Eczema is not a pleasant condition by any stretch of the imagination. The awful itching and inflammation can cause discomfort for weeks. Of course there is no cure for eczema however there are a few things that you can do which should make the condition a bit easier to manage. On this page I want to take a little look at a few home remedies for eczema. Do note that this is not an exhaustive list. You should also note that whilst one treatment may work for one person it may not necessarily work for another person.
This is one of the home remedies for eczema that I suggest you keep in your store cupboard whether you are dealing with eczema or not. This is because it is remarkably useful. A small amount of coconut oil directly onto your eczema will almost instantly relieve any itching or pain. You can pick up coconut oil soaps but do make sure that they are not laden with other chemicals. If they are then you are probably going to end up doing more damage to your skin than good. You can pick up coconut oil at your local health food store. There are a few supermarkets out there who will also stock it. It is probably worth checking whether the coconut oil is actually ‘pure’ if you go down that route however.
Salt and Magnesium Spray
This is one of the home remedies for eczema that many people find incredibly beneficial if their eczema has got to the point where it is ‘oozing’ or just wet. This remedy is also useful for a number of other skin conditions. Making up your spray is easy:
- 1 Cup of boiled water (you can also use distilled if you wish)
- 1 Tablespoon of Sea Salt
- 1 Pinch of Magnesium Flakes (Epsom salts also work well for this)
- You may also wish to add an essential oil to ensure the spray smells fantastic.
To make the salt and magnesium spray you should mix your salt and magnesium into warm water. You can then apply it to your skin using a small cotton pad.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil
This is not a tasty supplement. It is not a tasty supplement at all. However fermented cod liver oil has often been rated as one of the best home remedies for eczema. This is because not only is cod liver oil high in Omega-3 (I will discuss that in more depth in a bit) but it also has a plethora of vitamins in there which will be beneficial to the functioning of the skin. If you can’t find fermented cod liver oil then you could potentially use one of the other supplements available on the market. They tend to not be quite as good though.
I have a couple of different remedies for you to use here when it comes to bathing. Let me run you through each of them very quickly.
The first is to take a soothing bath. You do not want to use boiling hot water here. Just warm water will do. You will then add a considerable amount of oatmeal (or baking soda) to the bathwater. I know this sounds a little strange however trust me on this one. Oatmeal is known as one of the best home remedies for any skin condition out there. This is because it is absolutely superb at quelling inflammation and itching associated with this inflammation. If you sink yourself into an oatmeal bath you will look forward to virtually instant relief.
The second option is a magnesium bath. Again you are going to be using hot but not boiling hot water here. You will want to mix the following into the bath water:
- Two cups of magnesium flakes (or Epsom salts)
- ½ Cup of Sea Salt
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
You can then add 15 drops of your favorite scent on top of this. Again you will be surprised at just how effective baths are at eliminating the discomfort associated with eczema. Just remember this is not going to be a cure for your rash. You are still going to wish to put other remedies into action. This is just going to be soothing when nothing else seems to be helping.
Omega-3 is absolutely fantastic for reducing inflammation in the body. If you are already taking fermented cod liver oil supplements then you are not going to need to take additional Omega-3. If you are not then there are a couple of things that you can do. The first is to go out there and find Omega-3 supplements. Virtually all health food stores and pharmacies will keep them. If you wish to get your Omega-3 more naturally then a good start will be to eat a lot of fish. Chicken and eggs also have a small amount of Omega-3 in them too. If you are a vegetarian then you will be pleased to know that Omega-3 can also be sourced from some nuts and some oils. In short; you have absolutely no excuse for not getting more omega-3 into your diet. It will do you a world of good. I promise you.
This is a solution which may not necessarily work for everybody. It seems to be most effective in those where the eczema is down to a problem with the diet or in the gut. That being said; the vast majority of people are going to notice some sort of benefit to their skin health if they go down the route of probiotics. You can pick up probiotics from just about every supermarket nowadays. I do suggest heading to your local health food store to pick up some supplements instead though. The supermarket versions tend to be ‘milk based’ and milk is not good for inflammatory conditions such as eczema. I therefore suggest that you steer well clear of them. It will only end up making the condition a lot worse for you.
