NEEM OIL: A NATURAL REMEDY FOR ECZEMA


Heal Your Eczema With Neem Oil



Atopic eczema is a very common skin condition that causes the skin to become inflamed and extremely irritated, itchy, dry and cracked. It occurs mostly on the face, hands and on the knees and elbows, but it can appear anywhere on the body.

Eczema is the general term used to describe allergic skin rashes caused by contact dermatitis. Those afflicted by eczema often suffer from other allergies like asthma and hay fever too.


COMMON ECZEMA TRIGGERS



  • Chemicals in detergents, cosmetics, perfume, soap and especially household cleaners
  • Fabrics, dust, sweat, pet dander
  • Stress
  • Digestion problems/leaky gut
  • Candida  

   





COMMON TYPES OF DERMATITIS THAT CAUSE ECZEMA


Atopic Dermatitis


Often has a genetic mutation in a protein in the skin called filaggrin. This results in a breakdown of the barriers between epidermal skin cells, leading to dehydration in the skin and the ability for aeroallergens (pet dander + dust mites) to penetrate the skin. Such aeroallergens result in allergic inflammation and a strong itching sensation. Scratching further disrupts the skin and causes more inflammation and itching.




Contact Dermatitis


Refers to a group of skin disorders in which the skin reaction is due to direct contact with the causative agent. The term dermatitis implies that the outside layers of the skin - the dermis - are affected. It can be acute (a single episode) or chronic (persistent). Dermatitis is nearly always itchy.



Seborrheic Dermatitis


Causes scaly, itchy and inflamed skin on areas of the skin rich in oil-producing glands like the scalp. The common name for seborrheic dermatitis is 'dandruff'. In babies it's called 'cradles cap'.




Perioral dermatitis

Can cause an angry red rash around the mouth and nose. The skin may appear scaly, bumpy an itchy. To make matters worse, this type of dermatitis can be triggered by products used on the face, like sunscreen, fluorinated toothpaste or cosmetics. It can also be caused in babies by drooling.



Psoriasis

Psoriasis, which is often confused with dermatitis, is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that results in the overproduction of skin cells that go through their life cycle too quickly. Typically, it takes about a month for skin cells to regenerate, but for psoriasis sufferers, this process happens every three to four days! Causing cells to accumulate rapidly on the surface of the skin. Skin becomes inflamed and itchy with patches of rough, silvery, scaly skin appearing anywhere on the body including the scalp. There are several different types of psoriasis, but the most common type is plaque psoriasis. 









Neem Oil


A NATURAL REMEDY FOR ECZEMA

In Sanskrit, the word for Neem is 'Nimba' which comes from the term 'Nimbati Syasthyamdadati', meaning 'to give good health'. 'Pinchumada', another Sanskrit name for neem means the destroyer of leprosy and healer of skin infections. Its medicinal qualities are outlined in the earliest Sanskrit writings dating back to around the 4th century BC.

Neem's medicinal properties are documented in the ancient books at the foundation of the Indian system of natural treatment, Ayurveda. Almost every part of the Neem tree has been documented for some medicinal use, from the root bark, stem bark, fruit, seed and gum. 









THE HEALING BENEFITS OF NEEM

  

 HEALING & SOOTHING

Neem oil contains high levels of vitamin E and Oleic Acid (omega-9), a monounsaturated fatty acid that is extremely beneficial in treating eczema due to its moisturising, cell regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties. These fatty acids penetrate easily into the outer layers of the skin repairing the skin's protective barrier function. This prevents transepidermal water loss (TEWL) which leads to dehydrated and damaged skin. Oils high in vitamin E soothe itchy, irritated and inflamed skin caused by dermatitis.


INFECTION FIGHTING



Thanks to an extremely powerful compound called quercetin, neem is loaded with antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Helping those suffering from skin disorders like dermatitis, psoriasis, and also acne, by removing bacteria from the surface of the skin and preventing the further development of skin infections.

Quercetin also has antihistamine, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This flavonoid or plant pigment is found in colourful fruits like blueberries, tomatoes, apples, leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables.  This compound alone supports the body's ability to respond to inflammation by inhibiting both the manufacture and release of histamines and other irritants.







ANTIHISTIMINE


An allergic reaction to any substance, be it pollen or detergents, can trigger an eczema breakout. However, neem oil (along with the extracts of other parts of the neem tree) is loaded with antihistamine properties. This means that it can inhibit these allergic reactions effectively.

PAIN RELIEF

Neem oil is a natural remedy for minor cuts, scrapes, stings and burns. Along with quercetin, whose many properties include pain relieve, neem oil has excellent analgesic properties.  It reduces pain, facilitates wound healing, and minimizes scar development.






RECIPE


20g Shea Butter
15g Cocoa Butter/Coconut Oil
10g Castor Oil
5g Neem Oil
1/8 Tsp Vitamin E Oil
 10 Drops Lavender
 5 Drops Tea Tree
 5 drops Rosemary




*Coconut oil is another wonderful natural remedy for skin conditions like dermatitis. It has many protective antioxidants and antimicrobial properties that help to balance fungal and candida related skin issues. Coconut Oil has a very unique fatty acid profile of Lauric, Capric and Caprylic Acids which are immunity superstars. One of the very few other places Lauric Acid is found is in breast milk.

*You can substitute Castor Oil for any other oils that are high in Oleic Fatty Acid (Omega-9), like Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil or Macadamia Nut Oil.



*Use a double boiler on low heat to melt the butters and coconut oil. Once melted take off the heat and mix in all the other oils. Pour into glass jars and let it set somewhere cool or in fridge.