Natural Home Remedy For Calming The Inflammation And Irritation Of Eczema
If you have eczema, you may wonder if there is anything you can do at home to calm your skin's inflammation, irritation and itchiness. If so, use the following home remedy using natural ingredients you can find in pharmacies, natural food stores, and some grocery stores.
What You Will Need
Before you begin, gather the following supplies and ingredients.
- Medium-sized bowl with lid
- One cup of steel-cut or rolled oatmeal
- One cup of aloe vera juice
- 10 drops of lavender oil
- Wooden tongue depressor
- Plastic wrap
- Washcloth and towel
Steel-cut or rolled oatmeal provides the base of this treatment. It helps reduce the itchiness and swelling of the skin, reducing discomfort during flare-ups.
The aloe vera juice soothes the inflammation and restores moisture to your skin, helping reduce the itchiness. This also minimizes the irritation.
The lavender essential oil helps reduce the inflammation of the skin, as well as promotes healing. When mixed with the chamomile oil, the combination has been suggested to be an effective eczema treatment.
Once you have assembled everything you need, follow the directions below to make and use your home eczema treatment.
- In the bowl, combine the aloe vera juice and lavender oil, stirring thoroughly after each drop to ensure it is evenly dispersed.
- Add the oatmeal to the liquid mixture, mixing until it is completely moist. If the oats are still too dry, add more aloe vera juice a tablespoon at a time until moistened. For every tablespoon that is needed, also add a drop of lavender oil.
- Place the lid on the bowl, and let the oatmeal soak for about 15 minutes to absorb the juice and oil.
- Wet the areas of your skin affected by eczema with cool water.
- Use the tongue depressor to apply a thin layer of the treatment to the surface of your skin.
- Place a sheet of plastic wrap over the oatmeal mixture on your skin to keep it from drying out.
- Keep the treatment on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove the plastic wrap, and rinse the oatmeal with a warm, saturated washcloth.
- Pat your skin dry with the towel. Avoid rubbing your skin to keep from irritating it.
Using the above treatment every night can help relieve your eczema symptoms. However, if you symptoms become worse and intolerable, you may want to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist (such as one from Sunflower Dermatology & Medical Day Spa) to discuss your various treatment options.