Treat Eczema with Lavender Oil

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Eczema is a widely used term for a variety of inflammatory conditions of the skin that have the tendency to reoccur, even though they are regularly treated. It is usually characterized by itching, crusty, scaly skin that often leads to blisters and skin lesions. "Atopic Dermatitis" is a very common problem and there are various types as well. This skin disease's cause is not known, despite many studies. It has been proven, however, that stress is one of the factors that aggravate Eczema.

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Types of Eczema

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    Atopic Dermatitis - this is a chronic skin condition in which the skin is itchy and inflamed.
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    Contact Eczema - burning of the skin when it has come into contact with known allergens or irritants such as a cleaning agent or acids.
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    Allergic Contact Eczema - burning, flushing and itching of the skin after it's come into contact with a foreign substance the skin does not recognize.
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    Seborrheic Eczema - this skin inflammation's cause is unknown, but it's characteristics are oily, yellowish, and scaly patches on the scalp, face and other body parts.
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How Does Lavender Oil Work For Treating Eczema?

Due to the antiseptic, anti-fungal, and enhanced circulatory properties of this wonder oil, it has been used as a treatment for eczema. Lavender oil also has anti-inflammatory properties that offer relief to people, suffering from this skin condition.

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Steps

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    Fill a small spray bottle with 1 cup of distilled or tap water.
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    Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
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    Shake the solution well before spraying onto the affected skin.

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Causes of Eczema

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    Genetics.
    A person can get Eczema if there is a family history of skin allergies and asthma.
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    Irritants.
    Some people are sensitive to certain allergens, such as plants and dust particles. If these allergens come into contact with the person's skin, he or she is likely to get rashes, which can result in eczema.
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    Upper Respiratory Infections.
    Fever and other infections, especially in the upper respiratory tract are sometimes accompanied by Eczema.
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    Unusual functions of the immune system.
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    Defects in the skin barrier that could let moisture out and allow germs in.
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According to some dermatologists, Eczema can become worse when certain irritants come into contact with a person who is prone to allergies. Fortunately, it can be treated with medications, such as hydrocortisone creams and other products containing corticosteroids. Also, to avoid worsening the skin issue, the skin should be kept moist. If the affected skin is dry, the person is likely to scratch, which could make it worse, and may spread in some areas of the skin.

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Eczema in Babies

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Eczema in babies is obvious when you look at their skin. If there are red patches on your baby's skin, accompanied by itchy, dry, red, rough spots, and the baby seems irritable, Atopic Dermatitis might be the culprit. The common causes are the same as with adults: allergens, genetics, hay fever, and too few fatty cells, also known as ceramides. Ceramides are cells that provide protection for the skin from harmful foreign substances. Ceramides are found in abundance in the epidermis. If the baby has too few fatty acids in his or her skin, then he or she is likely to have dry skin; a sign that she or he could be prone to eczema. Hydrocortisone creams and ointments are mostly safe to use to treat inflammation on baby's skin. However, there is a side effect from using it very often thinning of the skin. �"

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Modern medications can cause some adverse side effects after use, or if you've been taking it for a long time. To avoid these annoying side effects, you may want to try some traditional remedies, such as herbs. Lavender oil is a potent essential oil for treating Eczema in adults and even children and infants. It is also regarded as the gentlest oil among the essential oils.

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How To Use Lavender Oil For Babies With Eczema

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Babies have sensitive skin, and even pure essential oils can cause serious skin irritations when not applied properly. To apply the right amount of lavender oil on your baby, follow the tips below:

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    Bathing:
    When you are going to bathe your baby, add two to three drops of lavender oil into the bath water. This will help reduce the inflammation on the affected skin. Your baby will also probably love the scent from lavender oil.
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    Dilution:
    With severe Eczema, add one drop of pure lavender oil to the affected skin. However, it is recommended to dilute it with two teaspoons of clean water for babies. This is the safest way to avoid any adverse effects later on. Lavender oil is very potent and might not be safe to apply straight to the skin. Infants and children will respond to low dosages of lavender essential oil, so just a few drops of diluted lavender oil will do to reduce inflammation and relieve the uncomfortable feeling.
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    Application:
    When applying lavender oil, make sure you dilute the lavender oil with two tablespoons of sweet almond oil or coconut oil. Mix and blend thoroughly before massaging it onto your baby's skin.
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Tips

