Medicinal herbs for skin rashes

Skin rashes can hurt or irritate. In general, rashes go away on their own, but this can take a long time. Various means can be found to speed up the process. These remedies are not only available at the pharmacy, but remedies can also be found in nature. Home remedies for skin rashes can be made from the seeds of flax, Linum usitatissimum or from the bark of the pedunculate oak, Quercus robur.

What is a skin rash?

There are many forms of skin rashes. Skin rash is a collective name for many different conditions. These are often red spots or bumps, but they can also be grooves, blisters or blisters. Some types of rashes are barely noticeable, others can itch or hurt. A common form of skin rash is eczema. There are other home remedies available for this, which can be found in this article. Separate products are also available for athlete’s foot or athlete’s foot. These can be found in this article.

Line or flax, Linum usitatissimum

Flaxseed / Source: Rasbak, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

The seed of this plant, the linseeds, can be used as a medicine. They contain mucilage and fatty oils that reduce the appearance of rashes. Flaxseed can be used in a wrap for skin rashes. To prepare this you need:

  • a bag, preferably made of linen or cotton
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons coarsely ground flax seeds
  • 2 cups of hot water

To make a cover, proceed as follows. First you fill the bag with the linseed. Then pour the water over it. Make sure the entire bag and all contents get wet, but not for too long. The active ingredients must not be rinsed out. If necessary, a little more water can be used. Place the wet bag warmly on the spot where the rash is. Let it cool here. Only when it is completely cold can you remove the bag. Do this once a day, and after a week the rash should have reduced considerably. If this happens, continue for another week to prevent it from coming back. If there is no improvement after a week, it is unlikely that improvement will occur later. In this case it is best to look for another remedy.

Pedunculate oak, Quercus robur

Pedunculate oak / Source: Stevek, Rgbstock

The bark of the young shoots of the pedunculate oak contains large amounts of tannins. These can bind proteins in the skin, giving the skin higher resistance. Oak bark is best used in a sitting position for rashes. This makes it very suitable when the rash covers a larger surface. For a bath you will need:

  • 3 tablespoons dried oak bark
  • water

Grind the dried oak bark finely. Put it in a liter of water and slowly bring it to the boil. Let it sit for about fifteen minutes. Then strain the liquid with a fine sieve or cloth. Add this water to the bath water. Bathe in water with oak bark for ten minutes twice a day until the rash is completely gone.