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10 Natural Remedies for Eczema

| Modified on Nov 29, 2021

Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki, Greece) on 10/23/2021
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I found that mixing some drops of tea tree oil in the coconut oil made my therapy much stronger than just coconut oil. I have eczema - atopic dermatitis only on summer and on my feet and calves. I used this mixture every day. It's a bit oily. If the area becomes more itchy after applying for a few seconds don't worry, this happens because of rubbing the area and not because of the coconut oil.

This mixed therapy is very good for everyday, but it doesn't vanish the symptoms for weeks.

Posted by Elaine (Pennsylvania) on 07/12/2021

Good morning! Would you be able to share with me where you purchase your natto? Thank you so much!

An eczema sufferer.

Blistex Lip Balm
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 07/06/2021
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Blistex Lip Medex Balm (medicated) for Eczema and Psoriasis

A friend of mine developed a strange rash on his hand and wrist that looked like eczema. I remember hearing that Blistex Lip Medex Balm ($1.25 for .38 oz container) may help control Psoriasis so why not Eczema. So I stopped by the dollar store and picked some up for him. He would apply the balm to the rash several times a day. He started to see results and a few days and the rash was gone within a week.

Active Ingredients of Blistex Lip Medex Balm: Camphor, Menthol, Petrolatum, Phenol. Purposes: External Analgesic, External Analgesic, Lip Protectant, External Analgesic. Inactive Ingredients: Beeswax, Benzyl Alcohol, Diisopropyl Adipate, Flavors, Fragrances, Lanolin, Menthoxypropanediol, Microcrystalline Wax, Myristyl Myristate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Saccharin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter.

Epsom Salts
Posted by Art (California) on 07/05/2021 1007 posts


You might give over the counter 1% Clotrimazole cream to try to determine if it is fungal or some other cause. If 1% Clotrimazole clears it or helps considerably, it is likely fungal.


Epsom Salts
Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki/Greece) on 07/05/2021
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I suffer from eczema only in summers with very hot weather. The eczema develops at the area over my ankles. I tried putting an Epsom salt solution three times a day on the area for one week. The relief was temporary, the itching many times subsided but not the redness and didn't have a steady improvement though days.

Avoid Gluten
Posted by GC (Georgia) on 06/27/2021
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I was diagnosed with Eczema in 2010.

After suffering for a length of time, I realized that I could easily control it by diet choice.

Since Eczema is an auto immune issue, I realized I was triggering the reaction.

So I eliminated gluten only and it went away within a week.

To test this theory further, I reintroduced gluten and within 12 hours. the flare ups started. Then eliminated the gluten and gone.

Lifetime adjustment in diet is my only route.

Posted by Susan (Waipahu, HI) on 06/20/2021
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I have had eczema for over 15 years. I was forced to resort to prescription cortisone salves to keep the flare ups under control.

As a result of being diagnosed with osteoporosis and refusing to take prescription medications to treat it, I discovered (as a reader of Dr. Joseph Mercola's daily emails) that Japanese Natto (fermented soybeans) contains vitamin K2 which is helpful in protecting bones.

I began eating a spoonful of Natto daily. It does take some getting used to as it is very slimy.

Low and behold as a side benefit of consuming this fermented soybean, my eczema completely cleared up!

I still eat Natto daily and consider it essential to my healthy regimen.

Boric Acid
Posted by Catherine (MO) on 03/17/2021
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For ear eczema:

I have had luck with a liquid solution of boric acid. I add powder to a small bottle of distilled water. It provides almost immediate relief and if used regularly, keeps things clear. It does not eliminate it, it always comes back, but has worked better than the many remedies I have tried.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Sue (London) on 04/28/2017
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I have had ear eczema for years, have used coconut oil to moisturize ears, which at least kept them from drying and being painful, but that's all it did.

3 weeks ago I started taking Diatomaceous earth, and slowly my ear eczema seems to be clearing. I put it down to the Food grade diatomaceous earth.

For the last 6 months, I have also been using magnesium oil and mega mag, vitamin k2, bee pollen, acerola cherry powder, boron, adrenal cocktail and other stuff as recommended by Morley Robbins at the magnesium advocacy group, in the hope of healing myself from arthritis.

But it is only since using the diatomaceous earth that the eczema seems to be clearing.

