Eczema
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Effective Natural Eczema Treatments for Soothing Relief

| Modified on Jun 25, 2024
Natural Remedies for Eczema

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a persistent and often frustrating skin condition that affects both children and adults. With various potential causes, eczema can be challenging to treat. However, through experimentation and the use of natural remedies such as apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and Epsom salt, many individuals find relief and, in some cases, achieve a complete cure.

This guide explores various strategies and treatments that can help manage and alleviate the symptoms of eczema, promoting healthier skin and overall well-being.

Recognizing Eczema Symptoms

Eczema typically causes itching, inflammation, and skin irritation. The affected skin may be dry or ooze and can show signs of swelling, crusting, and discoloration. Eczema often results in peeling, flaking, and rough, thickened skin. Commonly found in babies and children, eczema usually appears behind the knees and hands, although itchy patches on the feet can also indicate eczema. The intense itching may disrupt sleep, and the condition can pose cosmetic concerns, although facial eczema is rare.

Identifying Eczema Causes?

Several factors contribute to eczema, including genetics, links to asthma or allergies, and connections to other health issues such as autoimmune diseases. Toxin overload and nutritional deficiencies may also play a role in eczema development. Atopic dermatitis, another name for eczema, refers to skin inflammation resulting from an allergy in an area that has not contacted the allergen.

Over-The-Counter and Prescription Medications for Eczema

Numerous over-the-counter and prescription medications are available to treat eczema. While they may offer temporary or ongoing relief, some medications come with serious side effects. Topical steroids, for instance, can thin and weaken the skin, while certain prescription anti-inflammatory creams have been linked to cancer. Methotrexate, a cancer drug, is sometimes used to slow down the immune system, potentially increasing the risk of illness.

Even non-prescription medications like antihistamines can cause side effects such as dry mouth, nausea, restlessness, confusion, and difficulty urinating.

Natural Remedies for Eczema Relief

Due to the potential side effects of eczema medications, many people turn to natural remedies. While natural treatments can also have side effects, a cautious approach involves trying one remedy at a time. This method allows for identifying reactions and helps determine which remedy is causing a response if one occurs.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, particularly raw and organic varieties, can be used both internally and externally for eczema relief. Consuming it as a tonic can help balance pH levels while applying a mixture of equal parts water and apple cider vinegar to the skin can eliminate bacteria and fungi associated with eczema and restore optimal skin pH. This remedy is particularly effective for weepy eczema.

For extensive eczema patches, consider adding one cup of apple cider vinegar to a warm bath several times a week. After using apple cider vinegar topically, applying a healthy oil can help retain skin moisture, which is crucial for eczema sufferers.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be used both internally and externally to combat eczema. Rich in lauric acid, coconut oil possesses antiviral and antifungal properties. Applying it directly to eczema patches can provide relief, although it may not be as moisturizing as expected. In such cases, castor oil is a more effective moisturizing option.

3. Castor Oil

As a soothing and nourishing emollient oil, castor oil promotes healing. If it feels too oily, mix equal parts of coconut oil and castor oil to create a blend that offers the benefits of both oils.

4. Dietary Changes for Eczema Management

A nutritious diet is essential for overall health and can impact eczema. Consuming whole foods and a diverse diet can be beneficial, with fermented foods like kefir and bone broth being particularly helpful. Some individuals with eczema have reported positive results from consuming organic apples.

Minimize or avoid processed foods, white flour, sugar, artificial sugars, and additives, especially during flare-ups. Certain foods, such as citrus and homogenized milk products, can exacerbate eczema for some individuals.

Consider incorporating blackstrap molasses into your diet, as it is nutrient-dense and can benefit various health conditions, including eczema.

5. Beneficial Supplements

Carefully chosen supplements can support the immune system and the body's repair mechanisms. Some particularly helpful supplements include:

Borage Oil

High in gamma-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties beneficial for eczema sufferers.

B Vitamins

Water-soluble micronutrients are necessary for various processes, including wound repair. Supplementing with a B Complex vitamin can aid in skin repair. 1

Vitamin C

Essential for collagen production and immune system support, vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine and is found in the skin. 2  

Vitamin D

Crucial for proper tissue repair, healing, and inflammation regulation. A deficiency is often associated with autoimmune diseases, including eczema.3

Magnesium

Magnesium is a calming mineral that helps reduce stress and improve sleep, both beneficial for eczema sufferers.

