It is important to remember that the skin is one of the four major excretory organs of the human body (bowels, kidneys, lungs and skin). Being that it is the largest of these excretory organs, it is very important that we nurture it every day. When we see eczema, it should be a telltale sign that there is a shift needed inside our body.
What is eczema?
The term eczema is broadly used for a range of persistent skin conditions. These include redness, swelling, itching, dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering and temporary skin discoloration.
Harsh soaps and detergent, Solvent, Lotions, Rough wool clothing, Sweating, Low humidity, Occlusive rubber or plastic gloves, Rubbing staphylococcal bacteria, repeated wetting and drying of the skin
How can you treat it?
Typically the health of the gut and the liver are the first place to start. If these are managed properly, usually the skin clears up. In the gut, the imbalance is often linked to inflammation and Candida. Reducing or eliminating inflammatory foods and those that break down to simple sugars which candida and other non-beneficial organisms feeds on is a must. Doctors often recommend steroids which are the type of steroids used for eczema. Steroids have many functions in the body, but among other things, they are very effective at controlling inflammation. For many people, using steroids have side effects such as stretch marks and spider veins after prolonged use. The good news is that there are other things you can do to ease the itching, dryness and skin changes. Implementing a few natural remedies may make significant difference in how your skin looks and feels. Some of them are:
Use Avocado and aloe Vera
They can be used topically to help moisturize and heal the skin. Mix together into a paste and apply to your skin for 20 minutes and gently wash off with warm water.
- Avoid pasteurized dairy products as they can be overly acidic, lower the immune system and aggravate skin conditions like eczema and acne.
- Coconut oil: Use cold pressed, organic, extra virgin coconut oil for your cooking daily.
- Eat healthy; fresh juices, fruits, salads, and lightly steamed vegetables.
- Magnesium Baths, for some people with eczema, soaking in water makes it worse. For those who tolerate it, magnesium baths and other types of detox baths can be helpful in skin healing. I regularly add a cup of Epsom salts or magnesium flakes and a few tablespoons of Himalayan salt to my kids baths. When I have the time, I take relaxing baths in this mixture also. When I can’t take the time for a bath, magnesium oil also helps. Amazingly, I notice the benefits of transdermal magnesium (baths or magnesium oil) much more quickly than when I take internal forms of magnesium. My favorite magnesium bath recipe is:1-2 cups of Epsom salts or magnesium flakes (magnesium flakes are absorbed much more easily)1/2 cup Himalayan or Sea Salt1/2 tsp. of natural vanilla extract10-15 drops of essential oil of choice like lavender and mint
- Apply Vitamin E oil, especially natural D-alpha tocopherol with mixed natural tocopherol. You can open gel capsules to extract the oil.
- Avoid caffeine as it can aggravate eczema. Drink water instead, hydration is important.
- Eat foods rich in Omega 3 like salmon and walnuts.
Using these natural healing remedies does not mean you will experience results overnight, but over time when you adopt these remedies as part of your lifestyle, your skin will follow suit.