Take charge of your own health and use holistic natural eczema remedies ...

... instead of the same uneffective cortizone eczema creams for years!

by Paula

In theory, eczema is a common skin disorder that is treated and cured by following your doctor's advices and recommended eczema remedies. That usually means cortisone creams to reduce inflammation and itchiness and, in case you develop an infection, antibiotics to kill bacteria causing it.

Suppose weeks, months and years pass by and your skin condition show very little or no improvement at all, despite your visits to numerous doctors. All the creams and medication you've taken is actually meant only to keep the eczema symptoms under control.

I'll make another assumption and place the eczema in a hard to reach area, say your ear. This is a tough one.

Home remedies for eczemaWhy? Because the eczema, the creams and antibiotics might cause an Otitis media (inflammation of the middle ear), making the whole "fairly common skin disorder" a life sentence.

You realize then that our modern medicine doesn't understand all the causes of these skin disorders and doesn't provide us with any real eczema cures. There are even contradictory mainstream theories about eczema causes and treatments instead of a holistic approach to our health.

Does anyone know what is eczema?

One of these theories is that eczema is an immune response gone very bad at the skin level when a substance comes in contact with it. The triggering substance may be clothing, detergents, soaps, grass, food products, allergens (including dust mites), a lack of humidity, or a combination of elements.

The easiest way to treat the allergic or irritant contact dermatitis is to avoid the substances causing the allergy. Beside the usual anti-histamines drugs, there are also natural eczema remedies for allergies you can try.

The eczema and other skin condition problems like psoriasis can have a hereditary component.

Another cause you may recognize yourself is that stress or depression will trigger, prolong or worsen eczema flare-ups. For example, one of Marius' friends has scalp psoriasis. He told us his condition gets worse whenever he gets angry or stressed.

Did you know scientists observed that psoriasis plaques clear with immunosuppressant medications? Psoriasis and other auto-immune diseases (e.g. gout) are believed to have the same cause as the eczema - an overreaction of the immune system, which mistakenly attack our own cells.

This observation supports the immune system gone hair wire theory - if the immune system overreacts, we have to weaken the immune system and all is well again.

Here is another observation. Scientists also found that stress weakens the immune system. Immunosuppressant medication is given to transplant patients to deliberately weaken their immune system so that it would not reject the foreign organ.

How is that for a conundrum?

First, we know that stress is one of the eczema causes or factors due to weakening of our immune system and of other systems as well.

Second, we have the "immune system gone hair wire" theory and instead of restoring our body's balance through a more global approach, we try to weaken it.

Returning to the chronic eczema, it may seem that doctors can't do much other than to treat the symptoms. After those "visits to numerous doctors" you will have concluded, as I did, that it will take a more holistic approach to cure it.

The 3 stages of holistic eczema remedies

#1 Strengthen the immune system with herbal remedies

Forget the "weaken the immune system in order to lower the immune response" theory. A healthy body has a healthy immune system, not a weak one.

#2 Clear the toxins out of the body the natural way

Another theory is that our body tries to eliminate the overload of toxins through the skin by sweat glands, thus causing eczema and all sort of other skin conditions.

#3 Improve the symptoms with natural remedies

Keep a good hygiene, moisturize the skin to make it softer, soothe the skin and relieve the itching.

#1 Strengthen the immune system

1. Follow an immune system cure with Echinacea during the year to boost your immune system.

2. The active substances of Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) are considered among the most effective fortifying of the immune system, by accelerating the formation and activation of lymphocytes, accelerating white blood cell function to eliminate foreign cells, pathogens and harmful substances.

3. Pau d'Arco's bark is a well known adaptogen that improves the general health and aide in the optimal functioning of the immune system.

It has immunostimulatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, antioxidant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Astragalus, Herb Robert and Pau D'Arco are all adaptogen herbs, which increase your body's resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue without side effects.

#2 Clear the toxins out of the body

A detoxification cure for the liver and the small intestine should have good effects on eczema too. Use herbs like Dandelion, Celandine or Nettle. Here are more natural liver cleanse recipe tips you should know before beginning a cleanse treatment.

