Eczema is a generic term but usually describes inflamed skin conditions. Sufferers have to deal with itching, flaky patches on their skin, dry and cracked epidermis which can lead to bleeding or blisters. If you do monitor your diet it can play a huge impact in the treatment of your skin condition since it is known that dairy and wheat products are high allergens and can be responsible for triggering eczema attacks. However, as it was my case, it can take a very long amount of time to identify which particular foods are not irritating you and which are. Meanwhile, I used to treat my skin with teas prepared from herbs and plants and this played a huge role in calming my eczema while trying to find the real cause.
Top 4 herbal remedies for eczema
Uses of Chamomile
Chamomile is a strong antispasmodic and it is also anti-inflammatory and is particularly effective in treating stomachaches. At the same time it’s very helpful in relieving eczemas because it is an excellent calming agent that can be both taken internally or used externally. Most children do tolerate its taste as well. Chamomile is also a powerful antimicrobial agent and it has been found that the herb inactivates bacterial toxins. Therefore if your eczema has internal causes, you can drink chamomile tea combined with thyme, Echinacea, or goldenseal and at the same time use it topically, too, to treat infections and inflammations.
To make a simple serving of chamomile tea, add a tablespoon of chamomile flowers per cup of water for 15 minutes. Drink 1/2 cup up to five times a day for digestive problems.
For tincture: Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, three times per day.
External use: Put warm compresses on the rash or eczemas and let it there for 15min. Rinse with warm water. Then you can repeat the process 2 or 3 times. It will leave the eczema affected area smoother and disinfected. Repeat this process for 4-5 days and watch the results.
Uses of Echinacea
Echinacea is a very important medicine used widely to treat different types of colds, flu, bronchitis, and infections. It is a perennial that was heavily used by the Native Americans as a form of medicine. There are many forms of Echinacea available to choose from and all of them are very efficient for infectious diseases and poor immune function. If your skin eczema has at its core a weak immune system then Echinacea is a wonderful plant to use since it stimulates the body’s natural immune function by increasing the activity of white blood cells. Echinacea also increases the production of substances the body produces naturally to fight cancers and diseases and it is recommended for individuals with skin lesions, as it improves the liver’s ability to reduce the effects of environmental toxins.
Preparations and Dosage
Echinacea is most often taken as tincture or teas.
For a chronic infection in the body: Take 1/2 teaspoon tincture or 1 cup of tea, three times a day for three weeks and then stop taking it for at least a week before continuing again if necessary.
Uses of chickweed
Chickweed is a plant native to Europe but it also grows across North America as a common weed. In alternative medicine, it’s used primarily as a topical cream but it comes in capsules, tinctures and oils as well. Chickweed has been used in folk medicine for skin conditions such as psoriasis, indigestion and is considered a powerful “blood cleanser”. Therefore it is amazing as you can take it both internally and use it externally. However, nowadays chickweed is rarely taken internally and is more used as a topical remedy for eczemas, rashes, burns and inflammatory skin conditions. Creams and ointments are perfect alleviants for all these conditions mentioned above.
Safety Side effects : People with allergies to the daisy plant family may also react to chickweed.
Uses of calendula
I have had the best relationship with this flower for around 3 years. I took it both internally under the form of teas and use calendula creams every time my skin was out of control. For me it was the fastest and more calming herbal remedy I have ever tried and my skin loved it. I had to alternatively use other herbal remedies because I was scared my body would get used to it and in time the efficiency would decrease.
When you apply it under the form of a cream it helps and sooths the irritation and stops the itching of eczema and at the same time it boosts the healing. Calendula oil costs much more than the cream but it is worth it. However if you grow your own calendula flowers, consider making it at home. I never did myself calendula oil because I always bought it but I have found this amazing recipe you can do yourself if you grow your own flowers.
Preparations “ In the top of a double boiler, combine a quart of good-quality olive oil with 4 to 8 oz. fresh calendula flowers. Without placing the boiler on the stove, press down on the flowers with a potato masher or spoon, and allow to steep at room temperature for several hours. Turn the heat to high to achieve a boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently for four hours. Cool and strain into a quart jar or several smaller jars. To preserve the oil, either refrigerate the calendula oil or add the liquid from one 400 mg vitamin E capsule for every ounce of calendula oil. Use calendula oil as a body oil to treat eczema-stressed skin. If you prefer a less oily application, thicken the oil with beeswax melted on a stove top, combine it with the oil and pour into wide-mouthed containers. Apply this calendula salve to any affected areas at least twice a day to soothe the symptoms of eczema.” (Source of recipe: Herbs and things by Jeanne Rose)
Does any particular herb help you more than other when trying to alleviate your eczema? My favourite is calendula. What about you? What works for your skin better?