Eczema is a skin disease characterized by red, itchy, dry, and inflamed skin. This condition can be mild but can sometimes cover the entire body. In severe cases, the skin cracks and feels very itchy and painful. The most common types of eczema are diaper rash and a rash caused by contact with poison ivy.
This skin condition affects humans of all ages, not just children, as is commonly assumed. If your family has a history of this disease, you may also be prone. For babies younger than 4 months, inflammation of the skin is accompanied by oozing and crusting. In children older than 2 years, the skin rash becomes dry and scaly.
One type of eczema is contact dermatitis that is caused by repeated contact with mild irritants like detergents. Another type, allergic contact dermatitis is the result of contact with allergens such as nickel and poison ivy. Nickel is present in the most common items we use, such as eyeglass frames, bracelets, necklaces, buttons, and coins. Other types of eczema, such as atopic and seborrheic dermatitis, are caused by many factors, including stress, weather, inherited genes, yeast, poor health, and an overactive immune system.
Typical treatments for eczema are topical and oral medications. They are mainly used to reduce itching and inflammation of the skin. Topical creams are applied to rehydrate the skin. If the condition is acute, oral corticosteroids are given. However, all of these treatments are made from synthetic drugs and antibiotics that are known to produce negative side effects. Therefore, prolonged use is not recommended.
There is a better alternative to treating eczema and that is through the use of oregano oil. This essential oil is known to be an effective antimicrobial agent. Many studies and research have confirmed that it can kill harmful germs, including all kinds of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. It also has a very powerful chemical compound called carvacrol. Actually, 60% to 80% of oregano oil is made up of this substance.
Scientists have found that this particular chemical compound is very effective in controlling inflammation and pain. They have found that it can control inflammation and pain in arthritis patients. Therefore, the skin inflammation associated with eczema can be controlled with oil of oregano. Its analgesic effect will also help reduce pain resulting from chapped skin.
You can use oregano oil topically to control eczema. Mix two drops of this oil with 5 ml of virgin olive oil. Rub this mixture on the affected skin area twice a day. If your skin is irritated, stop this method and just take oregano oil internally. You should take 2 to 4 drops of this oil every day. You can place them under your tongue or mix them with your favorite juice drink or a glass of water.
Written by Katie Li