These natural remedies can end flare-ups. Berberine has been shown to be a soothing agent for flaring eczema. It can be found in goldenseal root and oregon grape roots, as well as barberry root. These herbs can be purchased in prepared tinctures at a well-stocked herbal shop or online. However, they can be very effective if used correctly. After a while, you must take a break before you can start taking them again.
- Add half a teaspoon of the prepared tincture to 3 oz olive oil. Apply to the affected area in the morning, and again in the afternoon.
- Hydrotherapy can be a great way for eczema sufferers to relieve itching. Add a cup of baking soda and water to your bath at body temperature (96-98 degrees). Do this at least twice daily. You can make this a relaxing time by adding aromatherapy to your bathroom. Colloid oatmeal can be used in your bath as a hydrotherapy treatment. Find a shop that sells organically rolled oatmeal. Place a cup in your blender and blend it well. Allow the powder to soak in your bath for between 10 and 12 minutes.
- It is important to increase your weekly intake of cold, seawater fish like mackerel and salmon. These fish contain omega-3 fatty acid that is proven to be very beneficial in the treatment or elimination of many diseases and illnesses.
- It is quite common in Japan to eat fish multiple times per week. However, it is less common elsewhere. Omega-3’s have been shown in numerous studies to reduce inflammation and allergic reaction and are therefore very useful as a natural treatment for eczema. You can increase your Omega-3 intake by adding walnuts, avocados, flax oil, ground flax seed and flax oil to your weekly meals.
- Vitamin and mineral therapy for eczema should include a higher intake of vitamins A and E, as well as increased intakes of zinc and copper. Supplement with 10,000 IU vitamin A, 400IU of E, 30 mgs of zinc, and 1 – 2 mgs of copper daily if you aren’t getting enough. Vitamin E can ease dry, itchy skin. Vitamin A can help reduce the severity of the flare-up and zinc can help your skin heal. Higher amounts of Vitamin A or other vitamins may be recommended, but they can have some adverse effects so consult your doctor before you take any higher amounts.
- Avoid harsh detergents and soaps that can cause skin irritations. Rubber gloves are recommended over cotton gloves when washing dishes. You should also give your clothes a second rinse in the washer. The author is not a Doctor. Before using any home remedies or natural cures, consult your doctor.