Eczema – Home remedy

Eczema is a disease characterized by skin rashes that have redness, swelling, itching, dryness, and flaking. The skin itches and when scratched, results in a rash. In Ayurveda, this is known as vicharchika. It occurs when the immune system becomes unbalanced, so the condition is often associated with other allergic conditions like allergic asthma, hay fever, etc. Genetic factors, debility, climate, and psychological factors can dispose one to the condition.

Home Remedies:
Prepare a decoction by boiling 20-30 margosa (neem) leaves in about 4-5 cups of water for 20 minutes. Let it cool and use this water to wash the affected area.
Mix 1 teaspoon powder of licorice root with a small amount of sesame oil. Warm this in a pan and then apply to the affected part. Wrap a bandage over it and leave for 3-4 hours. Repeat twice a day.

Diet and Lifestyle:
Avoid spicy or oily food and a hot humid atmosphere. Wear loose, cotton clothes. Avoid synthetic fibers as they inhibit perspiration. Avoid soap or use mild herbal soap for bathing. Use a soft, smooth towel and avoid rubbing the skin. Avoid tea, coffee, hot spices, and canned and preserved foods. Avoid night shade vegetables.