There are many medicinal herbs for eczema that have a great reputation as a treatment, but which one to choose will vary depending on the underlying cause. Causes such as allergies, food sensitivities, stress, poor digestion, sluggish liver, bowel function and nutritional deficiencies can all contribute to an outbreak of eczema. Herbal remedies for eczema will usually both involve herbal preparations topically to ease any discomfort and internally to treat the underlying causes.
Topically, herbs for eczema will usually combine antiseptic herbs and herbs that soothe the inflamed area. Internally, herbs for eczema treatment will mostly address digestion with a focus on improving the function of the liver and the gut wall to boost the body’s natural absorption and elimination by improving digestion.
There are many essential oils for eczema skin conditions that are great for relieving it's symptoms. For example, essential oils like tea tree oil, lavender oil, and chamomile oil have soothing, anti-inflammatory properties that can help to stop itching and reduce inflammation associated with eczema. Many essential oils also help to treat bacterial infections on the skin that can make eczema symptoms worse.
The healing properties of essential oils for eczema are boosted by combining them with high-quality carrier oils. Natural oils like virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil help to moisturize irritated skin and speed up the healing time. A combination of essential oils and natural oils can help to reduce the appearance of redness, scaling, and inflammation on skin affected by eczema.
Top Herbs to Treat Eczema
Boswellia - Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) resin has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. The active constituents, boswellic acids, reduce the formation of inflammatory leukotrienes.
This resin is often indicated in the natural treatment of many inflammatory conditions including eczema.
Licorice Root - By supporting adrenal function, licorice (Glcyrrhiza glabra) may help in improving energy levels and general well-being during times of stress.
Licorice root is also an effective anti-inflammatory herb that will sooth eczema from within.
Sage - Topically, sage (Salvia officinalis) is an effective antipruritic (relieves itching), and often combined with soothing herbs, such as marshmallow that helps to relieve irritated and itchy skin.
A good topical herbal preparation will also have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory herbs as part of a total skin preparation to ease the symptoms of eczema.
Goldenseal - Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis) is an effective topical antibacterial agent, mainly due to its berberine content.
When used in combination with marshmallow to soothe inflamed skin it will reduce inflammation.
Evening Primrose - Evening primrose oil (EPO) (Oenothera biennis) is high in essential fatty acid, called gamma linoleic acid (GLA).
It is a very effective anti-inflammatory herb that, like licorice, will soothe the gut and eczema lesions as part of a total approach to treating eczema.
Best Essential Oils for Eczema
Tea tree oil for eczema - The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil make this is a great essential oil for treating eczema outbreaks. An application of tea tree oil reduced skin redness and swelling.
Lavender - Lavender essential oil can help to deal with eczema in several ways. For example, it has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties to reduce skin infections. Lavender is also a natural stress reliever and stress is a known eczema trigger.
Lavender oil has an anti-inflammatory and calming effect on swollen irritated skin. Lavender also helped to reduce pain in damaged skin.
Chamomile to soothe dermatitis - Chamomile is another well-known soothing essential oil that you can use to soothe the effects of dry skin and swelling caused by eczema. Home remedies containing chamomile oil also help to get rid of itchiness and irritation associated with eczema. Chamomile essential oil is also one of the best essential oils for skincare.
Thyme - You can reduce redness and swelling in outbreaks of atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis by using thyme essential oil. Thyme oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can also help prevent secondary infections in the eczema-damaged skin.
Rose geranium - To help reduce the red to brownish-gray patches of dry skin that eczema causes, you can use rose geranium oil together with a carrier oil. Rose geranium is another anti-inflammatory essential oil for relieving skin itchiness.
Basil oil - Essential oil extracted from holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) contains soothing properties that can help to relieve discomfort from itchy skin. A combination of basil oil and carrier oil can help to get rid of red skin patches caused by eczema.