5 Herbs for Eczema

There is nothing itchier and more annoying than a flare up of eczema.  Trying to resist the urge to scratch can drive you up a wall.  It’s a good thing that there are a number of herbs that can help.

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Nettles

Nettles are one of my favourite herbs.  Although they can be painful to harvest, they are amazingly beneficial.  Nettles are nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory and diuretic.

The anti-inflammatory properties of nettles can help with the itchiness and redness of eczema.  The diuretic properties can help remove harmful chemicals and waste that may be contributing to the flare up.

The nutritional benefits of nettles can help with the digestive tract.  It is thought that a lack of beneficial bacteria in the gut can be a contributing factor to eczema.

The best way to use nettles is to brew a strong tea and use it to bath the area.

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Chamomille

What most people know about chamomille is that it is a very calming herb.  It is also very calming for the skin.  According to Herb Hedgerow one human trial showed that chamomille was 60% as effective as hydrocortisone when it was topically applied.

Chamomille is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and astringent.  All of these effects are helpful in treating eczema.  Some form of anti-inflammatory is a must during a flare up to reduce the itchy redness.

The NIH states that chamomille flavonoids and essential oils penetrate the skin to deeper levels. 

Chamomille tea is an effective wash for eczema, it will help relieve stress and anxiety that contribute to flare ups.  There are even a number of chamomille creams on the market that can be applied topically.

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Chickweed

Most people attack chickweed and try to eradicate it from their gardens.  This is unfortunate since not only is it tasty in salads, but it is a valuable medicine as well.

When I was first starting out in herbal medicine I always used chickweed tea as a wash for eczema.  It has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties which are excellent for treating eczema.  Probably the best effect of using chickweed on eczema is its ability to soothe the skin.  It soothes the itch, takes the redness out and keeps the skin soft.

Chickweed steeped into a strong tea and used as a wash is an effective way to sooth eczema.

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Calendula

Calendula is surprising to many because it is nothing more than the common pot marigold.  It’s healing effects however, are not common.

Calendula has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.  This helps to reduce cell damage and reduce the red itchiness of eczema.  One other property of calendula is that it promotes the healing of the skin.

Tea can be made from calendula but there are a number of creams on the market.

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Dandelion

Dandelions number one effect is on the liver.  In the case of eczema it can help cleanse the liver of the toxins that cause it.

It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and diuretic.  It calms the itching and redness as well as cleansing the body of toxins that may be contributing to the problem. 

There are a number of steroid creams on the market that work but there are far more healthy alternatives.  Always keep in mind that eczema is your bodies way of trying to cleanse itself.  It is a cry for help.  Cleansing is always a good start.  Cutting out processed food, sugar, wheat and dairy is a start.  For an excellent herbal cleanse try Wild Rose College Herbal Detox.  It is simple, lasts 12 days and is not a difficult plan to follow.  This is the one I use.

 

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