Sometimes no matter what ointments we use or medicines we take, our eczema flareups don’t seem to dissipate. As patients of eczema, we should consider other alternatives for healing. These are some natural and organic products worth trying:
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Olive oil has been used to soften and soothe skin as far back as Egyptian
times. It’s great for skin and even some celebrities, like Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie, use it. When looking to purchase OO, buy extra virgin and organic (if you can) because this will be the most pure of all forms. Other olive oils have been treated and processed.
**TIP: Try adding beeswax or honey with olive oil to thicken and create your own homemade lotion!
Tea Tree Oil – Do NOT apply directly onto skin! A little goes a long way with tea tree oil and it is VERY potent. If your eczema comes into direct contact with this oil, it may cause a severe burning feeling or itching. I suggest using a few drops on a cotton ball or using 8-10 drops in a lukewarm bath with a tbsp of your EVOO. Remember, hot water is bad for people with eczema because it can dry the skin even more. Mix and soak for 20 min. It’s a great opportunity to RELAX! **NOTE: I would not suggest tea tree oil for infants and small children. It is too strong. Tea tree oil can be pricey, but I found the best price at Trader Joe’s for $6.99, 1 fl. oz. (Photo right)
Dead Sea Salt – This is the most expensive option for “going natural” with your eczema skincare. Adovia is a company that specializes in making skincare products using salt from the Dead Sea. I have personally tried Adovia, and although it worked wonderfully for me, it started to affect my budget and I was unable to continue the bathing regimen.
I would NOT recommend Adovia products for babies. If you are considering trying it for your child, ask your dermatologist first. If you’d like to check out their products, go to: http://www.cleopatraschoice.com/adovia-skin-care.html
-Sources: Livestrong.com, Cleopatraschoice.com/Adovia
-Photo courtesy: Claudia Sutton (Tea tree oil and olive oil photos)
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