Cold Wet Wrapping
Posted by LN (England) on 03/14/2021

It must be obvious I suppose, but I realise that I omitted to say that the dampened bandages are applied to the dry/itchy patches, before covering with the dry layer and then clingfilm. I do not apply any creams, oils or moisturisers, just water. It certainly works very fast for me, as relief and I hope will turn out to be curative longer term.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Teresa (Colorado) on 03/14/2021

I am sorry for your son, mine is not diagnosed I just call it that, I can keep it at bay w Steroid cream, I drink V water daily not sure if anything works for me. But I always read Excema is caused from Yeast, which Sugar is really bad for causing Yeast. I gave up Sugar pretty much 3 mo ago and see no change tho.

Cold Wet Wrapping
Posted by LN (England) on 03/13/2021
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I have found wet wrapping the only thing to give relief from eczema (as I thought it was anyway, self diagnosed, extremely dry, cracking, lumpy and red itchy skin) on my legs.

The procedure is to soak and wring out bandages in pure cold water. Then cover with a dry layer and clingfilm. Leave at least 2 hours up to 5 hours then be prepared for tremendous improvement as you gently unwrap.

Wash Clothes in Baby Shampoo
Posted by Belinda (Alexandria, MN) on 12/20/2020

That is actually very interesting! I've had issues for many yrs with hives and eczema to the point that I take a xolair shot monthly. Lately the shot hasn't been helping much.
I'm wondering if baby shampoo can be used in the washing machine. I think perfumes and dyes in soaps are a huge problem too.

Lecithin and Tryptophan
Posted by Simonas (Lithuania) on 12/20/2020

Hello, could you please provide some detail to your post. How bad was your eczema? How long did it take for you to clear it up using lecithin? I would just like to know more. Thank you.

Vitamin B12
Posted by Simon (Lithuania) on 12/11/2020
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Some people are severely allergic to vitamin b12. It ruined my life twice. Be mindful of what you post here.

Lecithin and Tryptophan
Posted by Diane (MA) on 12/06/2020
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A biochemist recommended lecithin and tryptophan for my out of control eczema over 40 years ago. She actually stopped me in a grocery store and introduced herself and told me she could help. Cleared me up in no time.

I took three capsules of lecithin twice a day and two caps of tryptophan twice a day (don't remember the amt of mgs) until the bottles were gone. I have only recently started using lecithin again, two caps a day, to keep my arteries clean (I'm now 67).

I can't say enough good things about lecithin!

Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
Posted by ThankfullyItsNotWorse (NJ) on 11/15/2020
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Take 2…

After having a pretty bad bout of poison ivy on my arms, I was prescribed a steroid cream. Shortly after that my hands started breaking out with what I thought was still poison ivy that was still on my boots or other items I may have touched after. Eventually I got to the point where I wasn't sure if it was in fact still poison ivy on my hands. Long story short, I went to two different dermatologists. One said it was probably Granuloma Annulare while the other said it was probably Eczema. Both agreed, however, that it wasn't poison ivy and that it was probably caused from my skin being compromised (i.e. good bacteria) on my hands.

I used to use a lot of hand sanitizer and wash my hands a lot because of the type of job I have. Anyway, after using their creams that they prescribed, getting good results at first and then my condition getting worse (mind you, one dermatologist actually prescribe a cream that had alcohol in it- go figure right), I decided to go natural and with the mind state that I had to rebuild my skin on my hands.

Initially I was using a mixture of oils that had both restorative and anti-fungal/bacterial properties as well as a new method for my hand washing. This worked for a while, but then I was having issues again.

So what I have done and this has been the best results hands down is soak my hands in Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (organic). That is, 1 to 2 cups of Old Fashioned Rolled Oats blended/food processed down to powder with warm to hot water in a bowl where my hands are fully submerged. I use a Bullet mixer. (By the way, hot water, as hot as I can stand, relieves the itch for some hours! )

Make sure it's mixed pretty well. I soak my hands for 15 to 20 minutes. After I pat dry and I use Aveeno Eczema Lotion. At first, I soaked twice a day until I got results then once a day and then once a week or so for maintenance. I also use the Aveeno Lotion at least twice a day, more during winter or if hands are dry. I also use the Aveeno sensitive body wash soap as soap for my hands. I found not letting my hands become dry helps a lot and keeping hand friction to minimum, especially the areas that get affected (i.e. the tops of my hands). I also minimize the amount of gluten I eat, especially bread, and eat as healthy as possible with minimum sweets, while still enjoying life! :)

Oh yeah, and I stay away from hand sanitizer too as much as possible and don't overdue washing my hands. If I must, again, I focus on the parts of my hands that actually touch (i.e. the underside of my fingers).

