Eczema is a very common skin condition that effects many people. It causes extreme irritation, and leaves your skin feeling very unpleasant. Conventional treatment for eczema involves steroid applications and over-the-counter products. Unfortunately, there are risks involved with these types of treatment. Because of this, many people are now experimenting with home remedies for eczema.
The signs of eczema vary from person to person, but in most cases, the affected individual has very itchy skin and red rashes. Sometimes, these dry skin patches can become cracked, scaly and crusty.
Conventional treatment for eczema usually involves over-the-counter prescription creams and ointments containing corticosteroids. Other treatments include antihistamines which are used to reduce sever itching. Two topical ‘immunomodulators’ (drugs), Elidel and Protopic, are often used for treating moderate eczema.
Unfortunately, these treatments sometimes have side effects and carry certain health risks. Antihistamines are heavily chemical-based, while Elidel and Protopic have been linked with potential cancer risks. Because of the risks involved with these treatments, many people are exploring natural remedies for eczema.
Natural essential oils are an effective alternative treatment. Oil blends that contain a mixture of natural carrier oil and healing essential oils have provided many with a natural treatment for eczema.
Natural carriers oils are helpful for treating eczema because they are rich in omega fatty acids. Good oils for this purpose include avocado oil, almond oil, jojoba oil and cold-pressed vegetable oil. To make an oil blend, mix 20-25 drops of essential oil for every 2 ounces of your chosen carrier oil. Apply the blend once a day, preferably after bathing.
As well as oil blends, natural creams with essential oils are an effective treatment for eczema. To make a cream, 20-25 drops of essential oils should be blended with every 8 ounces of cream. This cream should be used once a day, and can be applied over the whole body, or to specific patches.
Useful essential oils that can be used for treating eczema include:
- Chamomile – an essential oil with heavy anti-inflammatory properties.
- Geranium – has balancing and normalizing properties that help with skin treatment
- Lavender – has calming, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Also supports the immune system, and is good for relieving stress
- Linden – Good for calming and moisturising skin
- Tea Tree oil – Protects skin from infection. Has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic properties
The best way to treat eczema in the long-term is by using natural treatments. As well as using home remedies to relieve eczema symptoms, you can protect yourself from developing eczema in the future by altering your diet and making some lifestyle changes.