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Safe and Natural Treatment for Eczema

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.

Probiotics for Psoriasis: Does It Work? Bacteria Is Your Friend

The semi-good news for all of us who suffer from psoriasis is that you are not alone, since it affects around 7.5 million of us here in the USA. The bad news is that even though psoriasis is commonly considered to be little more than an irritating skin affliction, research shows us that it can lead to psoriatic arthritis, heart disease, Crohn’s disease, and cancer, so it is not something to be taken lightly.

Not to mention that it’s deemed to be incurable. And don’t even get us started on all the cures that are meant to get rid of psoriasis. It seems, after all, that many psoriasis treatments involve dubious ingredients of like steroids, petroleum jelly, or some sort of pharmaceutical nonsense which you don’t know whether to blindly trust, or just take to the toxic waste dump and be rid of.

But you do need something to at least alleviate the symptoms of pesky psoriasis – and preferably something natural that won’t go on to cause a list of other side effects.

Enter probiotics, which can not only help you clear up your condition, but also comes with a bevy of other health benefits – rather than unpleasant side effects. Better yet, these beneficial bacteria are natural, and are essential not only in reducing the inflammation which causes psoriasis, but for digestion, healthy hormone balance, and overall bodily health.

How Probiotics Help Psoriasis

As many of us already know, probiotics are the beneficial bacteria which live in us, on us, and around us, and without them, we couldn’t so much as digest our food, or have a healthy immune system.

However, our modern lifestyle has us deficient in these crucial microorganisms. This is due to most of us not living in environments such as farms or ranches where contact with friendly microbes is more common than in urban areas, and there is also our overuse of sanitizers, disinfectants, and antibiotics.

One of the many problems with this deficiency is, since probiotics help control inflammation-causing bacteria by stimulating our immune-regulating T-cells, chronic inflammation can be the result. Since psoriasis is caused by inflammation, low levels of gut bacteria can leave us vulnerable to it.

Plus, probiotics play a role in other aspects of skin health, such as warding off acne, healing wounds, skin rejuvenation and strengthening the skin’s (and body’s) overall immune health. This is due not only to probiotic’s abilities to help reduce inflammation, but in controlling other, less desirable bacteria which can take over in the absence of probiotics.

But Which Probiotic Strain Should I use for Psoriasis?

There are trillions of strains of bacteria forming ecosystems inside of us, and each of us has our own body chemistry which may support different varieties of microorganisms. In fact, it has been noted that the types of bacteria in us may be likened to a fingerprint, in that no two are identical.

However, different bacteria also affect different conditions, such as studies showing that Lactobacillus, B. bifudum, and L. Acidophilus are effective in treating acne.

And, while using just any probiotic to improve your gut flora may be better than nothing, some strains do better with skin conditions like psoriasis than others, including:

Bifidobacterium bifidum. Perhaps the most commonly known probiotic strain, B. bifidum is essential for skin health, since it plays a key role in maintaining a strong immune system. B. bifidum works to control unwelcome bacteria varieties in the gut, which not only helps digestion, but boosts the body’s immune response against inflammation and allergies.

Lactobacillus plantarum. L. plantarum helps the body produce L. lysine, which is an amino acid which supports calcium absorption and hormone production, and is also key in supporting a positive immune response to guard against inflammation. This not only protects us against psoriasis, but has anti-aging, digestive, and immune health benefits as well.

Lactobacillus acidophilus. Also one of the more well-known probiotics due to its long association with digestive health-particularly for those who have trouble digesting dairy products. L. acidophilus is also an immune booster, which helps produce a healthy response to inflammation and associated skin conditions.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus. L. rhamnosus gets antibodies to ward off infection and inflammation. This helps it boost the immune system, as well as guard against inflammation.

How to Take Probiotics for Psoriasis?

To start taking probiotics for psoriasis, you don’t necessarily need to add another supplement to your stash.

Instead, you could go the more pleasurable route of adding another dish to the table. Cultured foods can be a simple – and tasty – way to add bacteria to your diet. Try some yogurt, raw sauerkraut, kefir or kimchi, although be sure to buy non-pasteurized, cold-processed products, since heat kills bacteria.

Some manufacturers, i.e. yogurt, also list strains of bacteria on their packaging, which helps in assuring you that the product does contain live bacteria. However, even if it doesn’t, you should be able to identify a sour smell and taste in most cultured products, which also indicates that the bacteria are alive.

You can also go out and play in the dirt for your probiotics, which may not be too practical for most of us city-dwellers. However, if you have a garden, you are in luck, since soil can also be a rich source of probiotics, and there are few more satisfying ways to get them. Lower your grocery bill, beat psoriasis, AND fresh veggies to enjoy? Done!

Finally, taking a daily probiotic capsule is the easiest – and most consistent – way for us to get our microbes. When looking for a good probiotic, remember to look for a variety of strains, including some bifida and some lactobacillus.

You may need to try a few different companies and products before finding which one works best for you overall, but look for a product with at least 6-billion count. You should also only buy a product which is perishable. Look for a time stamp or use-by date, which helps to ensure the product is fully potent and live. Finally, look for a dark glass container, since light can also kill bacteria.

Last Notes on Probiotics for Psoriasis

Lay off the cleaning supplies, they’re making you unhealthy! Seriously, most of us do a little more sanitizing than we really need to, which is only understandable, since we want to keep ourselves and our families healthy and safe.

