job of soaking into the skin and filling in that intercellular space that’s opened up and caused you to lose moisture. It’s a lipid, of course, and fats and oils are what you need to prevent your skin from drying out and becoming more irritated.
2. Fermented Cod Liver Oil
Fermented Cod Liver Oil is a great source of the fat-soluble vitamins A,D, E and K and as such are supportive of hundreds or processes in the body. The supplements are rather pricey, but we’ve seen a big difference from adding this to our regimen (including skin health!)
Many people and doctors feel that a persons diet is the secret of eczema, The truth is that there are many types of diets that are recommended for eczema, including: dairy free, gluten-free, low-allergen, no sugar, alkaline foods, and lots more. Eating natural, organic, and balanced foods is a win-win, so rather than argue against it, it is better to encourage it! However, it is always frustrating when a patient has been assured that diet is the solution and—despite their best efforts—the eczema seems to disagree.
4. Cornstarch and Oil
just plain old cornstarch and water, can be a soothing paste all on its own. Made with just water though, the cornstarch can wick away moisture that your skin needs in the case of eczema. To balance this out and get a little extra moisturizing power, mix it with olive or grapeseed oil instead.
You will need…
-Olive or grapeseed oil
Mix the cornstarch and enough oil to make a paste that is spreadable. The paste should not be to think that it won’t spread but also not so thin that it runs everywhere. Apply to affected areas as needed, let the paste sit for 20 minutes or so, and then rinse off with warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel and apply your regular moisturizer as needed.
Scientists have discovered that honey contains exceptionally powerful healing properties. It not only heals damaged skin in extremely severe cases of eczema , eliminate the dry botches, but it also has the ability to regenerate new skin growth
You will need…
-Organic, raw, honey
Apply a thin layer of honey over the affected area. You can cover it with a bandage to keep it from rubbing off , Leave it on for 20-30 minutes then rinse off with cool water, pat dry, and reapply another thin layer of honey 3 times throughout the day.
Eczema is a serious medical condition if not treated, so make sure you know for sure that what you have is indeed eczema, and then do your research. With some time, effort, and consistency you will find that there are many soothing natural methods that will help you comfortably manage eczema.