When we talk about eczema, we talk about a skin condition that affects over 35 million Americans. Eczema is
There are numerous prescription treatment options available, though many of these are expensive. Steroid and immunosuppressant medicines are, after all, not the cheapest market choices. Of course, alternative options are available. Many of the home remedies below are affordable and highly therapeutic means to alleviate your eczema.
You can find Epsom salts in your local pharmacy. They’re very cheap and highly effective.
In fact, most homes have Epsom salts hidden somewhere in their cupboard.
Epsom salts are traditionally used in the treatment of stress, muscle pain, and constipation. But they’re also effective in the treatment of eczema.
Epsom salts are also remarkably safe. Only when taken in sufficiently high quantities do these salts cause unpleasant effects such as hypotension, facial flushing, and reduced calcium levels.
For the most part, though, and with relatively modest use, there is
To use the salts for eczema, simply add 1-2 cups of Epsom salts to a warm bath. Remain in the bath, with the affected area covered, for 30-40 minutes.
On leaving the bath, gently pat down eczema to avoid any unwanted irritation.
Sometimes eczema can affect trickier parts of the body, the scalp being one of them. Eczema is associated with the build-up of flaky, dead skin – leading to itch and irritation. Removing the dead skin can, for some, prove to be a challenge.
That’s where olive oil comes in. Massaging this oil into the scalp helps loosen dead cells, alleviating the itch and reducing the irritation.
As well as this, olive oil is also packed with additional health benefits.
For example, the oil is packed with omega-3 fatty acids; acids which, when applied, have a distinct anti-inflammatory effect.
For best results, it’s recommended to use the oil alongside warm water.
Warm water itself has an alleviating effect which, when combined with olive oil, has a synergistic effect.
Given how cheap olive oil is, this is a terrific home remedy for eczema.
Plants have always been a fantastic source of medicines. Whether it’s morphine or many modern anti-cancer compounds, the natural world has an abundance of therapeutically powerful tools.
One of those compounds is Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is a cheap and widely available gel; a gel which, when applied to the skin, offers a distinctly cooling sensation. This helps to alleviate the burn and itch associated with eczema.
There are two routes you can take.
Natural Aloe Vera can be extracted from plants, a plentiful source extracted from the comfort of your home.
Alternatively, you can purchase concentrated gels in local shops and pharmacies.
Aloe Vera is packed with anti-inflammatory compounds.
Simply apply a generous layer of the gel to the affected area and leave to dry. The drying process will rapidly release a therapeutically cooling sensation.