Zinc

Zinc is a mineral necessary for skin health and proper immune function. It is often included in topical eczema preparations to reduce itching and inflammation.

6. Healing Herbs

Herbs offer nourishing, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antifungal properties and can be used internally and externally. Experiment with various herbs to find the best fit for your needs. Some effective herbs for eczema include:

Chamomile

Chamomile is a calming herb. If itchy eczema causes sleep difficulties, chamomile tea at bedtime is ideal. After steeping the tea, the moist tea bag can be applied directly to eczema patches.

Turmeric

A popular anti-inflammatory and antibacterial herb, turmeric is useful when bacterial infections like impetigo accompany eczema. Turmeric can be used topically for eczema, though it will leave a temporary stain on the skin. Turmeric can be mixed with coconut oil and massaged into troubled skin areas. Alternatively, turmeric can be taken in capsules 2-3 times a day. Turmeric tea is a great way to take turmeric. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to several ounces of whatever milk is preferred. A pinch of black pepper can increase the healing properties of turmeric.

Plantain

Plantain is a common plant found all around the world. Plantain makes a pleasant tea. The leaves can be cooked like greens. Tender young leaves can be added to salads. Plantain is also a useful ingredient in salves for eczema.

Calendula

Calendula flowers are used as an anti-inflammatory. Calendula flowers are especially useful for eczema when fungal infections accompany eczema. Calendula can be found in salves. Calendula tincture can be applied directly to eczema patches, though they are usually alcohol-based, which may sting if the skin is broken.

Comfrey

Comfrey leaf is a mucilage herb. When the leaves or roots are crushed, they become slippery, which is the property of comfrey that suits it for irritations. Comfrey also promotes skin cell regeneration. The best way to use comfrey for eczema is in a salve.

Burdock

Burdock root is used as a food in some cultures. It is a blood purifier. Usually, burdock root is used for a period of weeks or months for the full benefit to be realized. Capsules are an easy way to take burdock root if including it in the diet is difficult.

DIY Herbal Eczema Salve

To make your own salve or oil to relieve eczema, try this recipe using dried herbs and several healing oils.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup plantain leaf
  • ¼ cup comfrey leaf
  • ½ cup calendula flowers
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup castor oil
  • ½ cup olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a quart mason jar. Cover. Let the mixture sit for two weeks.
  2. Strain out plant material with an old t-shirt. (One you can discard when finished.)
  3. The herbal oil can be used as-is, or beeswax can be melted into the oil to make a salve.
  4. For every cup of herbal oil, melt in about ¼ cup of beeswax pastilles. Use a double boiler to heat up the oil and stir in the beeswax. Use a little less beeswax for a softer salve; use a little more beeswax for a more firm salve. A firm salve is helpful in a warmer climate or in hot summer months.
  5. Store the resulting salve in tins or small mason jars.

Use the salve or oil as needed for eczema relief.

7. Detoxification for Eczema Relief

Detoxifying the body can restore skin health over time, as the skin is a primary elimination system. Detox methods include:

Detox Baths

Detox baths are wonderfully relaxing and very effective. Adding 1 cup of activated charcoal to your bath water and soaking for at least 30 minutes is one popular method of detoxification.

Beets

Beets can be added to the daily diet. They are wonderful for the liver and blood and make a great detox food. A quarter of a beet can be included with carrots if making fresh juice. However, do not use more than ¼ of a beet at a time at first. Otherwise, a strong detox reaction such as diarrhea or nausea may result. Beetroot can be found in powdered form. A teaspoon of beetroot powder can be added to smoothies.

Black Walnut

Black walnut is helpful if parasites in the body are depleting nutrients and expelling toxins resulting in eczema. As a tea or tincture, black walnut is usually taken twice a day for several weeks.

Nettle

Nettle leaf is greatly nourishing to the body. Capsules or tea are common. Nettle is helpful when eczema appears to be related to allergies. Used regularly for a period of months, nettle gently cleanses the blood. Nettle infusion is an excellent way to make use of nettle.

