11 Useful Natural Treatments for Eczema

11 Useful Natural Treatments for Eczema

Eczema affects many people and can be very irritating to the skin, and therefore I wanted to share with you in this article natural treatments to relieve eczema. Eczema is a form of dermatitis or inflammation of the outer layer of the skin. The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness, recurring skin rashes and itchy skin caused by inflammation. It is most commonly found in children, although adults can get it too. The symptoms can range from mild to severe. The main types of dermatitis are cause when the skin comes in direct contact with an allergens such as detergents and chemicals, or when consuming or inhaling allergens such as certain foods, dust and pollen.

If you suffer from eczema, there are certain natural cures for eczema that might help you in relieving its symptoms:

1. Trigger foods

Many studies have linked food allergies to eczema. What you need to do is to select a potential food and then eliminate it completely from your diet for at least a week, preferably longer. This is called an elimination diet. Then see whether your symptoms improve. It might seem a long process if you go through every food, but the fact is that most people eat certain food all the time. Start with those foods that you eat on a regular basis.In fact, there are common foods that are potentially causing to eczema more than others, for example: cow’s milk, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, cheese, fish, chocolate, artificial food colors and tomatoes. If you don’t get much success with the elimination diet, you can try sensitivity testing that identifies food and environmental irritants that may affect your condition.

2. GLA supplement

Some studies suggest that eczema may be caused by the lack of important enzyme that creates omega 6 fatty acid called GLA. GLA has been shown to be very beneficial in treating eczema. Lack of the enzyme means lack of GLA thus resulting in aggravating eczema. Therefore the solution might be to take GLA as a supplement. It is recommended to use the GLA supplement for at least 4 weeks. Then symptoms should improve gradually.

3. Probiotics

This is the good bacteria in our gut that is essential for proper digestive system function. If the digestion system doesn’t work properly, our body is more sensitive to allergies and skin irritations. Studies show that taking probiotic supplement reduced significantly eczema in children.

Further reading: You can read more about probiotics in my article 9 reasons to take probiotics and why it’s so good for you.

4. Chamomile

Recent research has identified chamomile’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-allergenic benefits. Chamomile is used to soothe skin rashes (including eczema), minor burns and sunburn. Used as a lotion or added in oil form to a cool bath, chamomile may ease the itching of eczema and other rashes and reduces skin inflammation. It may also speed healing and prevent bacterial infection. If you have a small area affected by eczema, instead of preparing a bath you can boil up chamomile tea and let it cool. Then apply on the affected area with cotton. Chamomile is a common herb to treat various ailments. You can find more useful information about chamomile and other herbs in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.

5. Witch hazel

The predominant benefit of witch hazel is its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It is helpful to treat acne, cuts, psoriasis and eczema. It is also a natural remedy for insect bites, sunburn, puffy eyes and itchy skin. All you need to do is to apply it on the affected area as needed.

6. Colloidal oatmeal bath

Colloidal oatmeal is simply oats ground into an extremely fine powder. When added to bathwater, it creates a milky dispersion that prevents the oatmeal from settling rapidly. You can make Colloidal oatmeal at home by grinding the oatmeal into the finest powder possible, so it dissolves easily in your lukewarm bath. Colloidal oatmeal helps smooth and comfort itchy, scratchy and dry skin. Make a lukewarm bath before going to sleep whenever necessary.

7. Apple cider vinegar (ACV)

Many people claim that ACV offers relief from eczema. But remember to apply moisturize after using ACV because ACV is a drying agent. Always opt for organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and unprocessed apple cider vinegar and not the clear stuff you find in most stores. If you try to look through the vinegar you should see a cobweb-like substance, which is the good stuff, floating in it. There are several ways in which you can use ACV to relieve eczema: the first methos is to mix equal amounts of ACV and water and apply it directly to the eczema affected part of the skin by using a cotton ball or a spray bottle. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the ACV more. Repeat the treatment twice a day once in the morning and once in the night before going to bed. The second method is to add 2 cups of ACV and add this to warm or tepid bath water. Soak in this bath for at least 30 minutes. Repeat this treatment for at least 3 times a week. The third methos is to take 1-2 tablespoons of ACV and mix it into a cup of water (you can add honey for a better taste). Drink once or twice every day.

