Using Lavender Oil to Treat Eczema
Lavender for Eczema?
Eczema is a term generically used for various inflammatory conditions of the skin that seem to persist or reoccur despite treatments. Eczema is characterized by red, itching, scaling, crusty, and sometimes oozing lesions of the skin and the direct cause has yet to be determined and pinpointed. Stress does seem to play a role as well as hormones.
Eczema can occur on just about anywhere on the body but typically is found on the neck, and in or on skin creases and folds. Also called Atopic dermatitis, this condition is frequently treated using steroid creams and other topically applied prescriptions that frequently come with undesirable side effects.
How Lavender Oil Works to Treat Eczema?
Lavender Oil due to its antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and circulatory stimulating properties has been used as a treatment for Eczema. It is also an immune booster and powerful anti-inflammatory for the skin.
All these qualities help to speed healing and prevent or reduce scarring of the skin. Lavender works to relieve the associated pain and itch that frequently occurs with skin inflammation. Read more about Lavender skin benefits.
Lavender is also a wonderful stress reliever and less stress can also mean less flareups plus less stress hormones circulating throughout your body.
How To Use Lavender Oil for Eczema
You may apply the pure essential oil in 'neat form' directly to the affected area without dilution for a simple Lavender oil eczema treatment. Do this a few times a day until healed completely and symptoms subside. This works well for small areas on the skin.
You may also used a Lavender hydrosol spray which is a byproduct of the steam distillation processing of the Lavender plant. Basically it is the water along with non-recoverable essential oil that remains after the distillation process is complete.
You can also make a homemade spray using 1 cup of distilled or tap water to 10 drops of essential oil. Use sweet Lavender oil and not that produced from Spike Lavender or Lavandin oil. Place in a spray bottle and shake well prior to spraying your skin since oil and water don't stay mixed and tend to separate.
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