10 Ways to Treat and Cure Eczema Naturally
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic allergic condition in which the skin develops areas of itchy, scaly rashes. Eczema is a chronic allergic condition in which the skin develops areas of itchy, scaly rashes. It can appear anywhere on the body but most commonly on the face, scalp, knees, ankles, inner elbows and hands.
Natural treatment for Eczema:
1. Ultimately eczema is an inflammatory condition and responds well to an anti-inflammatory diet. Focus on nutrient dense foods like fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, fish and fish oil supplements, nuts and seeds and lean proteins, preferably organic. Avoid processed foods and alcohol as these increase inflammatory responses. Dairy and wheat can be particular triggers for many eczema sufferers. Try eliminating them from your diet for 3-4 days and see if that alone reduces your rash occurrences.
2. Coconut oil can be soothing by cooling the itching and pain that comes with eczema. Apply a thin layer to the affected area as needed and before bed.
3. Magnesium, not taken internally but in external applications. If you enjoy baths try soaking in a magnesium bath (plain Epsom salt) or magnesium oil can be applied topically. If you find it stings a bit dilute it with distilled water by 50/50.
4. Leaky gut syndrome is one of the established causes of eczema. The digestive tract can be soothed and even healed naturally by consuming gelatin from either bone broth made from grass fed cows or dissolving grass fed gelatin purchased from a farm that produces it. It is important that the gelatin be from grass fed animals because the growth hormones and antibiotics can trigger flare ups. The collagen in gelatin also promotes healthy skin as an added benefit.
5. Eliminate petrochemicals from coming into contact with your skin. Products containing paraffin, mineral oil, petroleum, petrolatum, Vaseline, Parabens – (methyl, propyl, etc., paraben family are commonly found in skin care and laundry products. Read labels and switch to more natural nontoxic brands to keep your skin balanced with hydration and not exposed to chemical reactions. If you work in a job that requires you to touch chemicals, such as hair dressers or food prep where you are washing your hands often, wear gloves whenever possible. Pay attention to how your skin reacts to the glove material. Latex is bothersome for some people and vinyl gloves are a good alternative and are available widely in big chain drugstores now.
6. Himalayan pink salt is unrefined salt and contains over 80 trace minerals. The National Association of Eczema recognizes salt baths as an effective method to ease eczema symptoms. Mix 1 cup into your bath and soak minimally for 10 minutes. Salt baths provide immediate relief but not long lasting. Combine baths with other forms of self-care.
7. Eczema sufferers with leaky gut syndrome often have poor absorption of zinc. Low zinc levels is common in infant eczema. People have reported significant relief of topically applied zinc in the form of a zinc cream. Read labels to be sure it is free of the petrochemicals listed above. Check with your pediatrician before using this on an infant.
8. Skin disorders are often linked to stress. Stress triggers inflammatory responses in the body. Psychological stress has been shown to be a factor in eczema flare ups and the catch 22 of flare ups causing stress. Try some relaxation techniques regularly to keep your body calm. Meditation, yoga and relaxation music can all be highly effective to relax the mind and body.
9. Probiotics and fermented foods are excellent for gut health and consuming these foods (or supplemental form) daily can significantly reduce and even cure your eczema. There are probiotics available in chewable tablets, gummies and drinks for children that haven’t developed a taste for fermented foods. Kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha are easy to find or even make at home. If you are choosing a supplement form be sure it contains enough active cultures and keep it in the refrigerator until you use it up.
10. Fermented cod liver oil is an excellent source of Vitamins A & D. People have reported partial and even complete healing of their eczema after taking this daily.