Home Remedies for Eczema
natural eczema remedies that work

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Eczema or dermatitis can have a seriously effect on your daily life. The itching by itself is annoying enough but the rashes, scaling or even oozing make it sometimes even worse

If this is the case, please read on. Although eczema can not be cured medically speaking, with the right frame of mind and natural eczema remedies it can certainly be managed

We have got some amazing home remedies for eczema for you which will try to help you fight your eczema or dermatitis

Eczema is a persistent skin condition also called dermatitis or inflammation of the skin. This means constant or regularly returning skin dryness and skin rashes

Don't let this eczema get the better of you,
it can be managed right here, right now!

These powerful, effective and proven natural eczema remedies are here to help you. You will find the natural eczema treatments that can help you getting the symptoms under control

Most ingredients for these home remedies for eczema you probably already have at home somewhere in your kitchen or medicine cabinet. They are easy to apply and very powerful. And if you don't have them, most are very affordable or downright cheap, so nothing will stop you from winning this battle

Below you'll find the home remedies for eczema. If you want to know more we've got also prevention tips, explanations about eczema and its symptoms and causes

Home remedies for eczema
Natural treatment eczema

Until now there's unfortunately still no medical cure for eczema or dermatitis, it will remain a life long struggle for many people. But with these natural eczema remedies it is possible to manage it and keep symptoms away or reduce them to a minimum so they won't have too big an impact on your daily life

So in a case of a flare up or your normal eczema is really playing up you need something to ease the symptoms. These natural eczema remedies can do just that

Home remedies for eczema

Dead sea salt

It is believed that even normal sea water has healing powers when it comes to eczema. But especially Dead Sea water and Dead Sea salt are widely known as a very powerful ingredient in a psoriasis and natural eczema treatment

The salt and the high mineral content seem to have a soothing and healing effect on the skin of many people. It helps your skin keep the moisture inside

You can use all kinds of Dead Sea products specially made for this like scrubs etc, but you can also prepare your own treatment. Buy some Dead Sea salt, from one of those kiosks in the mall or order some on the internet. Make sure it says Dead Sea salt, if the first ingredient says sodium chloride it contains mostly table salt and it's not half as useful

Mix some of the salt with an organic tea tree shampoo, non-soap cleanser, use it in water to wash yourself or put some in your bath and bathe in it. It will itch or sting a bit at first we can promise you, so be careful if you have open cuts or wounds. This natural eczema treatment will do its job in time

Home remedies for eczema


Even as long as 4000 years ago people knew about the skin soothing properties of oatmeal. So it would be a crime against the history of natural remedies to leave it out this list

For this natural eczema treatment grind oatmeal to a fine powder, or if this is too much work you can buy the Aveeno colloidal oatmeal, or something like it, at your pharmacy. Take two cups of the grounded oatmeal and pour it into a lukewarm bath and enjoy

You can also put some of the ground oatmeal in a washcloth or handkerchief, tie it and use it to wash your body. It will immediately soothe your skin

We have heard of people mixing in 1/2 a cup of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of turmeric for extra effectiveness. Pour it over the affected areas and gently rub it in

Tip: For a few people oats can provoke a flare-up of eczema, so test first to see if this natural eczema treatment is safe on you

Home remedies for eczema

Emu oil

One of the newest more promising natural eczema remedies is the use of emu oil. This oil is an extract from the emu which is a bird originally from Australia and New Zealand

It is a powerful natural anti inflammatory and is being used quiet successfully by a growing number of people against their dermatitis or eczema

You would need to buy the refined (food grade) emu oil, this will give you the best results. Put 1 drop of emu oil on the affected area 3 times a day. This might just work for you as well

Home remedies for eczema

Tea tree oil

The medicinal use of the Malaleuca tree has been known for thousands of years by Australian aboriginals. They started to make a curing tea from the leaves which earned the tree the name "tea tree"

Since then we discovered that tea tree oil is a very strong natural antiseptic

You can apply tea tree oil straight on the affected area and let it do its job

Sometimes however it can be too powerful for your skin, you have to mix and dilute the pure tea tree oil with a carrier oil before applying it. Mix the tea tree oil with a carrier oil like olive or walnut oil. For every 10 drops of tea tree oil take 1 teaspoon of walnut or olive oil, mix it and apply it to the affected area

Tea Tree Caution

Tea tree oil is a very strong and powerful substance and this exactly why it works so well. However when you use tea tree oil you'll have to be very careful

Do NOT put it in the mouth or swallow it!

