Eczema is a generic term that is used to generally refer to a number of skin inflammation brought about by excessive sensitivity to certain allergens such as certain types of food, pollens, chemicals, dust mites, dander and molds, among others.
While there is no definite understanding as to the real underlying cause of eczema, it is widely believed that it is mainly brought about by the over reaction of the immune system in responding to what is detected as an allergen attack.
Eczema is known to attack people of every age, gender and nationalities. In addition, it can appear in any part of the body, although it is typically seen on legs and arms, forehead, cheeks, ears as well as any body part with skin folds such as the elbows and the back of the knees. While eczema presents a less than desirable skin condition, it is not contagious in nature.
How Aromatherapy Can Help As An Eczema Treatment
There are a number of essential oils that can be used by eczema patients to effectively alleviate the itchiness, inflammation and pain that is associated with eczema. In addition, there are oils derived from herbs that exhibit cytophylactic properties which is known to aid in skin cell rejuvenation. Among the highly recommended oils include neroli, helichrysum, lavender and rose otto.
In addition, the German and Roman chamomile along with yarrow oils are most effective for the reduction of the inflammation and is also known to soothe the sore patches of the skin. It is recommended that at least one of these oils should be included in any essential oil blends. However, it is important to keep in mind that the Roman and German chamomile is known to be very powerful so only a tiny amount should be added. Furthermore, none of the aforementioned oils should go over 25% of your formula. This is because, when it comes to dealing with essential oils, less is definitely more.
Other Oil Sources
Other equally important and recommended oils are those from coconut, St. John’s Wort, calendula, evening primrose, as well as the rosehip carrier oils – all of which are known to provide soothing relief for overly dry and patchy skin. If only a small portion of your body is affected with eczema, then make sure to only apply small amounts on the affected area before bedroom in order to avoid the clothes from chafing the skin.
There are also hypoallergenic lotions that contain essential oils, which present a good combination of moisturizing the skin and providing relief with the oils’ healing properties. Among the more popular healing botanicals used by skin products nowadays include the rose mallow and the goldenrod.
Dealing With Stress
As many already know, stress is a major contributing factor to eczema. A condition can easily escalate to a severe one when a person especially when dealing with highly stressful situations. If you are facing such predicament, then you can also use essential oils as a good eczema treatment for combating stress.
Since eczema is a chronic skin condition, eczema treatment needs to be applied regularly. It is generally best to seek out non-synthetic and all-natural medications in order to avoid the adverse side effects that come with prolonged drug use.