Medicinal herbs for eczema

With eczema, the skin becomes red, painful and itchy. Sometimes not all of these symptoms occur, sometimes more occur. There are many different forms of eczema, and there are also many anti-eczema products on the market. A number of resources can also be found in nature. For example, a combination of the tricolor violet (Viola tricolor) and oak bark (Quercus) can form a working home remedy. Walnut leaves (Juglans regia) can also combat eczema.

What is eczema?

Eczema is a common skin condition. There are many different forms of eczema and there are almost as many anti-eczema products on the market. It is not known how it is caused by every form. Eczema is characterized by red, sensitive skin. It often itches. Bumps or blisters may also occur, and the skin may become flaky. Eczema may clear up on its own after a day or remain present for years.

Healing

In addition to the many remedies available in pharmacies, eczema can also be combated with herbs. A combination of

An oak / Source: Stevek, Rgbstock

tricolor violet and oak bark can work wonders for many forms of eczema. Walnut leaves can also help.

Pansy tricolor ( Viola tricolor ) and oak bark ( Quercus )

The tricolor violet contains mucilages that reduce susceptibility to infections. This can also help combat eczema. All above-ground parts of the tricolor violet can be used (i.e. the stems, leaves and flowers).
The bark of the oak tree contains tannins as its main active ingredient. These ensure that the skin is more resistant to infections.

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The combination of tricolor violet and oak bark is best used in a wrap, but it can also be processed into a foot bath. For a cover you need:

  • 6 Tablespoons pansy tricolor (found in many gardens and parks)
  • 6 Tablespoons oak bark (found in forests and parks)
  • ½ liter of water
  • Linen cloth

To make the cover, first bring the water to the boil. In the meantime, chop the violet and oak bark as finely as possible. Make sure that as little of the juices from the leaves as possible are lost. Then pour the boiling water or the mixture of oak bark and tricolor violet. Let this steep and cool for five to ten minutes. Then soak the cloth in the water. You can wring it out if necessary (better not, but it is not always practical to walk around with a wet cloth). You place the cloth on the eczema. Leave it here for at least ten minutes, longer is better. Do this twice a day. If it has no effect after a week, it probably won’t have any effect if you continue for longer. In such a case it is better to look for another remedy. If it does work, keep it up for three sessions to prevent the eczema from coming back immediately.

Juglans regia) / Source: Cristina Comanici, Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)” onclick=”openImage(this);”>A young walnut tree ( Juglans regia ) / Source: Cristina Comanici, Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)

Walnut leaves ( Juglans regia )

It is not always easy to obtain leaves from the walnut tree in the Netherlands, but if you have them nearby, they can help against eczema. Walnut leaves, like oak bark, contain tannins. They also contain essential oil, which prevents fungal formation, and flovonoids, which have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Walnut leaves can be used well as a cover. To make a suitable mixture you need:

  • 2 Teaspoons dried walnut leaves
  • Water
  • Linen cloth or cotton wool

First grind the walnut leaves. Then add a cup of cold water. Bring everything to the boil while stirring. Leave it on low heat for three to five minutes. Then let it cool down for a while. Now soak the cloth or cotton wool in it. Place the cloth or cotton wool on the area where the eczema is and leave it there for ten minutes. You can also use the cloth or cotton wool to clean the area thoroughly. Do this twice a day. Also when using walnut leaves, if it has no effect after a week, it is unlikely that it will have an effect later. If it doesn’t work after a week, it’s better to look for another remedy. If it works, keep it up for a week after the eczema is no longer noticeable.