Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a common skin disease that causes itchiness, redness and inflammation. It often begins in early childhood and can last a lifetime. Although the exact cause is unknown, researchers believe it is caused by an abnormal allergic response of the body's immune system. People with eczema often have other diseases such as asthma and hay fever.

Traditional treatment has been steroid creams, but these often have side effects and are not ideal for long-term use. We suggest using some natural products that may be helpful.



Neem oil Neem (Azadirachta indica) is valued in Ayurvedic medicine for its varied healing properties due to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral capabilities. A cousin of mahogany, neem is a tropical evergreen tree native to India and Myanmar. Over 60 medicinal uses have been documented for neem so far - such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, cold sores, dandruff, athlete's foot, ulcers, ringworm, and gingivitis, to name a few. For eczema, apply a 2% neem oil-based cream to the affected area and take 2 neem leaf capsules daily to speed the healing. Caution: Pregnant women or those trying to conceive should not ingest any neem product.

Red clover has traditionally been one of the standard remedies for eczema, as well as removing toxins from the body, and treating psoriasis, gout, and hot flashes. Studies have shown that red clover may thin the blood, so it should not be used by patients who are also taking an anticoagulant medication. While red clover is high in isoflavones, the reason it is helpful in treating eczema has not been studied.

Witch hazel Native Americans used witch hazel for inflammatory skin conditions. Dab some on the afflicted area several times daily with a cotton ball. Witch hazel will reduce the inflammation and promote healing. This is a good alternative to steroid creams.

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