Herbal Oils have been used for many years as a treatment for atopic dermatitis. Herbal oils are mostly known for their uses in relaxation, inflammation, aid with digestion, and treatment of skin conditions. Different oils will produce different benefits. For example, Bergamot is a common essential oil for it’s skin purifying benefits. Eucalyptus helps to clear the mind and breath. Rosemary promotes healthy digestion and respiratory function. There are hundred of herbal oils that can naturally help curve some side effects of eczema, including licorice oil.
Licorice Oil provides many benefits for eczema sufferers, and is climbing the charts in popularity. The benefits of licorice oil align perfectly with common eczema symptoms. See below the potential benefits and how to get started with natural healing.
- Antibacterial-This oil cleans bacteria on the skin while limiting potential new bacterial infections.
- Anti-Inflammatory- A natural aid in itching and redness relief. Glycyrrhizin is an active ingredient in licorice oil and has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
- Healing-Skin scars from eczema can be better healed by licorice oil. It also can prevent future skin damage.
- Soothing-The oil properties soothe and soften the skin, preventing future flares and infections.
While these benefits sound wonderful, you need to prepare the oil correctly for it’s best effectiveness. See directions below for the most ideal way to use licorice oil.
Directions for Licorice Gel
There are many way to use licorice root as a treatment for eczema, gel is the most common.
- Mix 2% licorice extract with your preferred eczema cream or gel.
- Find an eczema cream or gel that is free from common chemical irritants and fragrance free. AD RescueWear safe skincare products can be found here.
- If you use 100ml of cream or gel, then mix in 2ml of licorice oil. Once the moisturizer is ready, apply a small amount directly on the skin or affected area.
- Adjust amount of licorice oil depending on the amount of cream or gel used.
- For more effectiveness, use eczema clothing after application to seal in the moisture. Anti-itch, calming eczema clothing can be found here.
You can find licorice oil at local vitamin shops, Amazon, and endless online vitamin stores. Remember to not purchase oils with added chemicals or harmful irritants. Licorice oil ranges from $5 to $20.
- Use this method up to three times daily for two weeks to see improvement in inflammation and redness.
- In the beginning, it may be beneficial to start with less than 2% oil in creams or gels. As time progresses, you can gradually add up to the 2% level.
- Always consult with your doctor before trying a new eczema treatment