All the skin ailments that cause inflammation and irritation of the skin are called eczema. According to the statistics, more than 20% of children and 5% of adults are affected by eczema. But, these numbers are constantly increasing because of the environmental pollution and dietary triggers.
Eczema is usually treated with corticosteroid balms. But these creams are packed with harmful chemicals and can lead to cancer. Moreover, they don’t solve the problem, and people become addicted to them. This means that eczema returns if they stop using them.
In these cases, doctors recommend their patients be careful with the food they consume, cosmetics, soaps, and laundry detergent.
The best way to fight against eczema is to allow your body to heal itself, through natural health therapies and dietary strategies.
Foods to avoid
All refined sugars:
Avoid all artificial sweeteners (sorbitol, saccharine, aspartame, sucralose, and much more). Avoid diet products, chewing gums, high fructose corn syrup, agave, and white sugar, because they all contain poisons.
You should also avoid white potatoes, peppers, paprika, eggplant, tobacco, tomatoes, peanuts, smoked foods, alcohol, yeast, fried foods, and shellfish, and you must reduce stress.
Here are some effective natural remedies which can treat skin inflammation:
1. Neem Oil
Neem oil successfully kills any bacteria on the skin and reduces swelling and redness which causes itching.
Neem Oil comes from the Neem tree and is a natural antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-histamine, and anti-microbial. Neem oil t is high in fatty acids and vitamin E. This oil will hydrate your skin and will restore its natural elasticity.
Neem oil contains high antioxidant compounds that protect the skin from free radicals and from environmental damage.
2. Bentonite Clay Infused Water
Bentonite is recommended in the treatment of skin conditions because it removes toxins, decreases inflammation, increases circulation, and absorbs excess oil. Bentonite clay is made up of tiny little platelets. As it travels, it actually expands like a sponge and absorbs water through our bodies. At the same time, it soaks up toxins.
You can make an efficient mixture by mixing it with pure apple cider vinegar. For best results, it should be left on overnight. You should use it twice a week.
3. Fermented Cod Liver Oil
As you already know, there is a big difference between the traditional and modern preparation of cod liver oil. The modern preparation of cod liver oil includes expressing the oil from the fatty tissues of cod fish while it is cooked. But, cooking will remove some of the bioactive components of cod liver oil.
The traditional preparation of cod liver oil offers better nutritious and medicinal oil because the process relies on fermentation.
However, both have anti-inflammatory properties. They both can relieve certain symptoms of eczema such as inflamed, and red skin.
4. Topical Creams and Salves
Topical creams and salves are great for many skin disorders. However, they should contain one or more of the following herbs in order to relieve burning and itching and to promote healing. Witch hazel cream relieves itching and liquid helps with oozing eczema.
We recommend you chamomile (Matricariarecutita) creams. But, also licorice (Glycyrrhiaglabra), marigold (Calendula officinalis), and Chickweed (Stellaria media), are very helpful.
5. Burdock Root
Burdock root destroys insulin and reduces inflammations linked to eczema outbreaks. Burdock root contains minerals such as phosphorus, selenium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and iron.
This herb root also contains small quantities of many vital vitamins, including vitamin C and E, niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, and folic acid, which is necessary for optimum health.
You can prepare a burdock root tea because it is easy to make and drink.
6. Olive Leaf
Natural home remedies made from olive leaf are known for their anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibiotic properties.
Olive leaf can keep things clean and contained. Leaf oil breaks the chain of damage before it results in eczema, it helps ward off infection and bacteria.
7. Coconut Oil
Many people use coconut oil to cure or heal their eczema.
You should use only organic and virgin oil, not refined, deodorized or bleached. Virgin Coconut Oil contains lauric acid and has antibacterial and anti-viral properties. The treatment with virgin coconut oil is very simple and is done with very little touching or rubbing.
8. Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)
This unusual fatty acid is found in evening primrose oil and hemp oil. Actually, our body produces GLA from linoleic acid which is found in many oils, egg yolks and butter. GLA at a dose of 500 mg twice per day for 2 months has an excellent effect on nails, hair, and skin.
9. Fermented Foods and Probiotics
Foods like microalgae, kombucha, miso soup, pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi contain beneficial bacteria which fights against the infection caused by harmful bacteria.
10. Colloidal Oatmeal
Colloidal oatmeal has anti-itching and anti-inflammatory properties which make it a fantastic moisturizer, cleanser, and buffer that soothes and protects damaged skin.
In 2003, The Food and Drug Administration ordered that colloidal oatmeal must be in the content of products claiming to relieve the irritation, redness, and itching as a result of eczema.
Kelp or seaweed can be found in ocean kelp forests. It is very beneficial and that’s why it is used as food and medicine in many cultures. Kelp has a therapeutic effect on the body and skin, greatly improving the condition of the skin. It is good for a healing of skin cells, helping the eczema-affected skin cells rebuild and become healthier. Kelp can also be found in pill and capsule forms, or concentrated liquid.
Kelp can be applied directly to affected areas.
12. Transdermal Magnesium
Another excellent remedy for inflammatory conditions of the skin is transdermal magnesium. It is also an efficient weapon in the battle against magnesium deficiency.
You can use it as a lotion or gel, you can spray it on the skin or you can use it while taking bath.