7 Natural Remedies for Eczema

Seven Natural Remedies for Eczema 7 Natural Remedies for Eczema

I get quite a few questions about skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. I’m not a dermatologist by any means, but I have had some personal experience with eczema (in myself and family) and have found some natural remedies that are helpful so I wanted to share.

The Diet Connection:

I feel it is important to note that all of the topical remedies in the world didn’t help us until we addressed the underlying problem, specifically: diet and lifestyle factors that were causing/contributing to the eczema to begin with.

Just as you can’t out supplement a bad diet in other areas, topical remedies don’t address the underlying problem that is causing the eczema to begin with.

Certainly, eczema and other skin issues are complex conditions with a potential variety of causes, but there do seem to be some common things that help (both dietary and other).

In our family, our son struggled with eczema off and on for a long time before we were finally able to get rid of it. He was born via c-section (due to placenta previa) and was given antibiotics and steroids as soon as he was born. This led to problems with his gut bacteria, some learning delays and some skin/digestive problems. We started the GAPS program combined with a pretty intensive supplement and lifestyle change for him and finally started to see improvement.

If you haven’t heard of it, GAPS is:

“The protocol in Gut and Psychology Syndrome is basically an intensive nutritional program to heal the gut lining. It focuses on soothing and healing the gut lining with foods like bone broth and beneficial fats while boosting beneficial gut bacteria with probiotics and fermented foods.

Depending on the severity of the patient, one either begins with or works up to the Introduction Diet, which is the strictest part of the protocol, focused on intensive healing. There are then stages as the person begins to introduce other foods. The most difficult factor of the GAPS diet is that in order to be effective, especially in the beginning, one must be 100% compliant. This means a lot of preparing foods at home, as practically any foods prepared by someone not familiar with the protocol will have things that can aggravate the gut.”

For us, it meant a diet high in healing foods like bone broth(great for skin)  and healthy fats and removing certain foods including gluten and casein (wheat and dairy). We also found that it was helpful to avoid food dyes and any processed ingredients, though this was as much from a behavior perspective as a skin one.

If you or a family member struggle with skin problems, allergies or behavior struggles, I’d definitely recommend at least checking out the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome to see if the protocol would be helpful for you.

Of course, once diet has been addressed, there are some things that can be used topically to speed healing or limit discomfort during the healing time. For us, these things were helpful:

1. Coconut Oil

I use coconut oil for everything. It is one of the things that would absolutely be on my list in a you-are-going-to-an-island-and-can-only-bring-five-things type situation. We use it for skin, hair, teeth, health and even soap making at our house, but it is also great for eczema (as long as the person isn’t allergic/intolerant to coconut!).

I’ve found that for us, a thin layer of coconut oil or a coconut oil lotion bar helps cool eczema itching and pain. For those sensitive to coconut oil, these hypoallergenic lotion bars work really well too.

2. Sea Spray

For eczema that is wet/oozing, I’ve found that drying it works better than trying to moisturize it and offers relief. For this, we use a homemade salt and magnesium spray. I’ve often heard people with skin problems say that they felt better at the beach, and it makes sense. Between the Vitamin D, the magnesium and the minerals in the water, the beach is great for skin health!

For those who don’t live near the ocean, this homemade spray can help achieve some of the same benefits at home.

3. Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Sounds nasty (doesn’t taste so great either) but fermented cod liver oil is one of the supplements we take daily. From a past post:

“Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO) is recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation and is a great source of healthy fats for the body. This supplement is also an integral part of the tooth remineralization process as detailed by Dr. Price and by Rami Nagel in Cure Tooth Decay. These two help reduce inflammation in the body and lead to healthy cell, hormone and brain development. They are especially important during pregnancy and for children while their brains are developing.

Cod Liver Oil/High Vitamin Butter Oil are a great source of the fat-soluble vitamins A,D, E and K and as such are supportive of hundreds or processes in the body. The supplements are rather pricey, but we’ve seen a big difference from adding this to our regimen (including skin health!)

