Eczema is a very personalized skin disorder that can become more serious if not addressed in its early stages. Characterized by itchiness, irritation, and red areas or dry patches on the skin (xerotic eczema), the signs and symptoms of eczema vary from person to person.
It can be exacerbated by wind, extreme temperatures, hot or cold weather, along with anxiety or stress. There are many eczema home remedies but below are the best remedies I’ve come across that work.
It is naturally found in the DNA of many individuals, therefore it is not curable. However outbreaks can be greatly reduced as follows:
Here are 10 steps to help relieve eczema:
1. Eliminate or reduce dairy products. Dairy is known to exacerbate eczema. Try soy, goat, or sheep cheeses. Good milk or cream substitutes include rice or almond milk or coconut/almond creamers which you can find at a health food store.
2. Avoid shell fish, sugar, yeast, tomatoes (including ketchup or hot sauce), strawberries and pineapple as these foods are also known to exacerbate eczema.
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5. Take borage and flaxseed oil supplements three times daily to ease eczema. Essential fatty acids (EFA) supplements combine borage, flax and fish oil.
6. Drinking teas containing honey, ginger or chamomile can assist in eczema care. Foods such as peas, snow peas, split pea soup and ginger soup are good choices for calming eczema. Try this Chinese tonic as it is known to help.
· Add 2 tsbp. bee pollen
· Add 2 tsbp. raw honey
· Add 1 tsbp. ginseng extract to a cup of hot water
· Stir and drink each morning
· You can find bee pollen and ginseng extract at your health food store
7. Stress can cause an outbreak of eczema. Try oral Rescue Remedy made with plants and herbs. Just spray it under the tongue to calm nerves. Seek the attention of a dermatologist if stress persists but do also ask about natural calming alternatives – instead of drugs – if possible.
8. Milk thistle (a supplement) can help relieve eczema as well as detoxify the liver. It can also help balance hormones. Check with your doctor before taking supplements.
9. Fatty acids in oatmeal moisturize dry skin and reduce inflammation. Pour a cup of oatmeal in a bathtub with tepid (not hot) water. Hot water causes dry, itchy skin.
10. Dandelion root tea is a blood purifier that can help with eczema and psoriasis. Milk thistle can also help relieve eczema as well as detoxify the liver. It can also help balance hormones. Check with your doctor before taking supplements.