Keep it away from children also don't use it on them!

If you are pregnant or a nursing mom, also DO NOT use tea tree oil!

Home remedies for eczema

Tea tree oil & Vaseline

This is a mix of the 2 above. Mix some tea tree oil in Vaseline and apply to the affected skin

Home remedies for eczema


Walnuts, walnut bark and leaves have been used for thousands of years for dealing with skin troubles like eczema. Its astringent and detergent properties make that it is very useful in an eczema treatment

  • You could use 2 teaspoons of unprocessed walnut oil in your daily diet

  • Or you can draw a lukewarm bath and put walnut leaves in it, stir it and let it rest. Don't add any soaps or foams or anything else, just sit in the bath for 30 minutes. Works on your eczema and smells great as well

  • Another variation during a flare up of eczema is to eat about 12 walnuts fresh from the shell. This way you have the most benefit from their natural properties. Whenever you feel a break out coming on start eating walnuts and see what it can do for you

Home remedies for eczema

Oolong tea

Recent research has shown that drinking of oolong tea could dramatically improve your dermatitis or eczema. The researchers think that antioxidant polyphenols in the tea have anti-allergic properties and calm the hyperactive response of your immune system

Making a good oolong tea is considered an art form in Asia. We can only direct you a bit in the right direction to try and make a decent cup of fresh tea. Or you can follow the instructions on the package when you buy some in a good health or tea store

Choose filtered water if possible put it in a kettle and warm it up until it is between 190 and 203 degrees F (85 to 95 degrees C). You can tell when it is this hot just when the big bubbles start to come up. Put 1 to 2 teaspoons of oolong tea in a warmed up cup, pour the water over it and leave it for 3 to 4 minutes. Then enjoy your master piece, you're almost a master tea maker now

Ah yes don't throw away the leaves when you are finished. You can still make two or three cups of tea with the same leaves…and read your future in it ;-)

Anyway you should drink about 1 liter/ 1 quart per day to make this natural eczema  treatment work

Home remedies for eczema

Coconut oil

This eczema treatment helps the skin to remain soft and moisturized. Coconut oil or butter both seem to have a positive influence on eczema

Home remedies for eczema

Shea butter

Shea butter or Shae nut butter is made from natural fat extracted from fruit of the Shea tree. It is widely used as a moisturizer and emollient

Regularly rub 100% pure African Shea butter over the affected skin

Home remedies for eczema


Sometimes relieving the itch is the first thing you want before you even consider going through with your day. A simple ice pack can do the trick in this case. Put some ice in a plastic bag and wrap a towel around it. Then apply it to the affected areas for instant relief

Home remedies for eczema

Soothing compress

In cases of contact dermatitis a cold wet compress can be really soothing and relieve you from the itch. A cold milk compress seems to work even better than a cold water one

Cool the milk down in the freezer or put some ice cubes in it to let it cool down. Then pour it on a clean piece of cotton or a gauze pad and apply it to the affected area for 2 or 3 minutes. Take it off and pour some new cold milk on the cloth and apply again

This eczema treatment is not recommended for the more general eczema or dermatitis. When the eczema however gets to the point of oozing then applying a cold compress a few times a day can work wonders

Home remedies for eczema


Turmeric is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory, and since eczema is an inflammation of the skin using turmeric in your diet could be a very useful natural eczema treatment

You could mix 1/2 tablespoon of turmeric with half a glass of water and drink it daily

Or boil 3 teaspoons of turmeric powder in some water, and then let it simmer for a few minutes. Take it from the gas and let it cool down a bit. You could use this liquid to wash the affected areas with