We take Fermented Cod Liver Oil in Capsules or Fermented Cod Liver Oil/High Vitamin Butter Oil blend in Gel Form.

Yes, the taste is terrible and yes, my kids do have to take it anyway. You can sneak the chocolate flavored gel into smoothies though icon smile 7 Natural Remedies for Eczema

4. Magnesium Baths

For some people with eczema, soaking in water makes it worse. For those who tolerate it, magnesium baths and other types of detox baths can be helpful in skin healing.

I regularly add a cup of epsom salts or magnesium flakes and a few tablespoons of Himalayan salt to my kids baths. When I have the time, I take relaxing baths in this mixture also.

When I can’t take the time for a bath, magnesium oil also helps. Amazingly, I notice the benefits of transdermal magnesium (baths or magnesium oil) much more quickly than when I take internal forms of magnesium.

My favorite magnesium bath recipe is:

  • 1-2 cups of epsom salts or magnesium flakes(magnesium flakes are absorbed much more easily)
  • 1/2 cup Himalayan or Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp of natural vanilla extract
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil of choice (I love lavender and mint)

These three detox bath recipes are also all great if the person can handle warm water.

5. Probiotics

Just as with the Fermented Cod Liver Oil, probiotics are one supplement that seems to make a noticeable difference with skin health (if the problem is diet/gut related). For us, high quality probiotics were vital when we were intensively doing GAPS.

Probiotics and probiotic-rich foods are another element that is often missing from the modern diet. I’m constantly seeing more research on the many ways that gut bacteria influences our health. In the past, people often preserved food by fermenting it, which also was a good source of probiotics for them. Now, most foods are dead, and we rarely ferment them in the traditional ways, so we don’t consume probiotic rich foods without a specific effort to do so.

We also make an effort to wash our hands and our food (a good thing with the chemicals on them these days) which also wash off the beneficial soil-borne micro-organisms that provide friendly-bacteria to the gut.

Since gut bacteria is so important, probiotics are one supplement I always make sure to take. You can get some probiotics in fermented food and drinks such as:

We take Bio-Kult Probiotics (developed by the founder of the GAPS diet… it doesn’t have to be refrigerated) and I’ve seen digestive improvements from this brand (I’ve often see no result from other probiotics). We all take these as a daily maintenance, but at the first sign of digestive troubles or illness, we double or tripple the dose until we are better. I also took these to heal after I got food poisoning, and was back to normal in a couple of days.

I sneak them into the kids smoothies and drinks, and my older ones will even swallow or chew the capsule (they are small).

6. Additional Gelatin-rich Foods

I’ve mentioned that bone broth was an important part of a healing diet for us, and this was partially because of its high gelatin content. Gelatin is very soothing to the gut and is also great for hair, skin and nail health.

Homemade, nutrient dense bone broth is incredibly easy and inexpensive to make. There is no comparison to the store-bought versions which often contain MSG or other chemicals and which lack gelatin and some of the other health-boosting properties of homemade broth.

In selecting the bones for broth, look for high quality bones from grass fed cattle or bison, pastured poultry or wild caught fish. Since you’ll be extracting the minerals and drinking them in concentrated form, you want to make sure that the animal was as healthy as possible.

There are several places to find good bones for stock:

  • Save leftovers from when you roast a chicken, duck, turkey or goose (pastured)
  • From a local butcher, especially one who butchers the whole animal
  • From local farmers who raise grassfed animals (ask around at your local Farmer’s Market)
  • Online from companies like US Wellness Meats (also where I get grass fed Tallow in bulk- they sell pre-made high quality broth) or Tropical Traditions (I order high quality beef, bison, lamb and chicken bones from them at good prices)

This recipe for broth is my favorite and is an adaption of the recipe in Nourishing Traditions.

For those who aren’t ready to jump in to having a pot of boiling bones on the stove, some of the same benefits can be obtained from takin Gelatin as a supplement instead. We use Great Lakes Kosher since I was able to verify with the company that it is sourced from grass-fed, humanely raised cows, and as such is higher in nutrients.

