ECZEMA

ESSENTIAL OILS

Lavender. Brings circulation to skin cells.

Geranium. Contains anti-bacterial properties; soothes allergic reactions.96

Manuka. Soothes and helps heal damaged skin.

Myrrh. Treats skin irritations; soothes chapped or cracked skin.

Research
A 2010 study reported that myrrh essential oil helped maintain elevated white blood cell count throughout the healing period after dermal injury; this implied it was also able to induce activation of the immune responses involved in wound healing.

Home Remedy
Eczema Ease. Mix a teaspoon of coconut oil with 5 drops of geranium oil, and then rub the mixture onto the infected area twice daily until results are noticeable.

Background
Eczema is an itchy, red rash that can appear all over the body and, in particular, occurs among people who have very dry, sensitive skin. The skin can blister and crack in some cases. There are 31.6 million people in the U.S. with eczema.95 It is usually diagnosed at a very young age. Babies with eczema typically have it on the face, especially the cheeks and chin, but they can also have it on the scalp, chest, back and outer arms and legs. Children and adults typically have the telltale rash on their necks, wrists, ankles and in areas that bend. The specific cause of eczema remains unknown, but it is believed to develop due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. Symptoms can worsen with exposure to common food allergens or other substances such as perfumes or soaps.

Suggested Supplements

» Omega-3 + Vitamin D3. Essential fats and vitamin D are critical for wound healing and reduce inflammation.

» Probiotics. Provide friendly bacteria that help support gut health and immunity.