It’s no secret that eczema can have a huge negative impact on people’s confidence. The chronic skin condition causes inflammation, redness, itching, and dryness – it can be extremely uncomfortable and even painful. There is no cure for eczema, but there are things you can do to manage your symptoms and reduce inflammation.
If you are looking for relief from eczema, you may be wondering if natural herbs can help. Fortunately, there are several herbs that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can potentially help to soothe eczema flare-ups.
Some of the most popular herbs for eczema relief include:
Chamomile is frequently used as a tea to help with anxiety and insomnia, but did you know that it can also be used topically to relieve eczema symptoms? Chamomile has anti-itch properties that can help to soothe irritated skin caused by eczema. To use chamomile for eczema relief, you can make a topical ointment by adding 1/2 cup of dried chamomile flowers to 1/2 cup of olive oil. Heat the mixture in a double boiler for 30 minutes, then strain the flowers and store the oil in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Apply the ointment to affected areas as needed.
This is another herb with anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to relieve eczema symptoms. Calendula has traditionally been used topically to heal wounds and relieve skin irritation. The recipe for a calendula-based ointment or cream is very similar to that of the chamomile outlined above. Mix 1/2 cup of dried calendula flowers with 1/2 cup of almond oil or olive oil, heat the mixture in a double boiler for 30 minutes, then strain the flowers and store the oil in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Apply the ointment or cream to affected areas as needed.
Comfrey has been used medicinally for centuries – it’s known for its ability to heal wounds and relieve pain. Comfrey contains allantoin, which is an ingredient that helps to regenerate new skin cells, and this makes it an excellent choice for relieving eczema symptoms because it helps to soothe inflammation and promote healing. To use comfrey for eczema relief, follow the same recipes outlined above but with half a cup of dried comfrey leaves instead. Once made, you can apply the ointment or cream to affected areas as needed.
For eczema, we recommend a Naturopathic approach that combines the use of herbal medicine, topical herbal creams made on site by our Naturopaths, nutritional supplements, dietary changes and allergy assessments.
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B.C.M (Hons), C.Clin.Prac (China), C.Toyohari. Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist. Integrative Natural Medicine Practitioner.
Robert is a passionate and warm practitioner who has an extensive knowledge of integrative and functional natural medicine. He is down to earth and has an interest in organic foods, gardening and sustainable living. With over a decade of experience, he is renowned for being very thorough by both fellow practitioners and patients alike.