10 Home Remedies for Eczema

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Simple and easy home remedies for eczema

The very latest research into Eczema suggests an association with the immune system. The fact that Eczema is more common in the very young indicates that the immune system plays a key role in the condition.
Eczema can be painful, uncomfortable and debilitating. And for many, there is a constant battle to find a cure or something that alleviates the unpleasant symptoms. This can vary from individual to individual, making the task of finding something that works, even more elusive.
Eczema sufferers are very often prescribed medication for their condition that succeeds in suppressing the painful symptoms, but simultaneously weakens an already struggling immune system.
Eczema can be triggered by eating certain foods as well as external allergens and pathogens that pass through the skin barrier.
How well our immune system functions depends not only on nutrition and lifestyle, but also the environment and our genetic makeup. There isn’t anything we can do about our genetic inheritance, but we can influence the remaining contributing factors, so that our immune system is as strong and healthy as it can possibly be.

Natural home remedies for eczema

  • Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil applied to the skin directly after a warm shower has excellent moisturizing qualities, and is packed full of vitamin E.
  • Aloe vera gel is a great anti-inflammatory and should be included in the family first aid kit, as it’s excellent on mild burns and insect bites too. Go for the 99.9% pure Aloe Vera Gel found in good health food stores. Apply it to the affected area as many times a day as required.
  • Virgin  coconut oil is a topical application; sufferers recommend it as a miracle treatment. Apply as often as needed to the affected area and it should help eradicate the flare ups.
  • Take a sea salt bath. Sae salt is rich in minerals, helps invigorate a sluggish circulation, hydrates skin tissues, as well as calming inflammation and reducing pain. Ensure the bath water is not too hot and place 2 cups of sea salt into the bath and wait for 10 minutes before getting in.
  • Omega 3 oils are anti-inflammatory and an essential part of a good wholesome diet. Replace your usual oil with flax seed or pumpkin seed oil in your salad dressing, or eat a tin of mackerel on toast for lunch.
  • Sleep is vital for an immune system to work optimally. Ensuring you always get a good night’s sleep is one of the single most important things you can do. This can achieved with the help of..
  • Exercise, and regularly. It’s good for you, helps invigorate the body and improves the quality of your sleep.
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day to flush toxins and hydrate cells.
  • Eat a diet rich in protein,  healthy oils, fresh fruit and vegetables. Avoid caffeine and processed food. Yogurt with live cultures is a great food to include if you can, as it helps keep your digestive health in good shape, which is critical for a correctly functioning immune system.

Natural Mothers Eczema Oatmeal Body Soap Recipe

This is the easiest soap to make and takes no time either!  Oatmeal is full of lubricating oils and the proteins in oatmeal help maintain the skin’s natural barrier function.

What you need"Home Remedies for Eczema"

1  bar of natural olive oil soap from health store
4 tbsp of ground oatmeal
1 tbs flax oil
4 tbsp of water
blender
microwave oven

What to do

Grind the oatmeal until it’s finely milled, but still has exfoliating power; so not as fine as flour. Grate your soap bar in to a plastic bowl, add the water and place into the microwave for 3 minutes. Stop the microwave a few times to stir.

When the mixture has dissolved fully, add the oil and oatmeal and stir in very well before placing it into soap moulds to cool and dry

Do you suffer from eczema and have you found any home remedies for eczema that have improved the condition too?  Please share your experiences/tips in the comments box below!

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16 Comments

  1. These are some excellent tips. I hadn’t heard of some of them. I use coconut oil with a few drops of chamomile for my son’s eczema, it works great.

  2. I love coconut oil for my skin and I don’t even have eczema! Thanks for linking up such great tips! :)

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  3. Elsa on

    My 6-month old has eczema and I’m trying to reduce it without the use of steroid creams. I love this post and I plan to try out the coconut oil first. Thanks so much for the info!

  4. Cheesa on

    Coconut oil has indeed been known to cure many problems and eczema is one of them. It has the key factor and it is safe for use as well. No adverse effects mainly.

  5. Aloe Vera may seem like a good idea but don’t forget that it’s both topically and internally toxic. The aloin in the gel is a carcinogen.

  6. Thanks for this great remedies. I have a friend that had eczema and he just use virgin coconut oil to treat the infected area, which is on the back of his knee. He apply it thrice a day on the affected area and he also took 2-3 tablespoon of coconut oil everyday. He told that it gone after just a week. Coconut oil is very good and for those people having eczema, i recommend to do what my friend does before. Also, cleaning it with warm water sprinkled with salt is also good way to kill bacteria present on the affected area.

  7. Bacne on

    Thanks for the ideas! I know my sister still struggles with it and her wedding’s only a few months away!

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      Wishing your sister all the best for her wedding day:-)

  8. This is good breakthrough. Synthetic medicines have bad effects for human person. Let us advocate the natural remedies for curing sickness.

  9. Tulip on

    Thanks for all of these. I will start trying coconut oil.

  10. One way of curing our self is using the natural ingredients and thank you for giving it for free.

  11. Tim on

    Good tips. Half of them should be done anyways for good health. Is there anything Omega 3 is not good for? Water, sleep, and exercise are surely a plus to anyone.

    BTW, the plus one option on this comment system is awesome. Fantastic idea.

  12. Lee on

    Hi I don’t actually suffer from excema but what I would say is drinking lots of water has helped my skin greatly in its feel and complexion. So it definately helps get rid of the toxins from your body. So I would agree that it must be good for excema.

    Thanks lee

  13. canon on

    Good tips. Many times these natural remedies are way batter than those expensive lotions you can buy at the pharmacy.
    Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

  14. Ice princess on

    The last time I had eczema I applied palm oil on my skin and changed my soap. The eczema disappeared after a few days, but its back and this time shows no signs of leaving so am going to try using the coconut oil and see what happens.

  15. Josh on

    I didn’t know virgin coconut oil can be used as a home remedy for eczema, although it’s used for cooking. I’ve heard about olive oil though. Great tips Rebecca!