Further reading: find more information about ACV in the articles 10 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar for Great Health and At Home, 11 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Can Revolutionize Your Health and How To Easily Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar.

8. Coconut oil

Many eczema sufferers claim that organic unrefined virgin coconut oil is an effective moisturizer which gives them better results than much more expensive products. It has anti inflammatory properties and can safely be used for your babies and young children too. Apply coconut oil to the affected area several times a day and before you go to sleep. It will help to relieve itching and flaking.

Further reading: read the articles about the amazing health benefits of coconut oil, and 15 everyday uses for coconut oil.

9. Baking soda

Baking soda has antiseptic properties that are effective for treating eczema. Prepare a baking soda bath by adding half a cup of baking soda to a full warm bath. Soak for 20 minutes. After the bath, don’t forget to apply a mild moisturizer on the affected area. You can also use baking soda in a paste form: make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the affected area to relieve itching. Leave for few minutes, then rinse and apply moisturizer.

Further reading: read my previous article about 6 uses for baking soda as a kitchen medicine.

10. Aloe vera

Applying aloe vera to the affected area  is an effective and natural way to relief a dry and itchy skin. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties which help to improve the symptoms of eczema. It can be also used for infants and kids as it has low risk for adverse effects. Apply pure aloe vera from the plant or natural products that contain a high concentration of aloe vera.

Further reading: Find here the best uses of aloe vera for great and healthy skin.

11. Licorice cream

Licorice is known to help skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. According to the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA), lab studies have shown that licorice has anti-inflammatory activity, and researchers have tested it for skin conditions that involve inflammation. In one study, licorice gel applied to the skin, relieved symptoms of itching, swelling, and redness. A gel with 2% licorice worked better than one with 1%.

You may also be interested to read my article about natural psoriasis treatments which include calming salve and nourishing skin oil blend:

Natural Psoriasis Treatments




25 Responses to 11 Useful Natural Treatments for Eczema

  1. vida says:

    Anyone knows of any natural remedies for dandruff please

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Vida, please refer to my article “How to Treat Dandruff Using These Natural Remedies” – http://healthyandnaturalworld.com/12-natural-treatments-to-stop-dandruff/

    • lntan Baharuddin says:

      hi .. l have 3 types of Eczemas….yup..my skin is very sensitive & my immune system is overeactive so, l have asthma too. For my Seborrhoeic dermatitis i.e dandruff-like scalp due to a fungus, l used Nizoral shampoo with anti-fungal & vitaminB5 but, it’ll come back so, l used Henna paste i.e anti-fungal too coz l grow henna tree..It works!

      For my contact dermatitis= Prevention Is better than cure..what my skin don’t like, l avoid touching it…save time & money than using the useless cortisteroids that have side-effects that l can’t handle later.l have problems with skin cream too & that drive my dermatologists..nuts!!..haha…

      For my atopic dermatitis=l have combination dry-oily skin on certain part of my body so, l’m still trying to control it by growing chamomile ( died recently..sighs :( ) but, my marigold is growing. Those are 2 wonderful herbs for most skin problems & soothing too.

      l take supplements of omega3 & 6 ( sometimes l eat salmon, tuna & sardines & l’m growing Evening primrose in my garden now ), selenium ( brazil nuts, avocados & crutaceans /seafood is full of them ( sorry, l’m allergic o seafood so, l eat fruits laden with that anti-oxidant trace minerals, usually asthmatics are low in this mineral ),nope..l don;t take zinc, but it helps too coz l drink milk plus, folate helps better cell turnover & it keeps the skin smooth not scaly ya ) yes, l do take vitamin B complex or just plain folate coz vitamin B3 & B5 helps too in releasing the energy in your cells..healthy skin cells= clear skin rite? :) Other vitamins that helps healing are the anti-oxidants vitamin A,C & E plenty in greens & veggies. They will make your skin younger-looking too ya. Gd luck! :)

      • lntan Baharuddin says:

        oh yes.. to calm irritation & redness you need anti-inflammatories like curcumin in turmeric ( antiseptic too, eczemas do bleed if scratched ), anthocyanin in dark, blue & purple veggies & fruits like red-purple & blue grapes ( concord is best so, l’m growing grapes ), all berries ( blueberry is best, chokeberry too ),blue corn, butterfly peas flowers ( l grow one ), purple asparagus, red big onions ( deep purple actually & l’m growing them too ), purple artichokes, eggplants etc. Google it! Best of luck ya!

