Herbs for Eczema
Gentle, powerful herbal remedies can help you to soothe eczema outbreaks and, if used between flare-ups, can help to prevent them.
- Nettle – Fresh nettles sting and irritate your skin but when the leaves are dried or boiled they lose their capacity. Nettle tea is helpful for eczema and you can easily buy it from supermarkets or health stores. You could even make your own by harvesting a handful of nettle leaves, then boiling them in a later of water for about five minutes until they are soft. Nettle seem like a strange remedy for a skin condition, but they work well.
- Chamomile – Chamomile soothes all skin problems, and is very effective for eczema in both children and adults. It has a calming effect, internally or externally, and is good for easing inflammation, itching and redness. Avoid teas and coffees containing tannin and caffeine, drink chamomile tea instead. You can add chamomile flowers to your bath to help you relax. Soothe you skin with chamomile.
- Yarrow – Yarrow is helpful when dealing with conditions of hear and inflammation and also acts as an astringent when it is used directly on the skin. To make an effective yarrow eczema remedy, boil a teaspoon of the leaves of flowers in a litre of water for 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and then strain it, retaining the liquid. Use the remedy to dab directly onto the affected areas, using cotton wool balls or soft tissue. It will keep for two days in the fridge.
- Lavender – To relieve the pain and itching of eczema, boil a handful of lavender flowers in a litre of water for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid then dab it gently onto the affected areas and allow it to dry. Lavender also has a relaxing effect, so you can add lavender, chamomile and rose flowers to your bath, to relax you while soothing your skin. Rose if a fragrant relaxing remedy for treating the effects of your eczema.
- Rose – The relaxing properties of rose help you to unbind as well as easing eczema. You can buy rosewater from chemists and pour it into the bath or use it directly on your skin. Use rose oil in a room fragrances to ease stress and anxiety.
- Echinacea – Echinacea’s effect on the immune system is helpful for eczema caused by allergies. You can take five drops of the tincture in a glass of water, and also dab the same dilution on the skin. Use echinacea in conjunction with your allergy diet to help speed up the healing process.
Rose and Chamomile Face Wash
Soap can be harsh on irritated skin, especially patches of eczema. Make your own herbal face wash instead and allow its properties to cleanse your face and work on your eczema at the same time. This will soothe painful or itchy skin and help to get rid of the outbreak. You will need :
- 50g soapwort leaves
- 20g rise flowers
- 20g chamomile flowers
- 1 litre of water
How to prepare
- Place the soapwort leaves along with the rose and chamomile flowers in the water in a saucepan.
- Boil the mixture gentle for 10 minutes over a low heat.
- Allow to cool, then strain. It will keep in the fridge for two days.
- Use to wash your face, rinsing carefully afterwards.