Vitamin B12
Posted by Clatterbuck (Beltsville, Md) on 09/12/2020
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I can't say sure but I think B12 shots can cure Eczema.

My daughter had really bad eczema she had it on the soles of her feet so bad she was hobbling around like an old lady but she was only 25. Her hands were painful, cracked and bleeding. She had gone to several doctors and tried all kinds of topical treatments with limited success.

After a couple of years of trying to deal with the eczema she was diagnosed with severe B12 deficiency. Her body can't process B12 properly so she needs monthly B12 shots for the rest of her life. Well, she got her initial loading doses (6 shots once a week for 6 weeks) and she noticed her eczema seemed better.

Her eczema waxed and waned so she didn't get too excited. She has been getting her shots for 6 months now and her eczema is almost totally gone. She still has one tiny spot on her foot but it's not sore or cracked. The only thing she can attribute it to is starting B12 shots. I thought I would share this in the hope it can help someone else. A lot of people are B12 deficient and don't know it. A simple blood test can tell you if you are.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Dawn (Hartford Wi) on 08/26/2020

Try arrowroot powder, tea tree oil, and coconut oil...this is a recipe for homemade deodorant I found online, but found it to be beneficial for my husband's eczema.

Vitamin D, Eliminate Dairy
Posted by Missm (New York) on 07/31/2020

I also had issue with dairy, and had scalp and eye issues. Look up demodex mites, and also malassezia yeast.

Eliminating dairy and oils on skin can clear these issues up.

Vitamin D, Eliminate Dairy
Posted by Hope (Ma) on 07/30/2020
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Yes, this was also my experience for eczema/dermatitis on my face, but the sunlight didn't do it. Vitamin d3 supplementation did cure it within two days. For some reason, the sunlight made it much worse. I can also eat dairy, no prob.

Vitamin D, Eliminate Dairy
Posted by Servant (Farmville, Virginia) on 07/30/2020
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For several months I had eczema on my forehead; my skin was red, itchy and flaking. I tried many things to cure it including various supplements, creams, and diet changes, but saw no improvement.

In March, I tried two new experiments to see if I could rid myself of the eczema.

First I began sitting out in the sun for 20 minutes each sunny day to generate natural Vitamin D. Even though it was early spring and there were limited ultraviolet rays, I wanted to slowly build up my time in the sun since I sunburn very easily. At the same time in March, I eliminated all dairy foods from my diet.

Within about 2 weeks of the sunbathing and the diet change, the eczema was already showing great improvement and within a few more weeks my skin was completely smooth and free of the eczema and has remained so.

As I write this, it's the end of July and I've continued the sunbathing making sure I sit in the sun for short periods nearly every sunny day all summer (I've read that 20 minutes a day 3 times a week is sufficient to maintain an adequate Vitamin D level, but I've exceeded that amount since I've sunbathed more than 3 times each week).

About 3 months into my experiment, I began slowly adding a tiny amount of dairy foods back into my diet to see if the eczema would return. I've had no reoccurence of the eczema. I plan to keep my dairy food consumption at a minimum and also plan to continue sunbathing as much as possible. In summation, I have no way of knowing if the diet change or the addition of natural Vitamin D cured the eczema …. perhaps both played a part. I am just very grateful for the learning experience and grateful that the eczema has been eradicated.

Parasite Connection
Posted by DL (LA) on 09/10/2019
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Hi Art!

