Five Natural Eczema Remedies

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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.

Aloe Vera

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.

Calendula

Commonly 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

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

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

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.

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