Eczema is a rapidly spreading skin ailment in modern times, especially in children. Not surprising when you realise that repeated exposure to harsh chemicals and chronic stress are two of the common reasons for eczema prone skin to flare up.
What is the best medication to treat eczema at home?
Before we describe the best medication to treat eczema at home, let us first understand this skin ailment (it also affects the scalp) in some detail. Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition causing uncomfortably dry, red and itchy rash-like patches on skin or scalp. The skin being prone to itching, also leads to a risk of bacterial infection. Few common types of eczema include atopic dermatitis, allergic or contact dermatitis and dyshidrotic eczema.
Common skin and hand eczema treatment prescribed by doctors include medication like antibacterials and corticosteroids. However, since eczema is often seen in children and babies, and is quite often a recurring condition needing constant treatment, many do not feel comfortable using prescription medication and look for natural home remedies. And that is what we are here to talk about.
The best medication to treat eczema at home includes plant oils that are high in fatty acids, antioxidants, antimicrobials and also aid in reducing anxiety. For all of these properties, a blend of therapeutic grade geranium, frankincense and jojoba oils, in an aromatherapy recommended dosage, is the best medication to treat eczema at home. While this method may take longer to show results in scalp, skin and hand eczema treatment, they surely work, as many users of our popular formulation Scalp Psoriasis Oil (for Scalp and Skin Psoriasis, Eczema and Dandruff) will vouch for.
Geranium essential oil benefits for skin eczema
The foremost in Geranium essential oil benefits for skin and scalp eczema, is its ability to ease stress and anxiety, promote relaxation and lift your mood. There is extensive research linking stress with eczema flare ups, and while it is counter intuitive how calming of nerves can lead to a skin and hand eczema treatment, essential oils including geranium are known to heal skin ailments in this way, by improving inner balance.
Besides, geranium essential oil also has antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help arrest chances of bacterial infection in the eczema affected skin or scalp.
Geranium essential oil benefits for skin do not end with eczema alone. We use geranium essential oil in face, body, hand and scalp formulations as it is highly beneficial in reducing serious skin issues like acne breakouts and even psoriasis.
Frankincense essential oil benefits for skin eczema
Frankincense essential oil is extracted from the aromatic resin that is the gum of the Boswellia tree, and has found extensive use in the history of medicine. Widely grown and used in the Middle East, with strong biblical references, frankincense oil was also used in Indian Ayurveda and Chinese medicine.
Frankincense essential oil benefits for skin or scalp treatments, primarily rest on its strong antimicrobial and analgesic properties. In fact, besides its use in treating inflammatory conditions like eczema and psoriasis, skin sores and wounds, recent research on frankincense essential oil also reveals positive findings on its anticancer and anti tumor properties.
Besides, frankincense essential oil benefits for skin care include astringent properties that mask the appearance of pores and reduces acne blemishes. Frankincense essential oil is therefore not just a popular ingredient in hand, body and scalp treatments, but also in anti aging formulations.
Jojoba oil benefits for skin eczema
Benefits of cold pressed jojoba oil for skin and hair is best known in natural cosmetics. The composition of jojoba oil, a native of south western United States and northern Mexico, is not like an oil but rather a wax, which resembles the human sebum. That makes jojoba oil a very popular ingredient for skin and scalp care. Probably lesser known is how jojoba oil works for inflammatory conditions like eczema and psoriasis on the skin and scalp.
Research suggests that jojoba oil has potent anti-inflammatory effects, making it undeniably a good choice for irritated and inflamed skin like eczema and acne. Benefits of jojoba oil for skin and hair, particularly for inflammatory conditions of the skin and scalp, comes from jojoba’s rich supply of vitamins B and E, both with ample antioxidant properties that protect against damaging free radicals from external stressors.
Amongst other benefits of jojoba oil for skin and hair is its ability to penetrate skin better, therefore delivering actives, say if you use a retinol or vitamin C, much more effectively into your skin. So if you use actives in your skincare you are better off finding one with jojoba oil listed on top of the list.
What habits can help reduce my eczema?
Managing a chronic ailment like eczema takes patient treatment. You can start by incorporating a few healthy habits to calm your mind and avoid known triggers:
- Be mindful of the hours and quality of sleep
- Incorporate yoga, physical fitness and meditative practices into your lifestyle
- Use a product with therapeutic grade lavender essential oil before sleeping as eczema symptoms often worsen at night
- Moisturise your skin, hand, scalp and affected areas with extra virgin coconut oil twice a day
- Read labels and avoid known triggers of allergic or contact dermatitis like cocamidopropyl betaine (in shampoos, lotions, and soaps), sulphates (in shampoos and body washes), synthetic fragrances, paraphenylenediamine (PPD, used in hair dye), preservatives such as formaldehyde, antibacterial medication like neomycin and bacitracin, antifungal or antibacterial medication such as methylisothiazolinone, or metals such as chromium, cobalt, and nickel.
Plant oils as a natural cure for eczema
All in all, eczema is not an easy condition to deal with. However, if you’re amongst those who are looking for a natural alternative to mainstream medication, or assisting your prescribed medication using natural ingredients at home, look out for high quality, unprocessed, nutritive plant oils like geranium, frankincense and jojoba that we have described above, for the best and most effective treatment for eczema at home.
The purity of these oils and their synergistic blend in aromatherapy recommended dosages, goes a long way in assisting you in your battle against eczema.