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5 Natural Eczema Treatments

(with credit to Dr Josh Axe )

1. Use Healing creams/oils on the Skin

2. Reduce Allergies and Inflammation

3. Soothe, Don’t Scratch

4. A Healthy Diet

5. Supplement to Improve Immune Function

Photo credit: National Eczema Association

1. Use Healing Oils on the Skin. Certain natural essential oils, such as rose geranium essential oil, has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties plus is soothing on the skin. It can be used on sensitive skin and may help keep it skin from flaring up. Other soothing essential oils include lavender and myrrh.

2. Reduce Allergies and Inflammation Consider what you’re eating, the chemicals you use and changes in the environment. Eczema can be triggered by: • Inflammatory foods like sugar and refined oil • Soaps, creams and detergents • Pollen, dust, mould or pet hair

3. Soothe, Don’t Scratch Scratching can cause open wounds or cracks, which may lead to infection. Applying a moist towel or ointment to dry skin can stop the urge to pick. Avoid extreme temperatures, like very hot water which can irritate the skin.

4. A Healthy Diet You can boost your immunity with an anti-inflammatory diet. These foods may help reduce eczema symptoms: • High-antioxidant foods - fresh, brightly coloured plant foods to have plenty of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes and may reduce inflammation. • Essential fatty acids - found in food like nuts and seeds. • Probiotic foods - these include yoghurt and kefir • High-fibre foods - help your gut health with at least 30 grams of fibre per day from legumes, sprouted grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.

5. Supplement to Improve Immune Function Eczema irritation might be helped by these supplements: • Omega-3 fatty acids (1,000 milligrams daily): Help lower inflammation. • Vitamin D3 (2,000–5,000 IU daily): Called the “sunshine vitamin,” it helps regulate immune functions and is a very common deficiency. • Probiotics (25–100 billion organisms daily): Can have protective and preventive effects when it comes to skin health. They’re linked with improved immune function, and decreased allergies. • Antioxidants (vitamins E, C and A): Can help prevent skin damage, reduce inflammation and promote wound healing.