Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

BODY CARE

ECZEMA

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Eczema is a skin condition often made worse by chemicals found in commercial lotions intended to help symptoms. Herbal remedies will ease the symptoms of eczema—itching, swelling, redness, and flaking—but like commercial lotions, they won’t cure the underlying cause, which can be anything from an inherited tendency, to allergies, stress, or other lifestyle factors. See your doctor to get to the root issue while using these herbal treatments to give skin TLC.

Burdock Infusion

YIELD: ABOUT 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Burdock tea is one of the most effective natural remedies available for eczema. While the taste leaves something to be desired, you’ll get used to it. Adding honey or stevia helps it go down a little easier.

1¼ cups water

1 teaspoon dried burdock root

Raw honey or stevia (optional)

1.In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the water and burdock root. Bring the mixture to a boil.

2.Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.

3.Strain the burdock infusion into a mug, using the back of a spoon to press the liquid from the burdock root before discarding it.

4.Sweeten with raw honey or stevia, if desired.

5.Drink 3 times daily for up to 3 weeks.

Soothing Patchouli Eczema Salve

YIELD: ABOUT 1 CUP
STORAGE: GLASS JAR
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Patchouli grows best in warm climates. Luckily, it’s easy to obtain in the form of essential oil. This salve soothes eczema while imparting an intoxicating fragrance.

½ cup coconut oil

8 drops patchouli essential oil

¼ cup oat flour

¼ cup organic olive oil

1.In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil until it liquefies.

2.Add the patchouli essential oil and the oat flour. Stir until blended.

3.Add the olive oil and mix again, stirring until all the ingredients have been incorporated.

4.Remove from the heat. Pour the salve into a jar and let it cool completely.

5.Cover with a tight cap.

6.Apply a thin layer to the affected area as needed. Keep in a cool, dark place.

Images This salve has a slightly gritty texture, which is normal. The finely ground oats have healthy fats that help your skin heal.

Comfrey–Plantain Poultice

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Comfrey, plantain leaf, and calendula flowers combine to soothe itching and relieve discomfort quickly. The optional ingredients will make this blend more potent. Apply the poultice as its own treatment or as a complement to other therapies.

1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon dried comfrey

1 cup fresh plantain leaves

1 tablespoon fresh calendula flowers or 1 teaspoon dried calendula flowers

1 tablespoon fresh yarrow leaves or 1 teaspoon dried yarrow leaves (optional)

1 drop rosemary essential oil (optional)

1.In a blender or food processer, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. If using mostly dried ingredients, you may need to add up to 1 teaspoon of water, a few drops at a time.

2.Using fingertips, apply a thin layer to the affected area.

3.Lay a clean cloth over the herbs, and leave in place for 10 to 15 minutes.

4.Rinse clean with cool water and pat dry.

5.Use 1 to 2 times each day while painful eczema persists.