Eczema
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10 Natural Remedies for Eczema

Gluten-Free Diet

Posted by Dpayne (Marshall, Texas/usa) on 06/09/2011
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I have seen that a lot of people have noticed the eczema coming back after getting back to a "normal" diet. There has been a lot of research done that links eczema to celiac disease or the intolerance of gluten found in wheat and other grains. After you have detoxed and your body is clean and clear I encourage you to take a good look at your diet. If it flares back up as it did for others.

I have a daughter who was diagnosed with celiac at the age of 4 who is now 11 and since it is genetic we have all noticed things in our bodies that have become intollerant to the wheat glutens. Makes you wonder what they are doing to our food, but that is another topic!

My oldest daughter has in the month developed extream eczema on her hands, they hurt so bad that it is keeping her from really enjoying being a 12yr old. I am going to try the 3 day apple fast for my whole family and then keep everyone on a strict gluten free diet. I know it will help everyone.

Replied by Jack
Tokyo
06/13/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

I agree with Dpayne about gluten intolerance. I eat a paleo diet that excludes all grains, legumes, and sugar. All my food is cooked at home so that I can cook everything from single ingredients. I believe that my gut was able to process the apples without inflammation, which is why outbreaks stopped during the fast and I had the breasthing space to heal up. I am really on a mission to find the cause of this eczema!

So, after the 3 day apple detox my hands and feet became completely clear. It was so great having them back again. I started back on my paleo diet and very gradually the vesicles began appearing again. It's now 20 days on strict Paleo since the end of my apple detox and my hands are back to full outbreak status.

I have been tracking all foods that I have eaten so I know the culprit is in this list. In Japan you can only test for 13 allergies per blood sample for some reason, so to kick off with allergy testing for these foods:

tomato
white potato
lamb
chicken
beef
pork
carrot
sweet potato
garlic
onion
coconut
tuna
salmon

I made sure I got a couple of nightshades in there, all the meats, the main fish I eat, and I need garlic to flavour food. Wish me luck :-)


Glycerin, Apple Cider Vinegar, Zinc Oxide Cream

Posted by J (Scottsdale, Az) on 05/21/2011
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I have been suffering from Dyshidrotic (hand) eczema for the past 5 months. Before I did this treatment it was severe (oozing, crusting, itchy, red, cracking skin). When I went to the dermatologist, he wanted to prescribe me a cortisone ointment. I told him that for personal health reasons, I don't want to use it and would like to do something more natural. So he suggested I soak my hands twice per day for 5-10 minutes in a solution of 1 tbsp of glycerin, 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and a quart of distilled water. After the soak, he said to apply a zinc oxide ointment (which I found in the diaper cream section; I use Triple Paste Medicated Ointment).

I have been doing this for the past couple of months and my hand eczema has improved dramatically. It is not gone, but it is a lot better. I also wear cotton gloves with vinyl gloves over them, secured with a rubber band, every time I shower, wash dishes etc. I don't really have to use the zinc oxide ointment much now, I use it as needed when the eczema is severe. Now, after the soaks, I apply Theraplex moisturizing cream. It works really well and doesn't have any chemicals or preservatives in it. Oh, and I only use fragrance free and preservative free soap. I hope this helps someone!


Goat Milk

Posted by Stephanie (Paris, France) on 02/19/2012
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I was in Ireland this summer, and went to waterford and heard about a herd of goats that were very rare, so I decided to go to the santurary. When talking about the goats to the lady she said that the milk was amazing for curing eczema. She told me about a little boy who had awful eczema, all over his body, his skin would flake all over the covers when he woke up. He had been to the docs and taken steriods, but they didn't work, but as soon as he started to drink the milk it improved drasticly, within 2 weeks his eczema was almost all gone, with hardly any scars! Am not sure if your able to buy the milk or where, but is worth checking it out if you have severe eczema! Hope this helps! Sorry if my spelling is bad, am not quite perfect at english!


Hair Dye

Posted by Bambi (Parma, Ohio) on 04/15/2016
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What hair dye is OK to use for eczema? It seems to flare up after use of dye.

Replied by Mapu
Hawaii
04/10/2017

Pls research the dangers of Hair Dyes. Also research Henna powder for a safer. Mountain Rose Herbs carry good quality Henna.


