Can Calendula Help My Eczema?
There is a lot of misinformation out there about eczema. From scam sites that claim “miracle cures”, to well-meaning people who are essentially advocating the placebo effect, it can be difficult to tell exactly what works and what doesn’t. One of the most popular alternatives to medicated steroid creams is herbs.
Most herbs have been exhaustively tested as home remedies over the years and are generally safe to use on the skin. Calendula, another name for Marigold, is one such herb. It’s been used for years to treat itchiness, reduce inflammation and pain, and speed healing. Sounds like the perfect herb for the treatment of eczema!
Called the “mother of the skin” in certain circles, Calendula has been used medicinally for centuries as a cure for a variety of ailments, from ulcers to constipation, to menstrual relief. The essential oils in the herb have been used to help soothe irritated skin for hundreds of years. Many eczema sufferers have said that they notice an improvement when they use the herb in a cream or ointment formulation.
Calendula is also reported to act as a moisturizer. This makes it a perfect herb to put on any kind of skin condition, not just eczema. It might provide sunburn relief, and there have even been reports that it greatly helps with the skin related side effects of chemotherapy.
All of this probably sounds fantastic, but we need to sound a note of caution. First, there have only been limited scientific studies performed on the effectiveness of Calendula. Although it’s generally considered to be a safe herb, there is always the possibility that you could personally have an allergic reaction or that it could actually act as an eczema trigger for you. If you apply the herbal cream and your skin gets worse or it triggers another flare up, stop using the product immediately and quickly wash it off the skin with eczema safe soap. It is wise to perform a spot test before using on a large area.
Also, keep in mind that most of the medicinal herbs sold are not as carefully monitored as doctor prescribed or over the counter medication. Before purchasing a product, do some research to find a brand that people trust and has a good reputation. With any topical cream, make sure you follow the directions and don’t apply too much. Usually, just a little bit will do perfectly.
Can Calendula help your eczema? Keep in mind that there are no definitive medical studies, so it’s not possible to say for sure. However, as this herb has been used for centuries as a cure for skin ailments, we think that there’s no harm in trying it out, cautiously, to see if it works for you. You may discover that it’s exactly what your dry, itchy flare ups need!
We also recommend applying an eczema wrap over the Calendula ointment to keep it in place and reduce the sensation to itch. For anti-itch eczema wraps and eczema clothing, visit www.adrescuewear.com.
Have you tried Calendula? What were the results? We’d love to hear about your experience!