Relieve Your Dry Itchy Skin Using Natural Remedies

Here are some herbs that help dry skin problems

Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) Oil

Evening primrose seed oil (EPO) is used primarily to relieve the itchiness associated with certain skin conditions, including eczema. Results of studies regarding EPO for eczema are mixed. Similar to GLA an omega-6 fatty acid that is derived from EPO, whether EPO relieves the symptoms of eczema may be very individual. Talk to your healthcare provider to decide if it is safe and worthwhile for you to try EPO for your eczema.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Known mainly for its relaxing effects to aid with anxiety and insomnia, some herbal specialists prescribe oral lavender for skin conditions like eczema. In one study of topical lavender, however, children with eczema who received massage with or without lavender oil applied to the skin both did well..

In other words, the improvement in the rash was related to the massage - whether lavender oil was used or not seemed to make no difference. To the extent that eczema is worsened by stress, it is possible that lavender adds some benefit by helping you relax.

Others Herbs that have been used traditionally to treat eczema are listed below. A naturopathic doctor or other herbal specialist might recommend one or more of these remedies after evaluating you and your eczema.

German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) - may reduce inflammation and speed wound healing

Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) - applied topically for wound healing; has anti-inflammatory properties

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) - has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used as an ointment for this skin condition

Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) - may ease discomfort associated with eczema

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)

Homemade Sunburn Relief Recipes

Sun Burn Lotion

* 8 ounces non-medicated lotion
* 5 drops clove oil
* 5 drops peppermint oil
* 2-4 teaspoons powdered Comfrey Root
* 2-4 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel

Mix together thoroughly in a bowl. Chill, if desired.

HINT: Amounts of Comfrey Root or Aloe Vera gel may be increased, but do not increase the amounts of clove or peppermint oils, as they may cause skin irritation.

Cucumber Sunburn Lotion

* 1 cucumber - chopped
* 1/4 cup Glycerin
* 1/4/ cup Rose-water

Squeeze juice out of the cucumber with a lemon-squeezer, and mix with Glycerin and Rose-water.

Sunburn Soothing Bath

* 2-4 cups *Colloidal (not regular) oatmeal
* 1/2 to 1 cup baking soda
* 1-2 cups powdered Chamomile flowers
* 1 cup buttermilk, optional

Add all ingredients to bath water, or wrap in cheesecloth and tie to the faucet for adding aroma.

Sunburn Mist

* 2 fluid ounces of distilled water
* 9 drops of lavender
* 2 drops of peppermint
* 1 drop of spearmint

Mix all, then mist lightly over sun-burned skin.

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