Eczema - Natural Treatment Through Herbs

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The word eczema derives from the Greek word “ekzein” (ek=out and zein=to boil) meaning, "cooked from the inside or boil over" which describes the accurate situation when eczema is evident on the skin.

Nowadays, there are many erroneous views pertaining to human skin.

One of these erroneous views is that the skin is just a cover of the human body, a simple enclosure.

A second ridiculous point of view is that this housing of skin does not have any particular functional relationship with other organs or body functions, nor does it relate to the mental state of a person whatever.

A direct consequence of these points of view is that any treatment pertaining to skin diseases should only be done locally using ointments, creams, topical solutions, cauterization, eczema operative abstractions, or laser surgery.

These specific methods usually relieve skin directly, but more often than not, they only temporarily relieve the skin. In fact, problems frequently re-appear in the same place or somewhere else on the skin, and sometimes they are much more intense.

  • The Function of the Body's Defense

The body, when dealing with any disease or health condition, operates as a single, hierarchically, structured whole. The disease moves from the outside to the inside, i.e. from the most external and inferior systems to the more internal and higher systems.

However, in many health cases, exactly the opposite may occur.

The body's defense plan has several lines of protection, and the first of these defense lines is the skin itself.

When the body receives an attack, either by physical or mental stressors, the goal is to have the fewest possible casualties. For the body, the effort relies in keeping the enemy away, as far as possible, within the body, and from the well-kept precious organs.

This means that when a person, after a mental stress for example, displays skin eczema, the organism is clearly in better balance than if what was experienced was gastritis or a heart attack.

But, if chemical ointments or strong chemical drugs are used to suppress the skin, which acts as a safety valve for our organization, a disease can be suppressed and will then be able to move inward into more important organs.

  • How to Recognize Eczema

The way in which eczema can occur varies, and usually depends on the stage that it has reached.

The most common symptoms of eczema are itching, dryness, redness, and skin exfoliation. Eczema feels like an intense itching, and the skin feels irritated, dehydrated, "pops", or displays small blisters with clear liquid, then this is most likely mild formed eczema.

The acute phase of eczema is characterized by inflammation coupled with redness and swelling, and blisters often appear. When eczema problems become chronic, the skin becomes dry, rough, thick, with intense exfoliation, and might form cracks on the surface.

Some areas of the body which can become infected with eczema are the face, hands, elbows, and knee knuckles.

When we are experience eczema, we should first investigate the internal root of the problem, which can be physical, psychological, or spiritual.

As mentioned earlier, every skin condition affects our internal organs in our bodies. Thus, certain diseases within our internal organs can affect our skin as well.

If eczema occurs, we should first determine its cause. If it has been caused by an allergic reaction, we must remove the offended substance that affects us.

There are several substances that can cause rashes, such as, using detergents, fossil oils, solvents, liquids, dust, animal dander, or plants.

children eczemaOften, especially in children, eczema may be caused by an allergic reaction to cow's milk, eggs, fish, or even nuts. Babies who drink milk powder have experienced serious allergy problems as well.

Eczema occurs more frequently in families with an eczema history, allergic rhinitis, or who have allergic asthma.

An allergist doctor, after a medical examination, will be able to determine the causes or factors that have triggered the eczema.

If we cannot manage to find the root cause of our eczema, our bodies will not be able to self-treat, or utilize herbal support given.

  • Natural Ways to Treat Eczema

Herbs are wonderful beings with which we share this planet, and to be more precise, herbs are those in which we owe our entire existence.

Herbs have helped us countless times in order to treat various health problems.

Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better
                                                           -Albert Einstein-

See below how herbs help us in treating eczema.

Note: Don't try all the recipes listed below all at the same time. Decide which recipe you will use depending on the availability and the side effects of the herb.

External Use:

Some herbs that traditionally have had a positive effect in the treatment of eczema, as poultices or compresses are:

  • Speedwell (Veronica Officinalis)

Infusion: Use one teaspoon of speedwell per cup of boiling water.

Pour boiling water into a bowl with 1 teaspoon speedwell. Allow the mixture to boil, covered for 5-6 minutes, then strain it and drink.

Clean any eczema wounds with a cotton pad dipped in the mixture. For better results, use a compress dipped in this mixture. As they are warmed, wrap the compress around the eczema points. Leave on overnight.

  • Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Infusion: Pour half a liter of boiling water in a pan with two tablespoons of dried or fresh calendula flowers.

