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Natural Solutions for Eczema

Monday, 18 February 2008

Eczema may not be as painful as appendicitis when it strikes but it can be prickly irritating with all the blisters and itchy rashes it entails. I panic whenever I note the start of a flare up on my daughters. I know that the doctor will be prescribing steroids again if I don’t manage the episode quickly and my girls would definitely be suffering the consequences.

Because I fear that the medicines being prescribed may hurt my daughters in the long run, I have decided to research on the natural solutions that we can use to help the skin heal during flare ups.

Below are some that one can use instead of topical creams or solutions:


When the blisters and rashes are so itchy and hot, you can cool some milk by putting ice with it in a glass. Once already cold, pour some into a gauze pad or any light and allergy-safe cloth and put on irritated spots for about three minutes. Repeat the process until you finish ten minutes.


A salt scrub is something that might not be so inviting to one who has blisters but some attest that it can really aid in healing the skin. Salt may hurt but it can also promote better blood circulation that would hasten the healing process. It also pushes natural oil secretion which aids in softening the skin.

A good recipe would be to combine in a bowl 2 cups of find sea salt, ¼ cup of olive or jojoba oil and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional). You just have to wet the irritated part with warm water and scrub the salt mixture gently in a circular motion unto the skin. Let it stay on for a few minutes before rinsing off with warm water.


The root can be directly put on irritated skin to reduce inflammation and itchiness.

Natural oils

Simply combine, almond oil with rosehip seed oil and sesame oil before applying it to irritated areas.

There are many medicines in the market today that can help alleviate the swelling and itchiness of eczema but they have their own disadvantages. I would rather try using natural ingredients to ensure that my kids are safer from side effects that could cause more trouble in the future.

Aside from topical solutions, one is usually asked to take something orally to alleviate the itchiness. Here are some natural remedies you might want to take instead of antihistamines:


Another frequent reminder of our pediatrician is to increase water intake to lessen the dryness of the skin.

Omega 3s and 6s

Studies show that patients with eczema usually need to increase their intake of omega 3 and 6 which can be found in cod liver oil (a teaspoon a day or 5 to 10mg)

Primrose oil

250 to 300mg a day can reduce the swelling by controlling the imbalance of fatty acids in the body.

Grape Seed Extract

Taken 50 mg three times a day, this can be a great help to remove the itchiness


Soak a teaspoon of licorice root in about ten ounces of water for about 15 minutes. Take orally three times a day but be careful of its effect on your blood pressure which may increase with high doses.

Burdock Root Extract

This is a very strong alternative so adults can take 2 doses of the extract or tea daily within just one week. Children may take it but it is highly recommended that they only drink it once a day for a week.


Eczema can be prevented by keeping the skin moisturized. One way is to spray lavender mist every now and then to replenish skin moisture.

A nice solution would be around 15 to 20 drops of lavender essential oil to a 2 ounce jar with purified water. It can also be beneficial for children to use the essential oil of lavender instead of soap during baths. Simply put around 3 drops of essential oil to the water.


Instead of using soap, you can make an oatmeal scrub by grinding or whipping about 2 cups of large flake oatmeal to make it fine. Put the powdered oatmeal in a cotton handkerchief and tie up the ends before soaking it in water and using it as a washcloth.

To prevent eczema, it would be worthwhile to talk to a dietician because there are many foods that you or your kids might be allergic to that can cause flare ups.

Try to make sure that your clothes and the textile that touch your skin frequently (e.g. beddings) are made of natural cotton because synthetics can also produce flare ups.

Another cause of eczema is stress so if you can prevent too much pressure from controlling your life or your kid’s, then it would really be a big help to avoid flare ups. You can browse through free self-improvement books or try meditation using brainwave technology to help defy the effects of stress in your lives.

Eczema may not be as drastic as cancer or a stroke but it can leave many painful memories for those who are afflicted with it. I hope this article will be able to help those who are suffering from it just like my daughters.

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