Natural Remedies

Effective Natural Eczema Treatments for Soothing Relief

| Modified on Jul 19, 2024
Mustard Oil
Posted by Kathy (Grandville, MI) on 07/19/2024

MUSTARD OIL I received INSTANT relief/calming by rubbing mustard oil on the eczema. Indian grocery stores sell mustard oil for external use. The itch was very intense, but once I started the mustard oil, the attack was cleared up in about 1 1/2 - 2 weeks. I added the coconut oil in the end to provide moisture to heal the dry scaly skin. But initially coconut oil didn't take away the itch. I also started taking a probiotic to deal with internal issues.

10% Sulfur Soap and Sulfur Cream
Posted by Maureen (CT, USA) on 06/25/2024

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.

Posted by Dia (IL) on 05/10/2024

Is there a specific name for the Ayurvedic Turmeric Skin Cream?

I have looked carefully at yours and at other posts but I don't see a specific name.

Thank you for your help.

Betaine HCl
Posted by noel (merced CA) on 02/02/2024

Acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, and other skin conditions that cause inflammation, especially on the face, can be caused by hypochlorhydria (Low stomach acid). Take Betaine HCL supplement and/or Apple Cider Vinegar to restore stomach acid. Other symptoms may be bloating, belching, and indigestion after eating.

Posted by Mama to Many (Tennessee ) on 11/19/2023

Thanks Rob, for sharing that fascinating history! I remember using Noxzema for sunburn in the 70's…

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 11/19/2023

Noxzema for Eczema

Did you know that the tub of facial cream you put on your face everyday was used as a home remedy for eczema?

The original formula for Noxzema was invented by Dr. Francis J. Townsend (1875-?), a physician/druggist around 1900, in Snow Hill, Maryland; by 1910, in Berlin, Maryland; and by 1920, in Ocean City, Maryland. The formula was called "Townsend R22" and referred to commonly as "no-eczema". Dr. Townsend, who practiced near the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, prescribed it as a remedy, mainly to beach resort vacationers who were severely burned by ultraviolet sun rays.

Townsend later gave the formula to druggist George Avery Bunting (1870-1959), who for many years denied the transaction. In about 1917, Bunting began producing and selling "Dr. Bunting's Sunburn Remedy", marketing the product as an alternative to the greasy, tallow-based medicating creams in use during the period. For the first 3 years, George A. Bunting and Elizabeth Buck mixed, heated and poured the product themselves. The name was changed to Noxzema, supposedly because a satisfied customer exclaimed, "Sure knocked my eczema!". An early slogan was "The miracle cream of Baltimore".

Noxzema is a non-soap facial cleanser that contains camphor, clove oil, eucalyptus and menthol. Many report it can help ease eczema. It soon got a reputation for “knocking eczema” and is said to have gotten its “no eczema” name from that.

Gluten-Free Diet, Zinc
Posted by Di (Sedona, Arizona) on 11/12/2023

I cleared up a persistent, angry patch of eczema with a gluten-free diet for two years after a doctor told me the cause originates in the gut. I also took zinc carnosine after reading that it heals peptic ulcers in a government study, so I figured this may heal the gut.

Also, I've heard organic unrefined coconut oil mixed with baking soda is very healing.

Aloe Vera Juice
Posted by Daiva (CA) on 09/11/2023

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

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Friederike (Texas) on 08/27/2023

I can relate. I used to have eczema on my legs a long time ago. Nothing seemed to work until I took Vit. B complex 100 and 4000mg fish/ cod liver oil. It finally disappeared. I stopped taking the B complex( when I took it one time again my skin started itching). I still take omega ( krill oil and fermented cod liver oil) . But around a year ago it flared up, but seemed to get better. But now since the heat here in Texas it has gotten really bad. We just got back from a camping trip and my left foot was actually swollen. I started putting Manuka honey on lately. Not sure yet if it helps. So I'm thinking may be try the B complex again...