Allow the mixture to sit for 5-6 minutes and leave it to cool. Soak a compress in this mixture and place on the affected eczema area for at least one hour. Make sure to soak the compress continuously in the calendula mixture.

  • Stellaria media (Chickweed)

Infusion: Pour half a liter of boiling water in a pan with two tablespoons dried or fresh stellaria flowers. Allow the mixture to cool. Soak a compress in this mixture and place it on the affected eczema area for at least one hour. Make sure to soak the compress continuously in the stellaria mixture.

Bath: Put 200 grams of dried or fresh herb of stellaria in a pan with 6-8 liters of cold water. Leave the pan covered all night.

The next day, heat the mixture, strain it, and then pour it into a warm prepared bath. The bath should last about 20 minutes. The heart area of your body must always be outside of the water.

After you finish your bath, it is best to not wipe off your body, but wrap yourself in a bathrobe or dressing gown and lie down and relax for about an hour.

  • Walnut Tree (Juglans regia)

Infusion: Pour half a liter of boiling water in a pan with two tablespoons of dried or fresh walnut leaves. Allow this mixture to cool. Soak a compress in this mixture and place it on the affected eczema area for at least one hour. Soak the compress continuously in the walnut mixture.

Bath: Put 200 grams of dried or fresh herb of walnut leaves in a pan with 6-8 liters of cold water. Leave the pan covered all night.
The next day, heat the mixture, strain it, and then pour it into a warm prepared bath. The bath should last about 20 minutes. The heart area of your body must always be outside of the water.

After you finish your bath, it is best not to wipe off your body, but instead, wrap up in a bathrobe or dressing gown and lie down and relax for about an hour.

Internal Use

Eczema often results in problems within the internal organs of the body. This may be due to liver disorders or toxins that have accumulated in the blood cells.

The herbs listed below cleanse the liver and blood cells of toxins. Internal used herbal teas both with external used ointments are used to cleanse the skin gradually from eczema.

  • Nettle common (Urtica urens)

Infusion: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon nettle. Allow this mixture to sit for 3-4 minutes, strain it, and then sip it up to 3 times a day.

Caution: Nettle tea reduces high cholesterol and high blood pressure in the body, and brings it back to normal. This should not be consumed by people with hypertensive disorders or diabetes.

This mixture should not be consumed by those who have kidney problems, atherosclerosis, or those taking anticoagulants.

  • Speedwell (Veronica officinalis)

Infusion: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon speedwell. Allow this mixture to sit for 3-4 minutes, strain it, and then sip this up to 2 times a day.

Caution: Speedwell reduces high cholesterol and brings it back to normal, this mixture should not be consumed by people who are being treated with drugs for such health problems.

This should also be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers.

  • Nettle and Speedwell mixture

Infusion: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon nettle and 1 teaspoon speedwell. Allow this mixture to sit for 1-2 minutes, strain it, and then sip up to 2 times a day.

Caution: Look at the nettle and speedwell caution notes above, and in which categories of people that should not consume these herbs.

  • Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

Infusion: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon plantain. Allow this mixture to sit for 4-5 minutes, strain it, and then drink it up to 2 times a day.

Caution: Plantain is a powerful blood coagulant and that is why it was used as a healing ointment in battlegrounds. Due to these properties, people taking blood thinners or those who are prone to blood clots should never consume plantain.

Plantain reduces high cholesterol, and should not be consumed by people taking drugs for such health problems.

Plantain should also be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers.

  • Final Note

A balanced diet is essential for all of us to ensure that we get the nutrients necessary for the health of our skin. Many eczema patients lack certain essential vitamins and nutrients resulting in their skin problems.

eczemaMost often, certain foods and eczema are directly connected. This is the reason why many people cannot get rid of their eczema.

What we eat daily affects the quality and health of our skin and our bodies in general.

Facts applied to eczema can be applied to all skin problems such as psoriasis, acne, vitiligo, warts, fungal infections, and many others.

Our skin acts as a safety body valve, especially when we are under physical and mental pressures.

If we suppress symptoms with chemical drugs instead of removing the root cause of the problem we experience, the disease can often progress inwards to our internal organs.

Contrary to this, herbal medicine not only treats skin diseases, but raises our health level as well, both physically and mentally.

Herbal medicine treats patients as a psychosomatic whole, and not only in relation to individual or independent organ parts.

Nature is the biggest pharmacy, and the secret to health and beauty is hidden in plants and herbs waiting for us to discover them.

I wish for you to be always healthy.