This is something which you never really see mentioned when it comes to home remedies for eczema. This is in part down to the fact that it is going to mean the consumption of bone broth (basically a bone soup. Don’t worry though; it is not as bad as you may think). All you need to do here is make up the soup stock yourself. You will be using bones for this (this is how soup is always made….you most likely did not realize that though). You can use whichever bones you please. It is probably best opting for bones from organically-bred animals. They tend to be far richer in gelatin. Many people find that regular consumption of bone-broth soups tend to be incredibly beneficial to their health.
Healing Gel (Home Made)
This gel by all accounts work wonders on relieving the discomfort associated with eczema. You can make this from the comfort of your own home without too many ingredients. Nearly everything that you need here can probably be picked up from your local health food store.
- 2 Cups of Almond Oil (or olive if you must)
- ¼ Cup of beeswax pastilles
- ½ teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil
- 2 Tablespoons of Comfrey Leaf
- 1 Teaspoon of Rosemary Leaf
- 1 Teaspoon of Yarrow Flowers
- 1 Tablespoon of Calendula Flowers
- 1 Tablespoon of Plantain Leaf
Only the first four ingredients on this list plus the plantain are vital. Everything else you can add if you can get hold of it. Obviously the more ingredients that you put into the healing gel the more beneficial it is going to be for your skin.
In order to make this healing gel you need to have a bit of time on your hands. There are two options here:
- Sealing all of the ingredients (except the beeswax) in an airtight container for 4 weeks.
- Using a double boiler to cook the ingredients (except the beeswax) for 3 hours. You will want to do this over a very low heat. The gel should be green.
You can then strain the herbs out of your mixture. The beeswax can then be melted into the mixture and mixed up. You can then apply the gel pretty much like any other gel that you would apply for eczema. It is highly effective.
Cooling the Swelling
An ice pack or other form of cold compress is going to work absolute wonders for your discomfort. You should apply it once every hour for around 10 minutes at a time. Do not use a wet cold compress unless you are dealing with oozing blisters otherwise you run the risk of drying out the whole area. Obviously a wet cold compress is ideal for those oozing blisters because you DO want to be drying out the area.
Over the Counter Solutions for Eczema
You have a couple of different options at your disposal here. The first is calamine lotion which you may be able to pick up from your local health food store (I have seen many that stock it). You do not want to be using this lotion on ‘obvious’ areas though as it can run the risk of turning your skin temporarily pink. If you have a local pharmacy then you should ask them about hydrocortisone creams. The option that is available over the counter is nowhere near as powerful as what you would be prescribed by your dermatologist. In most cases it should be fairly sufficient for you though.
Don’t Scratch the Itch
I know this is going to be incredibly difficult for you to do however it is important that the rashes are not scratched. If you do then it is highly likely that you will break the skin and this may end up causing an infection. This is obviously going to make the problem a whole lot worse for you. Your best bet here is to use the back of your hand to sooth the itch. You should not be using your nails. This is going to be awful for you in the long run.
Identifying Triggers for Your Eczema
Many people suffer from allergic eczema. If you are one of these people then it is important that you learn to identify what actually triggers your condition. You can then work to eliminate those triggers from your life. Most people will find that they are allergic to leather, some topical anaesthetics (benzocaine is awful for eczema), some sunscreens, hair dyes, formaldehyde in shampoos and other cleaning items) and a whole lot more. Sadly there is no standard here. It is up to you to work out what impacts you the most and then it is up to you to work on removing it from your life. It is going to be a lot better for you in the long run.
I just want to wrap up by mentioning a little bit about dairy. As you may know; dairy can cause inflammation in the body. If you are suffering from eczema then you are really going to want to cut back on cheese and milk-based products. It will have a small impact on the eczema if you do this. If you still want some of these types of products in your diet then you can always look into soy-based options.
Remember; whilst home remedies for eczema are absolutely fantastic, they will NOT always clear up your condition. If you are suffering, and some people do, then do not be afraid to speak to your doctor. They will be able to prescribe you with medication that will help quell the condition somewhat. When the condition has started to clear up then you will be able to go back to your home remedies which should hopefully keep the condition at bay. Remember; nobody should be suffering from eczema for long periods of time. With the right tools at your disposal you should be able to clear up the condition quite easily.
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