Natural Remedies for Eczema
Eczema seems to be a rapidly growing problem and often seen worst in our kids.
It is the question I get asked most about and I can see the frustration and trauma this skin condition causes for families. Many people are interested in natural remedies and a permanent solution, rather than taking antihistamines, antibiotics or steroids.
I am not an expert in this field by any means, but I have collated some information from my Facebook community. Some of our natural, new age mums have kindly shared what has worked for them. I hope this resource will serve as a go-to guide for you.
So, what is eczema?
“Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a recurring, non-infectious, inflammatory skin condition. The skin becomes red, dry, itchy and scaly, and in severe cases, may weep, bleed and crust over, causing the sufferer much discomfort. Sometimes the skin may become infected. The condition can also flare and subside for no apparent reason.” Eczema Association of Australasia
What causes eczema?
No-one seems to know the exact cause, but it does appear to flare up from stress, allergies and intolerances or you may have an inherited family tendency. Other things may irritate the condition like the weather, animal hair, pollen and grasses and chemicals.
It seems to be a commonly held belief that eczema results from an imbalance somewhere in your body. These are some suggestions other mums have used successfully to correct that imbalance:
♥ Testing. Get tested for allergies or intolerance. Gluten, dairy, soy, eggs and some salicylates and amines seem to be common culprits.
♥ Rebalance. Try natural therapies like naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractor, kinesiology, EFT and homeopathy.
♥ Probiotics. Many of you mentioned that probiotics was one of the best remedies and first stops. I like this one from Changing Habits because it is wheat and dairy free.
♥ Clean Eating. Avoid chemicals, additives and processed foods. Naturopath Jess Donovan has a list of foods that might be triggering your childs’ eczema.
♥ Zinc. Increase zinc in the diet in the form of supplements or zinc-rich foods.
♥ Apple Cider Vinegar. Add ACV to the diet as it contains enzymes that aid digestion.
♥ The Eczema Diet by Karen Fischer. “The Eczema Diet includes all the facts and scientific research, as well as itch-busting treatments that offer immediate relief combined with a tried-and-tested diet – developed by nutritionist Karen Fischer over the past ten years through her work with eczema patients – that really gets results” Get in here.
These remedies shared by natural, new age mums help to manage the symptoms of eczema.
♥ Avoid anything that contain sulphates, perfumes and alcohol.
♥ Keep the area well moisturized.
♥ Don’t have long, hot baths or showers as these are drying.
♥ Oats in the bath are very soothing on the skin.
♥ Use Tamanu oil. It’s all natural and has anti-inflammatory properties comparable to hydro-cortisone cream.
♥ Coconut oil. Bathing in it and also applying to the skin. Get a good quality coconut oil though.
♥ Apple Cider Vinegar. Diluted and applied with an organic cotton ball or pad.
♥ Aloe Vera Gel. The sap or gel from a fresh plant is best.
♥ Organic shea butter.
♥ Wet wrapping. It’s An Itchy Little World has some great tips on how to do this.
♥ Chamomile. You can use tea bags, steep and then make a warm (not hot) compress and let it sit on the affected area for 10 minutes.
♥ Use all natural, soothing creams. Many of you have reported great success with Moo Goo’s Eczema Cream.
♥ Swimming in the ocean.
♥ Have a completely chemical and synthetic fragrance free home.
Eczema seems to be a very individual condition with no one solution. Keep persevering and trying different things until you hit upon what works for you. I think the main message I keep hearing from mums is that both internal and external remedies are needed, as well as lots of patience!
I hope some of these ideas help you out. Please comment on this post if you have some more thoughts or experiences with eczema – the more ideas the better!!