Pollution, central heating and air conditioning along with poor diets and a hectic lifestyle are all said to contribute to the increase in skin complaints such as rashes and eczema. Herbs with calming and soothing properties can help to re-balance irritated skin.
Chamomile, lavender and thyme are the best herbs for soothing irritated and inflamed skin. Prepare an infusion of thyme (1 teaspoon of dried leaves in one cup of boiling water) and use as an antiseptic wash. Use an infusion of chamomile and lavender as a calming rinse.
If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, aloe gel may be able to offer relief. Pick a leaf from the plant, slice it open and apply the clear gel that oozes out to the affected skin. Keep excess gel in a small jar in the fridge and re-apply as necessary. Aloe vera gel is also available from pharmacies and other health shops.