Hemp Seed Oil

Posted by Pika (Colorado) on 11/23/2013
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I have eczema ever since I can remember. I always have it on my eye lids and sometimes on my elbow, arms, chest. Steroid creams worked but I believe this past Fall the huge outbreak was due to the accumulation of those creams. My eyelids were all swollen, red, and my neck was covered with red, painful and itchy patches. They even spread to my face and chest. It was miserable. I tried many methods, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, honey, eventually, what worked for me was hemp seed oil! I took one table spoon in the morning, one at night, and rubbed the oil on my skin as well. The relief came quite quickly, in a couple of days and I was clear of eczema in a month!


Hemp Seed Oil and Flax Seed Oil

Posted by Eugene (Concord, Tn) on 09/10/2017
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Was diagnosed with Nummular Eczema and it was quite an ordeal and am posting this in hopes of helping others. Through trial and error I developed a regiment that has got me back to normal. I take one capsule of Hemp Seed oil either every day or every other day. I also take daily one capsule of Flax seed oil which cleared up the itching and swelling around my eyes. These are the most important. I also take 1 or 2 Probiotic Acidophilus. I also take 1 Borage oil capsule every other day, I think helps but I believe the others are the most important.


Homemade Cream

Posted by Helen (Vancouver, B.c., Canada) on 05/01/2011
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My husband used to have dry skin issues during winter months while we lived in the middle east, although it was visible as very small patches on his elbow and ankle that could be easily treated using QV cream mostly and corticosteroid rarely. Dermatologists diagnosed it to be psoriasis. After we moved in to Canada a year ago, he developed extreme dry skin 2 months ago which covered his arms, legs (from the knee down), trunk (both front and back). The GP diagnosed it to be psoriasis whereas the Dermatologist said it was eczema. Both of them prescribed corticosteroids.

As we knew of the side effects of using these creams over large areas of the body, we refrained from using them completely although the situation was very bad. I developed a cream using natural ingredients that was so effective, it has brought about a major turn around and now, am so glad to say, his skin has recovered completely and is back to being normal in every sense of the word. I would like to share this recipe along with the protocol he followed with all other sufferers of this condition with a sincere wish that it will be just as effective for you and help you lead a normal life as I can totally empathise with this, having seen my husband go through all the pain and agony of having eczema.

- one 450g tub Wellskin Glaxal Base moisturizing cream (for sensitive skin)

[I used this cream as the base for preparing the cream]

- 100% Aloe Vera gel (edible variety)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- vegetable glycerine (100% pure)
- Neem oil
- Calendula oil
- Tea tree oil
- Vitamin E oil (40, 000 I. U. )
- Evening primrose oil softgels - 500 mg (GLA 50mg)

Except for the cream base, I got all the other ingredients from wholefoods market.

To half the cream base, I added about 1/4th cup aloe vera gel, 1/4 to 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 to 1/2 cup glycerine, about 2 tblsp vitamin E oil, around 20-30 drops each of neem oil, calendula oil and tea tree oil and squeezed in about 10 evening primrose softgel cap contents. Mix thorougly and store in a clean jar in a cool, dry place.

To use, apply generous amount of this cream to the affected areas of skin like a face mask and leave on for 1 to 3 hours, if u can. By this time, most of the cream would have been absorbed. Either dab off the excess or leave on over night. Please do not cover with plastic wraps as it can result in further inflammations. Apply morning after shower like regular moisturizer and more intensively in the evening ( as mentioned above) an hour to three hours before going to bed. The key here is to let the cream sit for 2-3 hrs in the evening and atleast 1/2 to 1 hour in the morning. Within 2-3 days , we noticed a dramatic change in the skin condition and on the fourth day, his skin had completly recovered!!

At the same time, my husband stopped using soaps of any kind and used only cetaphil. As for diet, we decided to have only fish, vegetables ( no tomatoes, potatoes), wholegrain brown rice and a berry smoothie using organic unsweetened coconut milk for breakfast (no eggs). Avoid sugar and all simple carbs atleast for the duration of this treatment. And drink loads of water too.

Wishing all of you a speedy recovery, one that's free of medications and all its unwanted side effects.