How to Make a Nettle Infusion:

  • Add ¼ cup dried nettle leaf to a quart mason jar.
  • Add 4 cups hot water.
  • Allow the infusion to steep overnight.
  • In the morning, strain the plant material out of the infusion.
  • Consume the nettle infusion over the course of the day.
  • Use the infusion 5 days a week.
  • The infusion will not keep well and should be made fresh daily.
  • Herbal teas and infusions require the body to take in a good amount of water daily.
  • Drinking nettle infusion can help to flush toxins out of the body and keep cells hydrated, both of which are beneficial for eczema.

Dandelion

Dandelion leaf tea, used consistently for weeks, can help cleanse the liver. Once the liver has begun to heal, the skin will often heal.

Castor Oil Packs

While castor oil is used topically with success, it can also be used as a “castor oil pack,” perhaps a more powerful way to benefit from castor oil. Castor oil packs are used over the liver area to help remove toxins from the liver.

How to Make a Castor Oil Pack

  • Apply castor oil to several layers of wool or cotton cloth. The cloth should have enough oil but not be dripping.
  • Place the cloth over the liver area (lower right of the ribcage) against the skin.
  • Cover the castor oil-soaked cloth with a piece of plastic wrap slightly larger than the cloth.
  • Place a heating pad or hot water bottle over the castor oil pack.
  • Keep the pack in place for 1-2 hours or overnight, but do not use a heating pad overnight.
  • Castor oil packs can be used up to 5 times a week.
  • Women should avoid using castor oil packs during menstruation.
  • Castor oil packs are particularly effective over the liver area to help remove toxins from the liver.
  • The skin often reflects the condition of the liver, so healing the liver can have remarkable benefits for the skin.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal can be used internally to remove toxins from the body. Charcoal should be taken with plenty of water to avoid the risk of constipation. Charcoal should not be taken within two hours of any other supplements or medications. 1-4 charcoal capsules taken once or twice a day is a common detox dose.

8. Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salt baths are a pleasant way to provide temporary relief from inflammation, detox, and relax all at once. Add 1 cup of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. Epsom salt baths detoxify over time but will often bring temporary relief from eczema. Do not use a hot bath when suffering from eczema, as it can aggravate it. Use a warm bath instead.

9. Probiotics

Probiotics are beneficial for individuals with eczema, as they can help restore gut balance..4 Incorporating probiotic supplements, milk kefir, or kombucha into one's diet may aid in gut flora restoration and eczema healing.

However, if eczema is accompanied by histamine intolerance (which can be challenging to diagnose), high-histamine foods like kombucha, apple cider vinegar, or kefir might exacerbate the problem rather than improve it.

Tips for Finding the Cause of Eczema

Natural remedies can bring relief, but finding the cause of eczema is key to complete healing. bIf eczema accompanies other health problems, sometimes focusing on those problems will also resolve eczema. Allergies, asthma, and autoimmune disorders are often underlying causes of eczema.

If eczema accompanies chronic health problems, improving overall health may resolve several problems. Some steps to improving general health include the following:

  • Consuming nutritious foods in moderation and avoiding known allergens.
  • Drinking plenty of pure water or herbal tea eliminates toxins from the body.
  • Getting enough sleep.
  • Exercising moderately several times a week.
  • Spending time in the sun each day, avoiding peak hours.
  • Reducing stress.
  • Using natural cleaners and avoiding chemicals and allergens in laundry and cleaning products.
  • Being cautious with body care products, choosing those with only familiar or pronounceable ingredients.
  • Tap water, which contains fluoride and chlorine, should be avoided.
  • Alcohol can dry the skin, and SLS (found in many soaps and shampoos) can cause skin problems in many people.

Continue reading to find eczema treatments that Earth Clinic readers have reported over the past 20 years. Do you have a natural remedy for eczema? Please send us some feedback!




10% Sulfur Soap and Sulfur Cream

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Posted by Mari (La Libertad, El Salvador) on 04/11/2016
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I've had atopic dermatitis all my life; inner elbows, inner knees and neck. Little red blisters that would itch and if scratched would take a wider area each time. Regular cream helps but take long. However, in 2008 I started having nipple eczema. It started by producing some flakes in the area, followed by some reddish blisters that ooze. They sticked to my bra. I started using tissue. They'd come and go. They usually were not many.

