Are you looking for a natural treatment for your eczema?
Ginger is a centuries-old skin remedy that has been used by ancient cultures to look after complexions. Ginger can be used as a treatment for eczema and also can reduce scarring. There are a number of different ways of applying ginger to the skin for lovely benefits.
The benefits of applying Ginger to your Skin
Ginger is a centuries-old skin remedy that has been used by ancient cultures to look after complexions. Ginger can be used as a treatment for eczema and also can reduce scarring.
Let’s take a closer look at how…
What is Ginger?
Ginger root is grown naturally all over the world. It has been popular in Ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic for thousands of years to cure a variety of body ailments. It is one of those superfoods which helps the body in many different ways.
Why are natural remedies sometimes better for your skin?
There are, of course, millions of different products for skin available across the globe, but many of them contain chemicals which you may not even really know or understand. Sensitive skin conditions such as eczema can react badly to many of the chemical and synthetic ingredients in products.
However, products made from natural ingredients, and even those that you make from scratch yourself are not only gentle on your skin but can help to improve eczema.
What are the health benefits of ginger?
Ginger is a nutritious superfood, which has many different magical powers.
It is wonderful for your immune system and will boost your cells with its healing and regenerating abilities when taken both inside and out. It contains around 40 antioxidants including vitamin C, curcumin and farsenol, all of which are good for your skin.
It has a high trace mineral content and is also well-stocked with amino acids and enzymes. It is also antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It relaxes muscles, reduces stress, helps to detox your system and can flush toxins out of your system.
It may be the anti-inflammatory properties that make ginger the most effective on skin, however. The substances in ginger known as gingerols can lower inflammation from skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.
The antiseptic and skin-healing capabilities of ginger mean that when it is applied topically it can help the skin to heal, repair and rebuild. This is great for the thin skin and open wounds that eczema comes with.
Because it removes toxins from the body and helps with digestion, this has lovely side effects of clearing up your skin.
Poor blood circulation can also be a cause of eczema. Ginger acts as a vasodilator, which means it expands your blood vessels, which stimulates blood flow.
It helps your skin to eliminate toxins. It effectively cleanses and heals the skin, by even as something as simple as perspiration.
Ginger can also reduce lines, wrinkles and scarring on your skin as well. The gingerols are a vital antioxidant which fight off skin cell-damaging free radicals. The gingerols help diminish makings on the skin like blemishes, age spots and acne, and eczema scarring.
Taking Ginger Vitamins daily has been proven to be a natural Antioxidant and Anti Inflammatory that may help relieve joint, back, neck, knee, and hand pain, reduce inflammation and skin dryness, boost brain function and memory, improve digestion and blood circulation, and enhance the immune and nervous systems
What are free radicals?
Your body produces free radicals when it is exposed to things like sun, wind, pollution and your own metabolism. These can damage your skin by promoting pigmentation, and increase sagging and wrinkles. Free radicals also destroy collagen, which is a very important structural protein in your skin. Destroying collagen can cause inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema.
Too much ginger can react badly with some stomach conditions including ulcers. It may cause heartburn, diarrhea and mouth irritation when you consume too much of it.
Consult with your doctor before using ginger if you are pregnant, have diabetes or gallstones, are on blood-thinning medications.
Daily use of ginger, especially when it is applied to the outside of your skin, should be fine for most people, however.
Growing your own Ginger would be an amazing, organic and totally natural way to use Ginger.
Treatment for Eczema
Eczema is a persistent inflammation of the skin’s outer layer. While the exact causes of eczema are still debated by experts, most believe that it is a genetic condition caused by an overactive immune system. In the last few years, studies have been showing this to be supported by evidence.
With eczema sufferers, the immune system responds aggressively when exposed to irritants like chemicals, fabrics, and allergens in the environment.
The condition may be the result of an abnormal response to proteins that are part of the body. When the body functions normally, the immune system ignores these body proteins and attacks only the proteins of invaders, like bacteria and viruses.
In eczema, the immune system seems to lose the ability to tell the difference between the two different proteins, which causes inflammation.
Applying ginger to skin as a treatment for eczema has both short-term and long-term effects. It can relieve the heat, pain, and inflammation of an eczema flare-up in the short-term, and when taken daily or applied regularly can help build stronger skin.
Ginger both boosts the immune system and helps the body to deal with inflammation. Ginger helps the inflammation in the skin and calms and cools it almost immediately. Over time it can also help your skin to heal and may even strengthen it.
The antibacterial properties of ginger help it to clean your skin and reduce and prevent infection in the affected area.
There are a number of different ways to use ginger to help your skin. You can apply it topically onto the affected area, soak in a ginger bath or even drink ginger tea or add it to your food. You can also take ginger capsules daily to boost your intake of antioxidants.
Using Ginger for children
Ginger is safe for children to eat or drink, although they may not love the taste. Ginger baths are also completely safe for all ages, including babies and children.
Grated a small piece of ginger with 2 tablespoons of manuka honey and one teaspoon of lemon juice, and refrigerate until cool. You can apply this as a mask on your face or other parts of your body affected by eczema and leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse gently off.
Add a few drops of ginger essential oil to one teaspoon olive oil. This can be used as a massage oil or even to help moisturize the skin. We purchased our Natural Ginger Massage oil from Amazon Link provided to make it easier for you to find >>> Ginger Oil<<<
Blend a small piece of ginger with a few ice cubes and then gently rub this crush onto your skin. It cools and soothes the skin and can help to gently remove the dead and dry skin as well.
Take a piece of ginger around 3cm thick and slice it into about 1 ½ cups water in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil and then simmer for around 20 minutes.
Mix this water with your bath. Make sure that the bath water, especially for children with eczema, is not hot but just comfortable.
Soak in the bath for around 20 minutes. There is no need to rinse this water off, just gently towel dry.
Soaking in a ginger bath can also reduce cold and flu symptoms!
Drinking ginger tea every day can help boost your immune system and reduce the effects of eczema, as well as strengthening your skin. My favorite is Vahdam Herbal Tea 100% natural
Ginger and Honey Drink
- 1-2 inches peeled, fresh turmeric
- 2 inches peeled, fresh ginger
- 1 garlic clove peeled
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 serving collagen powder
- 1 cup hot water
- Boil the kettle and let the water start to cool while you prepare the other steps.
- Place all the ingredients in a blender, adding the collagen last to stop it from clumping
- Blend until smooth
- Drink warm
Ginger alone will not cure your eczema but it can help manage and reduce the symptoms which is half the battle with eczema. Having products and especially natural ones can only help you control flare-ups and reduce itching.
If you’d like more natural tips for treating eczema then please read our Eczema Ebook. A 44-Page guide for treatment, products, and advice to help you control eczema symptoms.
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