Aromatherapy for eczema and other natural remedies that can help.
1. Skin – a good place to start with in treating eczema are nourishing natural/organic oils and essential oils and also organic carrier oils, where possible. Theses will help balance the acid mantle and sebum production. Soothing carrier oils such as camellia oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil and rosehip seed oil can make a real difference to skin hydration and suppleness. As a result dry flaky skin can become soft and silky once more.
Use an organic/natural face and body wash
Eczema blend Add to a carrier oil – use these in a 1% dilution e.g. 1 drop to 5ml/1teaspoon
Helichrysum or Lavender 5 drops
Frankincense 5 drops
Roman Chamomile 10 drops
German Chamomile or Mandarin 5 drops
Suggested carrier oil 25ml macerated calendula oil, 10ml rosehip seed oil, 10ml camellia oil, 5ml borage oil (or 2 capsules of starflower oil)
2. Cleansing – only use organic and natural products to clean your skin. Most importantly, avoid SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) which can strip the skin of it’s protective acid mantle.
3. Hydration – drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
4. Supplements – a good multivitamin daily + Starflower oil ( high in Gamma Linoleic Acid GLA, an anti-inflammatory which inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandins) + Vit E
5. Rest/relaxation – put your feet up even if it’s to watch an hour of television in the evening. Or even better introduce yoga and meditation if possible and/or massage if you can fit it in. To learn more about an aromatherapy treatment click here Aromatherapy
6. Diet diary – avoid/monitor alcohol, coffee, tea, high fat, sugar, wheat, processed foods/fizzy drinks and foods high in histamines (potatoes, aubergines, tomatoes, chillies) – a good mainly wholefood diet (the skin is an organ of excretion, the fewer toxins, the easier elimination will be)
7. Sunlight – moderate exposure (get out in your lunch break for 15mins if you can)
8. Avoid chemicals in the home – use non-bio or natural/organic washing powder, furniture polish etc… and avoid plastic gloves when cleaning the house, if you have to use them wash your hands thoroughly afterwards as eczema on hands and wrists can be due to a latex allergy. For that reason avoid contact with irritating substances if you already have eczema.
This might seem a lot to think about but small changes will start to make a difference. Feel free to email/call me with any questions. Or if you would like to buy any of the oils mentioned above please follow this link Neal’s Yard Organic Oils