I went to the dermatologist in 2012 and prescribed hydrocortisone (among with some oral corticosteroids). It helped at the beginning and then I would apply every one or two weeks when blisters would show and burst. It would "heal" but then flares got more often and worst each time (the skin was getting thinner; I did not know) when I started medicating. I spent up to last year (2015) doing so up until I lost my tube and everything went unstoppable!!! Oozing, sticky, bleeding nipples and tissue was not enough. I got scared and went to a new dermatologist. He would prescribe the same things and I had temporarily cured. And then I started with the same old story: applying cortisone everytime it was itchy or blisters would show.

I decided I needed to stop and started browsing for natural cures. Found your site and decided to give ACV a try 1.5 months ago. First days it did not help much but stopped the itching and reduced the blisters. I started using it orally as well, twice a day. I apply an ACV-soaked compress to both my nipples for 5 minutes once or twice a day. Then I apply some drops on each one of them and let them dry.

A month ago, I also decided to give colloidal sulfur a shot. I remembered there was a local ointment that worked for acne pimples, read its instructions and IT SAID IT WORKED FOR ECZEMA!!!

I have been using it for a month now and it has improved amazingly!!! New blisters try to show but they dry within minutes or a day. I also apply organic coconut oil every now and then to moisture the area. My nipples are starting to get back their texture, form and color!!!

Thank you Earth Clinic for this forum!!

Replied by Maureen
(CT, USA)
06/25/2024
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This is working really well for me! I've been putting 10% Sulfur Cream on a patch of eczema on my hand for only a couple of days and my skin is much improved. I've also used the sulfur soap but I think the cream does more to help because I reapply it throughout the day.


10% Sulfur Soap and Sulfur Cream
Posted by Yukoncorleone (Ny, US) on 02/04/2015
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I have occasional flare ups with eczema, mostly because I eat and drink too much of stuff I shouldn't and because of the weather (usually really hot or cold). I have found for me that the one thing that really helps me calm these breakouts down is 10% sulfur soap and sulfur ointment, both of which can be found on the internet. As you could imagine it smells a little bit, but I've never had anybody say anything to me about it and my wife says she can only smell it if she gets really close to me.

I don't know if you should use it if you ever get to the open sore phase, but ever since I started using it when I noticed the beginning of break outs I've never got to the open sore phase again. I also use ACV, coconut oil, and turmeric and that seems to help as well. Hope this info helps. I thought I should post about it since I didn't see it as one of the many potential remedies.

-Eczema sufferer since 2012


Acidophilus

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Posted by Jeff (Detroit Metro, Michigan Usa) on 10/09/2011
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I have been taking Acidophilus with Bifidum wafers for one week now and it has provided me with relief from my eczema. I now feel like myself again, and can actually sleep without Tylenol PM. Don't forget to moisturize problematic areas after showering.


Acidophilus
Posted by B (Attica, IN) on 12/10/2006
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After being diagnosed with IBS and perioral dermatitis I knew I had to make a change. I did my research and talked to a few people at the health food stores and then added probiotic acidophilus to my diet. The first week I took 2 times the recommended amount, the second week I cut it down the recommended amount and then have stayed on that amount rather well the past 10 years. It has fixed all the problems with my skin as well as my digestinal tract. All the diseases of the body start in the stomach and colon, the acidophilus either in capsule form or yogurt help correct this imbalance. By fixing the imbalance, everything else falls in line. My skin is beautiful now. I would recommend this to any one suffering from any skin lesions and digestive problems.


Activated Charcoal

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Posted by Forloveford (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) on 02/27/2013

I have suffered from eczema for 14 years, this past year it has gotten out of control due to high stress and anxiety. Recently my Husband had an abscessed tooth and I looked on here for some remedies when I came across the activated charcoal, it draws out toxins so he used it and it drew out the abscess (in the bone) in two days, he is now pain free.

Anyways, I have been unable to sleep through the night or even function normally for months, I got another rash on my hand and decided to take some of the poultice I made for my Husbands tooth and put it on my new rash. I left it on for a few minutes and washed it off, which proved to be the most frustrating part of this cure!

