Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin disease that appears as a result of stress, dry skin, food allergy, swimming in chlorinated pools, food intolerance, pregnancy, changes in temperature, moulds, hormonal changes, pollution, alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, poor immunity and fat metabolism, perfumes, detergents, etc. Some of the common symptoms of eczema include thickened, cracked or scaly skin, red-brownish colored patches, intense itching, skin inflammation, ear discharge or bleeding, intolerance to certain foods, severe itching especially at night, hay fever, and fluid-filled small blisters, etc. Have a look at some of the remedies that will help you get rid of eczema fast.
Home Remedies for Eczema
Wash the affected skin thoroughly and apply honey directly on it daily. Alternatively, you can also prepare a scrub using crystallized sugar and honey. Scrub your skin with this mixture gently for a couple of minutes and wash it. Carry out this procedure at least once a week.
2. Baking Soda
Prepare a paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Apply it onto the infected area. After some minutes, wash with lukewarm water.
3. Olive Oil
Rub the infected skin with extra-virgin olive oil. Take a hot washcloth and place it over the area. Leave it on until the cloth becomes cool. Now, remove the leftover oil with lukewarm water. Carry out this process once or twice a day until the eczema scar completely vanishes.
4. Lemon Juice
Another natural treatment for eczema is lemon juice. Apply fresh lemon juice on the affected area 2-3 times every day and let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Alternatively, you can also apply mixture of one sugar and lemon juice in equal ratio. Do this before sleeping.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Take a glass of water and mix 2 teaspoons each of raw honey and raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Drink this prepared solution to get rid of eczema. Or else, you can also mix equal quantities of water and vinegar, and apply it directly on the affected area to lessen the dryness and itchiness.
6. Fish Oil
Fish oil is one of the best remedies for eczema on eyelids. To get rid of scars, take 1,200 mg of fish oil supplements on daily basis. Or else, include fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, and mackerel in your daily diet.
7. Cocoa Butter
Apply lotions containing cocoa butter directly on the scars. For better and instant results, use pure cocoa butter. You may also use Shea butter instead of cocoa butter to remove scars.
Grind 1 to 2 cups of oatmeal in a grinder. Add this grinded oatmeal to warm bath water and immerse your body in it. After 20-30 minutes, use a soft towel to dry up your skin. Repeat the same procedure 3 times a day.
Crush some cabbage leaves to form poultice. Apply it onto the affected skin area, holding it with the help of a bandage.
10. Ice-Cold Milk
Take some ice-cold milk in a bowl and immerse a clean cloth into it. Place it on the affected area to reduce itchiness.
Take a soft towel and wrap a few ice cubes in it. Apply it on the eczema-prone skin to ease the inflammation.
Peel off 2 to 3 carrots and cut them into small pieces. Boil the pieces until they turn soft. Now, mash these boiled carrots and prepare a fine paste. Apply the paste on your skin and let it stand for next 15 minutes. Clean your skin with cool water. Use this remedy to get rid of eczema on face.
13. Colloidal Silver Bath
Purchase a packet of colloidal silver from the market. Add a few drops of it in your bath tub. Bathe to get relief from irritation and itchiness.
14. Oil and Cornstarch
Make a fine paste by mixing olive oil and cornstarch. Don’t make it too thick or too thin. Place it on the infected skin area and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Wash and apply some moisturizer.
Prepare a paste by adding some water to nutmeg powder. Apply it on the eczema affected skin.
16. Mudpack/ Fuller’s Earth
Apply mudpack on the infected area. It is one of the excellent natural remedies to reduce the effects of eczema on skin.
17. Papaya Seeds
Mash some papaya seeds to prepare a fine paste. Apply this paste on the eczema to prevent itching sensation.
18. Sesame Oil
This remedy is particularly used for treating eczema in children. Add some oatmeal powder or turmeric to the oil and apply the paste on the skin. After an hour, wash it off.
19. Camphor and Sandalwood
Prepare a fine paste by adding water to sandalwood powder and camphor tablets. Apply it directly onto the skin. This will provide instant relief from the inflammation or burning sensation caused due to eczema.
Another effective way of treating eczema is sunbath which helps kill harmful bacteria. Sunbath or roam in the sun for a few minutes to cure eczema.
21. Sea Salt Bath
This is one of the most powerful home remedy as sea salt bath heals the damaged skin and eliminates the dead skin. Simply add some unrefined salt in the bucket of lukewarm water and bathe.
Add humidity to the air near you so as to reduce the severity of eczema. Use a humidifier to increase the humidity. Make sure you clean it frequently to stop the growth of mold.
23. Vitamin E
Take vitamin E supplements or apply vitamin E oil directly on the affected area.
Note – Do not take vitamin E acetate or synthetic vitamin E as they increase the problems of eczema.
