Many herbs, including Roman or German chamomile, are used for skin conditions, such as hives, diaper rash, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, chickenpox, and acne. So, is chamomile one of effective natural cures for eczema? First of all, it’s worth nothing that there’s no cure for eczema. The good news is that proper treatments can soothe the symptoms and chamomile may be one of the best home remedies for eczema relief.
Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is characterized by a rash, itchiness and red skin. Although the inflamed or irritated skin can cause quite a bit of misery, it is not life-threatening. There are many eczema causes and triggers, among which allergens and stress are often considered as the most common ones. By the way, stress is not a direct agitator for eczema breakouts although they are very closely related, according to experts and dermatologists.
When it comes to common irritants, they can range from the weather to fabrics. Once the eczema breakout begins, the patients can choose from treatment options that include dietary changes, anti-inflammatory ointments, oral medication, emollients, coal tar, and phototherapy. Specifically, the popular ones include cortisone, calendula cream, probiotics, tea tree oil, and so on. When it comes to using chamomile for this inflammatory condition of the skin, this herb can be available in the forms of tea, essential oil, lotion, infusion, extract, and ointment.
Chamomile is known for its excellent medicinal properties and beauty benefits. For example, it is good for hair health, liver health, dysmenorrhea, digestive problems, nausea, and more. In theory, chamomile can be one of good alternative treatments for eczema because it has amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antibacterial properties. After all, this is a result of inflammation of the skin. Taken in this sense, this herb may act as a soothing agent to help relieve eczema discomfort. In fact, some of those who have sincerely tried it report that it could help soothe itchiness and calm inflammation.
In fact, the dried and fresh flowers of roman chamomile have been used medicinally in Europe for thousands of years. One of the most popular traditional uses of this age-old medicinal herb is to applying topically in order to get rid of skin problems like eczema. Just as a reminder, so far little research has been done on topical chamomile for eczema. That’s to say, there is not enough scientific evidence to support this use and further research is warranted to confirm the safety and effectiveness.
But for all this, many ardent supporters of natural remedies and proponents of chamomile use ever made a good try and accumulated valuable experiences. For example, they applied chamomile cream topically and found that they tend to get relief from the five symptoms of eczema. They also tried to use chamomile tea bags to make chamomile compress. And they are said to be recovering well and responding well to treatment. In addition, chamomile creams can work similar as the creams that contain .25 percent hydrocortisone on treating eczema, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Be careful about using chamomile if the patients are allergic to it. This is because this herb may cause allergic reactions no matter it is taken orally or applied topically. In this case, it does not reduce dermatitis but make it worse. Besides, it should not be used with the a few medications too because it can interact with them and cause negative effect. So, be sure to consult a dermatologist or pharmacist before using it.