A few days later (which brings me to today) I ended up itching severely on my lowers legs, this has been my area of most irritation, I popped open two capsules and mixed them with organic coconut oil and applied it to the most painful areas. WARNING; this stuff will stain everything: skin, clothes, tubs I mean EVERYTHING! I ran a bath as I allowed to stuff to sink in, grabbed a book (after washing my hands a million times) and got into the tub. I stayed in for about 20-30 minutes after which I proceeded to wash my skin over and over and over with an organic all natural bar of soap and a clean washcloth (I wash all my laundry with a solution of borax, grated and diluted organic lavender bar-soap and a few drops of lemongrass essential oil, this has helped allot with my skin irritation and allergies) My skin was a dingy grey after wards and so I drained my black rimmed tub and showered, again washing my skin thoroughly but not too much as to irritate my skin again, then I washed out my tub, dried off with a fresh towel and relaxed for a few minutes (this I found to be highly important in stress management, which contributes to eczema).

My skin never felt better and I actually had some energy. I still have black lines and dingy skin but I really don't care, it will wash off the next shower I have. I have also decided to take one charcoal tablet a day to help with the IBS I frequently experience and know that it contributes to low immune function and the plethora of health issues I have faced since I was about 10.

Anyone with severe skin issues I highly recommend a healthy non-gmo diet, elimination of industrial chemicals in household products, elimination of fluoride and as odd as it seems placed in this list: Inner Child therapy (I find the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh the best, he treats the body, mind and world as a whole) Most of these immune issues stem from severe stress and trauma experienced during childhood, things we didn't and still have not faced that resurface as health problems.

Recipe for skin poultice:
- 2 caps activated charcoal Aprox. 1 Tbls
- equal amount of Organic Coconut Oil
- Mix together and apply for at least 30 minutes.

Like others have stated you may experience a urine-like smell and this indicates that it is working (not sure why, will have to look into that) First time I did this I smelled urine, very strongly in the tub until I washed the charcoal from myself and the tub, its gross and quite pungent, perhaps this is the toxins that are drawn out? If anyone has information on this mechanism please reply with your info!

An FYI in case anyone is interested, I have tried the prescription meds since I was very young, every other home remedy on this site as well as other but nothing has provided the immediate relief I experienced from the charcoal poultice. The itching, burning, swelling, redness, and small pimple-like lesions have disappeared all that is left of it is the scabs where I have scratched so much I opened the lesions.

Please drink plenty of fluoride free (if possible) water after ingesting or applying charcoal as it dehydrates the body.

Replied by Julie
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
02/28/2013

Try a less messy poultice by mixing the activated charcoal with a little fine psyllium powder and water to a manageable paste. It firms up after a while and then to a consistency which can be peeled off eventually. Makes a good facial mask.


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Susan (Dania, FL U.S.) on 11/14/2008
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I have a skin allergy,that a dermatologist identified as being eczema, It appears between my knee and ankle on my left leg. over the past 40 years it started about the size of a quarter and for the past 10 or 15 years had grown to cover and area of 4in.by 4 in.....I started taking the charcoal capsules twice a day, each capsule aprox 280 milligrams..the lesion has shrunk to about the size of a quarter..no more itching and burning etc,also whenever i feel an sinus allergy attack i take the charcoal..i reduce the amount that I take when the symptoms reduce.


Aloe

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Posted by Karen (Melbourne, Australia) on 08/08/2015
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I struggled with eczema for 20 years. And then discovered liquid aloe vera. Drinking about 45ml on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and 6 months later it is gone! You need to continue with it as our comes back of you stop, but I have been rash and itch free for 15 years now.

I don't even have a little bit any more. Hope this helps.


Aloe Vera

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Posted by ItCouldAlwaysBeWorse (NJ) on 01/20/2019
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I have had GREAT success with raw aloe leaf for eczema. I rub the inside of the aloe leaf on my hands or any part of my skin that is having some kind of issue at least twice a day. I apply it once in morning before work and once before bed everyday for maintenance too. If I am having an issue or attempt, I apply more often. I get the raw aloe leaf from Whole Foods in produce section. Keep it refrigerated and the cut end wrapped in plastic wrap. Lay the leaf flat and cut about an inch off. Then cut that piece in half so the inner flesh is exposed. Rub it on area, let juice get on skin.


Aloe Vera Juice

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Posted by Amelie (Paris, France) on 03/27/2011
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Eczema remedy: 1/2 cup of organic pure aloe vera juice when you wake up and the same before going to bed. You should start seeing a difference within 3-4 weeks.