However, by over-using hand sanitizers, counter disinfectants, and other anti-bacterial products, we aren’t just killing off the bad guys, but the good guys as well. Plus, many sanitizers are endocrine disruptors that can cause such conditions as rashes and eczema – hmmm, could this have anything to do with your psoriasis?

But, even if sanitizing agents aren’t what are causing your psoriasis, they are likely getting in the way of healthy probiotic populations, so stick with soap and water – it really is the best way to clean. Better yet, stick to a natural soap that’s good for psoriasis.

Eczema, Causes and Solutions

I have a friend who has suffered from eczema his whole life. He has spent 46 years enduring the itching, the flaking, inflamed and dry skin. Finally, he put his foot down and decided he’d had enough. He decided to try something different. Within the space of a few weeks, his eczema was completely gone, and his skin is now softer than it has ever been in his life.

If you think you have tried everything, and still your eczema keeps coming back, don’t despair – there is a solution that works. And what’s the harm in trying one more thing? Especially when the solution is actually good for you, no steroids, drugs or topical creams…

If you suffer from eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis, you are not alone. So many people struggle with the annoying, painful and irritating skin conditions. Many of us have no idea why we get eczema, what causes it or how to get rid of it.

Most of us have been prescribed an eczema cream at some time in our life, either over the counter or something stronger. Which may work for a little while, but sooner or later it comes creeping back. Many of these creams I would not like to put on my own skin, let alone the delicate and still developing skin of my baby or young child. I wanted a solution that was safe, non toxic and treated the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. But does a solution really exist?

The answer is yes. There is a way to banish eczema for good, with only a few simple steps. However, we are never told about this. It has taken me close to 40 years to find out this information, and it took my friend even longer.

Now I have found the answer, I believe everyone has the right to know. There is no miracle cream or instant cure – treating the symptoms alone is not enough. It is the causes of eczema that we need to address.

The most important thing to look at is what you are putting on your skin. Every morning, you may be unknowingly putting up to 100 different chemicals, some containing allergens and toxins, onto your skin. Toxins, carcinogens and other synthetic chemicals in common household products, like cleaning products, cosmetic and personal care products contribute greatly to the onset of eczema and some ingredients can be linked directly to skin irritation.

The most likely culprits are shampoos, soaps and laundry detergents. If you suffer from eczema, you need to take a careful look at all the products you use in your home and minimize your exposure to the known allergens. The best way to go is a full home detox. All these toxins are avoidable. Switch to safety conscious, toxin free, alternative products that not only clean your house and body, but are gentler on the system and far better for the planet.

This is what my friend did. He followed this advice, combining a full home detox with taking one potent probiotic to boost his immune system, and one colloidal mineral supplement, to assist with vitamin and nutrient absorption, each day – and no more eczema.

When you understand the causes of your eczema, and the few simple steps you need to take to address it, like my friend, you will never look back

Eczema, Dermatitis and Psoriasis – What’s Your Cause?

Inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis are all itchy, annoying and reoccurring conditions causing unsightly dry, red or patchy, scaly skin. None of them are good, and everyone who suffers from these symptoms wants to get rid of them – but the eczema keeps coming back, the psoriasis won’t go away and the dermatitis is just always there…

Apart from sharing itching, scratching, flaking, discomfort and the shame we all feel about showing affected skin in public – there are a few other common factors.

Skin rashes like eczema and dermatitis, and even psoriasis can be caused by environmental factors. When I say environmental factors, I don’t mean the quality of the air, or pollution in our oceans, but something a little closer to home. In fact I do mean the home environment – your home, your haven.

Most people, especially mums with young children spend more than 80% of their time in the home. It’s where we eat, sleep, relax and unwind, and it’s also where we shower, get ready for work and wash our clothes. In the process of doing all of these things, our body, and our skin in particular is exposed to hundreds of different chemicals present in the products we use.

If you suffer from any form of skin rash, irritation or inflammation, the first thing you should do is take a good hard look at what you put on your skin. Most of the products you buy from the supermarket or event the health food store will still contain many chemicals and allergens, even if they claim to be ‘organic’, ‘natural’ or ‘green’. This type of label may mean they do have a few ingredients in them that are good for you, but it does not mean that ALL the ingredients that might be bad for you have been removed.

The obvious culprits are soaps, lotions and bath products. But what about the products you clean the bath with? Did you realise that these are also still lurking in the tub when you take a soak? Or that the shampoo you use is absorbed by more than your hair as it washes off your head and runs down your body?

By far the most problematic product for skin irritations is laundry detergent. If you look at the box, not one product will give you the full list of ingredients in the packet. But what do they all have in common? I have done some basic web research on what they are made of, and its scary.

When you wash your clothes, residue from the detergent remains in the fabric. When you wear your clothes next to your skin, this residue, and that ‘fragrance’ that you associate with freshly washed clothes rubs against your skin and is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. And how many hours a day do you wear clothing?

We all want to stop the dermatitis, the eczema, the psoriasis – but let’s face it, none of us are going to stop wearing clothes, cleaning our homes or taking a shower. So therefore, we need to change the products we are using.

The products you use in your home need to be chosen very carefully. There are not many options on the market that eliminate all exposure to potentially harmful ingredients. But there are safety conscious alternative products out there that really work. You just need to find them. Your eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis will thank you – and then quickly disappear!