Natural tips to control Eczema from within
Eczema is so varied in the way it manifests, and in the underlying causes, that it should not be considered as a single condition. Therefore, the aromatherapy approach needs to be quite flexible.
When someone suffers from Eczema, in almost all cases stress and toxins are involved, and kind of the big triggers really.
The skin is communicating that stress and toxins are quite high and she is not coping.
Aromatherapy can help with stress and detoxification, otherwise treatment only on the skin is merely palliative.
In addition, there may be some intrinsic allergies, so those allergens should be avoided not to make the eczema even worse: specific foods, soaps, laundry conditioners, household chemicals and disinfectants. Again, reducing the toxic load at home is quite key especially in houses with young children and elderly people.
Applying eczema creams without targeting the underlying stress and nutrition it is just scratching the surface.
So, what can we do about Eczema?
First: target stress
A huge array of essential oils is at our disposal to help us cope with stress in a natural way without generating drug dependency. The objective is to soothe, calm and Comfort the sufferer to reduce stress as much as possible.
Oils such as Chamomile, Bergamot, Lavender, Melissa, Ylang Ylang and Neroli are very important and should be used every day at home or when the person with eczema is feeling particularly fraught.
Chamomile and Melissa work on the mental, emotional and physical levels, having a calming and distressing action. In this way, they act on the underlying cause of the eczema, as well as topically in creams.
Oils which strengthen the action of the adrenals may help in the short term but they shouldn’t be overused. Examples are Geranium and Rosemary which are quite invigorating and they blend nicely.
Diffusing cheerful oils like Orange, Mandarin, Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon or Palo Santo.
They are great to fill a room with happiness and calmness, ideal when our kids or teenagers are studying and they are stressed with school demands and may cause the eczema to flare up.
👉Yoga & meditation for grownups, sports or creative art and craft activities for the youngest are good de-stressing tools:
Especially if you can share these activities with family and friends.
Grounding or earthing reduces inflammation. Walk barefoot on grass for 5 to 10 mins, give yourself a break, improving blood flow, helping to decrease muscle tension and lower stress levels. A shift from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system (which is the calming one).
They are great for relaxation or showers where you cover the drain and place drops of Lavender in the floor water.
Second: detox and nutritional tips
Why Detoxifying? to let all the toxins out and help the skin to have a break…helping the skin in its big role of elimination. Eczema is an attempt by the body to throw off accumulated toxins through the skin, especially when diet has been very poor, or high in very processed food.
Signs and symptoms of toxicity may include:
- Unexplained Fatigue
- Mental fogginess, anxiety or low mood,
- Under eyes circles, skin breakouts
- Digestive issue
- Recurrent infections
- Cellulite is worsening
- Halitosis (bad breath)
Detoxifying essential oils are helpful, and perhaps a short fast or a cleansing diet:
- Lemon and warm water first thing in the morning, use a straw to protect the enamel,
- Omega 3: from wild salmon, pumpkin seeds, avocado,
- Bone broth,
- Plenty of water,
- Eat less of sugar, dairy, flours and processed food in general, S
- Supplements helps: during a period of stress, the body is less able to absorb nutrients, so supplementation is important, especially the B group, Vitamin C, D, Zinc, Ginseng, Omega 3 and Probiotics. Studies show that incidence of eczema is much lower among people who take probiotics.
When detoxifying is undergoing, the eczema may get temporarily worse as the body begins to throw off more toxic waste, therefore the person with eczema will need to be encouraged and supported through this healing crisis before the real improvement can be seen. Hang in there! 💪
Juniper Berry is perhaps the most important essential oil to use in detoxifying, and it is significant that it is an emotional detoxifier too.
It’s a bit like Chamomile and Lavender, they work on the stress levels and also topically on the skin, Juniper Berry it’s a really good detoxifier for the skin and also mentally, so essential oils have this ability of working on multiple levels.
For the morning an energising bath with: Geranium, Rosemary and Juniper Berry, targeting the adrenals and detox at the same time. And remember that Geranium is “BALANCE” is capital letters.
In the evening: Juniper berry and Lavender for relaxation & detox benefits.
After targeting the stress levels, cleansing, detoxifying, having a better nutrition & supplementation, Oils like Chamomile, Lavender, Palmarosa and Benzoin can be used on the skin to improve the appearance significantly!
The skin produces its own protective layer called sebum. Because the sebum is an oily wax, essential oils applied to the skin will dissolve into this wax and make the absorption by the skin even easier.
👉Copaiba essential oil has excellent anti-inflammatory and healing benefits, also highly analgesic. It reduces redness, scarring and inflammation. Good to support chronic skin disease as well.
Another way of applying the oils is in cold compresses, and this can be extremely soothing when the eczema is very itchy. It is probably the most effective way, apart from baths, to treat large areas of the skin.
👉Did you know that copaiba essential oil can make your skin happy? Copaiba essential oil contains large amounts of beta-caryophyllene, a molecule that interacts with cannabinoid receptors in your skin. This causes skin cells to produce beta-endorphin, one of the happiness hormones.
After applying the eczema cream, take deep breaths from what’s left in your hands adding more calmness into the body.
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