Sea Salt
Posted by ThankfullyItsNotWorse (NJ) on 08/17/2023

Sea Salt Water for Hand Eczema/Dermatitis

This is what I did...

Mixed about 4 tablespoons of Pink Sea Salt/Himalayan Sea Salt into about 8 cups of water in a bowl that fit the mixture and both my hands without over spilling. This is like making sea water as this is basically the ratio of sea salt found in ocean water. Must be Pink Sea Salt/Himalayan Sea Salt for the added minerals.

I soaked my hands in the mixture for 20 minutes 1 to 3 times a day (i.e. morning, day, night time). Made sure salt was mixed thoroughly and hands were not resting on any salt residue that was remaining on the bottom of the bowl.

Lightly rinsed off my hands and lightly dried my hands. I applied raw aloe on my hands, let dried, then apply Cetaphil lotion or CeraVe lotion or similar. If no aloe at least the lotion after to seal in the moisture. Once hands started clearing up I soak like once a week or so for maintenance, but be sure to keep hands moisturized.

This has been the most effective for me.

Pink Himalayan Salt
Posted by Maverick (Washington State, USA) on 04/28/2023

Unreal... I had eczema, dermatitis and/or psoriasis under both eyes after I got cross-contaminated with gluten (being glutened sucks A**). BTW, similar can happen if you're lactose intolerant. The protein in dairy (casein) mimics the protein in wheat (gluten).

I had it for many weeks and I tried everything such as aloe vera gel, apple cider vinegar, castor oil, etc.. Then I read some comments here that swimming in the ocean and sea salt or dead sea salt got rid of their eczema. So I decided to try it with salt in water.

The last 3 days, I've put Pink Himalayan Salt mixed in filtered water, into a cup. I swished it around with my fingers so it would dissolve in the water and then I splashed it on both eyes (I did NOT dry at all). I think it's KEY to understand not to dry it off!

I woke up just now, everything flaked off and the red dime sized circles are GONE. I'm in shock. I also read that Chlorine Swimming Pools can do similar, but that's not even necessary. Just fill a cup with water and salt (I presume any salt will work, even table salt), splash it on the area where you have the red rash or eczema/dermatitis/psoriasis and just like it dry. Don't wash it off.

I also remember yesterday I noticed that the reddish areas under my eyes had turned yellowish, which I had not seen before when I used the other treatments (ACV, Castor Oil, Aloe Vera, etc..). So I kind of figured it was dead skin drying out and ready to come off. I'm still in shock at how quickly it happened. This is the cure for your rashes due to Eczema / Psoriasis / Dermatitis.

Boric Acid for Ear Eczema
Posted by Lisa (OH) on 10/09/2022

Hi. Can you give more info? How did you make the liquid boric acid solution? Did you use a dropper to put it in your ears? Did you take it internally? Did you rub it on external skin near the ear?

Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki) on 07/27/2022

Sunlight (or UVA and UVB lamps) for Eczema

I've tried many things for my eczema on my lower calves. Nothing worked like sunning. In the summer due to the high temperature and sweating it becomes inflamed. I've learned that there are UVB therapy lamps for eczema. Ultraviolet light can remove white blood cells that provoke an allergic reaction and are under the epidermis. UVA radiation has less energy but goes deeper into the skin. So why don't try UVA plus UVB therapy for free with sunning. Just 5 minute every other day had total elimination of my eczema and very red and itcy spots. While sunning one must gradually increment in order not to get a sunburn.

If one doesn't have a lot of sun here are the UVB ot UVA devices. Doctors say UVB monochromatic 311nm therapy is safer for skin cancer.

In the image I added below, shows that my skin is somehow red in the area with red itchy dots like mosquito bites.

