Five Natural Eczema
If you want to avoid potentially toxic chemicals which are
in so many orthodox products, you may choose to opt for natural
eczema remedies like many other people. By natural, I mean
products whose ingredients come from natural sources such as
plants, herbs or foods. Natural eczema remedies are highly
effective in treating eczema since they contain less
potentially irritating chemicals.
There are so many natural eczema remedies to choose from
that you may feel overwhelmed and wonder where to start.
Unfortunately, it's really a case of trial and error to find
out what works for you. Here's a run down on five natural
remedies to start you off. They are all inexpensive, free from
chemicals and readily available.
This is one of the most well documented in terms of its
benefits. It has been found useful in treating burns, wounds
and digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome. Its
benefits the immune system and helps skin tissue to repair. It
can be taken internally and used in the form of a cream or
lotion. It's recommended that you use it internally and
externally to get the most benefit.
known also as the English Marigold. It's a member of the daisy
family and has been used for treating abrasions and burns. It
has been found useful for eczema and other inflammatory skin
conditions. It's available as a cream and as a tincture.
Echinacea is more commonly known as a boosting the immune
system and many people use it to stave off colds, infections
and flu. Less known is that echinacea has anti-inflammatory
properties and is, therefore, beneficial for inflammatory skin
conditions such as eczema. It is available as a tincture to
take internally for boosting the immune systme and as a cream
for use externally.
Evening primrose oil is a rich source of gamma-linolenic
acid, an essential fatty acid which has anti-inflammatory
properties. More than 30 human studies have reported the
benefits of evening primrose oil in treating eczema and
dermatitis. It can be taken internally as capsules or in oil
form. As with all oils, it should be kept in the refrigerator
ideally or the oil can become rancid. You can find it in most
health food shops.
Probiotics are dietary supplements containing friendly
bacteria which are beneficial to your intestines. The friendly
bacteria in your gut can become depleted through the use of
antibiotics, poor nutrition, stress and exposure to pollution.
The mechanism by which probiotics help in preventing allergies
is unclear but studies have shown that probiotics can help to
prevent eczema. Live yogurt contains these friendly bacteria
and is an excellent way to increase your supply of these
bacteria. If you're allergic to milk, you can also buy
acidophilus capsules which have contain potent doses of these
bacteria. Other natural probiotics are fermented foods such as
tempeh, miso and sauerkraut.
Any of these five natural eczema remedies would be
beneficial as part of your eczema therapy. If you are taking
orthodox medicine from your doctor, it's advisable to consult
with him before starting to use a natural remedy in conjunction
with it, just in case there is any possible conflict.