Eczema is a chronic skin condition with many causes. Areas of the skin become inflamed, red, itchy and scaly due to food and seasonal allergies, contact with topical irritants or yeast. One of the ways to treat eczema is to reduce the level of inflammation in the body. Patients who prefer alternative medicine may be able to treat their eczema with herbs. Applying herbs directly to the affected area is effective in some people who have high levels of inflammation caused by eczema. Burdock root, red clover, stinging nettle and Roman chamomile are available in topical applications and are natural anti-inflammatory agents. German chamomile and goldenrod reduce inflammation and also possess properties that can speed the healing of the raw areas that result in some people with eczema.
Although eczema cannot be cured, finding a way to control and soothe intense itching is high on the list of priorities of eczema patients. Lavender is an alternative remedy that is often described as a natural soothing agent. Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil into warm bath water or using it directly on the skin as a massage can produce a relaxing and calming effect. Lavender can soothe the itching and improve your mood, which is an important point to note, as some people's eczema is worsened by stress. Ask your doctor about trying evening primrose seed oil (EPO) as a remedy to reduce itching associated with eczema. Studies about EPO have been mixed due to the fact that eczema affects each individual in a very different way. The same herbal remedy that works for you may not work for someone else.
There may be times when a topical ointment, herbal or traditional, may not be the treatment method you would prefer. If you have very raw skin, many ointments can burn intensely. Grapeseed extract and Oregon grape root are herbal anti-inflammatories that can be taken orally to control eczema and detoxify your body at the same time. Chamomile supplements can reduce inflammation when taken internally, as well as soothe itching when used topically. Always use herbal remedies with the consent of your doctor, as some substances can counteract the effects of traditional medications you may be taking. TIP: olive oil and tea tree essential oil topically on the affected area until it goes away.