Turmeric, a well-known herb/spice used mainly as a cooking ingredient, can actually be used to help eczema and ease its symptoms.
It has an extended history of use in Asian medicine, which includes skin problems, digestive problems, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
Turmeric is a great remedy that aids a number of skin problems alongside eczema.
Here are a few of its properties that help in minimising eczema outbreaks.
- Turmeric has an active ingredient known as curcumin that has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help in treating microbial infections and reducing inflammation all over the body, including the skin.
- It works as an anti-allergen that helps to reduce allergic or hypersensitivity reactions, thus protecting the skin from impurities, chemical substances, and other environmental toxins.
- It is abundant in antioxidants with properties that protect against free radical damage, often linked to sun exposure, environmental toxins and unhealthy foods.
- It stops the development and release of leukotrienes and other mediators that provoke inflammatory responses in the body.
Methods To Use Turmeric For Managing Eczema
Turmeric can be used in a variety of ways to relieve eczema. It can be used internally and/or applied topically.
Below is a list of methods that you can use turmeric to deal with eczema:
Having it Internally
Consuming turmeric internally allows it to work from the inside and treat eczema at its roots. One of the best ways to do it is to have it with food or have the famous Golden Milk aka. Turmeric Latte (always with plant-based milks, never with dairy as that will make eczema worse).
A pro tip: always add black pepper as it contains piperine which will activate the benefits of curcumine, one of the active ingredients of turmeric.
Here are a few ways to make it…
- You can heat some almond or coconut milk, add a spoon of turmeric powder with ground black pepper, gently stir and drink it.
- You can also mix turmeric into your savoury food, my favourite is adding it to my coconut curries.
- You can also get turmeric capsules that can be taken with water. Just make sure they contain piperine.
A number of people experiencing skin problems like eczema choose to apply turmeric topically.
- You can make a turmeric mask. Get raw turmeric root and grind it in a blender at home. Alternatively, you can also use turmeric powder and make a paste by adding water. Apply it to eczema affected skin areas.
- Some people like to mix some neem leaves with turmeric to enhance the antibacterial benefit.
- You can also mix turmeric powder or freshly ground root with melted coconut oil and apply it on eczema affected areas. Keep applying this remedy for 1 week or more.
The precise dosage of turmeric for skin problems has not been established.
Daily doses of 3-4g have been used in scientific studies, and it is best to not take more than 8g a day of turmeric, as it can lead to gastrointestinal symptoms.
Turmeric is usually considered as a safe and well-tolerated supplement.
There are actually no certain advisable limitations mentioned; however, it needs to be avoided during pregnancy, lactation and in susceptible people who may hypersensitive to herbs from the ginger family.
There’s a theoretical risk that turmeric can raise the risk of kidney stones.
Bottom line is…
Turmeric will not only cure eczema, but can also leave your skin feeling younger, smoother and softer!