Natural Remedies

Effective Natural Eczema Treatments for Soothing Relief

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Posted by Teya (Winnemucca, Nv) on 12/06/2009

Hello Everyone! I have suffered from Hand Eczema for about one year and have gone though several types of lotions and dr. perscriptions, nothing worked. Then I came across this website!

So I tried some remedies, and they worked! I do this three times a day, in this order: Apply Apple Cider Vinager to hands and let it dry, then apply warm olive oil. Then at night before bedtime, I also soak my hands in chamomile tea. In addition to this I take a dietary supplement, it is a blend of Omega 3-6-9 complex. I found this blend at a grocery store.

My daughter who is 5 years old,recently broke out with eczema on her face. I'm applying the ACV and olive oil 3 times a day. I diluted the ACV, because it was too strong. In the morning before school I just apply a little lotion, so the kids do not make fun of her having oil all over her face. I'm also going to start having her eat half a apple a day. Hopefully this will work for her! And I hope this helps others.

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Posted by Lynn (Wasilla, AK) on 11/12/2007

re: atopic dermatitis aka eczema -- Shortly after giving birth to my first child I developed eczema -- it started on my hands and proceeded to climb up my arms, neck, chest, etc.

5 Months later this is what I found.

1. Figured out on my own that I was reacting to disposable diapers. Switched to cloth and symptoms improved 50%.
2. Allergy test showed allergies to nikel,formaldehyde, and something called Quaternium-15 (formaldehyde-releasing preservative -- this is found in (or a similiar preservativ) in all most all liquid soaps, cleaners, and many cosmetics.

Once I elimanted these things (cloth diapers and compeletely switched to "greener"/natural products) my symptoms have imporved. I'm still having a slight problem and trying to find the final thing I am reacting to. We have figured out it is something in our house. (We just returned from a 3 week trip back home to visit family and the eczema had completly cleared up (except for 2 small outbreaks -- occured after holding my nephew and friends baby and sleeping on sheets that I had not washed in safe detergent!)

Meanwhile I found ACCUPUNCTURE really helped to make the symptons bearable with no side effects (very impoortant since I am nursing. Although it didn't eliminate the symptoms it did relieve horrible parts like patches that had become so inflamed as to become "weeping" or cracked and bleeding. It also helped to manage the itch and burning -- which was welcome relief since I had spent 3 months just trying to ignore it while trying "normal" medicial treatments that didn't work.

Currently we are investigating our water supply.

If anyone has anyother suggestings I'd love to hear them.

Multiple Supplements

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Posted by Francy (Lewisville, Texas) on 12/18/2007

Ok. After 20 years of dealing with dyshdriotic eczema, allergic dermatitis, contact dermatitis...essentially every skin malady recognized under the sun... I think I can provide some help. While steroidal creams such as diflorasone diacetate provide relief, they do not cure or prevent. The problem is organic. Here is the cocktail that I have found keeps me quasi-remissive with the least amount of side-effects: 1200mg of Lecithin, 50mg of zinc, 400 I.U. of vitamin E and 500mg L-Lysine once daily after a meal. For some reason, the anti-hystaminic effects of loratadine are more effective for skin disorders than other common OTC anti-histamines. I suggest one 10 mg loratadine once to twice a week to give the skin a "calm-down" period. Works for me...and I cook for a living.


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Posted by Susan (Waipahu, HI) on 06/20/2021

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.

Replied by Elaine

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

An eczema sufferer.

Neem Oil

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Posted by Fazeila921 (Atlanta, Ga) on 01/21/2012

I read online that neem is good for eczema. I happened to have some neem powder at home that I purchased for use on my hair and face masks. I decided to try the powder in a warm tub of water and soaked in it. It took the itch away immediately. So, the next I purchased 100% organic neem seed oil from Whole Foods. I rubbed it on with a little tea tree oil and I felt instant relief. I put it on the next morning and again the following night. The eczema subsided! Now I am left with the really ugly dark scars from the eczema but it is flat, no longer red or itchy and on my way to recovery.

Warning: Neem seed oil stinks!! It's like a cross between onions, garlic & cabbage soup. This is how it smells normally. Very unpleasant but it works. I will definitely keep a bottle handy just in case I have another episode.

P.S. I've tried using tea tree oil alone for eczema in the past and it didn't really help much. I also tried applying apple cider vinegar and it burned like hell and didn't help much either. It was the neem that zapped away the eczema for sure.

