Using Natural Oils to Treat Eczema
Eczema is an annoying, itchy sensation which spreads throughout the entire body. Adequate bathing and usage of moisturizers and creams would have helped you a bit, but is there any other way by which you can get relieved by that nasty rash?
Read on to find out the effects of natural oils to counter the eczematic flare.
Natural oils have a great effect on the skin. Nature provides for most of the problems faced by us! Here are three of the most important oils found in nature which can help in the treatment of eczema.
- Coconut Oil
Using coconut oil is an easy and cheap method to treat eczema. Coconut oil has marked antibacterial, antifungal and anti-microbial properties. This prevents the chances of infection during an eczematic flare. Coconut oil constitutes of a certain chemical known as lauric acid. This is an important chemical which can be used to treat rashes. Make sure you buy an organic bottle of coconut oil. There are two ways by which coconut oil can be helpful in relieving the itchy skin developed due to eczema – External topical application and Internal Ingestion. You can incorporate coconut oil into your daily diet by using it as an alternative to cooking oil. Coconut Oil Pulling can be practiced in order to remove the effects of eczema. This provides a generation old method of detoxification.This method involves swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for around 15 minutes. This cleanses the membranes of the mouth.Special coconut moisturizers are also available in the market which can be applied topically over the topmost layer of skin.
- Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil has a promising amount of fatty acid as its content. As a fatty acid derivative, this oil produces the maximum effect when ingested orally. This oil contains a high number omega 6 fatty acids and gamma linoleic acid.
This oil hasn’t been studied deeply yet but promises a great effect in eczematic patients. This oil is easily available in the markets and are cheap to use.
Ceramides are a very special type of fat which is produced in our body. This fat forms a skin barrier which provides protection against infections during an eczematic flare. Oil extracted from the seeds of a sunflower plant stimulates the producers of this fat to produce more ceramide. Sunflower seed oil is enriched with prostaglandins (inflammatory modulator) and linoleic acid (precursor of arachidonic acid). These contents help in garnering an anti-inflammatory effect coupled with a skin barrier replenishing effect. Sunflower oil can be incorporated easily into your daily skin moisturizing routine. Cold pressed and organic sunflower seed oil is the best option. Cold treatment ensures that all the nutrients are quarantined into the oil. These are generally lost when the oils are processed at higher temperatures. After soaking in a lukewarm water bath for a period of 15 minutes, apply the sunflower oil while the skin is wet (in an interval of 3 minutes). This ensures the easy absorption of the oil through the pores of the skin.
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