Thank you so much for your post. Yes, you're right.. I stopped some of the treatments without tapering off, except in the case of the thyme oil... that just stopped being effective one day. Good news to report -- my new protocol seems to be working well. 90% healed in a week. I have been documenting it with photos. I will be sure to taper off very slowly. I don't know if it was the Antifungal (Lotrimin -- lotrimazole cream -- turned out to be better than the generic cream), 16 oz of celery juice on an empty or the humaworm parasite killing supplements, but on day 5, everything started to get better after going gangbusters. Seems to spread once the outside temperature hits 85F, by the way. Currently no itch and everything healing very nicely. Just found a post from Kyle from Bangkok a few posts down on this page... seems to report good results for dyshidrotic eczema on his hands after doing an athlete's foot protocol to kill fungus. Too bad I didn't notice this post before! That's why it pays to read every post in an ailment... some of the good ones are buried!

Parasite Connection
Posted by Art (California) on 09/06/2019 1007 posts

What you are describing regarding the iodine combo is a rebound effect from stopping the applications too soon or too abruptly. This is similar to a topical steroid rebound and generally indicates that you should taper off gradually over an extended period of time so the body does not mount such a strong inflammatory response once the iodine and all have cleared you. It doesn't matter what clears you, but tapering off gradually seems like one way to go.


Parasite Connection
Posted by DL (LA) on 09/05/2019

Hi Lioness,

Thank you so much for the sea salt and peroxide remedy. Sounds fabulous. I will absolutely give it a try! I have just added a generic OTC anti-fungal cream application to spots on the foot (in addition to celery juice and parasite herbs) as the eczema has gone bonkers in the high CA heat the past week. The anti-fungal cream is one thing I haven't tried on eczema spots yet (and I have tried well over 20 remedies by now) so I thought I would try that approach. The current 3 remedies (celery juice, parasite cleansing herbs and OTC) appear to be helping, but I've had remedies like thyme oil and iodine completely clear up the spots only for them to end up reappearing after a week and spreading to a larger area on the foot! Appreciate your suggestion, thanks again. I will let you know how it goes when I try it!

Parasite Connection
Posted by lioness (USA) on 09/05/2019

Hi, I had some kind of eczema/dermatitis off and on this summer on a different finger at different times. I've had this kind of dermatitis before but this summer it was worse and the itch was really super annoying. Nothing helped it until I remembered a remedy that I heard a naturopathic doctor talk about for poison ivy. That remedy is: - rub sea salt (dry or slightly damp) into the blisters (they will break) - rinse with water - final rinse with hydrogen peroxide poured from bottle - keep uncovered - will dry out and - will not spread. I did everything but the hydrogen peroxide rinse each time. The itch was gone immediately, it dried out and healed. It's the only thing I tried that worked You may have something similar?

Parasite Connection
Posted by DL (LA) on 09/04/2019
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In my long search to find a cure for the eczema (atopic dermatitis) issue on the top of my foot which seems to get worse each summer (flares with heat), I came across this article today as I was searching to see if I could find any articles on parasites causing atopic dermatitis. Voila, check this out. A case of atopic dermatitis caused by Ascaris lumbricoides infection

Here are the pics after the teenager was treated for the parasites.

I have decided to embark on a celery juice cleanse first thing in the morning followed 30 minutes later by parasite-killing herbs using humaworm supplements (best on the market in my opinion). I am on day 3 of 16 ounces of fresh celery juice and day 2 of the humaworm. Will let you know if there's any progress. Taking pics. It's definitely flared and brought things to the surface since I started. Celery juice detox effects intense for an hour or two after drinking it -- headache and some brain fog! Also, not as carb hungry as usual, so I am losing a pound here and then. Later in the day after the side effects wear off, am feeling very energized and productive.

Baby Eczema Cream
Posted by Mama to Many (TN ) on 08/19/2019
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My teenage daughter has dealt with perioral dermatitis for years. We have tried many, many things over the years with varying temporary results that have been less than satisfying. A few months ago we tried Aveno baby eczema cream. Wow! This is the best thing we have used. I would say she is 90% better and has been for months. This is inexpensive and available online and in stores. 😊 ~Mama to Many~

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Joanne (Chicago ) on 02/17/2020
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I had a mysterious rash on my fingers that included swelling, redness, unbearable itching and finally, tiny bleeding blisters. It was like a horror movie. I don't know what caused it. I suspected exposure via a costume jewelry ring, but I had worn this ring before without issue. Anyhow in desperation I tried the tea tree oil. It worked like magic! Within about two hours, the red itchy blisters had turned into a kind of a crust—-then they just cracked off and there was smooth perfect skin underneath.