If you are dealing with this uncomfortable condition, the good news is there are some natural solutions for eczema. In some cases, it can be related to diet. Stubborn reoccurring cases are a sign that there could be a food intolerance. En eczema rash is a reaction to a food that does not agree with you or your child. As stated on nationaleczema.org, “Some studies of children and young people with atopic eczema found that one-third to nearly two-thirds also had a food allergy.” Some of the common foods that may be causing the problem include:
- Dairy products
- Nuts and seeds
- Soy products
The best way to determine if one of these foods are causing your child's eczema is to completely stop eating all of them and then slowly test each food, which is called an elimination diet. An elimination diet is a very effective way of doing this and it helps many people to determine if they have a food intolerance.
There are also some things in your home or environment that could be triggering the eczema. Some things to consider are:
- Laundry detergent
- Chlorinated water
- Hot or cold temperatures
- Lack of or too much moisture in the air
Natural Solutions for Eczema that Work
- Elimination diet – if your child is eating any of the foods listed above try eliminating them to see if the issue is resolved.
- Humidifier – If you suspect that dry and cold air is a factor, running a humidifier at night can help.
- Herbal salves – use simple herbal salves including chickweed, calendula, and chamomile. See below for a salve recipe that is a natural solution for eczema.
- Laundry Detergent – Replace laundry soaps with natural and unscented versions.
- Soap – Stop using any soaps that include “fragrance” in the ingredients. Try Dr. Bronners, or goat milk soap. Goat milk soap helps to calm irritated skin.
- Shower filter – highly chlorinated water can be very irritating to sensitive skin, invest in a good shower filter to remove chlorine and other contaminants.
Homemade Eczema Salve Recipe
- 1 cup Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup dried Chickweed
- 1/4 cup dried Calendula flowers
- 1/4 cup Chamomile flowers
- 1/4 cup bees wax
Directions: Warm the olive oil in a pot on low heat. Add in all of the dried herbs and keep on low heat for 30-60 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain out the herbs (compost them or feed them to your chickens) and pour the strained oil into a mason jar or glass measuring cup. Place the jar or measuring cup in a double boiler on medium heat. Add the bees wax into the olive oil and warm until wax is completely melted. Remove from the double boiler and allow to cool in the jar or transfer to the jar that you want to keep it in. Once it is cooled and hardened it's ready to use.
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