The earlier part in this blog mentioned about Virgin Coconut Oil (VOC) benefits. For babies to toddlers and even adults who is having eczema is encourage to try on VOC, a natural treatment. We all understood from scientifically the only treatment for eczema is using steriods but overtime of steroids will have its own effect.
Natural Eczema Treatment With Virgin Coconut Oil
A natural eczema treatment can be found in the use of virgin coconut oil. In fact, I have gotten great results with its use on my dry eczema skin. As it is, I have to be careful not to use products that contain fragrance or chemical substances. I have found that natural oils make a far better alternative, in helping to moisturize and hydrate my skin. What is particularly useful to know is that the constituents of natural oils are perfect for the body. Virgin coconut oil is now touted to be one of the best natural eczema treatments that you can find around.
What Is Eczema?
The term “eczema” or “dermatitis” has been used to describe a group of skin problems where the skin becomes itchy and inflamed, and thus red splotches become visible. In a larger scale, eczema is also grouped with the classic allergic diseases, asthma and hay fever, in a complex that is termed “atopy” (from the Greek word “atopos”, meaning “out of place”).
Eczema is always marked by dry skin. The eczema skin cannot protect itself from increased rate of evaporation, and the loss of moisture leads to further dryness. In turn, the dry skin gets more irritated and itchy, leading to increased scratching that worsens the rash. The itchy, red rash can affect the entire body. Many people get it in the joints of the arms, especially the inside of the elbows, or the joints of the leg, especially at the back of the knees.
Natural Eczema Treatment Versus Steroids
The conventional method of treatment for eczema is by way of steroid applications. However, long term use produces side effects like “thinning of the skin”, leading to increased vulnerability to bacterial infection, and hence aggravating the problem of eczema. Alternative health experts also suggest that any form of drugs increases toxicity to the body and this can create other health problems.
Coconut Oil To Heal Eczema Skin
The MCFA help restore damaged skin, by penetrating into the cell structures of the connective tissues. Hence, it is excellent as a natural eczema treatment, for other skin disorders as well as for anti-ageing purposes. It also helps prevent the skin from developing liver spots, by destroying free radical formation.
MCFA in coconut oil help to prevent fungal and bacterial infections in the skin. At least one type of bacterium feeds on the sebum of our skin, breaking down the tryglycerides of the coconut oil into free fatty acids. When they are broken apart into free fatty acids, they become powerful antimicrobials, killing disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
The combination of the slightly acid pH of the skin and the MCFA provides a protective chemical layer on the skin that prevents infection from disease-causing organisms.
When you bathe or shower, ordinary soap tends to wash off the acid mantle of your skin. Applying coconut oil helps to restore the protective layer of your skin. Coconut oil penetrates quickly, keeping your skin soft. It helps to reduce any inflammation and is healing to wounds, blood blisters and rashes. Herbalists have been known to use coconut oil as an ingredient to prepare healing salves and ointments. A home remedy for eliminating plantar warts and athlete’s foot is to mix coconut oil and crushed garlic.
To reiterate, associated benefits of coconut oil for eczema skin include:
(1). Reduces inflammation.
(2). Supports tissue healing and repair.
(3). Supports and aids immune system function.
(4). Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
(5). Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
(6). Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
(7). Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.
Other benefits of coconut oil include:
(1). Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
(2). Improves calcium and magnesium absorption, supporting the development of strong bones and teeth.
(3). Improves bowel function.
Choose Organic And Virgin Coconut Oil For Eczema Natural Treatment
It is best to select coconut oil that is both organic and virgin, as use for a natural treatment for eczema.
Organic Coconut Oil. Dry eczema skin can be a symptom of a highly toxic body. Hence, the last thing you want to do is to use a product that is not produced organically.
Virgin Coconut Oil. Virgin coconut oil is made by using fresh coconut meat with little or no processing, or what is called non-copra.
Most commercial grade coconut oils are produced from copra. Most of the copra, the meat of the coconut, is dried under the sun in the open air, where it gets exposed to insects and moulds. The standard end product made from copra is RBD coconut oil. RBD means refined, bleached, and deodorized. Both high heat and chemicals (e.g. solvent extractions) are used in this method.
A fragrant smell is characteristic of virgin coconut oils. Copra-based refined coconut oils have no taste or fragrance due to the refining process.
Bibs n’ BuTTons is looking at offering repacked VOC for trial, FOC. Please continue to visit this space for further details.