I also use Gelatin in recipes like:

7. Homemade Healing Salve

For scars or blisters from eczema that take longer to heal, a homemade healing salve was helpful for us. Our son would get eczema on his face before we were able to heal his gut and we are still working on reversing the scars from that. One thing that is helping is this homemade healing salve.

My homemade healing salve (or “boo-boo lotion”, according to the kids) is helpful on eczema as well as: cuts, bruises, stings, poison ivy and skin irritations. It also helps diaper rash and baby skin irritations- just don’t use with cloth diapers or line them first!

Here is the recipe.

Have you ever struggled with eczema or skin problems? What helped you?

Reader Comments

  1. Jennifer L. says

    Ugg, three out of four in our family deal with random skin stuff here and there. Right now I have eczema in my ears (?!) and it itches like crazy. My youngest just broke out in a random rash on her thigh that I am thinking is due to yeast. It seems to be going away with a diluted solution of Grapefruit Seed Extract and water, along with apple cider vinegar added to her bath. She and I have been going to acupuncture for our respective things and have been keeping our diets fairly clean. I feel that I tend to waffle between WAP theories of soaked gluten-free grains/legumes, and paleo ideas of no grains/legumes and I can’t seem to tell a difference one way or another for myself. I am considering trying some of the strategies you listed in your post about how to combat yeast/parasites. I’ve done your Wellness Challenge and the 21-Day Sugar Detox, but I still find myself bloated in the evenings (and dealing with the random itch ears!). We don’t add sweeteners to anything and my diet is as clean as I can make it, even with probiotics, bone broth, FCLO, and fermented food. Is there a way to test for yeast? I’ve read about the spit in the glass experiment and I’ve never been too sure of that. I am looking forward to reading how others have dealt with eczema and skin issues. My youngest had a spot on her chin that cleared up very well with manuka honey and a home-made tallow balm (in addition to a very clean diet).

    • Tiffany LaFave says

      have you tried an alkaline diet? are you getting enough iodine and magnesium? you sound like you need a major detox program.

      • Jennifer L. says

        Yeah, that whole detox-while-nursing isn’t the best idea. I would definitely do a fasting or more serious detox if it weren’t for nursing and/or being pregnant these days. I haven’t thought about iodine lately. I’ll check it out. I have read bits back and forth about alkaline diets (mostly via The Alkaline Sisters). Thanks for your insight. It’s good to have new paths to check out or revisit.

        • egal11 says

          Consider eating sushi kelp sheets like snacks to get natural sources of iodine. just be careful of where it is sourced.

    • Christine Jargick says

      I used to get quite a lot of bloating in the second half of the day. You might look at SIBO, or small intestional bacterial overload. Healthy foods such as apple cider vinegar and coconut were the very worst for me. When I corrected that it took care of my bloating and stomach distention. Now I only get bloated when I eat cabbage or lentils ;-)

  2. JCE989 says

    I think you missed a big one – light exfoliation combined with moisturizing. I have found that natural sugar scrubs with great moisturizers like raw shea and other oils is really the perfect combo. Even the coconut oil like you mentioned is fine to follow up with but 2-3 times a week using a sugar scrub has saved my skin for sure!

  3. Katy @ All Sorts of Pretty says

    You must have been reading my mind. I was googling “natural remedy for exzema” literally yesterday. I just got back from the dermatologist who gave me yet another steroid (i’ve been battling this for years – my whole life actually) and when I asked him point blank, “Is there anything in my diet I should not eat or eat more of” and he responded with “No, that’s not how eczema works. It has nothing to do with diet.” My instinct was to find a new doctor immediately and start looking for other ways to heal. Thanks for this post – I don’t know if I have the willpower to stick to a strict GAPS diet, but I’m ready to try :-/

