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Complete Guide to Naturally Healing Eczema

Understanding Eczema: Symptoms, Causes, and Natural Treatments

What is Eczema?

Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is an inflammation of the skin that causes itching and redness. It encompasses various skin disorders that can arise from different causes, including hereditary factors. Eczema becomes infectious only if it is secondarily infected.

Types of Eczema

  • Contact Eczema: Caused by allergens such as plants, metals, detergents, and chemical irritants.
  • Atopic Eczema: Associated with allergies like hay fever.
  • Pompholyx Eczema: Triggered by emotional stress.
  • Varicose Eczema: Occurs in the region of varicose veins.


  • Red, scaly, cracked patches of skin, particularly on the hands, ears, feet, and legs.
  • Burning and itching with a strong urge to scratch, possibly leading to infection, especially in children.
  • Small fluid-filled blisters that may burst to form sores.

Causes and Risk Factors

Eczema can affect individuals of any age and can appear on any part of the body, but it primarily affects the ears, hands, feet, and legs. In infants, eczema is often caused by allergies to certain proteins found in wheat, milk, and eggs. Emotional problems and severe mental stress are suspected of causing eczema in adults. A family history of eczema suggests a hereditary component.

Natural Treatments for Eczema


  • Cassia Pods and Aloe Vera: Known for their soothing and healing properties.

Chinese Herbalism

Chinese herbs are prescribed based on the specific cause and symptoms of eczema. Possible herbs include:

  • Wormwood
  • Peony Root
  • Chinese Gentian
  • Dittany Bark and Puncture Vine Fruit: May help reduce itching.

Traditional Home and Folk Remedies

  • Oatmeal Bath: Soothes irritation and reduces itching.
  • Witch Hazel Infusion: Bathe sore patches with witch hazel diluted in warm water.


  • Herbal Infusions: Drink infusions of burdock, chamomile, heartsease, marigold, and red clover for their anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Topical Treatments: Apply chickweed ointment and calendula oil directly to the affected area. Aloe vera gel from the plant leaf can encourage healing.


  • Essential Oils: A gentle massage with chamomile, lavender, and/or melissa essential oils in a carrier oil can treat eczema.
  • Blended Oils: Massage affected areas with a blend of chamomile, sage, geranium, and lavender essential oils in a carrier oil.


Eczema requires constitutional treatment tailored to individual needs. Useful remedies include:

  • Sulfur: For burning, red, hot, and itchy skin.
  • Graphites: For infected skin.
  • Petroleum: For deep cracks with a watery discharge.
  • Urtica Urens: For nettle rash-type itchiness.
  • Rhus Tox: For blisters that worsen at night and improve with warmth.

Flower Essences

  • Impatiens: Useful for rashes associated with irritability and impatience. Can be taken internally or mixed into a neutral cream.
  • Rescue Remedy: Effective for skin troubles when taken internally or used externally in a cream or wash.

Vitamins and Minerals

  • Vitamin A: Increase intake through liver, eggs, butter, milk, and red and orange vegetables.
  • B-Complex Supplement: Ensure it contains good levels of niacin (B3), found naturally in peanuts, meat, fish, and pulses.
  • Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids: Act as natural antihistamines.
  • Evening Primrose Oil: Used to reduce itching and encourage healing.

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