If you suffer from eczema you will probably try almost anything to ease the discomfort. No doubt you have attempted to reduce your stress levels, changed your diet and tried to figure out if you have a deficiency of some kind; not to mention every over-the-counter medicine on the market. If you have tried all of this and are still finding it difficult to find a resolution, there still might be an answer. Read about all about one of the top three natural remedies which are by no means a cure for eczema but could provide you with the relief you’ve longed for.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant which has leaves that produce a gel with anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties – perfect for dry and inflamed skin and various other health issues such as eczema. Due to its anti-bacterial, wound-healing and immune system boosting properties, you can apply aloe vera gel topically to irritated skin. It can either be purchased from a health food shops or you can invest in an aloe vera plant and harvest the gel directly from the leaf by yourself.
Containing antioxidants, fatty acids and lauric acid, which is also found in breast milk, coconut oil is an excellent natural moisturiser which hydrates and soothes dry and itchy skin. It can effectively reduce the appearance of bacteria, viruses and fungi, which can work particularly well for reducing the risk of infection which is common in those suffering with eczema. Virgin coconut oil, in particular, has also been known to combat inflammation and improve the health of the skin barrier.
It is best to apply coconut oil to the skin after you have a bath and before you go to bed so that your skin is kept nice and moisturised overnight. Coconut oil does more than treat eczema. It’s also great for hair and nails.
Used for centuries to ease irritated skin, Colloidal Oatmeal (also known as Avena Sativa) contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce the dryness, itchiness and irritation caused by eczema-prone skin. The oatmeal effectively binds to your skin to create a protective barrier.
Be careful though, as these oats are different to those which make your breakfast porridge! Colloidal Oatmeal can be bought pre-ground from any healthcare shop or you can grind them yourself using a food processor. Make sure you buy the purest form you can get your hands on as any added ingredients or fragrances will lessen the effect or even irritate your skin further. Before making your bath, add them to a glass of hot water and they should fully dissolve creating a cloudy, milky liquid.
To make your oatmeal bath, pour approximately one cup of oatmeal under lukewarm running water as the bath fills and soak in the bath for no longer than 10 or 15 minutes. Afterwards, apply a gentle moisturiser and your skin should feel nice and supple.
As with all things eczema related, it is wise to patch test in a small area first before using any of the above three natural remedies for eczema.