Replied by Maha
(Usa)
09/17/2017

Just to clarify are you drinking this or apply it on your eczema?

EC: She was probably drinking it.

Daiva
(CA)
09/11/2023

Half cup amount must have certainly be internal. Way too much to apply to the skin.


Alum

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Posted by Josh (Elk Ridge, UT) on 01/12/2007
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A friend of mine gave me the potassium alum stone with his story of severe eczema in Thailand. The generous people there gave him this stone to try and it cured his eczema. I've been using it as deodorant and it works very well; no chemicals or additives. I think you can get the stones at a health food store (or do a google search for them).

Get a clean spray bottle and break up about 1-2 Tablespoon size chunks of alum. Put this in about 1 cup of water and then fill your spray bottle with it. I spray a few sprays on my hair and massage it in my scalp. Some under arms for deodorant and then I give a few sprays all over my limbs and body, rubbing it into my skin. It has a weird texture; it seems to sink into your skin quickly - that's why the spray works so well. I'm thinking of trying an application in the evening as well and maybe by then I'll have more of a cure. Experimenting with the frequency... Let me know how this works for you. I used to have bad eczema in my hair that would flake all over; very embarrassing. I cured it by soaking my head with straight ACV and covering that with a shower cap overnight, but I don't like smelling like a pickle throughout the day. :) Now, the potassium alum has prevented it without the smell. Good luck to all, and hopefully we can cure our debilitating eczema.


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda

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Posted by Sidra (Salem, Oregon) on 07/16/2011
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BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS

Hi - First what a great resource this site is! Thank you so much! I have a question: I've been following EarthClinic for some months now and have found that the cure for candida has worked a near miracle. I had been suffering from it longer than I realized and only discovered how pervasive it was when I developed a persistent rash and eczema that nothing could cure. After 3months on the AVC/BS my eczema is gone, but I've had a troubling side effect from the beginning. My stools have gone from being normal and well-formed to extremely loose, basically passing water. At first I thought it was just part of the detox process, but it persisted. I started with 2 TBS ACV and 1/2 tsp BS in a full gals of water on an empty stomach once a day for 5 days on and 2 days off. I've gradually reduced the formula to 3 tsps. ACV and 1/8 tsp. BS thinking I might be taking too much. Still no change. I should mention I am a small, petite woman 98 - 100 lbs, so I generally reduce dosages recommended to compensate for my smaller size. Any suggestions?

Thanks so much!


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Sandra (St Philip, Barbados) on 07/06/2010
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This is my story so far: I am 51 years old, born in London of black Barbadian parents. I relocated to Barbados in 2005. Up to that time I had a minor problem with ezcema, a few dark patches which did not occur until I reached 40 or thereabouts. I didn't worry about them but treated them with the ointment prescribed by the doctor. I noticed soon after living in Barbados that the patches of ezcema were increasing, becoming raised & itching like you wouldn't believe. I am now covered from head to toe, including palms & soles of my feet with these patches. I've tried the traditional route with the dermatologist, a herbal practioner & even acupunture with no real improvement.

I decided to do some internet investigation & read elsewhere that blackseed & coconut oil had helped others with skin problems. I have been using both oils as soon as I come out of the shower & during the day when my skin starts to dry out & tighten up in the office air conditioning. I saw signs of improvement & was encourages to do more research.

I found your site on 16th June 2010, bought the apple cider vinegar on 18th, along with the bicarbonate of soda & followed Ted's advice.

I have been using the 2 tblsps of acv & 1/2 tsp of bicarb each morning or evening. (because I get an immediate reaction of having to rush to the toilet I don't drink this on the mornings I have to go to work) I also apply the acv directly to my skin by way of a spray bottle plus my oil moisturizers as many times as I need. The acv burns but not enough to put me off. I also try to drink each morning lemon juice in a glass of hot water. I have to sweeten this as I find it impossible to drink otherwise.

At first my skin became very flaky, even drier & grey looking, which was alarming but I persevered, encouraged by my husband. I still itched badly too. But within a week the flakiness eased off & the greyness went away.