Replied by Helen
Vancouver, B.c., Canada
05/02/2011

I forgot mention in the above post that my husband also avoids all dairy products and have the following supplements on a daily basis:

- multi vitamin mineral complex (free of wheat, yeast, sugar, starch, dairy products, gluten, artificial preservatives, flavors, colors )
- Omega 3-6-9
- Vitamin E

He also takes olive leaf extract and a digestive enzyme supplement (the contents of one of each are mixed with a cup of water and taken with dinner).

Replied by Muttmom
Emery, Sd
09/14/2012

I was misdiagnosed and treated for ringworm for months after telling the derm that Bagbalm made it much better. In the end I used Vaseline and all the crud sloughed off. I think a heavy neutral emollient helps is the trick and only washed every 3 days. I stopped washing and drying twice a day as per DR. (very aggravating) It was discoid eczema- (from unecassary biopsy) symtoms- started as bug bite. Lower leg of 60 yr old male, itched worse at night, enlarging circle looking similar to ringworm, never contagious, did not respond to anti fungals.

Replied by Jatima
Fort Meade, Md
10/04/2012

I've found to help with my own eczema and my baby boys (2yrs old) to shower/bath using head and shoulder or off brand.. not as earth friendly but does the job with minimal of effort and I still can eat anything I want.


Homemade Thieves Oil

Posted by Lu (United States) on 04/23/2020
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Homemade thieves oil I did not find this remedy listed in there eczema section and I had nothing short of miraculous results.

I had a small, approximately dime sized patch of eczema on my elbow. Even my doctor told me there was nothing to do about it except "manage" it. Among the natural cures I tried: ACV, lavender oil, tea tree oil, coconut oil, hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, OTC eczema remedies, oregano oil: these are the ones I remember. NOTHING helped and I had this patch for YEARS which I would sometimes scratch to the point of bleeding. Homemade thieves oil applied neat daily knocked it out completely in under two weeks and have had no sign of remission for well over a year now. I just want to share this in case it helps anyone else.

You can buy thieves oil but I googled a DIY recipe and made it at home: essential oils of cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary.


Honey

Posted by Mariah (Boardman, Ohio Usa) on 04/15/2012
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I started getting severe eczema all over my body and scalp after using a combination of bleach and dish soap to clean some cement blocks. I cleaned them because our previous landlord next door to us had rabbits running all over our yard and on the cement blocks, and I was worried about getting an infection of some kind. I walked on the cement blocks while I was mopping it down with the cleaning solution. I threw away the old mop. I did not think that after using a solution as strong as the one I had used that the chemical would cause a allergic reaction when I touched my shoes to take them off. I was broke out in 8-12 minutes I broke out all over my body and scalp after my exposure. I did try the apple cider vinegar and it did cause the pus filled eczema to scab over. But then my skin felt so dry from the vinegar, I started itching. I found another remedy, which seems to work much better, and is not expensive to make. You put oatmeal lotion in a bowl {I use the kind from Dollar General stores, as it's thick and has no added fragrance, at $3 a bottle, quite a bargain. } After putting the whole bottle in a mixing bowl add some honey to the lotion in the bowl. The ratio should be 2/3 lotion to 1/3 honey. Add about 1/3-1/2 cup of boiled spring water to the mixture after it has cooled to a warm tempature not to burn you when you put it on. Add a vitamin e capsule to help preserve the mixture. Mix thoroughly and amazing the you will notice how the honey mixed in with the mixture along with the vitamin e makes a big difference in how long it takes to heal up the eczema. I have had this condition for 2 yrs, and been to numerous doctors and had shots, but nothing else seemed to work. Then I read something on a website about how honey can heal skin eruptions of almost any kind. The water added to the mixture makes the honey portion of the mixture less sticky, so it won't stick to your clothes. You may have to test out the amount of honey in the mixture that works for you. My mom told me that soldiers in the war had to use honey to heal their wounds, as they no access to any wound creams. Unbeleivably, according to one of the sites I was on honey can lower blood sugar in diabetics, cure obesity, and possibly help with skin rashes. Just look up using honey to make body lotion. Don't look it up as all one word or as a dot.com or you you won't find what you are looking for. Looking it up as a sentence for a general search will bring up alot of websites about using honey in ways you may not know of.

I hope this can be of help to any of you who have suffered a long battle with this problem as I have.


Posted by Alan (Oldham, Uk) on 01/08/2011
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My wife as a child had eczema all over her body, my understanding of her problem hit home when now in her late 50s she got eczema all over her hands. We tried everything from doctor to tales of old. Her fingers split and weep and eruptions between the fingers cause itching.

