Eczema is often a symptom of an allergy. It can be caused by a food allergy (to milk and dairy products, for example) or a contact allergy (common allergens include household cleaners, beauty products, etc.).

If you suspect an allergy is the cause of your eczema problem, get yourself tested by a doctor to determine what exactly you are allergic to.

A weak biological terrain can also cause eczema, as the body responds to some kind of strain or stress.

The gammalinoleic acid content of Vitamin F can help alleviate eczema eruptions. Good sources of this vitamin include:

– wheat germ oil, vegetable oils, sunflower seed oil, soybean oil and peanut oil, on condition that they are of the highest quality, I.e. first cold-pressed, since heating and various refining techniques destroy precious fatty acids;

– walnuts, almonds and avocados contain linoleic acid;

– primrose and borage oil for gammalinoleic acid;

– fish oil and oily fish (salmon, herring, sardines, etc.) for lino-lenic acid.

Vitamin B8 can also be effective for combating eczema. Sources include:

– liver, kidney

– egg yolk

– chocolate and peanuts (be careful though, since these foods are often found to cause allergic reactions)

– split peas

– brewer’s yeast

– mushrooms

– all animal and vegetal tissue (in smaller amounts).

Taking B8 supplements can be helpful.

Asparagus is a diuretic and depurative, and makes the blood more fluid. These properties make it a remedy of choice for all disorders linked to an overload of toxins in the body. Eat raw (or lightly steamed) asparagus as often as possible, especially in the springtime, when the plant is at its maximum strength.

– Drinking the freshly pressed juice of a number of vegetables for a few days will help clean your organism. Recommended cures include turnip, carrot, cabbage, watercress, dandelion and black radish.

– A diet composed exclusively of cooked apples can be effective for curing an outbreak of eczema (maintain the diet only as long as necessary, and not longer than two or three days).

– Primrose oil is a very effective remedy for eczema, which is often associated with a lack of essential fatty acids. If the eruptions start oozing pus, reduce your intake of carbohydrates. If they are dry, eat less protein.

– Note that some cases of eczema are genetic, and considered incurable. Even in these cases, however, the right kind of diet and a healthy lifestyle (free of excess stress) can considerably alleviate symptoms.

– Recent research has shown that mare’s milk can be an effective cure for eczema in both children and adults:

Mrs. M. became concerned when her 2 year old baby developed severe eczema. A doctor prescribed cortisone cream, but the child’s father decided to follow the advice of a naturopath, who suggested reducing the child’s intake of cow’s milk and other dairy products, eliminating soft drinks and fruit juice completely, and using first cold-pressed walnut and sesame seed oil. The child’s eczema problem disappeared in 6 months.

In another case, Mrs. L. cured both her children of eczema by completely eliminating cow’s milk from their diet, replacing it with soybean milk. A third child was cured by replacing cow’s milk with goat’s milk (available in health food stores).

Miss B. cured her skin problem (pimples and frequent rashes) by eliminating cow’s milk, while Mrs. J.’s eczema disappeared after she stopped eating sugar, sweets and animal fat.

Recommended foods

– almonds, walnuts

– clay (dissolve a teaspoon of nutritional clay in a glass of water)

– asparagus, avocados, carrots, mushrooms, cabbage, watercress, turnip, dandelion, black radish

– split peas

– liver, kidney

– olives

– oranges, cooked apples, grapes

– borage oil, primrose oil, vegetable oil, fish oil

– egg yolk

– brewer’s yeast

Foods to avoid

– all potential allergens

– butter

– wheat, rye

– white sugar

– egg white

– processed meats and too much meat in general

– chocolate

– fat cheese

– cooked fruit (except apples)

– oleaginous fruit

– lard

– kiwis, plums

– legumes

– yeast

– fish