Scaly or crusted blisters, dry skin patches and itchy rashes are some of the symptoms of chronic skin condition known as eczema. In some cases, there might be bleeding and pus formation in the affected regions. This skin disease can affect people in all age groups. There are many herbal remedies that help relieve the symptoms of eczema and also reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks. Most of these herbs are applied externally, but some of them can be used internally too.
Herbal Remedies for Eczema
The topical cream of chamomile is as effective as hydrocortisone cream in treating eczema. According to the clinical trials conducted by the ‘University of Michigan’, the topical application of this herb was as effective and helpful as hydrocortisone cream. Besides, the cream also promotes healing and relieves itching and burning sensation.
St. John’s Wort
As stated by the medical center of the University of Maryland, the cream of St. Johns’ Wort can help in curing eczema. This herb contains a substance known as hypericin, which has anti-inflammatory properties. It significantly reduces the symptoms of eczema.
A double-blind study conducted by the ‘University of Pittsburgh’ shows that the patients who used the cream of St. John’s Wort on one arm experienced more improvement than the arm with a placebo.
The witch hazel topical cream can effectively manage the skin disease eczema. According to various researches, the cream can prevent itching and the liquid form will prevent the oozing of eczema. A double-blind clinical trial found that the witch hazel cream and phosphatidylcholine was as effective in healing this skin condition as a 1% concentration of hydrocortisone ointment.
The licorice creams have anti-inflammatory property and relieves the burning and itching of eczema. According to a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh, a 1% and 2% concentration of licorice cream was much more effective in healing eczema than a placebo.
Evening Primrose Oil
The oral intake of evening primrose oil can reduce the itchiness caused due to eczema. However, it is recommended to take this oil only under the supervision of a doctor.
The oil contains the essential fatty acid known as gamma-linolenic acid, which is usually deficient in people with eczema and the intake of primrose oil helps in correcting this deficit.
The ointment of red clover is used to treat various skin conditions like eczema. The nutrient rich red clover contains a number of minerals, isoflavones and vitamin C. The UMMC website recommends an infusion or cream containing 10 % to 15 % of this herb’s flower heads, which has to be applied to the disease-prone area as and when required. However, do not use it on broken skin and if there is irritation then stop using the cream.
Some of the essential oils are apt in treating eczema. Blend olive or almond oil with some drops of juniper, hyssop, lavender, geranium or rose essential oil. However, ensure not to blend various essential oils without testing on normal skin. They are powerful and hence must be used with caution.
Neem leaf Oil
This is one of the prized oil and is extensively used in the Ayurvedic Medicine in India. This is useful in treating various skin conditions. Dilute the oil with vegetable or coconut oil in 10 % – 20 % solution. Although the herb does not aggravate the skin, the distinctly earth smell could be unpleasant for some people.
Besides treating wounds and burns, Aloe Vera is also quite effective in curing eczema and the results are quite quick as well. However, it might cause allergies in some people, when they use commercially available Aloe Vera creams, as harvested aloe juice requires preservatives.
Hence, the best way is to use the fresh leaf from a plant. You can store the leaves in the fridge, which can be used as and when required. You can get more benefits by drinking the juice of Aloe Vera.
Toxic buildup in the body is considered to be the cause of various chronic skin ailments like eczema. The main use of cleavers is to detoxify the body tissues and also support the lymphatic system, which eliminates the toxins from the tissues. Cleavers can be used in the form of tea or as a skin wash.
Pot marigold or Calendula
This is another effective and useful remedy for treating eczema and is also an excellent moisturizer. This is available in the form of lotion or ointment.
It is also referred to as viola tri-color. It is beneficial in treating eczema and other types of skin problems as well. The tea prepared from aerial parts like stem, leaves and flowers (3 to 4 cups a day) must be taken for a few weeks. Heartsease can be used for external application as well, which is quite soothing. It is available as an ointment and in the lotion form.
This is one of the effective herbal treatments for eczema. A paste made from dried and powdered leaves is used on the area affected by eczema and left for an hour. Later, rinsed with water and gently pat dried. The herbal paste must be used at least 3 times a day.
Commonly referred to as babul, the bark of this tree is quite effective in treating eczema. The bark is first simmered in water and the affected area is fomented with the vapor.
Also known as butea, it is extensively used in healing several skin conditions, which also includes eczema. The seeds of this tree are used in the treatment. The seeds are blended with lime water and this mixture is applied to the affected part in order to get quick results.
Also referred to as linseed, the oil of this herb is combined with lime water and applied to the affected region. This treatment is quite effective in treating eczema.
Oil is extracted from the madhuca leaves and is used in the region affected by eczema to get relief.
Other Herbal Remedies
Turmeric is taken in the form of capsules every day for at least 6 weeks to improve the condition. Burdock, Comfrey, Sarsaparilla, Speedwell, Myrrh, Ginger, Stinging nettle and Milk thistle seed are some of the herbs that are known to help in curing eczema. Sometimes the intake of dairy products can cause this skin condition. Therefore, cutting back on these foods might bring some relief. A healthy diet that contains organic vegetables and fruits can cure lesions and prevent eczema outbreaks.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.