Our current remedy which does work on the spliting of the skin is either a bandage or plaster with a small amount of pure honey next day the spliting has healed and most of the soreness gone. What we have not tried yet because she cant stand the stuff is eating it to see if it eases her by internal. Could I ask that if anyone has eczema and likes pure blossom honey please try it and publish your findings this will help all other sufferers out there.

Replied by Maskeen
Dubai, Uae
01/08/2011

Yes, eczema is an internal condition which manifests its symptoms externally. a friend's daughter, when she became tired of steroid based creams and other rx drugs, drank neem tea. eczema cleared up within 7 days. take fresh neem leaves and boil. drink when cool.

Replied by Alan From Oldham
Oldham, Lancashire Uk
01/12/2011

Hi Maskeen, Thank you for the direction to the use of neem tea, it has taken me a week to find neem leaf low and behold I found it right on my doorstep Rochdale nr Oldham trying it as a drink and in the bath. Try to keep the posting up to date. One point you missed, taste!! Yuk!!

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
01/13/2011

Oh Alan I couldn't agree more. I was given fresh leaves to use at one time - yes yuk. Last year unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I had no acess to leaves so we used neem capsules and it lessened my hubbies acne scarring. Neem is great for the skin so if the taste gets to much maybe try the capsules. We tried two brands and the one with magnesium stearate was less effective.

A relative found her husband's eczema comes back when he has white flour. If he has wholemeal crackers and bread he is much better. Maybe it's the bleaching.

Replied by El
United States
04/21/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I love Manuka honey for ezcema.


Posted by seagull (Atlanta, GA) on 07/03/2007
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i read the suggestion of using honey for eczema - i mixed honey with some vaseline for easier spreadability and then put on cotton gloves - altho it took several days - it worked!! the palms of my hands are almost clear now - were really bad. great idea - tx so much!!

Replied by Diane
Ontario, CA
12/02/2014

Avoid the vaseline as it is very toxic and should never be put on skin...in fact it should go in the garbage. It is banned in Europe and has been (along with Johnson and Johnson products...all). vaseline is a petroleum product after all.

By the way ASAP 365 silver gel works amazing well. It is all natural and is an antibiotic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal. It works very well on eczema.

Replied by Audra
Usa
01/06/2016

Vaseline is a byproduct Petroleum, and should not be put on the body.


Posted by Anonymous (Northern Cali, CA) on 04/07/2007
5 out of 5 stars

The honey cure did work to dry up my eczema blisters on my hands. Probably because of the potassium explained in the other entries. After it dries, the skin just turns dry, so I think it's best to use lotion or even better Aloe Vera onto the eczema area. If you are able to get the actual Aloe Vera plant, then cut off the skin and just rub the natural pulp onto your dry skin to heal faster. Alrighty, hope that helps. *Also, Does anybody know any cures or home remedies to get rid or fade away the ECZEMA SCARS? Thanks.


Posted by Natalie (Jacksonville, FL) on 12/28/2006
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Today I told my mother about putting honey on her eczema. She applied some and left it on for ten minutes. She had been taking antibiotics for quite some time but nothing had stopped the itching. Immediately after applying the honey the itching was gone. Now we'll just have to see if it heals it completely.


Posted by Connie (HoHoKus, NJ) on 03/16/2006
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I had a kind of eczema in the corner upper eye lid which refused to go away for months. After trying many different remedies, I decided to try honey after reading about its healing properties. One application did it, it was amazing!!!!

Replied by Yogo
Alabama
03/30/2014

What honey did u use, any kind or one specifically?

Replied by Marcig
In, US
06/21/2014

Re: Honey for Eczema: My guess is it would have to be real (not fake or adulterated) and raw honey.


Hot Water

Posted by Elizabeth (Nashville, Tn) on 08/12/2010

I agree that the hot, HOT water treatment does relieve my eczema on my hands... I know it's probably not the best thing to do but it's the only thing that relieves that intolerable, unbearable itching. You do get goosebumps from the icredible relief you get from it too!! Ha! I thought I was the only one. I try to follow up with a fragrance free lotion or coconut oil to prevent over drying of the affected areas. It usually clears up on its own in a couple of weeks.



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