Updated: Feb 25
Itching and burning? Here's a simple natural and effective tip for you.
Itchiness is a common irritating and painful symptom for eczema sufferers. I'd like to share my recommended remedy to ease the itching and the burning sensation as a result of personal experience, private conversations and recommendations I've given to individuals in our Eczema support group
Firstly thyme, yes the culinary herb thyme we use in cooking is antibacterial both internally and externally, in fact, it can reduce pulmonary inflammation and arrest asthma symptoms too when consumed as a tea. It can also be used topically on the skin.
A lady who attended one of my workshops in London 5 years ago had a biopsy, the wound was weeping, and sore. I recommended cleansing with thyme water. When she returned to my workshop after the 1st week cleansing with thyme water the wound had stopped weeping and the red inflamed area had calmed down significantly. Week 2 the wound was beginning to heal and smooth over with no more soreness and inflammation.
Here is the simple method you can adopt using ORGANIC thyme to reduce inflammation and soreness without compromising your skins natural pH and won't leave you feeling tight and dry:
Wash thyme under cold running water.
Add a sprig of thyme to 500ml of MINERAl water.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 min.
Leave to steep and cool in the pan.
Transfer to a glass bottle before dousing a cotton pad with the thyme water to cleanse the affected area.
Leave to air dry.
Keep bottle in the refrigerator for further use.
An additional tip to soothe itching: add 4-6 drops of lavender essential oil to thyme water.
Lavender essential oil is also antibacterial externally and is known to repair skin and knit wounds together. I soon discovered this when I cut my hand with a pair of secateurs when gardening. Instantly the stinging from the cut was relieved and within days the wound began to heal.
Further tip: this solution can be added to a spray can and misted over the skin providing instant relief from itching, especially in warmer climates.
FOR CHILDREN AND BABIES use 2-3 drops of lavender oil to 500ml mineral water.
No Time to Make Your Own Anti-itch Solution?
Try our handmade solution from the Carol's Organic Kitchen shop:
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