7. Neem Oil
Neem oil comes from the neem tree, and is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, anti-viral and anti-microbial remedy. Plus, it is packed with vitamin E and fatty acids, which hydrate your skin and restore its natural elasticity.
It’s abundant in carotenoids, similar to carotene, which provide high antioxidant effects that help protect the skin against free radicals. Once absorbed, these powerful properties work to rejuvenate the skin’s cells and restore elasticity. Neem oil also contains extraordinarily high levels of antioxidants that help to protect the skin from environmental damage too.
Neem oil destroys any bacteria and disease promoting microorganisms on the skin while decreasing redness and swelling which cause itching.
8. Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)
Hard to be ingested with diet, this rare fatty acid is found in evening black currant, primrose oil, and hemp oils.The human body produces GLA from linoleic acid (LA) which is present in many oils, butter and egg yolks. A GLA dose of 500 mg twice per day for 8 weeks has great effects on skin, hair, and nails.
However, be cautious of genetically modified safflower oils, which is currently being promoted as healthy due to their high GLA content.
9. Fermented Foods and Probiotics
The prevention and treatment of eczema can be stimulated with the use of fermented and probiotic foods, which help by providing overall homeostasis and support to the immune system, preventing pathogenic bacterial infections, replenishing lost or damaged beneficial bacteria and maintaining the balance of alkalinity and acidity in the intestines.
Foods like sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, kefir, miso soup, tempeh, kombucha, microalgae and others are all abundant in beneficial bacteria which protect against illnesses and infections caused by harmful bacteria that thrive in the lack of beneficial colonies.
10. Transdermal Magnesium
A highly effective remedy against inflammatory skin conditions, transdermal magnesium offers many benefits as reported by patients who use it, especially its direct absorption into the cells. Plus, it is also a powerful tool against magnesium deficiency.
It is often prescribed by holistic health practitioners as a treatment, but it can be easily and quickly applied in the convenience of your own home as well. You can use it when bathing, apply it as a gel or lotion, or spray it directly on your skin.
11. Bentonite Clay Infused Water
Bentonite helps in the treatment of skin conditions by eliminating toxins, improving circulation, reducing inflammation and absorbing excess oil. It consists of tiny little platelets, each with both, a negative and positive charge. As the clay makes its way through your body, it expands like a sponge absorbing the excess water as it travels. It soaks up as many positively charged toxins in its path as it can hold.
By using it twice a week, it shows significant improvements on problem areas. Please note that in these treatments, toxins rise to the surface, so some skin conditions may appear to get worse. However, it is normal and will diminish in a week or two depending on the severity of your condition.
A wonderful and beneficial mixture can be made by mixing it with pure apple cider vinegar or an herb infused vinegar. This treatment should be left on overnight and gives amazing results.
12. Topical Creams and Salves
Topical creams and salves can be of great benefit in various skin disorders, but they should contain one or more of the following herbs to help relieve itching and burning, and promote healing. Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) cream can lessen itching and liquid witch hazel can help with “weeping” or oozing eczema.
The best choice in these cases is chamomile (Matricaria recutita) creams, however. These are also highly beneficial: licorice (Glycyrrhia glabra), Chickweed (Stellaria media), marigold (Calendula officinalis).