Neem Oil, Baking Soda

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Posted by Cynthia (Auckland, Nz) on 12/06/2009

Recently I have had an outbreak of eczema reminiscent of childhood - hot band like rashes, worse in bed at night, sometimes weeping - pretty much everywhere -all the joint areas of body even nipples. So I have tried two new things lately = NEEM OIL - few drops in bath and spray on baking soda. The neem takes the itch away and the redness. The baking soda spray - 1 tsp in bottle of water stings like buggerey at first but I sprayed it on my foot and it was all raised up and the next day it was flat. It's not cured yet but is better. Neem takes the itch out but don't overdo it. I leave my skin to dry after - it's quite dry but I can't put creams on as they make me itch.


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Posted by Lisa (Va.) on 12/18/2015

My family has had eczema for decades. We all use nettles as a tea or in capsule. It is best to get it in systemically. That is our physiology, we are all different. I recently got it on my face, peri - oral excema and its gone. It works like a charm.

Niacinimade Powder, Vitamin E

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Posted by Chammo (Bimingham, West Midlands, UK) on 12/08/2009

I had eczema when I was 1 years old, it cleared when I was 5. It started again when I was about 11 and I have had it since. At the moment its on my arms, face, behind my knee joints, on my chest, neck and part of my back. I have been oil pulling three times for the past two days, today I read about the Apple Cider Vinegar applied topically, I have just had a shower and put the ACV on my chest, arms, face and behind the knee joints. It was itching awfully but I clenched my fist and th eitch went away after about 10-15 seconds.

Please can you tell me if what I am doing it right and how to cure my eczema and the scars. At the beginning of the year, I made my own cream. I used Niacinamide powder, mixed with a little bit of water, I added vitamin E, afew drops of rosehip oil and added my daily moisturiser. That helped my skin alot. I am going to order all the products again.

I also tried covering my body in normal yoghurt, then washing it in tepid water after it had dried, about half an hour, this was to be done for a week and then i had to apply malt vineger, but I was abit worried in case the vinegar scarred my skin.

Please can you urgently advise.

Replied by Deepak
(Nagpur, Maharashtra)

Use 50:50 ratio of neem oil and mustard oil massage on infected area of eczema within 15days you will get new skin and there is no itching after application.


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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.

Replied by Mama to Many

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

~Mama to Many~

Ocean Water

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Posted by Dana (Orlando, Fl) on 08/04/2011

I have been suffering with eczema for 9 months on my hands. It's very painful and embarrassing. This past weekend, I went away to the beach and realized after the third day my hands were healing. I also stopped drinking tap water and started drinking bottled or kangen water. After I arrived home from beach, my hands flared up again after one day so I decided to drive back over to beach and get a gallon of the ocean water and rub on my hands before I go to bed. I have put ocean water on my hand for 5 days now and there are no open cracks or pain in my hands, especially the itching. I wanted to share my story because I am hoping this will help others.

Replied by Jackie

I suffer from eczema on my hands and feet and whenever I go to the seaside, if I put my hands and feet in the water, it takes my eczema away as well. I can't wait to go back as I have had a flare up again.

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Posted by Doug (Cucamonga, Ca, Usa) on 10/08/2009

I have had a large patch of eczema on the back of my leg for about 10 years. Sometimes it doesn't itch much, other times it itches so bad that I scratch it until it's raw. I have tried a number of topical treatments, all of which helped...but none of which were able to cure it completely. So finally, after 10 years, it's gone! And what, you ask, is the reason? Ocean water. Several months ago I went to a 2 week training in San Diego and noticed that after snorkeling a handful of times in my spare time, the itch was lessened and the skin on the back of my knee felt softer. I loved snorkeling (not for eczema reduction, but simply because I enjoyed it) and I recently decided to get Scuba certified. After a dive I would notice, like with snorkeling, that the itch was lessened and the skin on the back of my knee felt softer. Well, over the past 2 months I have done about 15 dives and the eczema is gone! Ten years of various natural and unnatural salves/creams/pastes couldn't fix what the ocean could after only several "treatments".

It's worth noting that (I believe) one would have to actually go to the ocean and be in the water to get the benifits. That is, I do not believe mixing salt and water would work. Nor do I believe you could bring home some ocean water and apply it and get the same results. It is my belief that the ocean water needs to be "alive". Meaning, it needs to be full of all the bacteria/microorganisms/fresh plant particles etc. that are present in the water's natural state. I realise that not all eczema sufferers live on the coast, so for many sufferers this may not be helpful info--but for eczema sufferers living near the beach, they would be well advised to take make as many beach trips as could very well be the miracle cure they're looking for.