Take one equal quantities of glycerin and water. Add both of them in a spray bottle and shake it well. Spray it on the infected area whenever you feel irritated.
25. Coconut Oil
To keep the affected area moisturized, apply some coconut oil. It will not only decrease the symptoms of eczema, but will also soothe your skin.
Cut 1 or 2 cucumbers into thin slices. Soak in water for about 10 minutes. Remove the slices and immerse a clean cloth in the water. Put this cloth on the affected area.
- Alternatively, eat a raw cucumber daily.
- Another option is to prepare a skin cream or paste. Take out the cucumber juice with the help of a blender. Add some milk and mix well. Apply and leave it on for a few minutes. Wash off your skin with normal water.
For treating eczema in babies, give them 2 cups of yogurt. Or else, apply it directly on the infected area. It will keep their body cool and prevent eczema.
Turmeric is the best cure for almost all the skin infections. Prepare a turmeric paste by adding olive / coconut or almond oil. Apply the paste and let it sit for about half an hour.
Herbal Remedies to Cure Eczema
29. Grape Seed Extract
Being rich in antioxidants and loaded with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, grape seeds can reduce the itchiness caused by eczema. Apply some extract directly on the skin to get relief.
30. Almond Leaves
Crush a few almond leaves in water and make a fine paste. Now, apply this prepared paste to soothe your skin and get rid of eczema.
31. Blueberry Leaf
Apply lotions and creams that are made from the extracts of blueberry leaves on the skin to get relief from scratching and itching and to prevent secondary infections.
32. Indian Lilac
Another effective eczema home treatment is Indian lilac. Crush some Indian lilac leaves and add 1 tablespoon each of turmeric and sesame oil. Apply this mixture directly onto the affected area. Let it stand for a minimum of 30 minutes and then wash it off. Repeat the same process every day.
33. Aloe Vera
Mix vitamin E oil and pure aloe vera gel in equal parts and prepare a thin paste. Apply it on the eczema scars and leave it on for the whole night. Next morning, clean it with warm water.
- Or else, apply some aloe vera gel directly on the infected skin. Do this a couple of times every day until all the scars vanish. To cure eczema on hands, massage the gel on your hands gently.
34. Witch Hazel
This powerful astringent is particularly used to treat eczema around eyes. Just apply this oil on the infected area around eyes. Make sure that it doesn’t get into your eyes.
In a cup of boiling water, mix 1 tablespoon each of sage, ground juniper berry and thyme. Cover the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes and drink it after meal.
36. Calendula Flowers
Prepare a tea with calendula flowers, adding 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Apply this mixture on the skin area affected by eczema. Repeat the process two times a day.
37. Gentian Tincture
Intake 10 drops of gentian tincture before taking your meal. Consume it every day until you get relief from irritation completely.
Add 50 mg of ground horsetail herb in 1 liter water. Allow the mixture to boil. After 10 minutes, remove it from the stove and let it cool for a few minutes. Put this liquid in your bath tub and bathe for 10 minutes.
39. Azardirachta Indica
Prepare a paste by mixing turmeric and some water. Grind a few Azardirachta indica leaves and add them to the previously prepared paste. Apply it on the eczema prone skin for instant relief from the disease.
40. Flaxseed Oil
Apply flax oil directly onto the skin. Or else, take half a teaspoon of flax oil or 1/4th teaspoon of flaxseed every day.
41. Jojoba Oil
Massage your skin gently with jojoba oil three times a day or whenever needed.
Take some chamomile, put it in cheesecloth and tie a knot. Place this bag in the bathtub and soak your body for 10 to 15 minutes. Pat dry and moisturize your skin later.
- Exercise daily.
- Add more nutritious food in your daily diet.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.
- Reduce the stress level by carrying out deep breathing techniques, yoga, meditation, etc.
- Maintain hygiene. If you perspire a lot, have shower multiple times.
- Wear cotton clothes.
- Eat foods that are rich in vitamin A, B, D & E, zinc.
- Wash your hands every hour or before eating anything.
- Keep rubbing your skin with Vaseline so that it doesn’t get dry.
- To prevent eczema, avoid consumption of saturated fats, wheat, fermented cheese, alcohol, dairy products, nuts, sea foods, strawberries, animal protein, spicy & oily foods, beverages like tea and coffee, refined carbohydrates & sugars.
- Avoid intake of sugar, artificial sweeteners, junk foods and chemically sprayed vegetables.
- Don’t eat any fruit without washing.
- Avoid wearing tight, rough, scratchy clothes made of synthetic fabrics.
- Avoid scratching your skin. The more you scratch, the more bacteria will spread, and worsen the problem.
- Don’t use soaps and detergents that may cause irritation.