Eczema is a hypersensitivity of the skin characterized by inflammation, reddening, cracking, flaking, and dryness. The skin may have blisters and lesions.
    Millions of people are affected by this skin condition. People spend a lot of money on commercial products, such as medications and moisturizers, as an attempt to alleviate the flare-ups. However, only a few are aware that there are natural treatments for eczema that have been proven effective. Among these few, only a few have tried using natural remedies because they remain skeptical about it. They don’t realize that these natural products have several advantages over commercial ones. Natural products are easy to obtain, way less expensive, and most importantly, do not pose the risk of side effects. The following are some examples of natural remedies for eczema:
  1. Licorice
    Licorice, which is a sweet-tasting root of Glycyrrihiza glabra, possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Similar to the steroid hydrocortisone, it reduces the itching and swelling associated with eczema. It has been found to be 93 percent effective in treating eczema. You can use an extract of glycyrrhetinic acid, which is one of the active components of licorice. You can also apply a licorice-infused moisturizing cream. It can also be taken internally. Simmer one teaspoon of dried licorice root in 8 to 12 ounces of water for about 15 minutes and drink the solution two to three times a day. Note, however, that licorice is contraindicated for people with high blood pressure and kidney and liver problems.
  2. Evening primrose oil
    According to studies, people with eczema are not able to metabolize essential fatty acids (EFA) well. Low levels of certain types of fatty acids block the production of prostaglandins, which control inflammation. Evening primrose oil has been found to increase EFA levels and lessen inflammation. A good daily dosage is 300 mg.
  3. Omega-3 fatty acids
    Like evening primrose oil, omega-3 fatty acids can also increase the synthesis of prostaglandins. Eating cold-water fish such as salmon and halibut will help. You can also take 10 grams of fish oil per day.
  4. Probiotics
    Probiotics, which are also called “good” bacteria, are live microorganisms that are found in our digestive tract. They have several benefits such as improving the function of our immune system, suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria, and strengthening the protective barrier of our digestive tract.
    Studies have shown that infants with eczema have more bacteria in terms of types and number in their digestive tract. Probiotic supplements ingested by children and pregnant women may reduce the incidence of eczema.
    Aside from preventing eczema, probiotics can also reduce its symptoms. Studies have found that probiotics are effective in lessening the symptoms in children and infants with food allergies.
    Yogurt and other fermented milk products are examples of probiotic foods.
  5. Virgin coconut oil
    It is composed of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), which are also called medium-chain triglycerides. This MCFA in virgin coconut oil helps restore broken skin since it able to penetrate deeply into the cell structures of our connective tissues. It can also prevent bacterial and fungal infections, which are common in eczema sufferers. Apply virgin coconut oil directly on the affected area several times a day.