What is Eczema
Eczema, also called as atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis (medical name), is a chronic skin condition often occurring in babies and children, but can also affect adults. It is itchy, often unattractive, and irritating. However, it is not contagious.
It may be linked to dry skin, allergies, or immune system dysfunction, although stress can also worsen this skin disorder. Common eczema symptoms include:
red and brown roughened areas on the skin
raised bumps which may weep and crust over
itchiness, especially at night
thick, scaly skin that may crack in cold weather, or under other conditions that are drying
sensitivity and pain
Jojoba oil eczema
Jojoba oil is one of the best in the treatment of eczema. It helps in promoting skin health as it is noncomedogenic, which means it does not clog pores. Jojoba oil fights harmful bacteria growth and antioxidants present in it soothe fine wrinkles, fine lines and slow down other signs of aging too. Jojoba oil mimics oil moisture and works best for really dry or cracked eczema. It is an anti-inflammatory agent and perfectly soothes the irritated skin. It is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E.
Aloe Vera for eczema
Aloe Vera has a medicinal value in the treatment of eczema. It commonly treats sunburn, rashes, gastric and psoriasis too. It is also highly effective in the treatment of symptoms associated with eczema. Aloe Vera treats wounds and minor skin irritations too like the itchy skin rash. It is suggested to use fresh gel of aloe vera collected from the plant to get good benefits in the treatment of eczema.
Argan oil for eczema
Argan oil is high effective in the treatment of eczema. It is anti-inflammatory and helps in easing eczema, acne, psoriasis and sensitivity issues of skin by penetrating deep and getting absorbed easily. Argan oil is non-greasy and works great in after-sun treatment too. It is rich in Vitamin E and heals UV damage too. It gives youthful skin appearance.
Argon oil for eczema is applied directly on face after washing face gently and thoroughly. Just take few drops of it and pay particular attention to the effected portions to get good result. Massage the face for few minutes. It does not clog the pores and easily absorbed by the skin.
Argon oil is antioxidants good anti-aging too. It helps with fine lines, wrinkles and dry skin.
Emu oil eczema
Emu oil helps in the treatment of eczema with its anti-inflammatory quality. It enhances skin moisture, heals wound and prevents hair loss too.
Choosing other essential oils for eczema treatment
There are many oils that can be helpful as an eczema treatment, either “neat” (without dilution) or mixed into a base of extra virgin olive oil or another pure, organic oil.
For safety reasons, on therapeutic grade oils whose source is known and trusted should be applied to the skin – inferior quality oils may worsen eczema symptoms. For more information on grades of aromatherapy oils, see The Real Quality of Essential Oils.
The other best oils to use as eczema treatment include:
Melaleuca alternifolia (commonly called “tea tree”)
Many people classify eczema as an annoyance at worst. But for those who have to live with it, day in and day out, “annoyance” doesn’t even remotely begin to cover it. For those who have never experienced it, it is hard to imagine the constant itching, discomfort, even burning. At times it may seem like there is no relief to be had, especially for the worst cases, but there is relief. There are many things that can be tried, which bring varying levels of relief depending on the variety and severity of the eczema, even without the harsh chemicals doctors would recommend.
What Causes the Eczema
Always keep in mind why one suffers from eczema; it is rarely “just there.” It is most commonly perhaps a result of a food allergy, the most common among those being milk and eggs. There are also contact allergies, such as to dyes, perfumes and even laundry detergents. Finding out and neutralizing the cause can do more for eczema than any treatment.
Basic Eczema Treatment
Avoid scratching at all costs! It may itch, it may itch terribly, but far more damage will be done by scratching than is worth it for the little bit of relief to be had from it.
Chamomile is probably the most common natural treatment for eczema. A strong tea can be made with the flowers and used as a compress on the affected areas; alternately, use the essential oil, alone or in conjunction with others. One recipe for this is one drop each of Roman chamomile, lavender and geranium in two tablespoons of sweet almond oil; this recipe is gentle enough to use daily on a baby.
Be sure to use only lukewarm bathwater, not hot, as hot water kills skin cells more rapidly and dries the skin out; it can aggravate eczema terribly.
Recipes for Eczema Treatment
For eczema treatment, blend avocado and castor oils (both good for eczema, as is wheatgerm oil) infused* with nettles, chamomile, calendula and red clover, then blend it with shea butter. Be careful blending shea butter with oils, as it forms grains if heated.
Make one cup of herb-infused olive oil* (or other base oil of choice) with the following herbs:
3 tbsp Burdock Root
2 flowers Calendula
3 tbsp chamomile flowers
2 tbsp comfrey leaf
2 tbsp fenugreek
1 tbsp red clover
1 tbsp rue
2 tbsp sarsaparilla root
4 tbsp lavender
Add beeswax if you wish to make it a salve instead of an oil. Use two to three times daily.
Another option is to combine the following:
chamomile 10 drops
yarrow 5 drops
tagettes 5 drops
vegetable oil 2 tablespoons
jojoba oil 30 drops
evening primrose oil 10 drops
Apply to affected area twice daily
To make an herb-infused oil/salve: get dried herbs, or dry fresh herbs out somewhat in the oven on the lowest setting. Cover them with the oil of your choice, plus about an inch, and heat to between 100-120 degrees (this can be done in the oven on the lowest setting, in a double boiler, or in a crockpot) for two to five hours. To turn into a salve, grate beeswax and microwave until it melts, then add to your oil. A good rule of thumb for amounts is an ounce and a half of beeswax to a pint of oil, or one teaspoon beeswax to an ounce of oil (there are five teaspoons in an ounce of beeswax).
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