Natural Remedies

10 Natural Remedies for Eczema

Hydrogen Peroxide

Posted by Mary (California) on 10/16/2019
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I purchased 12% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide on line. I diluted it with filtered water and I apply it twice a day, making sure I also keep my skin well hydrated. I was at my wits end with my eczema. It has been a wonderful miracle. This was after months and years of chemo pills, prednisone shots and prescription ointments, Finally, relief.

Posted by Dutchie (Toronto, Amsterdam) on 02/14/2015
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I used a 10% hydrogen peroxide liquid on my eczema, it cleared up in about a week. I applied it 4 times daily.

Posted by Marsha (Freeport, Bahamas) on 04/25/2008
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I have just spent two hours reading testimonials from your readers about hydrogen peroxide. While taking a break I used the product on a flaky itchy area between my eyes above the nose and would you believe its gone already. I am going to use this remedy at least three time a week, but I will add some oil to it.


Posted by HM (Tennessee) on 01/06/2014
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I've thrown everything at my eczema (flax seed and flax oil, ACV pills and ACV liquid, baking soda, Vaseline, frankincense, olive oil). I've probably left something off like banana, or onions which did not work. There are probably others, but none worked like IODINE!!! I have atopic dermatitis eczema. Every time I scratch, it spreads.... really unbearable. Also, for those who say you can't catch it they are wrong. I used (by accident) an old razor of someone who had it, and the two spots where the razor hit became inflamed, itchy and spread. Later (not knowing what I had) I scratched it and then my head where it is now. From razor to foot to head all by a scratch.

But I digress... I cleared up the one on my foot using everything including iodine, but did not connect iodine as the main thing because I only did it once and it burned so bad I didn't do it again. But when it spread to my head, neck, and ear I've had more time to experiment. I've had the head eczema for about a 1.5 month, and got relief as soon as I started using iodine. By the 2nd day it is gone. Nothing hurts, my skin is still tough and thick but even that is better and fading.

Mix 1/3 Lugol's iodine with about 2/3 water, using a Q-tip or toilet paper dapped it on affected area. Be careful it stings like a mother (that is why it is mixed with water). I like it to sting a little, then I know it is working. If it stings too much add more water. The first thing that happens is, it stops the itching, second thing is, it dries it up. I used Vaseline to keep it moist and it helps with pain. Also, I did drink a little.... Dipped a q-tip in the lugols solution and then dipped the q-tip in a small amount of water (oz or so) and drank. I drank less than a drop each day of Lugols.

For those who always ask ... it was just plain lugols iodine the only other thing on the bottle is Aqueous Solution.

May God Bless you and end your suffering.

Replied by Mary
Boston, MA

Dear HM, thank you for sharing this remedy. I started it this afternoon as soon as I read your post! I have tried many home remedies for my dermatitis over the years and nothing has helped. The first application of lugol's definitely burned as you said it would, but not as much as some of the other remedies I tried. I would like to also mention that people should not go out in public just after applying iodine to fair skin on the face. LOL. It does stain for a few hours!

Replied by Mhikl
Calgary, Ca

HM, check out Tony Pantalleresco's instructions on YouTube for making your own Lugol's Iodine, nix any rubbing alcohol. It only stings a little on open wounds compared to the drug store variety, and it is stronger. When you re-apply, if you haven't scratched or waited too long or bathed it off, it doesn't sting.

The test to know when your body is full of good iodine is when a swath of iodine, make it big and dark, on an arm, leg, tummy (any hidden area) is still slightly visible 12 or more hours later. After that, a small swath at day keeps it intact.

I have kept old iodine bottles for application. A drug store should have, possibly for free, an orange container for the iodine. I usually make about 90ml at a time. I got my two mixers from a drug store (I2-dark crystals) and a chap who supplies chemicals to science teachers (KI-white powder). You can also get them on line.

Check out Walter Last's article "The Borax Conspiracy"?nothing on eczema but a worthy study.

