Eczema is a non-contagious inflammatory skin disorder which affects epidermis and results in rashes and skin scaling on different body parts. It exhibits symptoms like dryness, itching, swelling, flaking, rough, blistering, redness, crusted sores, etc. It can be acute or chronic and most common in children and people living in dry areas. Eczema is caused by weak immune system or inheritance which makes the skin to produce less oil and reduces the skin’s ability to lock the moisture. This widens the skin cells and that space is filled with bacteria or irritants causing eczema. Allergies, stress, sweating, environmental irritants, hormonal imbalance, etc. are some reasons that trigger eczema. However, there is no complete cure for eczema but you can reduce the symptoms to a great extent with some natural home remedies along with your doctor advice.
Home Remedies for Eczema:
Listed below are some effective natural remedies for eczema that gives safe and long lasting results. Let’s get started.
Remedy – 1: (Coconut Oil)
Coconut oil has antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that remove bacteria and reduces inflammation. It penetrates deep into the skin to prevent dryness.
It has essential medium chain fatty acids and vitamins (E & K) that boost your immune system, soothes the skin by reducing the itching and irritation.
Steps to be followed…
- Clean your hands and eczema affected area with lukewarm water.
- Dry the area and apply some virgin coconut oil on eczema affected areas.
- Massage it gently to get well absorbed into the skin and leave it on.
- Repeat the application throughout the day on daily basis to get rid of eczema.
- Or consume 2 – 4 tablespoons of coconut oil regularly to reduce eczema outbreaks. Alternatively, pour 1 cup of melted coconut oil in your bathtub, which is filled with lukewarm water. Stir it and soak yourself for 30 – 45 minutes to reduce eczema. Or use other natural oils like olive oil or jojoba oil or Shea butter or a combination of these oils instead of coconut oil for treating eczema.
Remedy – 2: (Aloe Vera)
- Aloe vera has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that prevent skin infections and soothes the itching and irritated skin. It acts as a humectant that holds the moisture and prevents dryness and burning sensation. Also, it boosts up your immune system. Steps to be followed… Mix few drops of vitamin E oil in fresh aloe vera gel. Apply it on eczema affected skin areas and massage gently. Let it sit for few minutes and rinse off with water.
- Dry the skin and continue applying this combination regularly for few days to get relief from eczema. Note: Or simply apply fresh aloe vera gel (or) consume aloe vera juice by mixing in your favorite fruit or vegetable juices. Remedy – 3: (Oatmeal) Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that relieve itching, pain, and irritation caused by eczema. It also moisturizes the skin to reduce dryness, flaking and other discomforts associated with eczema. Steps to be followed… Add 1 – 2 cups of colloidal oatmeal to your bath tub (either tie it or pour it).
- Fill the bath tub with lukewarm water and stir well. Soak in this water for at least of 15 – 20 minutes and pat your skin dry gently using a soft towel. Finally, apply some mild moisturizer on the eczema area and do the same regularly. Note: Or simply mix 1 tablespoon of cold milk to 2 tablespoons of oatmeal to make a fine thick paste. Rub it on the affected areas and rinse off with cold water after 15 – 20 minutes. Remedy – 4: (Chamomile Tea) Chamomile has effective skin soothing and antioxidant properties that reduce the irritation, itching and inflammation caused due to eczema. It enhances your weak immune system and fights against the germs causing eczema. Steps to be followed… Add 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers (or 1 teabag) in 1 cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep for 15 – 20 minutes and strain the tea. Then soak a clean piece of cloth or cotton ball in this tea and dab it on eczema affected areas. Leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes and rinse off with water.
- Repeat the same process for 2 – 3 times a day until your eczema symptoms have reduced greatly.
Or drink 2 – 3 cups of chamomile tea regularly to reduce swelling and irritation. Alternatively, mix few drops of chamomile oil in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and apply it on the affected areas of the skin. Massage gently and repeat it twice daily. Or have chamomile bath by placing a tie off some chamomile herb in muslin over the bath tub. Fill the tub with lukewarm water and soak yourself for 10 – 15 minutes. Dry your skin and apply some natural moisturizer.