Also, I had the thought that maybe fresh "ocean" water from a salt-water aquarium could be effective. Since, in the aquarium, the water contains many of the same bacteria etc. that would be found in the natural ocean it seems at least possible that this water could be used to treat eczema (i.e. dipping a cloth in the tank and applying it to the affected area. In theory, at least, this seems more likely to be successful than, say, transporting ocean water from the beach since many of the living organisms in the water will be unable to survive for more than a couple of hours.


Replied by Rob
(Manhattan, New York)

Hi Doug, good to hear you found a cure... I have a friend with severe Psoriatic Arthritis and for him the only really effective treatment is a trip to the Dead Sea. He said buying the bath salts just didn't do it. I wonder if it could be a combination of the sun and sea water and stress relief. Tout ensemble!

Replied by Jim
(Ipswich, Sd Usa)

Hey Doug, I suffer from eczema on my ankles, when I went in the Navy I snorkeled often. I noticed the seawater and sun would clear my eczema right away. I try using a tanning bed now and it helps, but the combination sun and seawater worked well. The ACV stops the itch for now till I can get back to the sea.

Replied by Bunny
(Santa Ana, Ca)

Any time you have a skin issue that improves in the sun it could indicate an inability to produce enough fumaric acid. A doctor can test for it. I'ts a genetic glitch, so you will need to supplement forever if this is the problem.

Oil Pulling

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Posted by Tricia (Astoria, NY) on 09/29/2006

I have been pulling since july 06 with sesame and safflower oils. I just love the sesame because it tastes like halvah to me. My skin on the top of my right foot was covered with eczema and it was itchy and inflamed constantly. It is still discolored from all the abuse it received from me. The wonderful result though is the inflammation has subsided. I am noticing new skin growing back slowly. It is thrilling to know that this harmless protocol is helping this painful debilitating disease that orthodox meds cannot heal. Peace and Health to all.

Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

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Posted by ThankfullyItsNotWorse (NJ) on 11/15/2020

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).

Olive Oil

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Posted by Baj (Cincinnati, Oh) on 03/17/2013

Really bad 17 months, five doctors. Skin on back of neck would tear if I tried to look left or right at stop sign. Skin on lateral shoulders, front, and around scapula on back... Torn and could lay on them. Entire neck, shoulders down to almost bust, dark pink to red. During flare up, usually at night, skin around neck and shoulders would lose fat underneath, be extra tough, red, bleeding in areas, sore, unusalbe, unable to sleep.

Original start was left eye... Lid, underneath... Diagnosed with eczema. Later research said can go to cellulitus, which can get serious, as if the ezcema and allergic flare ups were not bad enough. Later it was both legs, both hips, buttocks, forearms, left inner elbow... Unusable, would tear if I straightened it. Area as big as all my fingers put together. Finally at 2am on Friday night... Saw cellulitis spreading... From hips up to under arms, especially right side. Checked to see when urgent care opened next am.

They gave me two shots... Benedryl and a cortisone. Nose swab for staph, ie cellulitis, 3 days for results, pending Scripts for anti itch atarax, ranradine to keep stomach calm and to ensure drugs stay down, Clindamycin 300 mg every 8 hours. Here was a big miss by other docs... They didn't hit me with antitbiotics at all, or when they did, not hard enough.. ie only 12 hours, now I set alarm and take one during night... Never miss too much with the timing of your antibiotics. HUGE natural help...

Stopped all fish oil, no flax etc. Instead started on 2 plus tablespoons of EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil, make sure some is before bed. My research... Extra virgin has phenols and nitric oxide no. This stopped my flare-ups in their tracks and I was able to sleep comfortably, nightime dose of antibiotics aside. Other benefits... Before flare up my body would start revving up... like a profuse pounding pulse, building, sometimes bp would go up, wold wake me up rather suddenly.... Then the flare up... intense bursts of itch, burn, resulting in skin losing good attractive fat around upper chest, shoulders, locked into not moving head from side to side, or bending left elbow. All this stopped in its tracks after eating two tablespoons... This is your bigger measuring spoon, plus I was even getting profuse pain around heart and this stopped. All stopped dead cold in its tracks. Fast too, difference in hours to max of two days.