Finally you can buy turmeric pills at your health food store and take about 500 mg a day

Home remedies for eczema

Black strap molasses

Black strap molasses has high nutritional properties and that's probably one of the reasons it can help as a natural eczema treatment

Twice a day mix 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses in a glass of milk and drink it, but only by grown up children

Home remedies for eczema

Milk of magnesia

Milk of magnesia can be very useful in a lot of skin related problems. And it is a very affordable alternative

Apply Milk of Magnesia directly it to the affected areas

Home remedies for eczema

Primrose oil

Especially helpful for babies

Take it orally. Ask your doctor about the best quantities in your specific case

Home remedies for eczema

Flax seed oil

There are also great reports about people who had a dramatic improvement with their eczema by orally taking flax seed oil. It is high in omega-3 fatty acids which also have anti-inflammatory properties

Home remedies for eczema

Calamine lotion

Especially useful for the oozing eczema, but effective on most skin rashes

Apply directly to the affected area for immediate itching relief

Home remedies for eczema
preventive natural eczema treatment

The following natural eczema remedies are meant to help you prevent a flare up of your eczema. They are simple natural remedies and small changes in life and food style. Some are easier to apply than others but they can be very helpful in fighting your eczema

Preventive home remedies for eczema

A Healthy Diet

A healthy well balanced diet is good for everybody and certainly also for people who suffer from eczema. There are some things to keep in mind when you put together your diet

  • Vitamin B complex and especially B6 (pyridoxine) are very helpful in keeping your skin healthy, so are the vitamins A and E

  • Omega-3 fatty acids (or unsaturated fatty acids) are also very useful. You find them in flax seed, fatty fish like salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies and sardines, walnuts, avocado, or milk and cheese from grass fed cows

  • Research has also suggested that a low omega-6 diet also could help to reduce symptoms

  • The probiotics in yogurt can be very helpful in fighting your dermatitis, so unless dairy products are the ones that give you eczema put a lot of plain yogurt on the menu

Health tip

A healthy diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, Whole wheat products, NO refined sugar and NO processed white flour products can do wonders specifically on your eczema and on your health in general. Especially when you combine it with exercising 

Preventive natural eczema remedies

Watch what your children eat

Skin rashes in children may be caused by eating or drinking one of the following:

  • milk
  • eggs
  • peanuts
  • wheat
  • fish
  • chicken
  • pork
  • beef

Also Note that Eggs, peanuts, and milk are responsible for 75 % of skin rashes in children

Preventive home remedies for eczema

Watch what You eat

Food allergies can trigger atopic dermatitis. It differs of course from person to person, but there are some elements which have proven to be an eczema trigger in many people:

  • Dairy products
  • coffee (caffeinated and decaf)
  • soybean products
  • eggs
  • nuts
  • wheat
  • sweet corn

Like we said it is different for everyone and to find out which is the culprit in your case keep a food diary. Write down what you eat and how you react to it. See what you ate just before an outbreak and try to pin point what it is that sparks that flare up. Once you found out eliminate it from your diet

Preventive natural eczema remedies


Showering or bathing in a lukewarm to slightly warm bath is good for moisturizing your skin

When you use soap you should make sure to keep the next in mind:

  • Don't use drying soap or harsh detergents
  • Use unscented soap
  • A good soap has an oil or fat base. Goat milk soap is best, it is super fat
  • Use a non-soap based cleanser like Noxzema or Dove
  • Choose a soap that has the least chance of containing allergens. Talk with your doctor or dermatologist to find out what could be best for you
  • Before you use your soap do a patch test first. Use it only on a small area of skin until you are sure that it is safe for you
  • Instead of soap it's even better to use plain yogurt

When you do use soap, use it sparingly and only on the spots where really necessary. Only use the soap at the end of your bath so the contact is as short as possible and you can quickly rinse it off. Also avoid harsh washcloths, sponges or anything that can scratch or irritate your skin

After bathing pat your skin with a soft fiber towel (not a harsh one), never rub. Then trap the water inside your skin by quickly sealing it with a good natural moisturizer

