An itchy subject.
Following closely on he heels of Migraine Awareness Week is National Eczema Week, 17th to 25th September. Another condition close to my heart as my youngest son suffers from eczema and has done since he was very small. We hoped that he would ‘grow out of it’ but alas at 22 still suffers, and has learned, for the most part, to manage it.
1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults have eczema. Skin is our protective barrier to the outside world, and our largest organ. In people with ezcema that barrier is not so protective because the skin does not produce the oils it needs and doesn’t retain moisture as well. This is why moisturising is so important, and why using harsh soaps remove the oils so crucial for protection.
Complementary therapies may provide some relief, but I am sorry to say there is no easy solution to treating eczema. Take a look at this article which I found interesting, ‘Can Complementary Therapies Help Heal Eczema?‘
Aromatherapy. I regularly make up a rich cream for my son to use and he finds it gives him some relief but only if he uses it twice a day to keep his skin well moisturised. I use a Vitamin E base and essential oils. Here is the recipe I use. If you would like me to make this cream for you then please contact me and I can arrange this for you. Also if you wish to buy the essential oils I can source these for you.
Eczema Blend Ingredients:
- 4 ounces vitamin E cream
- 20 drops Lavender essential oil
- 5 drops carrot seed essential oil
- 5 drops geranium essential oil
- 4 drops bay essential oil
Add the essential oils to the cream and stir carefully until the oils are thoroughly blended. Apply to the affected area twice daily. This cream is for adults NOT children.
Advice should always be taken from your GP if you have any concerns.
Bowen Technique. There are case studies on the Bowen Therapists Professional Association website about the benefits of eczema. I have not found Bowen to have noticeably helped in the case of my own son, but as he is away from home he only gets treatments when he is home from university, and his eczema is mild compared to some. The case studies demonstrate that regular (weekly) ongoing treatment for some months does appear to have a beneficial effect on ezcema when combined with other treatment but requires commitment.
Keeping skin moisturised is the key. Conventional treatments are listed here on the National Eczema Society website. Getting to the bottom of the cause in the first place is the tricky part – and indeed stress once again is a major factor in many cases.
Homeopathy has been found to have good results which you might like to read here. If you are looking for a homeopath do let me know as I have a homeopath colleague in Northampton.
Thanks for reading,