Dermatitis is a skin condition characterized by painful inflammation of the organ along with redness. The condition also makes the skin painfully itchy. There are several causes of dermatitis including change in weather conditions, hormonal imbalance causing dryness of skin, allergies due to contact with pollen or by eating allergy causing foods such as peanuts. In some cases of dermatitis the cause remains undetected.
Treatment of dermatitis involves application of soothing gels and ointments to provide relief from inflammation, redness and itching. However, there are some herbs that work amazingly well to take care of the condition.
Herbal Remedies for Dermatitis
The herb has astringent properties that soothe the inflammation of the skin thus reducing the pain and redness associated with the condition. Prepare witch hazel astringent at home by boiling fresh leaves of the herb in spring water. Allow the herbs to remain in boiling water for 20-25 minutes. Let the liquid cool down before straining it.
Throw away the boiled leaves and let the treated water cool in the refrigerator. You can pour the astringent in a spray bottle and spray the astringent over affected areas every time you feel the need to itch.
Aloe vera is an excellent herb for treating various skin conditions. The enzymes present in ale make it very beneficial in the treatment of dermatitis as well. Regular application of aloe gel not only reduces the inflammation caused by dermatitis but also keeps it at bay.
Peel the upper green cover of the aloe leaf and crush the gel as finely as possible. Cool the gel by storing it in the fridge for half an hour. Apply cold gel over the areas affected with dermatitis.
Neem or Indian lilac has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that remove the germs responsible for the condition. The antiseptic properties of Indian lilac effectively bring down the swelling of the skin and provide relief from the painful itching as well. Apply washed and grinded leaves of neem directly over the skin and leave for 30 minutes. Alternatively, you could also add the leaves in boiling water and let them boil for 30 minutes.
Discard the leaves after boiling them and cool the neem water. Dip clean muslin cloth in the water and spread the cloth over dermatitis affected skin. Leave on for 2 minutes and repeat the treatment as often as possible.
Cucumber has mild astringent properties that can take care of the inflammation and itching caused due to dermatitis. Take one cold cucumber and grate it or grind it without adding water. Squeeze the grated cucumber for the juice and apply it on the skin. Don’t wash the juice; simply let it dry. Repeat the treatment 3-4 times to bring down the inflammation and reduce the redness.
Honey and Lemon
Lemon is a natural astringent while honey has natural antiseptic properties and the combination of the two can treat dermatitis effectively. Combine one cup of organic honey and juice of five lemons in three cups of cold distilled water. Leave the mix in the fridge for 30 minutes and then use it as a spray or dip a cloth in it to apply over the skin.