We highly recommend the next few affordable and natural moisturizers. They're not only cheaper they're also more natural and work much better than most commercial moisturizers out there. You could use barnyard beauty aids like:

  • Bag Balm
  • Vaseline (petroleum jelly)
  • Corn Huskers Lotion
  • Corn Udder Cream

These are also all very baby friendly preventive eczema remedies

Preventive home remedies for eczema

Clean your environment

Dust your surroundings

  • dust mites and their droppings
  • moulds
  • pollen
  • fungi
  • animal dander
  • pet hair and bacteria

All these can trigger an allergic reaction and a flare up of eczema

So make sure your house or workplace or wherever you go is as free of these as possible

Preventive natural eczema remedies


For some people and some types of eczema sunlight can really improve the symptoms. On others however sunlight has the opposite effect and makes it worse. See what is can do for you

Preventive home remedies for eczema

Steam bath

A steam bath cleans and moisturizes your skin. Make sure that after bathing you pat dry with a soft towel and seal your skin off with a good moisturizer. Do this 2 to 3 times a day

Preventive natural eczema remedies

Humidifying your house

Keeping your house humid especially in winter will prevent many eczema outbreaks. A cool air humidifier can do this for you. Another more old fashioned option is to put pots and pans on your radiators

Preventive home remedies for eczema

Less nickel

In cases of nickel dermatitis with newly pierced ears, it's best to use steel posts until the wound heals

In case you do get nickel dermatitis, stay out of the heat when you're wearing jewelry that has nickel in it. Or simply don't put it on when you're going out in the heat

If you are sensitive to nickel you might want to avoid nickel rich foods such as:

  • chocolate
  • apricots
  • coffee
  • salmon
  • legumes
  • nuts
  • grains
  • potatoes
  • canned fruits
  • canned vegetables
  • beer
  • tea

Although not everybody is convinced that this might help it is always worth trying if you are nickel sensitive

Home remedies for eczema
things to avoid in a natural eczema treatment

Things to look out for

  • When you do the laundry make sure you also rinse it twice to make sure to get the detergent out. Also don't use that much detergent to begin with
  • Research has shown that fake fingernails cause skin rashes in many women (and men)
  • Baby lotions are not always the best if your baby has eczema. Because of their ingredients they dry out and irritate the skin. Also some of its ingredients like lanolin and mineral oil are common causes of skin allergy in babies. It's better to use something like Vaseline, Aquafor, Eucerin cream
  • Relax more, de-stress, slow down, take your time

What to avoid

Like we mentioned above the most important thing is to try to identify the factor that is causing the eczema and remove it completely from the environment. This is the easiest and most effective preventive eczema treatment

It could be as simple as adjusting your diet or changing soaps or detergents or as difficult as moving to change climate

If it is impossible to identify or remove the allergen or irritant, you should try to control or lessen the response to that allergic agent


  • Try to avoid sweating and overheating because sweat can irritate the rash and make it worse
  • Avoid deodorants, most of them contain active drying ingredients like aluminum chloride
  • Don't use toilet paper with prints, always use the white paper or tissues. The dyes on it can irritate the skin
  • Avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity. Especially a cold and dry environment can do a bad job on your skin
  • Don't wear tight fitting, rough, scratchy or harsh clothes. Wool is a common irritant. Wear cotton underwear

Final note

Before using any of these natural home remedies for eczema first contact your doctor or dermatologist for recommendations

Although eczema can be controlled, do not expect a quick response. Because of its seriousness it can take a while before serious improvements can be seen

Also remember that all people still are individuals just as all cases of eczema can be different. What works for one person in one situation might not work for another. So don't despair if a natural home remedy doesn't immediately work for you. You can try another one probably with more success

The natural home remedies for eczema we suggested can help you in regular cases of eczema. If however these eczema treatments do not work and they don't relieve your symptoms or if your symptoms worsen or they start to interfere with your sleep, work, or any other normal activity please contact your doctor or dermatologist

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