🌞 5 Ways To Treat Eczema Naturally...
Eczema is an increasingly common skin discomfort that is rarely traced back to the true cause.
It's not likely that your Dermatologist will tell you this, but the main causes can be attributed to an inflammatory diet, toxic skin products, stress, anxiety and a lack of water and sunshine.
Eczema can cause everything from itchy to scaly skin, redness, blisters, cuts and cracked skin, sensitivity and more.
Unfortunately, most people treat Eczema with chemical creams, pills and potions. But these methods only suppress the symptoms, add to the toxicity and never really get to the underlying problem.
The good news is that as uncomfortable as eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions may be, they are completely preventable and treatable with by following the 7 principles of health, which also happen to benefit your overall health in so many other ways.
If you’re tired of buying expensive creams, itching your sensitive skin, and being embarrassed by bright red blotches, it’s time to turn to natural remedies that can help make a huge difference in not only your skin, but your everyday health and happiness as well.
1. Increase Your Vitamin D
If your skin is experiencing eczema, the last thing you might think of is to avoid the sun, but it's one of the most important things you can do.
Vitamin D from sunlight can help improve the symptoms of eczema, not to mention help boost your mood and ease any stress resulting from this type of uncomfortable condition. It's important to be responsible and not over do it so that you burn. Instead, expose your face and body to sunlight for 20-30 minutes in the morning before the sun reaches it's greatest intensity in the middle of the day.
One of the biggest mistakes Eczema sufferers make is to regularly cover up their skin, not allowing it properly breathe and avoiding the suns nourishing rays. Sunlight releases compounds in the skin that dampen inflammation.
Lastly, avoid chemical based sunscreens as these will only add to the toxic load your skin is already dealing with. In its place, use a raw, organic cold pressed plant oil like extra virgin or coconut oil lightly applied prior to sun exposure to help nourish the effected areas.
Learn more in Sunscreen: Prevent or Cause Skin Cancer?
2. Use A Tox-Free Daily Moisturiser
Dry skin can easily cause an eczema flare-up, as well as worsen an existing one.
A quality, chemical-free moisturiser can help soothe this type of skin condition. Try to moisturise your full body (not just eczema patches) morning and night after showering. This will help nourish your skin and help prevent future flare-ups.
Raw coconut oil is a natural moisturiser that works wonders for any type of skin inflammation due to its natural antibacterial and antifungal qualities.
Also, it's good to remember that Coconut Oil (Coconuts) thrive in tropical climates for a reason - mother nature chose coconuts and sunlight to be best friends that should be worshipped in unison.
Not only Coconut Oil perfectly natural and free of harsh chemicals and fragrances, it is also very rich and soothing.
Plus, it’s a lot more cost-efficient than buying bottles of expensive and heavily processed lotions, which might temporarily make a difference, but ultimately will do little to heal eczema and similar skin conditions long term.
Simply make sure you choose a natural, organic coconut oil without additives that can worsen itching and sensitivity.
If you find Coconut Oil too oily for your skin, go with our plant-based Divine Body Butter contains a mix of Shea, Almond, Avocado, Mango, Aloe Vera and Essential Oils.
3. Salt Baths (and Ocean Water)
Salt is rich in minerals like sodium and iodine which are effective in removing toxins and bacteria from beneath the skin's surface that are part of the cause of Eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Sea water is a known antiseptic, so it is very beneficial in killing off bad bacteria on the skin. Even a 5-10 minute splash in the ocean can work wanders for speeding up the healing process.
If it's not possible to get into the ocean or its winter time where you live, the next best thing is to do a salt bath soak 2-3 times per week. Nature-made salts like Himalayan Pink Salt are loaded with minerals like sodium and iodine that will help draw out toxicity beneath the skin.
Dissolve 1-2 cups of salt in a luke-warm, running water bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. Add 5-10 drops of pure Lavender Essential Oil, which is a known remedy for soothing inflamed skin.
Be sure to use a quality nature-made salt. If you want to take things one step further, you can Bentonite clay to the your bath which is a natural chelator which further promotes the extraction of toxins from the body.
4. Diet & Gut Health
What you put into your body will eventually manifest itself on the outside of your body - your skin.
The first step is to follow a diet that is loaded with fresh fruits, vegetables and leafy greens to flood your body with antioxidant rich foods and much needed fibres.
Second, it's important to avoid altogether or drastically minimise, processed inflammatory foods, like refined sugars and grains, fried and processed fatty foods, which all greatly impact the quality of your skin.
If you have a particularly bad case of Eczema, doing a Cleanse Me colon cleanse, followed by a juice fast and/or a raw plant food diet for up to 7 days, will help to cleanse your digestive tract and support the healing process.
Ensure you also incorporate plenty of 'good' fats into your diet from foods like Avocados, Macadamia Nuts, Walnuts, Almonds and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which are anti-inflammatory and will help to soothe and nourish the skin.
Probiotics can also be helpful for skin conditions like eczema because they address bacterial imbalances in the gut and help to support a strong immune system. This is critical for avoiding and healing from any type of skin dis-ease. You can get natural probiotics from fermented foods like organic sourdough bread, miso soup, pickled vegetables, tempeh, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha.
Finally, be sure to drink a minimum of 2 litres of clean water every single day which will help to flush out unwanted toxins within the body and skin.
Learn more in Why Diet is Key to Glowing Skin.
5. Reduce Stress
While it’s important to treat the physical condition of eczema, it’s equally important to treat the psychological condition as well.
Stress and anxiety can trigger flare-ups of eczema, so by taking a holistic approach to your wellness, you can help stop the never-ending circle of stress-causing eczema, which in turn causes more stress and anxiety, and on and on.
Your first step is to figure out what’s causing the most stress and anxiety in your life, and take steps to reduce it. Not only is stress unhelpful to skin conditions, but it can cause other health issues down the line if you don’t actively reduce it. Whether it’s work, finances, a constantly packed schedule, or social pressure, there’s always a way to cut back and make more time for what makes you happy and calm.
Regular exercise, plenty of sleep, walking in nature, deep breathing and meditation all will do wonders for your mental health. Taking up a hobby or activity you’re passionate about can help take your mind off what’s stressing you, as can quality time with friends and family.
By making your mental health a priority, you’re benefiting yourself in every facet of life, including your skin health. While they might not seem interconnected, stress and anxiety can greatly exacerbate eczema symptoms and it will only get worse if you don’t rein in your stress.
These five tips to treat eczema naturally can greatly improve your day-to-day experience with your skin health, but the right products can also make a huge difference.
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