    • egal11 says

      I can relate! I felt the same way at first- this whole health quest can be overwhelming. First, I eliminated all prescribed and OTC meds. Then I learned that increasing iodine is very important. I have found it helpful to substitute unprocessed, raw honey for anything I add sugar to that is unheated (yogurt, for example). I also seek out high protein foods whenever I crave grains or sugar- that helps. Eliminated all soda and replaced with water. I have been practically living on homemade chicken soup from whole chicken with no starchy foods added (such as rice or noodles). Add only fresh veggies. For foods that require sugar that are hot (like coffee, tea), I just eliminated it, added cream only, or substituted less processed whole food options such as sorghum syrup, maple syrup, or raw cane sugar. Wheat will spike blood sugar as much as processed sugar (read “Wheat Belly”). I have also increased supplements such as a good daily multiple, Vit. C, krill oil, Vit. D3, iron (as per diagnosed by dr.), magnesium; and I’ve gone mostly gluten-free and avoid all grains as much as possible, even though that means eating rice with meals 4 or 5 times a week still. Also taking 1 tsp baking soda w/water at night to reduce acidity daily. This has helped dramatically on many fronts, and I have lost weight, reduced joint pain, got my energy back, and started daily walks. I am in my 40′s w/three kids. This has been over the course of a few years of trial & error. I have been struggling with thrush, fatigue, joint pain, and poor health since college and finally starting to feel alive again.

  4. Jessica Pelletier says

    I developed eczema on my hand one week after my son (19 months) was born. I read that coconut oil would help restore the Lauric Acid I lost when breast feeding (stopped at 16 months). I have tried coconut oil topically but it usually makes my hand blister and itch even worse. I have been trying Apple Cider Vinegar for the past couple days which seems to be helping. I just apply it topically and it has dried out the blisters, yet has smoothed some of the rough skin I developed after using a steroid cream. I have yet to change my diet, but your blog is very inspiring and i will be trying some of your other suggestion!

  5. Guest says

    Came upon your site today; been stuck here for hours so far… I was sent a salve this afternoon by a customer who says it’s been useful for some folks’ psoraisis

  6. Anna Phylaxis says

    I came across your site today; been stuck here for hours… Magnesium articles very interesting, and my psoriasis is on rampage this year so I’m searching anything that might help. A lovely customer sent me a salve today made with Yellow Dock – will let you know how that works out!
    We have quite a few customers who request bones – some want knuckles only, some just want bones – but I really didn’t understand beyond ‘beef stock’ as in, make gravy for husband. (We raise 100% grass fed beef without added hormones/antibiotics/pesticides) Thank you for coloring in that picture, and I think I’m going to head out to the meat locker and raid the freezer now!

  7. April says

    Most eczema is linked to food allergies, according to our doctors. For 1 son it was wheat and eggs (he did outgrow it). For my other son it was grass. The biggest reliever was when I started making my own laundry detergent. My son stopped reacting to grass (he would come in with giant welts, even when wearing long pants tucked into socks). It had been so many years of clear skin that I sort of forgot that the detergent was such a factor, and last year when we went to visit my family for a month, I forgot to take some. The Dreft at my parents’ house brought back all the bleeding eczema. I felt awful. For my 3 month old baby right now, the problem seems to be that due to the craziness with a newborn (and 6 kids 6 and under), I hadn’t gone to buy any raw milk, so my husband bought regular milk at the store, and I’ve been drinking it in my smoothies. Got more raw milk this week and her eczema is clearing up. Allergists are the medical field I’m most frustrated with bc you will get a COMPLETELY different answer from every. single. one. There seems to be no unity of thought at all.

  8. travelingj says

    my dishidrotic eczema is linked to the weather (i get it the same time every year despite my diet being 100 times better this year than it was last). coconut oil didn’t help me out at all (i was applying it multiple times a day), then i tried cotton balls with acv and hydrogen peroxide which both helped slightly to sooth the itching, but my miracle cure was jojoba oil. just in case anybody else is trying coconut oil and doesn’t find relief, jojoba oil may work instead! :)

    • Jacqueline says

      Thank you, I will try this! I also get it every winter in the same spot. I’m off grains this winter; I would think that would make it go away, but it isn’t, it might even be worse. Hope this works! I’ll keep researching.

  9. danfisc says

    40 years of suffering with eczema … eczema is a symptom not the condition and what works for one doesn’t work for another. Over the years I tried EVERYTHING … spent the last year in bed, I was covered from head to toe and in constant pain. I found a Functional Medicine doctor who treated me from the comfort of my own home. I finally have answers, I am out of bed and I can actually leave the house now!