Keeping it going though. Eating it straight for now, awful, but will incorporate into soups, bread, meat marinade as I get time to. Look it up.. Cannot eat bread right now anyway, eating like a caveman, fruit, meat, no fried no breaded, vegetables, egg and chocolate are ok. Added potato back in tonight, ok. Rice is now ok too. Allergist got me off topical steriods which were only thinning skin and causing rebound effect. Gave me list of two product lines... Vani and free and clear. The skin LOVES vaniclear OINMENT. I cover it with that, then the vaniclear lotion which allows the ointment to stay in place longer. Had to dilute hydrogen peroxide with water to clean areas. Oldly but goody, right at grocery. Use free and clear shampoo, good, but use olive oil mister on my very long hair, on off days, every other wash. Allergy tests showed issues with some product ingedients of commerical shampoo and rinse.. But not hair color, dark blonde. Ditto nickel, bactrim topicals, carba mix, mdgn and all derivatives there of... Reactions.

I will never take fish oil or flax or tons of the POLYunstaurates again. The olive oil has the proper mix of mono to polyunsaturates. Also huge well documented research on reducing imflammation, anti oxidant (think anti rust), relaxes miles and miles of blood vessels via the nitric oxide... Anyone familiar with nitroglycerin tablets for unrelenting chest pain? Same idea except natural, can take your dose your timing, your comfort level on the extrz virgin olive oil. The extra virgin is the first press of the olive, therefore with the bigger part of the real nutrition... The phenols and nitric oxide... See wikepedia, etc. NO named moecule of the year in 1992. Also studies show anti cancer benefits. So knock out you flare ups and put off cadiovascular issues and reduce risk of cancer. I highly recommend extra virgin olive oil. It has kept the nightime flare ups... And remember we burn fat at night because we are not eating. Also keeping daytime flare ups stopped dead.... As I take the other of the two tablespoons during the day. Able to cut back nibbling alot, actually lost a bit of weight. 150 pound female in 50s, so adjust your dose accordingly.

Olive Oil
Posted by Felirose (Destin, Florida) on 01/12/2010

Olive Oil Helped my Eczema

I've had eczema for several years now. Originally, I was told that it was ringworm, so I tried putting Apple Cider Vinegar on it (that was not organic - it was the brown/amber color it was supposed to be, but was diluted, a generic store brand). That only made it much, much worse.

After getting a second opinion, I was told it was eczema and put on 0.05% steroid cream. It helps a ton, but is expensive...

So I started using Olive Oil. I filled the bathtub up with hot water, and put about a 1/8 cup (perhaps a little less - you do not need much at all) of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in it. Then I just relaxed in the bathtub for an hour or so. I also put a 1/4 cup of epsom salt in there, to help me relax.

After I got out, I patted myself dry with a terrycloth towel (be careful getting out of the tub - and don't towel dry like normal, because you'll rub the oil off your body) and got dressed. My Eczema looked much better, not to mention, my entire body felt like silk!

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, France)

Nice to read that someone else also uses olive oil in the bath water.... Due to the age my skin is a lot drier and nothing seemed to help. I am now using olive oil but I wonder whether it really works. When I get out my skin is very moist but then during the night if I wake up I start noticing that my hands are very dry. Does the olive oil only work on the surface?

Replied by Ann Rose
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)

I used olive oil as a lotion directly on my eczema. The first time it was like my skin gave a sigh of relief. Everyday the patch got smaller and smaller until it was gone within about 2 weeks. Now I use olive oil and grape seed oils as moisturizers and haven't had any eczema for over a year, even though we just got through one of our worst winters ever.

Replied by Elskbrev
(Oconomowoc, Wi)

Your eczema that was misdiagnosed as ringworm was most probably "numular eczema. " I get that occasionally, and only when I eat tree nuts. From time of ingestion of tree nuts to appearance of my numular eczema is about two weeks. This eczema usually starts with a whitehead type postule, then becomes a round flat lesion that may grow to the size of a dime before it starts to fade away, all on its own. Mine never itch. It is predictably six weeks from time of ingestion of tree nuts to time the lesion self resolves (disappears) on its own without treatment. I have not found any treatment that makes any difference. Will report back if anything I try based on tips from this site works for me. For now, I avoid eating tree nuts to avoid getting this eczema. Will actually have to intentionally eat tree nuts as if to induce a breakout to find out if some cures work. by the way, a physician did once give a quick glance at my eczema and call it ringworm, but at that time, I already knew what it was, so I corrected him. Many images Of numular eczema are easily found online.