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Natural Cures for Eczema

Natural Cures for Eczema

There are many cures for eczema and many are usually told not to scratch and others are given steroid creams, however when the medication is finished, eczema has a tendency to come back.

Here are simple steps though that get to the root of eczema and cure it.

Change your Shampoo and Soaps

You should look at the ingredients of your shampoos, conditioners, moisturisers, shower gels and soaps. You should get rid of anything that has SLS in it. Anything that comes in contact with your skin needs to bescrutinized. You need to avoid parabens and other synthetic substances as these could be irritants.

You should opt for products that are organic and double check that they are indeed 100% natural.

A good rule is that if you don’t recognize the ingredients then you shouldn’t buy it.

Moisturize Naturally

Eczema is caused by dry skin so you should give it moisture but it needs to be the right kind. 100% pure products are usually the best.

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Cocoa butter is great for your skin because of the Vitamin E contained in it. Cocoa butter will also make your skin soft and also smells wonderful. You should buy cocoa butter pure as this will guarantee that there are no parabens contained in it.

Sweet Almond Carrier Oils

Sweet almond carrier oil is rich in vitamins. It contains the plant derived compounds of ursolic acid and oleic acid which are known to have anti-inflammatory and skin barrier repair effects.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is excellent for treating eczema. However many aloe vera creams contain other ingredients, so it is best to buy an aloe vera plant and cut off a leaf and keep it in your fridge and use it as and when you need it.

Dietary Supplements

You should be able to get all the vitamins and minerals that you need from a balanced diet but having an extra boost can’t hurt. You should consult a nutritionist though before you take any supplements. There are cases where eczema can be caused by a fatty acid deficiency. Inflammation and dryness can be reduced with fatty acids so a supplement that contains Omega 3, 6 and 9 could help.

Antioxidant vitamins C, E and D can improve the skin’s texture, collagen production, protect from free radical and help with essential fatty acid metabolism.

Cow’s Milk Alternatives

One of the most common triggers for eczema is cow’s milk. Cow’s milk may not be the cause but it’s worth cutting it out for a while and see if it makes a difference.

Alternatives to cow’s milk include almond, hazelnut, and oat and rice milk. Creamery alternatives include goat and sheep milk.

You could also be sensitive to other foods like citrus, soya, gluten or nuts. It’s a good idea to consult a dietician or allergy specialist to see what you can do.

 

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Curing a Sore Throat

Curing a Sore Throat

One of the first signs of a cold is a sore throat and is also a side effect of strained vocal cords, but can be something more serious. As soon as a sore throat strikes, you will want immediate relief.

Here are some sore throat remedies that you can try before you run to your doctor.

Anti-Inflammatories

One of the most effective treatments for a sore throat is one that you can usually find in your medicine cabinet, which is an over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like Advil.

These medicines are a combination of pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, which help you in feeling better and will also help in reducing swelling that is associated with a sore throat.

Gargling Saltwater

There have been several studies that have shown that gargling warm salt water several times a day can help in reducing swelling in the throat and loosen mucus, which helps to flush out irritants and bacteria’s.

It is recommended to dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in one cup of water. You can sweeten the mixture with a small amount of honey.

Lozenges and Sprays

You are able to keep your throat moist by sucking on cough drops as these stimulate salvia; however there are many lozenges that have no more effect then a hard candy. You can get an added benefit though by choosing brands that offers a cooling or numbing effect like menthol or eucalyptus.

You can also try throat sprays, but these will generally just dull the pain of a sore throat for a while.

Cough Syrup

Even if you don’t have a cough just yet, an over the counter cough syrup is able to ease a sore throat. A cough syrup just like a lozenge or spray will coat the throat and will give you temporary pain relief.

If you have things to do in the day then go for a non-drowsy formula, but otherwise if you are struggling to sleep with a sore throat then you can go for a night time formula.

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Tea

A warm cup of herbal tea can offer immediate relief for a sore throat. Also non-herbal teas offer antioxidants that are said to strengthen immunity and help fight off infection.

You can add honey to your tea as honey has antibacterial properties that may help you get better faster.

 

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