Home remedies for eczema5 June 2019
Being a natural chef has proved very useful to me, not just for creating some tasty recipes, but also because it’s helped me find lots of useful home remedies for eczema.
Before I tell you more about them, though, there’s something important I need to say. While I love taking a natural approach to my eczema as much as possible, I still follow medical advice and I would never suggest that you stop talking to, and listening to, your doctor. There’s room for both a natural and a pharmaceutical approach, and it’s entirely up to you to find the balance that works best for your skin.
My favourite home remedies for eczema and natural products for eczema
As a child, I had to use steroid creams every morning and night, as well as a really thick emollient moisturiser the doctor prescribed for me. This was to stop my skin from becoming dry and cracked this can cause an eczema flare up. I became a bit obsessed with them though, and I’d take them everywhere with me and panic if I didn’t have them. But really I wanted to be like all my friends and have lovely perfumed products in beautiful packaging.
What I did was find some kind of unhappy compromise, so I used the fancy products that my friends used during the day them masked my flare ups in secret using my medicated creams. I do NOT recommend doing this! My poor skin didn’t know what was happening.
My mum took me for some tests to see if I could find out what was causing the flare ups. I was given a list of foods to avoid, but also a list of chemicals in skincare products I should avoid. It’s weird but this was the first time I’d ever really made the connection between chemicals in products and eczema. And when I checked, sure enough it turned out my shampoo, conditioner, face wash and body wash were all chock full of these drying chemicals! Even my emollient cream contained paraffin.
So these days I tend to avoid anything containing:
- Synthetic colours
- Sodium lauryl sulphate
- Sodium benzoate
I love to use:
- Mango butter
- Olive leaf oil
- Shea butter
One of my favourite things to do is relax in the bath in the evenings, and I make my own nourishing bath soak. I also love a colloidal oatmeal bath this is a great, skin-soothing ingredient which helps to lock moisture into your skin. At first I thought it would be like bathing in porridge but worry not lovelies, it just feels really lovely on your skin!
If I’m having a flare up I often find colloidal silver is my skin saviour! It’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, boosts your immune system and is wonderfully healing. You can get it in gel, cream or spray form, and I make sure I’ve always got some with me when I’m on my travels. My favourite is the spray from Higher Nature, which I use topically.
I also love to make my own face masks, and again this is where the boundaries start to blur between what I eat and what I put on my skin! For example, avocados are one of my favourite go-to foods, but I also make my own super soothing avocado face mask.
I also make a nourishing honey and oatmeal facemask. You’ll need:
- 1 spoon of oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon of raw/manuka honey
- A dash of warm water
Mix the ingredients together until they turn into a smooth paste, and apply to your face (or eczema) for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. This leaves my skin looking and smelling lush!
And a last tip is to finish up with a cold flannel after you’ve rinsed if you apply this to any areas of eczema it can help soothe your skin and relieve the burning bubbling feeling.
I hope you try some of these ideas lovelies, let me know what you think @camilleknowles.
Lots of love, Camille xx