Vitamin D
Posted by A (Philadelphia, Pa) on 07/22/2022

I've had eczema on my hands for several months. As it began to spread and redness, and itching became worse, I decided to try vitamin D (I already take 1g fish oil & 1g pumpkin seed oil daily). 400 IU of vitamin D3 twice daily cleared it up immediately- overnight! No more redness, flaking & zero itch. The skin over my knuckles still appears a bit ‘swollen' but that's it.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Claire (Duluth, GA) on 06/21/2022

Was this given topically or used internally?

Avoid Garlic
Posted by Robyn M. (Adelaide, South Australia) on 05/11/2022

Suffering from Eczema - STOP eating Garlic

Try this it worked for my son (who has had eczema for 15 years) and myself (I have had eczema for 40 years) - stop eating GARLIC. We have spent thousands of dollars on cures to no avail. Check food labels for garlic, takeway foods etc. It took us about four weeks before we noticed a difference. Now if I do happen to have garlic, my hands flair a little but soon goes away. I so hope this helps.

Colloidal Oatmeal
Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 03/19/2022

I have had a mild eczema flare. Borage oil supplements always work for me, but I get lazy about taking them.

I bought a generic eczema cream at Stuff Mart. (The ingredients were identical to that of the Aveeno eczema cream and included colloidal oatmeal.) This stuff has worked quite well. It is very moisturizing for dry skin, too. (Without being greasy.)

~Mama to Many~

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Jess (Seattle) on 02/23/2022

I started taking 10 drops/day of Grapefruit Seed Extract for a different problem. Within 3 days, the mild eczema on my arms was completely gone! It's been there for months so I was surprised by this. I did a search online & found that GSE can help with eczema.

Coconut Oil and Raw Sugar
Posted by Phoebe (Mendocino) on 02/10/2022

Every now and again I get this terrible itch in my forearms which turn into these red raised bumps which become itchier and itchier and no matter how hard I try, I eventually start to scratch them. I'm a RN in a clinic so I have had doctors prescribe me everything and anything but nothing worked. Until one day a woman told me her brother had terrible eczema and he cured himself by mixing organic virgin coconut oil with raw sugar; then using it as a skin scrub every time he bathed. So I tried it even though I was super doubtful, but omg it is glorious. First off all you finally get to scratch this terrible itch without breaking the skin, second the lovely coconut oil leaves your skin exfoliated yet soothed. And after about a week of this, the rash is gone. I don't know try it because believe me I tried every steroid, every antifungal, every antibacterial, every essential oil, apple cider vinager even baking soda :::oh yeah calamine and oat baths….but nothing worked like simple coconut oil with sugar. Hope that helps. ❤️

Baking Soda
Posted by Lou (Tyler, TX) on 01/05/2022

Try anti-fungal shampoo. It is available on I have very thick hair as well. I like the H——— H—- kind. Good luck!

Eliminate Citric Acid
Posted by Lou (Tyler, TX) on 11/29/2021

Regarding Samuel's post above from 2011, where he wrote:

"The bottom line is that anything that is not organic or has artificial ingredients is poison. Citric acid is It is the reason you have eczema/acne. Even regular fruits and vegetables and meats, if not organic, are full of pesticides and other junk that can do nothing but harm you.

Just to let some of you know the real face of artificial ingredients, I finally researched what citric acid is. Unless the citric acid is coming from citrus fruit, artificial citric acid is derived from MOLD. You are eating or drinking a product that comes from MOLD. This alone should let people realize that artificial ingredients are poison."

The dermatologist here prescribed citric acid for a patch of psoriasis on the back of my neck. I did not know it was mold. That could explain the huge eczema flare. He should be fired.

Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki, Greece) on 10/23/2021

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.

Geranium Essential Oil
Posted by Brenda (Arizona) on 09/14/2021

So true about answers can come from God in a dream. Happened for me with eczema on my fingers. It started from expressing anger over neighbors who kept bullying my family. Long story short, besides working through the emotions, what came to me one night was to use geranium essential oil along with the other plant based items I was using. After two nights of using it w gloves and sleeping it worked!

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.