Another way to prepare your body to fight the toxins is with antioxidants that have a direct action on free radicals (green tea, vegetables and fruits).

An interesting study on eczema appeared in the January 2001 issue of The Archives of Dermatology. This study reports research in Japan that demonstrated that two-thirds of the patients with eczema improved after a month of drinking a liter of oolong tea daily.

#3 Improve the symptoms

I have personally used a great variety of allopathic creams as treatment for eczema. On short-term I had the best results with a cortisone cream. Cortisone creams are topical corticosteroid ointments that reduce inflammation.

Unfortunately, these kind of creams must not be used for long periods of time due to their side effects - difficulty sleeping, dizziness or lightheadedness, headache, increased appetite, increased sweating, indigestion, nervousness or more severe allergic reactions, chest pain, eye pain, muscle pain.

On long-term they loose their effects and you need more powerful substances. This is why I have tried other natural eczema remedies as well.

1. Triple power herbal eczema treatment

Mimosa, Myrrh and Propolis combined have a strong antimicrobial effect that stimulates production of white blood cells. This cream suppress pain, heals the skin without scars in case of acne, spots, fungus, herpes, burns, allergies, psoriasis or shingles.

Mimosa tenuiflora stimulate our natural healing for various skin diseases.

Myrrh is a resin that has several medicinal properties. For a long time, until morphine was discovered, myrrh was used as an analgesic. Today, you can find this resin in toothpaste or various skin ointments.

Myrrh essential oil can be used for treating many skin problems like eczema, dermatitis, even minor injuries, "athlete's foot" - a fungal infection.

Propolis also has good results in skin diseases due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties.

2. I knew about Sea-buckthorn benefits because I have used it in several immunity booster treatments.

Sea-buckthorn cream and my ear eczema was love at first sight. Sea-buckthorn has been known for centuries as a remedy for skin care and cosmetic products as a component of nutritional action, refreshing and restoration.

Use Sea buckthorn oil to cure skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis, dryness, itching, pain.

This herb has the ability to stimulate skin regeneration and has proved useful in treating burns, ulcers and wounds with slow healing, due to its rich nutritional components, essential for healthy skin and in particular slowing the aging process.

In the four books of Chinese Pharmacopoeia from Tang dynasty period (907 AD), sea buckthorn preparations are often used to treat skin and digestive tract diseases.

Marigold and sea buckthorn creams are the first recommended to be used successfully and without risk of adverse effects even in children.

3. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an important source of iron, calcium and vitamin A, with an additional content of vitamin B6, magnesium and potassium.

For external uses, dilute basil tincture with water 1/5 - 1/10. Apply compresses with this mixture for insect bites, wounds, eczema, or slightly tampon the wound.

Leave these compresses for 1-2 hours daily. Basil has strong antifungal and antibiotic effects, which eliminate infection and super infection. You can also use basil ointment of powder to cure skin lesions.

4. Common Houseleek or "Hens and Chicks" (Sempervivum Tectorum) has anti-inflammatory, healing and antibiotic properties.

Take a leaf and cut it lengthwise. Put it on the edge of a deep dish to collect the juice. Use the juice to tampon the skin eczema. The gel has the same consistency and action as Aloe Vera's gel.

After the gel dries, it will stretch you skin and you should use a moisturizing cream to soften it.

As always, you should only use organic products to better care for your skin. I prefer a simple organic oil, cold pressed, made out of a single ingredient. Use macadamia nuts or rose hips oil for normal, dry or fat skin, jojoba, almonds or sesame seed oil for sensitive skin and apricot, rose hips or avocado oil for mature skin.

5. Pine resin is useful for dry infectious eczema. This eczema remedy has very strong anti-infective, healing and regenerative effects.

Make compresses with pine resin tincture and keep them for a quarter of an hour to soften the skin. Let it dry, and then apply a thin layer of resin oil over the skin.

Use it with caution, because some people may be allergic. For this reason, before starting treatment with pine resin, make an anti-allergy test.

Remember, these 3 stages are just the beginning of cleansing your body and helping it cure the eczema by restoring the body's inner balance. Diet, stress level or environmental pollution are all important factors to keep in mind and you may have to make several changes in your life style in order to stay healthy.

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