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It is wise to treat the condition as soon as an outbreak occurs and a natural healing product is available within your home to help eliminate the itching before the healing process can begin.

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a universal term of swelling of skin. The most universally known eczema is called atopy.  This type of eczema is called atopic eczema. This state is inflammatory, constantly relapsing and yet non contagious. Eczema is caused by irritants such perfumes, cosmetics, soaps, battery acid, jewelries and other object that contains nickel. Presence of this in your screen can be notified through reddened skin, itches or burns, blisters, dry and scaly skins which can usually be found in the neck, elbows, knees, forearms, legs and scalp.

What are the most common natural remedies for eczema?

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has several proven healing capabilities.  It is a member of lily family that resembles with cactus. The aloe gel can be applied directly to infected area and the juice can be taken internally.

How to make aloe juice?

a)    Harvest mature leaf from aloe vera plant
b)    Cut the leaves into two and scrape off the gel.
c)    Place the gel in the blender along with citrus fruits.
d)    Blend the mixture and afterwards refrigerated it for two hours before drinking.

How to make aloe gel?

a)    Harvest a mature leaf from the bottom of the plant.
b)    Wash the leaf with warm water or water with vinegar.
c)    With a sharp knife, slice spiny sides off each leaf. Cut the leaf I half.
d)    Apply the exposed gel on the infected area.

2. Virgin Coconut Oil

One hundred percent pure coconut oil is one of the best natural treatment available for eczema as the fatty acid in oil prevent fungal and bacterial infections when applied to the skin directly. Thus, it moisturizes the skin and helps reestablish the skin's natural antimicrobial and acid barrier. Coconut oil will absorb easily, keep the skin soft, and yet without feeling greasy. It will help to reduce chronic skin inflammation within days and be soothing and healing to blisters, rashes, dry skins, etc.

3. Rosemary

Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle like leaves. It is being widely use for culinary and medicinal purposes.  The rosemary oil does not only help relieve stress but a good ingredient to help skin stimulation and relieves the itch caused by eczema. Two to three drops of oil can be added to bath water to relieve stress. Cotton balls dump into rosemary oil can be applied directly to eczema affected area. 

How to extract rosemary oil?

a)    Get the leaves of the dried rosemary stalks.
b)    Combine two to three ounces of dried rosemary leaves with two cups of grape seed oil in a pot and simmer over low heat for three hours.
c)    Strain in a clean, sterilized glass jar and store in a cool dry place.

4. Tomato Juice

Tomato is a very useful ingredient of life. It commonly seen in the kitchen and adds glamour to dishes and salads. It is also well known to be rich in lycopene, which may have beneficial health effects. Preliminary research shows that lycopene has been considered a potential agent in prevention of cancer. Tomato juice that is rich in antioxidant lycopene when added to daily diet and to be taken at least twice a day is one of the ways to cure eczema. You can witness how your skin clears up easily.

5. Chamomile

This plant has anti-anxiety, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antispasmodic properties.  Based on the recent studies, chamomile is now included as a drug in the pharmacopoeia of twenty-six countries. In addition to medicinal use, chamomile is known for variety of usage such as tea, cosmetic and numerous medical preparations. In relation to eczema, chamomile helps by reducing inflammation, regenerating skin tissues, and soothes the discomfort of itchiness. Thus increasing the numbers of the immune cells and eliminate infectious microorganisms but do not stimulate other immune cells that might aggravate the condition. 

6. Cold Compress

Cold compress therapy is not only good in healing sprains and swellings from sports activities or other tissue injuries but it is also good in healing eczema. The affected part should be wrapped with a thick soft cloth. The cloth should be moistened with cold water (55 degree -60 degree F) every 15 to 30 minutes for two hours at a time. The bandage should be left intact, keeping the cloth cold. There may be intensification of itching or pain initially but this will soon subside. A cold compress may be applied twice daily for a week or so.

7. Mustard Oil

Eczema is represented by dry scaly skins so it needs a lot of moisturizers and oil to return the skins natural softness and to prevent itchiness and blisters. Mustard oil combined with margosa leaves then boiled and applied to the affected area is a sure way to clean up any eczema that you may have. Another way is to boil 200 grams of mustard oil and 50 grams of fresh neem. When neem leaves turned black, turn off the fire, cool and sieve it. Apply on affected skin four times a day. If the mixture will be regularly used for a year, the problem will never occur again.

8. Papaya seeds

Papaya when ripe is eaten raw, without skin or seeds. The unripe papaya can be cooked or added to salads, etc. The black seed have edible and sharp spicy taste

When mashed and applied on the eczema affected area can prevent the skin from itching.

9. Nutmeg

Nutmeg is actual seed of a tree. The essential oil that was extracted from the seeds is widely use for perfumes, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Nutmeg butter is obtained from seed expression. It can be use as a replacement for cocoa butter. But did you know that nutmeg paste is a useful remedy for eczema? Nutmeg paste can be attained by rubbing the seed to a stone with a few drops of water. The smooth paste can be applied directly like an ointment and can be use over and over again when it keeps coming back.

10. Turmeric

Turmeric is one among the list of spices that is commonly used in culinary. It is high in antioxidants and has anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties as well. This herb is used to treat arthritis, eczema, endometriosis, atherosclerosis, cataracts, gallstones, and indigestion.

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