    • Nicole Sherrill says

      Danfisc, when I was about 12 I started going to an allergist for my allergies, asthma and eczema. Worst mistake ever! Within a year I had eczema from head to toe from allergy shots! I was a couch for about a year as well due to the pain of moving. I lived in Florida yet I always wore pants and long sleeved shirts out of embarrassment. I never left the house. My parents and I ran into a lady at the health food store as I was all bundled up with gloves, scarf and hat in the summertime who recommended us to a lady who got me started on a ton of natural medicines and detoxedy body, got me using a chiropractor and an acupuncturist. Within a year she got rid of it all. I still get it time from time and I know my diet has gone bad and I need to detox! I have a very hard time finding things to help or just not harm my skin including things that are supposed to help eczema! I still take probiotics, detox, drink lots of water and do salt scrubs with salt from the dead sea. It’ll burn like hell if you have open sores but it helps get rid of any infections and heals it a lot faster too! If you can’t take the pain which if its really bad you probably won’t be able to, try the sugar scrubs! Hope this helps anyone reading! Def get rid of breads and milk in your diet till its under control too. I still have to sometimes get it out of my diet for awhile. Good luck to you fellow eczema sufferers!

      Also try oatmeal baths mixed with Epsom salt or dead sea salt!!! Calms, sooths and heals!

  10. Charmaine Taylor says

    Our daughter pediatrician convinced us for a while her eczema wasn’t related to foods. In the meanwhile I came across your website on babycenter, after my husband had an asthmatic episode that hospitalized I was all ears! Finding out that allergies, asthma and eczema are in the same family of illness I was super motivated to let go of veganism and vegetarianism and trial a diet closer to primal. It was my 2013 New Years resolution. Best decision if my life!
    For us coconut oil wasn’t working. I came up with a hodgepodge lotion bar recipe that has calendula infused olive oil, Shea butter and cocoa butter. We haven’t seen a flare in over six months. Even with the occasional wheat or unfermented dairy treat!

  11. Jodie Baker Fasullo says

    I read your posts regularly-thanks to my email subscription! So glad to see this post today. Been gluten-free for a year and a half to treat migraines and four months into Paleo with amazing results. I do FCLO with butter, bentonite detox baths, regularly eat 1/4 cup cocnut oil, make bone broth and supplement with bovine gelatin, Learned that I’m allergic to my prescription migraine medicine and promptly have an eczema flare-up 1-2 days following taking it. Still having one menstral migraine a month and needing the med. I’ve had the GAPS book in my amazon cart for 6 months. I think I’m ready to be done with these migraines an eczema for good!

  12. Ruth Moshier says

    i have been suffering with an unknown rash for 4 years. ive been to 3 different dermatologists and been thru countless tests and biopsies. with no result. ive tried everything under the sun, from stuff the doctors give me to home remedies-since i am a naturalist.
    i finally figured it out.
    my first rash was an allergic response, and the poisons remained in my skin and festered. my body had then developed an allergic reaction to the poisons in my skin. so it was constantly reacting to what remained. i needed to flush my skin from the inside out.
    purity is the key….
    i eat clean pure foods for good skin health
    i take warm epsom baths to steep in the salt and flush the poisons once or twice a week.
    i apply warm water, with salt added to it, several times a day and let it dry.
    and i dab hydrogen peroxide on after my shower and let that soak in and dry on my skin.
    it is finally working. the salt fluids are flushing the poisons out and and drying up the weeping from the allergy.
    the hydrogen peroxide is keeping any infection away.
    the skin is returning to normal and the pain and inflammation is almost gone.
    i stopped the reaction and reversed the process of re-allergen.
    it feels goo to be almost back to normal.