Walter suggests the following for eczema & skin ulcers: vitamin C, B2, B6, zinc, magnesium, EFA, allergy test, internal cleanse

I had not taken my supplements for about three+ months (lazy) and my eczema came back in a flurry.

Namaste and care, Mhikl

Posted by Sally O (Austin, Tx) on 05/03/2012
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Taking an iodine supplement has almost cleared my eczema. I read about swimming in the ocean, but not one near here -- tried bathing in sea salt, but the iodine is doing an amazing job.

Posted by Susie (Austin, Texas) on 04/29/2009
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Has anyone tried Iodine as an eczema cure? I've been painting it on the skin in the affected areas and it seems to be helping. Now I'm going to try taking some iodine tablets. Iodine deficiency is apparently becoming a problem and can be one of the causes of eczema.

Posted by Gwen (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 02/23/2009
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I have been suffering through a 16month eczema outbreak. Nothing has worked for long. I have tried every natural remedy under the sun. Spent a fortune on creams that don't work. Only relief I had was in France during the summer - very hot, & sunny. I've been gluten free for 3 months (worked last time I had eczema, but no relief this time, so far). I may be sharing this prematurely, and maybe it won't last, but I've been itch free for almost 24hrs! The itch has driven me mad - and I have done lots of damage to my skin because of itching. To be itch free for even a day is heaven. I've been researching iodine & eczema. Bought the 10% povidone iodine at the drug store applied as directed and hardly an itch since. One site said to put vitamin E oil on top of the iodine, which I did after the 3rd application of iodine. It is suggested that you apply it 2X a day. Even put it on my face this morning and the itch stopped. There is a decolourized iodine, which I couldn't find - the iodine will stain clothes when wet, but dries in 10 seconds and then no staining. Can't hurt to try & inexpensive too. Nothing else has relieved the itch as well - with no itch maybe my skin will begin to heal? Good luck.

Posted by Lisa (Coto de Caza, Ca) on 11/27/2008
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Paint on povidone iodine twice daily on eczema patches. Worked on my 3 year and it's cheaper than the prescription drugs. Don't use iodine tincture since it has alcohol and will sting...especially for young child who scratches the eczema until it bleeds. Since the iodine stains clothes, I put large bandaids over the areas on his legs and arms.

Replied by Lana
Flushing, New York

hi i have a question... what % did you use for the iodine? I have one at home thats 10%... is that too low? thanks

Replied by Lisa
Coto De Caza, Ca

It was the 10% povidone iodine from the drug store. It worked great on my son.

Replied by Bubbly

For how many minutes we should keep iodine solution and we should let it air dry or wash it with water?

Iodine, Fermented Drinks

Posted by John (Dallas, Tx) on 02/04/2018
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In addition to Iodine supplementation, (Lugol's solution: internally and externally) I have found that drinking homemade kefir and kombucha also helps win the battle for eczema. The good bacteria and fungi will ultimately win the battle if you keep taking these in your diet.

Iodoral Tablets

Posted by Debbie (Philadelphia, PA) on 04/23/2008
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Hi there, I've suffered from mild to severe eczema for decades. Lately, it has gotten worse with my hands openly bleeding. A month ago, I started taking Iodoral tablets (iodine-potassium) because i was told it's good for my hypothyroid condition. But a surprising thing happened! My hands got a lot better within days! I don't know if it's the iodoral for sure, but that was the only new thing I introduced into my body then. Anyway, I hope this helps someone.

Jojoba Oil

Posted by Dawn (Pocahontas, usa) on 05/11/2007
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Pure Jojoba oil has cleared up my daughters eczema ; shampoo without sulphates cleared up her eczema.


Posted by Neon (Singapore) on 11/19/2012

I was wondering whether anyone had been successful in reducing their eczema after juicing / detox. Thanks for answering!