  • Be aware of what your eczema triggers are, and avoid them.
  • Moisturize dry skin to soothe the itching and burning sensation.
  • Try not to scratch the affected areas, as it will only aggravate the situation.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that won't irritate the affected skin.
  • Learn stress reduction techniques to alleviate Eczema flare-ups.
  • If you apply undiluted lavender oils on baby skin, it could worsen the skin issue, because pure lavender oil can cause skin burning or a tingling sensation in infants and children.
  • Do not allow infants and children to ingest lavender oil.
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Questions and Answers

Why does my Eczema get worse with lavender oil?

Not all skin types are compatible with the topical use of lavender oil. Lavender oil should be used with caution as it can cause skin irritation. You should also dilute it before using.

You could have a mild allergy to the lavender or some other ingredient in the oil. It could also be something as simple as one of the ingredients they use in the processing of the lavender into oil. You could always look into an Eczema lotion. I have heard some friends tell me that the sensitive skin Aveeno Eczema lotion for babies works wonders on adults.

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As there are no added ingredients to 'pure' essential oils, it's probably Contact Dermatitis. Although it works for some, others might by hypersensitive to it.

Can lavender oil cure eczema?

Lavender oil helps to treat eczema because of its properties to deter scar formation - a process of wound healing. There is no actual evidence or study yet that proves lavender oil alone can cure eczema.

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The answer is yes. Below are some medicinal properties of lavender oil, which are very helpful in managing Eczema:

  • Lavender oil has an antiseptic effect, which helps to soothe the inflamed skin caused by eczema.
  • Lavender oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties which are very effective in reducing pathogens in the skin that cause irritation, often leading to Eczema.
  • Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory properties which aid in reducing the inflammation of the skin caused by Eczema.
  • Lavender oil improves the circulatory system, promoting faster wound healing essential in managing Eczema.

To sum the above facts, using lavender oil greatly helps to manage Eczema due to its various health benefits for the skin, making it one of the best natural home-remedies for treating Eczema.

Managing is not the same a curing, so although Lavender Oil, for most people, is effective in treating the symptoms of Eczema, it does not actually cure Eczema.

Can lavender be used as a straightener while using corticosteroid safely?

Yes, it is safe to use lavender as straightener while using corticosteroid. Lavender is a natural straightener, unlike those chemicals that may have adverse reaction with corticosteroid. Since this is an herb and all natural, you don't have to worry about any side effects.

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Warning. Never assume because it's an herb, and it's natural, that it's completely safe and innocuous. Two nutmegs can kill a grown man! Use caution with everything.

See more questions like this: What does a straighter " lavender is a natural straightener"?

Lavender, Almond, and Jojoba oil for skin rash?

I have a small itchy skin rash concentrated around my chin and have rubbed these oils on my skin. Will this help? I have tried: Cetaphil, Vaseline, Benedryl. I think it was caused by: Laundry detergent, stress, some kind of skin irritant.

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Because you have a sensitivity, perform a small test patch with each of the oils you'd like to use, in a different spot on your arm, remembering which oil was put where. In addition to lavender, test Aloe Vera and then test them mixed together. The Aloe Vera will help the antihistamines present as well as moisturize. Wait for an hour or two, and take a look at the test spots. You'll be able to see if any of the oils is causing an adverse reaction.

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Should I try lavender essential oil diluted on a 17 month old child's arms and hands?

The eczema on her arms and hands wakes her up at night. I have removed her from a child minder who had two cats. Please do you have any advice you can offer me? I have tried: Cotton bedding, various creams, oatmeal in bath water. Some changes to her diet. I think it was caused by: I wonder if she has a wheat allergy. I was allergic to cows milk as a child myself and therefore give her Goats milk rather than cow milk. She wakes itching with a sore distended tummy

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