  13. AimezR says

    The thing that made the biggest difference for me was switching to all-natural homemade detergents, soaps, lotions etc. I used to get out of the shower with bright red blotches all over my chest, arms and legs- especially after shaving. The eczema on my legs brought me to tears if anything came in contact with it right after shaving, bed sheets were torture. The FIRST shower with homemade body wash, I got out of the shower with zero!! blotches! I didn’t shave for almost two weeks (thank goodness it was winter!) and then started up again using coconut oil as a shave cream, and my legs are clear and smooth! I haven’t had a flair up in over a year, I believe the SLS in the store bought products were causing most of the flair ups, plus I have cleaned up my diet immensely and use magnesium oil daily!

  14. Brittni Dixon says

    I battled eczema for many long, hard years, but have had it under control for about 2 years now. Oddly enough, this battle led me to become a nurse, an occupation I chose because I genuinely want to help sick people unlock their own healing potential. In my experience, the most valuable tool in healing myself has been nutrition. I found that some of the most important dietary changes for controlling symptoms were restricting processed/artificially colored/MSG/generally unnatural foods; increasing good fat intake (olive/coconut oil, avocado, unsalted nuts, flax seeds); increasing probiotic intake; and focusing on eating whole, REAL foods. I think for a lot of people eczema is simply a physical manifestation of the body’s rejection of some of the nasty, fake stuff we consume these days. Did I mention I lost 40 lbs as a result of this nutritional healing? And I have never felt better! Hope this helps someone :)

  15. Cathy Heard says

    Diet is definitely key here. I always hated seeing my nephew struggle with eczema all over his hands and arms. He has changed his diet though and rarely gets even slightly itchy anymore. thanks for the awesome post!

  16. Karimen C. montero says

    I am interested in the fermented cod liver oil but on the label it says it has dairy. I am avoiding dairy due to it making my eczema worse. Is there an alternative that works just as well but without the dairy?

  17. Lauren Decker says

    Hi, My son seems to be developing eczema on his shoulder and neck area. I’ve applied coconut oil and want to get him some probiotics, been wanting to for a while now and just haven’t. But I wanted to ask you about your baby and the antibiotics. My son was in a similar situation where he was put on antibiotics right after birth because of an infection I contracted during labor. He seems to be having the same issues your little one did. He has always had problems with very loose stool and never really solid and I’ve never been able to figure out why. He is now 2 and still not verbal so we are seeking treatment for that, and now the skin issues. Does this sound like what your child went through? Should I bring up the antibiotics with his doctor? We are vegan so we won’t be doing the bone broth but I will try other things. He never has the dairy anyway but I can remove gluten. I tried it once but only for about two weeks and didn’t notice a difference, maybe I just need to try for a longer period of time?

  18. Nicole Iannitti says

    I want to thank you for this…I have been an eczema sufferer for my whole life. Lately my eczema has been getting worse on my hands (I am in cosmetology school and from washing hair, I am drying out my hands) and I was at a loss as to what to do. I am definitely going to use these tips to help cure my eczema.

    Thanks!

  19. egal11 says

    I believe eczema is a candida infection. It responds well to anti-fungal creams, whereas most other topical creams (OTC) produce stinging and burning. Try approaching it as such and you may get better results. We have.

  20. Terza Simon Norton says

    I started using Goat’s Milk Soap from The Dirty Moose. One day I noticed that the eczema on my hands and legs was just gone. I am eating healthier and better, but this soap seemed to have a part in it too.

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  22. alyssa says

    Something that really works is triamciline it is proscribed and mix that with jergens lotion the one that says extra healing and mix those two with Johnson’s baby oil…works wonders:-)

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  24. Hannah B says

    My mom had eczema when she was pregnant with me and I’ve never had a problem with it until recently (I’m 18). I read that apple cider vinegar has been working for everyone but I have it right on my eyelid and its causing it to become swollen. Help!

    • Elizabeth Jones says

      I’ve had it on my eyelids before. Depending on what kind of face wash you use, that could be an irritant. All the neutrogena, clean and clear, and other “brand” name stuff has a lot of harsh chemicals in them that is bad for your skin. I use Burt’s Bees creamy cleanser. Also in terms of healing…get some fish oil supplements, poke a hole in the gel pill, and put some of the oil directly onto your skin. You can do the same with Advil liquid gels (the anti-inflammatory properties in Advil will help reduce the swelling). Just try not to get the stuff in your eyes. I’d probably use a q-tip for application. And it might be obvious, but don’t wear any makeup while this is going on. Hope that helps!

