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What You Should Know About Eczema

by Klaus Ferlow(more info)

listed in skincare, originally published in issue 238 - May 2017

Eczema is besides acne and psoriasis one of the leading skin disease and is a non-contagious skin condition that can be present in several different forms, but most common forms include:

  • Atopic (an inherited type in children);
  • Contact (caused by a chemical irritant);
  • Seborrhoeic (effects the scalp, face and torso);
  • Dyshidrotic (blisters on hand and feet).

What You Should Know About Eczema

Reproduced from Atopic Eczema - Help for Sufferers -
PH Online issue 95 - January 2004

Eczema generally causes inflammation resulting in scaly patches of red, cracked and painful skin. Over time the microscopic cracks and fissures can allow bacteria, viruses, and fungi into the skin to set up a secondary infection. The severity of this disease can vary; in mild forms the skin is dry, hot and itchy. More severe forms involve weeping blisters where the skin becomes broken, raw, bleeding and crusty.

Some Contributory Factors May Include

  • Genetics;
  • Emotional stress;
  • Dietary insufficiency of omega fatty acids;
  • Exposure to harsh chemical products or chlorinated water.

Treatment Suggestions

Avoid harsh chemicals; try adding omega fatty acid supplements to your diet and Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt to bathwater.

You should consult a certified Nutritionist about a diet change and might want to detoxify your body for example with Milk Thistle tablets, capsules, gel caps or tincture.

What You Should Know About Eczema

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Neem (Azadirachta indica), part of AYURVEDA, the oldest botanicals medicine system in the world with over 5000 years history from India, has been found effective in the treatment of eczema. The condition can be treated topically with Neem cream, shampoo, soap, and systemically in adults with neem tincture, tea or capsules. Best results are achieved when eczema is treated at the same time internally and externally!

For the treatment of adult eczema it is best to first use the Neem oil on the affected area for a few days, followed by the Neem cream to relieve  the intense itching and redness. Wash the affected area with Neem soap, on the scalp with Neem shampoo. In severe cases adults can supplement by drinking Neem leaf tea twice a daily or taking a course of Neem capsules as directed. For extra topical relief, grind Neem leaves and turmeric together with a mortar and pestle and apply topically to the rash. Neem leaves can also be used in the bath water of both adults and children to relieve itching.

Infants and young children may have their skin washed with a mild Neem baby soap as directed.

If you want to learn more about the miraculous versatile medicinal Neem tree that offers better plant, human, animal, and environmental health you can purchase my book Neem – Nature's Healing Gift to Humanity, available to purchase on, and

Words of Wisdom

Health is not everything but without health everything is nothing.

Dr Bernard Jensen DC PhD clinical nutritionist, 1908 – 2001. 

References and Bibliography

Horrobin DF. Essential fatty acids metabolism and it modification in atopic eczema. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 71 (1)367s – 372s. 2000.

Biwas, K, Chattopadhyay I, Banerjee RK, & Bandyopadhyay U. Biological activities and medical properties of neem (Azadirachta indica), current science, 82(11), 1336 – 1345. 2002.

Hashmat I, I Azad, H, & Ahmed A. (2012) Neem (Azadirachta indica), A. Juss). A nature's drugstore: an overview. Int Res J Biol Sci, 1, 76 -79. 2012.


This information is summarized for it educational value and should not be used for the cure, diagnoses, treatment, or prevention of disease, please contact your health care practitioner!

Further Information

Neem – Nature's Healing Gift to Humanity, available to purchase on Amazon:


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About Klaus Ferlow

Klaus Ferlow HMH HA Author, Formulator, Lecturer, Researcher, Writer, Core-founding member of the WNO – World Neem Organisation, member of the International Herb Association, Plant Savers, founder of Ferlow Botanicals & NEEM RESEARCH, co-author of the book "7stepstodentalhealth" and author of the  Award winning book "Neem: Nature's Healing Gift to humanity", the third edition and his new book Neem: The Tree that Heals Nations will be released in May 2024. He can be reached at:, ,,


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