Natural & Herbal Remedies For Eczema

Practitioner treatment is recommended for this condition.

Eczema is very difficult to treat, as it is a condition caused by many contributing factors. Before trying a specific treatment you must look at any provoking factors and try to eliminate them as much as possible.

Triggers for eczema include:

Dietary items – the most common are cows milk and dairy products, chocolate, oranges, fizzy drinks, wheat and food additives; less common are bananas, tomatoes and spicy food.

Environmental items – biological washing powders, household chemicals, cosmetics, synthetic fabrics and dust mites.

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Stress.

Careful observation is needed to link particular events with eczema flare-ups. Often a selective exclusion of the most allergenic items is enough to clear eczema completely. If that doesnt work you can try both internal and external treatment, but you must proceed very carefully as many herbs have the potential for making eczema worse. Internal treatment usually consists of anti-inflammatory and detoxifying herbs; sometimes an immune modulator and a relaxant for the nervous system are also called for. External treatment consists of a healing cream, but you must be very cautious and try each cream on a small area to begin with. It is not uncommon to develop a reaction to a cream that was working very well to begin with, and sometimes you may need two or three different creams used in rotation.

Treatment options.

Apply calendula ointment/cream to the affected areas (for precautions see post 114). Adults and children over 2 years old: 1-2 times a day.

Apply either of the antiseptic and healing creams (see posts 116 and 118), especially if the eczema gets infected.

A soothing treatment, especially for babies and small children, is an oat bath. It is a little bit messy but calming to the skin. You need an old stocking or pair of tights, or a piece of muslin cloth, which you can fill with a couple of tablespoons of ordinary porridge oats. Tie it tightly so that the oat grains dont escape, then swish it in the bath water until the water acquires a milky look (or soak it for a few minutes until the oats release their milky contents). Adding a few drops of hemp seed oil to the bath will make it even more soothing. Do this every other day.

Try one of the mixes for eczema (internal use) – see boxes below and overleaf.

MIX FOR ECZEMA (NO. 1)

Ingredients.

20ml liquorice (tincture strength 1:1) (for precautions see post 101)

30ml calendula (tincture strength 1:2) (for precautions see post 114)

50ml ribwort plantain (tincture strength 1:2)

To make.

Mix ingredients together.

Pour into a clean, dark glass bottle.

Label with the contents and the date.

Store at room temperature for up to a year.

Adult dose: 5ml, diluted with some water, 2-3 times a day.

Children (2-16 years old): adjust the internal adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.

MIX FOR ECZEMA (NO. 2)

Ingredients.

30ml chamomile (tincture strength 1:2) (for precautions see post 114)

30ml dandelion root (tincture strength 1:2) (for precautions see post 51)

40ml ribwort plantain (tincture strength 1:2)

To make.

Mix ingredients together.

Pour into a clean, dark glass bottle.

Label with the contents and the date.

Store at room temperature for up to a year.

Adult dose: 5ml, diluted with some water 2-3 times a day.

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