Nearly 3 weeks later I am very encouraged to see the change in my skin. The raised, thickened patches have flattened out & do not look so angry. The degree of itching has lessened somewhat but I am still itching, especially my palms. I am still covered from head to toe but I am optimistic & encouraged to continue my regime & see what happens.

I have to say BIG THANKS for earthclinic.com & the contributing stories & testimonials.

I will post another update in a couple of weeks.

Replied by Bajan Sands
(Union Hall, St Philip, Barbados)
10/20/2010
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This is Sandra from Barbados with an update. I have continued my quest for eczema relief. I changed up the routine a bit. Drinking the Apple Cider Vinegar was not working well for me as a daily option so I stick using it as "skin cleanser" after my showers each day & drinking only sometimes. I have also started to make my own body moisturizer, which is going very well.

My main ingredients being coconut oil, mango butter, shea butter & vegetable glycerin. I put other oils reputed to be beneficial to the skin as I feel like. I take some supplements too: probiotics, flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil & also drink black seed oil, usually once daily. I'm keeping positive & I continue to see improvements. Some very small patches have become raised again, tiny in comparison to how they were, but when I work on these a bit more they tend to subside. I recently started treating the more stubborn patches with neem oil. I will watch & update my reactions in due course. My daughter who was visiting from London, told me within minutes of meeting her at the airport she could see a big difference in the look & feel of my my skin & wants a tub of the body cream for herself. I no longer scratch myself constantly all day long or in my sleep at nights. I do still itch but only sometimes. I no longer feel my skin is my enemy.

In a nutshell, I have to say big thanks, once again, to Earth Clinic who started me off on this discovery, given me hope when I really thought there was none. I will continue to tweak my routine according to how my skin performs, but for now acv, organic coconut oil based moisturizer plus a few supplements are doing a good job.


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Suzan (Hollywood, Fl) on 08/14/2009
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Hi, I am 46 year old. I have born with eczema and allergy and ashma. long story, short I have tried everything out there, only hydrocortison cream and pills do little help. It is been two weeks that I have started 2 tbspoon apple cider vinager with 1/2 tspoon baking soda. The result is very itchy, red, swollen, painful skin. I also am taking acidophilus and flax seed oil. I have allergy to every thing and asthma. Please help I am very desperate. Thank you in advance.

Replied by Tavora
(Brooklyn, Ny)
08/16/2009

Hi - I read a book called Green for Life and the author's daughter had cured her asthma w/ a drink (her mother create) called 'Green Smoothies'. The whole family are raw foodists but each (the author, her husband, and two children) had very significant health problems. By changing their diets and drinking 2-3 quarts (sometimes more) of green smoothies a day - all their health issues went away. The son even 'cured' his juvenile diabetes....(the author will recommend to drink at least 1 quart to start). For healing purposes - 2-3 gallons.

The smoothies may help with your asthma and tame your eczema. From what I know - dairy products are a huge trigger w/ eczema. But one other thing to consider for your asthma is Mullein tea. It is an expectorant and helps strengthen the respiratory system. Many blessings!


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Ryan (Chicago, Illinois) on 10/03/2007
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I have had EXCELLENT success with ACV (2tbs) and Baking Soda (1/4 tsp or so) in a glass of water three times per day especially upon waking. I also mix a small thermos with another two doses and sip it during the afternoon. I definitely find it energizing and the psoriasis/eczema (whatever it is -- apples/oranges) I've had on my elbows ever since an extended fast is clearing up PRONTO. I'm very excited. I think I'll be a lifelong devotee. Ted -- you're awesome. I'm also taking a bit of borax occasionally and experimenting with the sodium thiowhateveritis. Best of luck to everyone.


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Ed Davis (Wenatchee WA, USA) on 06/03/2007
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Skin Care - Dry Scaly Patches: I had some dry scaly skin on my nose and about for an inch or so on either side of my nose. I have been using a mixture of ACV, Baking Soda, and Water for a about a week and a half. I use about 1/4 tablespoon of BS and ACV till the bubbling stops. then I add just enough water to complete filling a small cup About 3 inches high, 1/2 full. I wash my face with this and leave it on for about a minute and then rinse it off. My skin on my nose and by my nose is now very soft and is no longer dry. I also found that when shaving with a razor that this mixture lubricated my skin and I did not get any cuts. I pieced this mixture together from reading about several items from this site. I love earthclinic.com



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