  25. Deanna says

    Does the salt/mag spray sting the skin when using for eczema? My 13 month old son has eczema and I gave him a bath with some Epsom salt and he was itching like crazy and his skin was welty when he got out. Also, do you rinse their hair with the salt water? Or do it with fresh water?

  26. Christine Jargick says

    Coconut oil works very well for me. I have had some eczema on the inside of my elbows on and off for several weeks now. I don’t know if it’s environmental allergies ( I live in Central Valley, California where the air is TERRIBLE this year ) or if it’s due to sugar. I corrected my SIBO late last year, have been gluten free for 6 years, pasteurized dairy free for 5 and I added sugar to a few recipes recently. I suspect I need to back off the sugar again. Anyway, I have been using coconut oil and tea tree oil for relief, it takes care of the itch nicely.

  27. AT says

    I cured eczema by avoiding NIGHTSHADES

    I finally found a cure by realizing that Eczema is a reaction to certain foods or chemicals. I’ve had eczema for as long as I could remember and it wasn’t until recently that I figured out NIGHTSHADES foods (peppers, eggplant, tomatoes…) were the source of my skin irritations. Since then, I’ve been eczema-free.

    Start by eliminating certain foods after a rash occurs so that you can figure out what to avoid. I wish a doctor had told me that simple truth a long time ago, but then again, most are in the business of making money, not giving permanent cures.

    A lot, if not all things can be healed naturally. To cure it, it’s not about putting ointments or shea butter on it, those only mask the symptoms- with eczema, it’s simply about eliminating substances you react to.

  28. sj says

    my 3 month old baby has severe eczema all over her body- the worst on her cheeks. They are inflamed and oozing . Looks like a burn. And is very painful for her. Do you have any suggestions on what i can do for her ? (mostly her cheeks ?)

  29. Nikki says

    Sj my daughter had the same thing on her cheeks and it was an allergy to dairy. She also ended up with open wounds like burns on her forehead which was caused by an allergy to egg. It was strange but the different foods (via breastmilk). affected different areas on her face.

  30. Emily S. says

    This is a great list and contains some really good advice. I’ve dealt with eczema my whole life (since I was an infant and I’m now 31) and it can be very painful, frustrating, and, honestly, quite depressing. A couple years ago I started to get recurrent patches on my face and that’s when I decided slathering hydrocortisone and petroleum-based goo all over myself just wasn’t cutting it. I moved to all-natural remedies and made a few lifestyle changes, and my skin is doing so much better. I found that raw apple cider vinegar mixed 50/50 with distilled water was a game changer for me. I started applying it 2-3 times a day to the worst patches and saw dramatic results within 6 weeks. I now apply it right after I shower, follow up with coconut oil and/or a homemade shea & cocoa butter cream and my skin has dramatically improved. I also gently exfoliate my skin with a mixture of chamomile powder and oat flour about 1-2 times a week. I think one important thing for individuals with skin sensitivities to keep mind as they are trying to find solutions to their skin woes, is that everyone is different. In short, what works for one individual might not work for someone else. For example, I tried giving up certain foods – a method that has worked for many – and it had zero effect on my eczema. I have found that my eczema is greatly effected by climate, stress, dehydration, and exposure to irritants, like artificial fragrances. I just want to encourage those who are searching for a natural cure to a skin issue to not give up. It can be a frustrating process, but in the end I think finding that all-natural, safe, non-toxic solution that is right for you will serve you better in the long run. I shudder when I think about the years I spent, under the advice of a dermatologist, putting nasty chemicals all over myself. But, ob la di, ob la da – life goes on and now my skin is better than ever.

  31. says

    My daughter is on GAPS diet for 10 days and her eczema is getting worse and she is itching more. She is on omega 3 medical grade, probiotics, glutamine.
    It seems anything she eats makes her itch. Her eczema now looks like discoid almost like ring warm type of rash….