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa

Hi Neon, Yes, I had great results with green juicing. I can't say I had eczema per se but many skin rashes often. And once they'd flare it would take weeks to resolve. It was awful. And anything could cause them. I began green juicing and saw a big difference. In addition though, I really cleaned up my diet which included eliminating dairy. I also did detoxing in various ways. After about a year I began to slowly add dairy back in and am fine with it now. I have not had any skin flare-ups for about a year and a half now. I am such a believer in green juicing I do it almost every day. During the summer, absolutely every day!

One other thing I have been doing on a regular basis for about 9 months now is using Chinese medicine and I believe that too has helped my body find its balance. Hope this helps. Lisa


Posted by Caroline (Montréal) on 07/01/2016
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I am 27 and have had eczema on my legs since I was 7. I have tried countless remedies without success. Kefir was my miracle solution! Taken internally, it didn't do anything for me. BUT, applied to my legs after showering in the morning and before going to bed at night did wonders very quickly. It is now completely gone! I told my mother about it since she had very itchy eczema in her ears and it did the same for her! Try it! I don't rince the kefir after applying it (organic and plain - I sometimes make it/buy it at the store). Once it dries, it doesn't show nor smell anything. I also started applying it on my face for acne and it is helping already :-) The good bacterias in kefir help rebalance the skin and fight bad bacterias.

Posted by Lizabeta (New York, NY) on 11/29/2014
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I was nursing my daughter and still am since birth. She developed eczema around 1 month old. At first I had no idea where how this happened as my two other children had no problems. I took her to her pediatrician and she said that some babies just have it and it goes away as they get older. I asked if it could be because of something I was eating and her pediatrician (rated one of the best pediatrician in NYC) said "no, not at all."

Thank God for mothers intuition, I did some research of my own and found that my daughter was sensitive to the foods I was eating. I cut out foods one at a time to see what she was reacting to and found she was sensitive to milk, nuts and eggs? Something I constantly consumed in my diet. So I had to remove them from my diet but occasionally would incorporate them, except for the nuts.

After she turned 2 years, I attended a birthday party and ate cake that was made with nuts, which made her react not just on her hands as she would normally but now on her inner elbow area and it itched and was so red and uncomfortable for her, I had to wrap up her arms. I tried some ointments which helped but it wasn't until I began drinking Kefir and giving my daughter Kefir did it help give her relief. It literally worked within 12 hours. I'd give my daughter Kefir first thing in the morning and before she would go to sleep. (I would try to be consistent although sometimes she was resistant). It made her eczema disappear.

Eczema is a digestive issue and Kefir treats those issues. Western medicine along with most doctors are good at taking your money, and playing with human health in exchange for extra bucks. Kefir is the cure! Don't waste time, buy organic Kefir and save your children and yourself the trouble of spending your money on anything else!

Posted by Christy (Lawrenceville, Ga) on 12/12/2012
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Hello, I just wanted to share of my experience with milk kefir for my son's eczema. He has suffered with eczema since he was 3 months old. It was so severe that his pediatrician had to give him antiobiotics. I read about milk kefir (live cultures)and I purchased the grains and gave it to him everday when he was old enough to drink milk and within 1 month it completely resolved. We stopped giving him steroids and ointments and epson baths. This was truly a miracle for us. We praise God.

Replied by Lynn

Can anyone let me know how much kefir I should give my child each day for eczema? Thanks.

Replied by Namaw

How old is the child? For an infant, I'd do maybe a tablespoon. Adjust for the child's size--a 10 year old could probably do half a cup. In my experience, the child will want it once they realize it's helping and then they can drink as much of it as they want. Just start with a small amount and observe. If you are lucky, the child will like it and self-administer. I just whiz some jam into mine for sweetness, but we don't even really sweeten it at all anymore. A second ferment will make it less sour (some like the sour; I don't.) You can also watch it for thickness--some people like it thinner and stop fermenting earlier. Others like it thick, like a cream cheese, and use it as topping for crackers. I use it thick like sour cream(love it on my hot oatmeal) and thinner to take when I carry it to work. It's a valuable addition to your diet if you tolerate it well.