        • Irwan says:

          Try black garlic.
          My nightly hives and my eczema eruptions are virtually zero occurances for the last 1 year after I go on black garlic supplement with the peelings I used for tea

    • Kathy says:

      Take a B complex at 59 mg twice a day. A multivitamin that includes 200 micrograms (mcg) of mineral selenium. Also 2-3 Brazil nuts give you daily dose of selenium. EFA’s such as fish oil or flaxseed or perilla or hemp seed oil. Dandruff also may be linked to liw stomach acid, which impedes nutrient absorption

  2. Richard McCullough says:

    I got it bad, my skin is a wreck and I don’t know what to do anymore, I have tried everything.

    • Michelle Jeffrey says:

      Hi Richard. I have suufered from eczema on my feet for years, sometimes it is just unbearable so i can sympathise. I have tried everything and have totally given up on the many different steroid creams prescribed by my doctor. I am now turning to more natural remedies. Lately my eczema has improved a great deal, first time in years. I soak my feet several times a day in a sea salt bath, dead sea salts in particular have been effective and easy to get hold of….also my mum has a friend who has severe eczema all over her body, and has to be hospitalised…the doctors wrap her head to toe in Zinc bandages and it is only thing that helps. I have been taking a zinc supplement as well as the foot soaks, and it has helped a great deal….hope that helps and give it a go…..good luck :)

    • alia says:

      I have eczema too. Currently using MooGoo Irritable Skin Balm and it kinda works wonder for me. Good thing it is made from natural ingredient. Maybe you can try them too

    • Bobbi-Jo Larrabee says:

      I suffered for years until I removed cow’s milk from my diet. Turns out I am allergic to the protein in cow’s milk. I gave up milk and my skin began to clear up in a few days. I’ve had clear skin for 3 years now.

    • Dennis Lim says:

      Try a food called Mila seed from genesis pure which has a lot of omega -3 , fibre , anti oxidant among others. We have help a lot of people with skin problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and sugar with this food alone.

    • Kelley Diveto says:

      Richard,
      Have you tried Renew lotion? This worked for my son. It also comes in a body wash, hand wash and bath oil.

  3. rachel says:

    Try castor oil. Massage it in to problem areas. Use saran wrap or shower cap. Leave in up to 8 hours. Wash out with head and shoulders shampoo.

  4. pavani says:

    hi
    im suffering with skin pblm

    i had small bumps on my face.sometimes those are irritable

    please suggest me what to do

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Pavani, this is something that a doctor or dermatologist needs to see. It’s impossible to give advice over the internet, as there are many things it can be, and the description is too general.

      • pavani says:

        thanq for your suggestion jenny.

        im applying olive oil.now it seems better.those are going to reduce.

        im 31 yrs old.since teenage im having sking pblm.then i didnot taken any precautions.till now im suffering.

        i met many doctors,.but i did’t get proper treatment for my skin type.

        im tired with it.

  5. Cliff says:

    Try soaking with coconut water for a week and very thick Puer tea for another week

  6. Toby Smith says:

    I am a 57 year old female. I go out in the sun and get the little itchy fluid filled blisters or bumps. I’ve been getting this for about 25 years now. I was on a tropical cruise and it happened again. I went to their doctor and he said it was sun eczema. Do you or anyone else know what I can do for this?

  7. I have been looking for options to treat my eczema, and I will try these out, Thank you

  8. veronica says:

    how to treat a very dry skin?its very shameful for me to go out whenever i forgot to apply any lotions or moisturizer on my skin

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