Natural Cure for Eczema
Prescribed medications don't provide cure for eczema, they only suppress the symptoms and burden already weak immune system. In this article I will give a list of effective natural remedies to cure itching, pain and and dryness caused by eczema. I will also give a solid eczema treatment plan for achieving long lasting results by eliminating the root cause of eczema.
What causes eczema?
Latest studies indicate that eczema is the result of abnormal functioning of the immune system, combined with genetically weak skin barrier. Eczema is usually triggered by eating specific foods or getting in touch with external allergens and pathogens that break through the weak skin barrier. Eczema usually gets worse when environmental conditions suddenly change (temperature, humidity) and the immune system gets weakened by stress and poor nutrition. The fact that eczema is most common in babies and young children (with not yet fully developed immune system) also suggests that immune system plays a key role in eczema occurrences. Our immune system relies on our genes, environment, lifestyle and nutrition. We can not change our genes, but we can influence all the other factors to boost our immune system. Building up a strong immune system is the only permanent cure for eczema that provides long lasting results and an eczema-free life!
Quick cure for eczema (external skin protection and soothing):
- Sea Salt Bath
Sea salt bath not only helps to remove dead skin cells and restore beauty to damaged skin, but it is also a perfect cure for eczema. Sea salt is rich in minerals and helps to reduce pain, sooth inflammation, improve circulation and hydrate tissues. You can make whole body baths or just small amounts of water for local treatment. For a whole body bath add 1 to 2 cups of unrefined high quality sea salt to a warm bath tub. You can add some natural herbal oils to the bath to make it even more soothing. Make sure the water is not too hot. Soak in the bath for at least 15 minutes. Sea salt baths will also detox your body by widening skin pores and letting you sweat without skin irritation.
- Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera is a miracle plant - it can cure burns, reduce inflammation, sooth itching and moisturize your skin. Aloe Vera can sometimes give you relief in a matter of minutes. If possible, you should try to obtain your own Aloe Vera plant and get the fresh juice from its leaves. If that is not possible, try to find a 99.9% pure Aloe Vera juice from your store. You can apply Aloe Vera juice multiple times a day to cure eczema.
- Calendula Cream
Calendula cream has moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Calendula speeds eczema healing by increasing blood flow to the damaged area and by helping the body produce collagen proteins, which are used to heal skin and connective tissue. Calendula cream will keep you safe from pathogens entering your bloodstream through damaged skin.
- Olive Oil
Olive oil is rich in vitamin E and an excellent skin moisturizing agent. Make sure to use cold-pressed, extra virgin, unrefined olive oil as a cure for eczema. Olive oil does not dry easily so it keeps your skin moisturized for a long time. A good trick is to apply it on your eczema, right after shower, when the skin is still wet. This way you will seal moisture inside the skin.
Baby shampoo should also be mentioned as one of the natural, quick and effective eczema soothing remedies.
Permanent cure for eczema (strengthening the body from within):
There are no miracle medicines or creams that will permanently cure eczema without your effort. Long lasting results require changes in your lifestyle. At first glance, the following plan may seem to be hard to be integrated into your everyday life, but if you do it step by step, you will succeed. Keep in mind the main goal - strong immune system. It is not only the real cure for eczema but it will also provide you with resistance against majority of diseases.
- Avoid any stress to your skin and eliminate foods you are allergic to.
- Determine and avoid any foods and allergens that cause eczema to kick in.
- Keep your skin away from dry water.
- No scratching - it will irritate and damage your skin even more.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature.
- Avoid too much sweating or getting overheated.
- Use clothes made of cotton.
- Use the "quick cure for eczema" methods above to keep your eczema under control.
- Build up a strong immune system.
- Avoid stress whenever possible. Stress is the silent immune system killer. Relax and enjoy life!
- Walk or jog in fresh air at least 1.5 hours a day.
- Go to bed no later than 10pm and get up earlier in the morning. It is part of the normal life cycle that people have forgotten. Athletes know that our body rebuilds itself and grows during certain sleep phases. You will be amazed how much more energy you will have when going to bed at right time regularly. Staying up late at night is one of the worst things you can do to your immune system.
- Take at least two 10 minute breaks during the day - lay down and relax, forget all the troubles, meditate. Visualize your eczema fading away.
- Clean your colon, detox your liver and kidneys.
- Drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of non-carbonated bottled water a day to flush out the toxins and hydrate the cells.
- Take Artichoke capsules 20 minutes before meals with a glass of water to increase bile flow (helps do digest food and remove toxins with bile)
- Consume foods and juices rich in antioxidants (Selenium, Zinc, vitamin E, vitamin C, bioflavonoids) - all fresh fruits and vegetables, green tea, blueberries, raspberries.
- Consume soluble fiber with meals - oats, bran, nuts, oranges, apples, carrots, psyllium husk. Soluble fiber reduces LDL cholesterol and regulates blood sugar.
- Consume insoluble fiber with meals - seeds, nuts, dark green leafy vegetables and whole wheat products. Insoluble fiber promotes regular bowel movement, prevents constipation and removes toxic wastes through colon in less time.
- You need to consume enough proteins and Omega 3 fatty acid rich foods to detox your body, antioxidants won't do the job alone.
- Restore the microflora in your gut by consuming foods and supplements containing beneficial bacteria. Your intestinal lining and microflora is your "inner skin" that protects you from harmful pathogens, helps you digest food and absorb nutrients.
Notice: During the first week, building up your microfolora can sometimes trigger die off of pathogens and bad bacteria. Symptoms may include dizziness, bloating, low fever. They usually disappear in 4 days. If the symptoms are too severe reduce the amount of probiotics taken.
- Eat Sauerkraut (self made is the best) - it will not only provide you with active beneficial bacteria but will give you quick overall energy boost.
- Drink a glass of kefir (self made is the best) twice a day. You can also apply kefir externally on your eczema to soothe it.
- Take probiotic supplements on empty stomach in the morning and before going to bed. You need to experiment, not all supplements work the same for everyone.
- Provide your body with proper nutrition.
It is OK to eat all kinds of foods (except the ones that you areallergic to) from time to time, just make sure that the majority of the meals are healthy. Rotate your menu - your body needs diversity. Avoid eating the exact same foods during a long period of time in a row. Avoid all foods that "flare up" your eczema. The stronger your immune system gets the more foods you can tolerate without allergic reactions.
- Avoid coffee and alcohol.
- Eat a lot of raw and cooked vegetables.
- Choose foods with minimum amount of food additives in them. You don't want more toxins to accumulate into your body.
- Avoid junk food and refined sugar.
- Eat protein rich foods. Cooked meat, nuts, seeds, soy and fish are a great sources for protein, just make sure you are not allergic to any of them.
- Use unrefined oils in your salads. Flaxseed, olive and pumpkin seed oils are the best.
- Eat warm food (steamed, boiled or slightly baked) at least twice a day. It is easily digestible and gives you fast energy.
- Use some spices that you are not allergic to, to make sure that everything you eat tastes delicious. Enjoying your food and eating it slowly will promote your digestive system. By eating fast and large amount of foods you waste your energy. Eating should give not take from you.
- Use digestive enzymes supplements to aid digestion.
Maybe it seems like giving up too many "pleasures" for obtaining eczema-free life? It is your choice. But I can assure you that once you experience the real health and energy that a strong immune system provides, you will never regret that you started this journey. Remember, this is the only permanent cure for eczema and also prevention for many other diseases. I hope this article helps you and I encourage you to spend some extra time on Internet, searching for more information on boosting your immune system and winning the battle against eczema.
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