The medicinal properties of aloe vera are indisputable and numerous!
From the ancient times to this modern era, it’s a proven fact that the aloe can combat quite a number of health conditions, eczema being one of them.
The olden days’ inhabitants of Egypt and China turned to aloe vera whenever they were faced with fever, burns or wounds. How’d they even know?
These have carried on into the modern world, and some more discovered. They include lowering blood sugar levels, curing athlete’s foot, reducing dandruff, etc.– this list goes on.
And, of course, treating (or rather toning down) eczema.
Honestly, it’s so easy to get carried away with spelling out the many uses of this super awesome succulent, but that’s beside the point.
For now, let’s have a look at eczema and what aloe vera can do for you.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition that causes parts of it to be itchy and irritated. Usually, it is manifested during childhood and quells as you grow up.
That is to say, rarely will an adult exhibit signs of eczema even though he/she might have suffered the same when young. But the skin of such a person remains dry for a larger part and is easily irritated unfortunately.
The condition comes about as a result of the skin being unable to fend off bacterial infections; usually due to a tweak in the genetic composition of an individual. It could be triggered or made intense by factors such as harsh soaps and detergents, cold weather and low humidity.
Signs and Symptoms of Eczema
Signs and symptoms of eczema vary from an individual to another. Generally, they include some of the following…
- A very sensitive skin.
- Red to brownish-grey skin patches on various parts of the body like feet, ankles, upper chest and wrists.
- Dry skin.
- Itching. It can become worse over time especially during the night.
- Small swellings on the skin. These leak and form crusts when scratched.
- A thickened scaly skin that is cracked.
Unfortunately, eczema treatment hasn’t been worked out yet. The available options are just remedies to reduce the severity of this condition, not completely rid of it.
And the good old aloe vera features are prominent in decreasing the severity and uncomfortable effects of eczema.
How Aloe Vera can Help with Eczema
Aloe vera possesses very specific properties that have made it a darling in soothing and rejuvenating the skin. And these come into play big time in dealing with the damage left behind by eczema.
First off is the antimicrobial property that averts any bacterial and fungal infections. See, with the skin being all broken, it is very much vulnerable to attacks from bacteria and fungi. But aloe vera serves to eliminate these organisms before they can initiate any further problems to an already troubled individual.
Secondly, there is the wound-healing property that is particularly vital in an eczema situation. There is broken skin on lots of places as mentioned above. And those are lots of wounds, patches that need to be repaired. Aloe vera contains polysaccharides that boost skin growth– hence, healing!
Finally, the antioxidant content in aloe vera is a great addition to your body’s immunity. This prevents any further infections due to the skin that could occur when your skin is already vulnerable.
How to Use Aloe Vera on Eczema
Toning down eczema using aloe vera is actually a very simple process!
Start by washing the affected area using a regular bar of soap and water. Apply aloe vera gel generously. Shortly after, allow some time for the gel to dry up before getting dressed.
Yeah, it’s that simple!
And extracting the gel direct from the plant will do just fine. This method is even better because you’re sure of the purest form there is, without any additives or artificial ingredients attached.
But you can also purchase the gel from drug stores if the above option isn’t exactly your go to solution. Be sure to go for products with the highest quantity of aloe vera gel and (very important) avoid scented ones or those with alcohol. Some fragrances and alcohol cause more irritation, we definitely don’t want to have that!
Some precaution though: despite the fact that aloe vera is generally safe to use, allergic reactions can and do occur. So, don’t go all in with it at first. Test it out on a small patch of skin and observe it for a full day. If there is no burning or itching, proceed as indicated above.
You can always consult a professional as well if you’d like.
Combining Aloe Vera with Other Natural Treatments for Enhanced Results
A combo of aloe vera and a different natural treatment can go a long way. The treatments that can be used alongside the aloe are coconut oil, turmeric and olive oil. The precaution above still holds. Test out these remedies on a small part to see how the skin will react before going in widely.
Here is how to go about it.
Aloe Vera & Coconut oil
Prepare a third of a cup of aloe vera and mix it with about half of a cup of coconut oil in a glass container. Apply a few drops of the mixture twice a day. Be sure to observe the effects during this time.
Aloe Vera & Olive oil
Add three drops of olive oil to a tablespoonful of aloe vera and stir thoroughly to obtain a thick paste. Apply the paste once a day. Once again, observe the effects of the mixture to ensure no allergic reactions will occur when applying this mixture of aloe vera and olive oil in a broader portion of your skin.
Aloe Vera & Turmeric
Mix 1 spoon of aloe vera gel with an equal amount of turmeric powder. Be sure to stir thoroughly until there are no lumps left.
Apply to the affected area and wash the paste off after 20 minutes using clean water only. Do this twice a week for up to 8 weeks. And again! Observe the effects your skin has with this mixture.
When to Seek Professional Medical Assistance
If the remedies above turn out to be of little use as far as your condition is concerned, arrange an appointment with a doctor, pronto!
Whether you were planning to use aloe vera or otherwise, see a doctor if you note the following signs of infection
- Yellow scabs
- More intense redness
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Thanks for reading, happy planting! ?