Anyone who has ever suffered from eczema knows how awful it is. The swelling, scaling and redness are embarrassing and emotionally distressing; and the pain and itching make it uncomfortable or depending on the severity, excruciating to do just about anything at all. Even worse, you’ve probably tried all of the over the counter and prescription treatments on the market, only to find that your eczema comes right back as bad as ever.
One thing which you have to do to heal from eczema is to keep your skin clean; but the commercially available skin cleansers and soaps generally cause your skin to become dry and irritated, which only makes the condition worse. Thankfully, you can also use gentle, natural skin cleansers like the recipe given here. It is very inexpensive and easy to make at home – and unlike many of the chemical-laden products out there, it can help you start to heal.
You need just three ingredients comfrey root, white oak bark and slippery elm bark. Keep reading to find out why you need all three ingredients for an effective natural skin cleanser which can help relieve the symptoms of eczema.
1. Comfrey Root
Comfrey root has natural anti-inflammatory properties, so it reduces the swelling and redness as well as promotes the healing process.
2. White Oak Bark
White oak bark is an excellent source of skin-soothing zinc. It helps relieve the pain and itching; and its vitamin B12 content is also helpful in reducing the inflammation of eczema.
3. Slippery Elm Bark
This ingredient contains a high concentration of naturally antibiotic tannins, so it can prevent your irritated skin from becoming infected. It also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, reducing the swelling and redness.
How to Make The Cleanser
You will need 1 spoon of comfrey root, slippery elm bark and white oak bark for each 2 cups of water. You can use more if you wish to have a larger preparation ready to use.
Let the ingredients boil and then simmer for 30 minutes. Let the mix cool down and remove any solids. Once it is cool, you can use as you would any other skin cleanser.
This gentle, effective and natural remedy for eczema is easy to make and is inexpensive enough to make at home. It’s just part of a truly effective natural eczema treatment, however. If you want to know more about a natural remedy for eczema which can cure the condition for good, please visit my website to learn more.
National Eczema Society – Information and Advice
Photo: Jenő Szabó
I have two questions. First, what is your website? I would love to read more about your suggestions for natural eczema remedies. Second, I have eczema in two VERY weird places – in my ears and ‘private’ areas. Would this be safe to use on the vulva?
Thanks for your time!