Eczema is sometimes considered an auto immune disease. It is best treated both internally, as well as externally.
I suffered with eczema for 30 years. After becoming a medical herbalist, I developed a special combination of organic herbs and oils to help treat and heal the symptoms of eczema.
Stay clear of Vaseline! Vaseline is made from petroleum, and will clog pores causing more damage.
Most eczema feels better when it is slightly moist.With eczema the skin dries out, leaving it red, scaly, and sometimes very sore.
It is best with most eczema cases to keep the area away from excessive water while inflamed, but still keep it moisturized.
Herbs we use in Organic Eczema Herbal Ointment and why:
Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis) - Relieves inflammation and soothes the skin.
Burdock Root (Articum lappa) - Minimizes the destruction of skin cells.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) - Soothes inflamed, red skin. It has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties
Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) - Relieves itching. It has anti-inflammatory properties.
Chickweed (Stellaria media)- Helps to soothe skin and stops itching.
Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis) - Acts as an emollient for the skin and prevents infection.
Oatstraw (Avena sativa) - Helps stop itching, and is an emollient for the skin.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) - Helps to stimulate skin circulation to speed healing.
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)- Relieves inflammation.
While steroids can help, they can have side effects!!!
Internally, a tea of burdock root, calendula and oatstraw would help detoxify. Combine herbs, and use 1/2 teaspoon for her age. Also, "cleaning" up the diet can help. Lots of fresh fruit, and veggies. Lots of water to help stay hydrated from the inside. Limit sugar intake. Limit processed foods as much as possible. You want to detox as much as you can.
Be well! You are welcome to contact me if you have more questions.