  32. SugarMags says

    I recently developed a rash and puffiness on my cheekbones a few days after starting regular lemon water (fresh squeezed juice from an organic lemon, pure water) in the mornings. I eat a better than average diet, mostly organic/grass fed/grain free, but still have a lot of things I could do better on.

    About two weeks before that I had started organic matcha and cinnamon (yum!), so at first I was unsure what the cause might be….but when reading about healing crises and retracing, I remembered that as an infant I had severe eczema which cleared up when my mom stopped feeding me spaghetti and/or wheat cereal. (She says both, but it’s hard to know which…and with the spaghetti, was it the tomato sauce or the noodles?)

    I’ve had a few other minor allergic reactions to food over my lifetime, but have never restricted tomato sauce (I’m Italian!) or wheat products specifically because of allergies (but I have cut out most grains, including pasta, for general health purposes).

    There was a time during high school when I was drinking a lot of orange juice and laying in the sun….and I started developing ocular migraines. At the time, after a trip to the allergist, my mom remembered the alleged tomato sauce allergy, and we thought perhaps it was the citric acid (combined with or intensified by sunshine?) and when I cut the OJ habit, things improved immediately.

    So lemon juice seems to be a likely culprit, given than I suddenly started having a lot — similar to my sudden passion for OJ, or the fact that my mother was feeding me spaghetti regularly. That being said, I can’t discount other possibilities.

    I also wonder about the possibility of eczema as a healing reaction to liver detox (from lemon juice). The skin is the largest clearing organ of the body, so it makes some sense that if my body is trying to rid itself of toxins, the skin would be a likely outlet. (But could it not go out my arms, legs, or feet instead? Why my face? lol) I realize this is

    I have, for now, tried cutting back on the lemon – every other day, and less juice. I don’t want to give it up entirely, because detox is good! But slowing down is ok, if it avoids having a red, scaly face. I am still drinking matcha, but I stopped the cinnamon as it seemed to be a more likely culprit in a skin reaction. If I get the eczema to clear up, I’ll add back the cinnamon and see what happens.

    Any other thoughts or advice would be most welcome!

  33. SANDY says

    Hi,
    My 13 months old son has eczema, milk and tree nut allergies, and wheezes once or twice a month. The day he was born he had apnea attack and got Gentamiacin antibiotic therapy that day itself. Do you have any recommendation which can help in curing his illness.

  34. DaniFrederix says

    Hello everyone,

    I’ve had eczema for a long time now. These past two winters have been killer. I had to start doing my research. As all these are great suggestions and each one works differently for everyone. I’d like to let people know, using those methods coupled with the consscious effort to overcome the problem with the MIND & FEELING can help very much.

    I am a very spiritual person. I feel that diseas is something we can raise our vibration out of. There are some people who are able to get over cancer with this belief. I’d like to also mention during these past two winters I was very depressed. When I started becoming depressed, as I look back now, the eczema spread. When I worried it started to affect my eye lids.

    Diseas comes about when the soul is trying to tell us to be aware of something. For me it’s deep depression I believe. this is when I look at the things in my life that were causing the depression and watching my skin get worse as I went deeper. I’ve turned around now and can feel and see some difference. Overcoming skiness is very much a mental thing as well as going at it with different external solutions. External solutions work greater with internal determination and effort.

    Take care. Best of luck.

    Dani

  35. Goldi says

    In Oct 2013 I developed some red marks near the corners of my eyes. I assumed I picked up ring worm or something from the pool since I use goggles. I went to the doc and was given antifungal cream. No Joy!

    Since then I had random spots here and there, my eyes still have not healed up completely. Probably for the last month I have been on these blogs trying to help myself. I have made a lot of changes. However, I gained some weight and on Monday my skin was a MESS! Shoulders, back, eye lids, neck, lower hair line, areas around my arm pits, lower part of my ribs front and back had raised red bumps and were very itchy. I have been putting ACV on them when they start itching again.

    Am I detoxing or something? This is really frustrating!!!! Any suggestions?

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