Evening primrose seed oil (EPO) is used primarily to relieve the itchiness associated with certain skin conditions, including eczema. Gamma linolenin acid (see Nutrition and Dietary Supplements section), that is derived from evening primrose oil has been found to relieve the symptoms of eczema (see Nutrition and Supplements). Talk to your healthcare provider to decide if it is safe and worthwhile for you to try evening primrose for your eczema.
Chamomile flowers and oils has also been traditionally used to treat different skin deceases. Chamomile has anti-inflamatory properties that may be used to treat the symptoms of eczema. Chamomile may be used as a herbal compress, by boiling 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers to a cup of water. Apply as cool compress to the affected skin with a clean cloth.
Witch hazel is a clear liquide extract that has been found to have properties that can help treat various skin problems. A certain study suggests that by applying witch hazel extract to the eczema affected skin, there is a substantial improvement to its symptoms.
Lavander is known mainly for its relaxing effects to aid with anxiety and insomnia, some herbal specialists prescribe oral lavender for skin conditions like eczema. Stress and anxiety is contributory in the aggravation of eczema flare-ups. The relaxing effects of lavander may help improve and treat eczema symptoms.