Top 10 Home Remedies for Eczema

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Laura Dolgy (see bio below)

If you’re prone to eczema or atopic dermatitis then you’ve probably spent countless hours researching the best natural eczema treatment. Unfortunately, not every trick and tip about a holistic treatment for eczema on the Internet works, but we’re here to break down the top 10 natural remedies for eczema that can be tried today with items you can probably find in your home.

Please keep in mind that although these tips can help remedy eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like fever or an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.

Ready to get started on these remedies for eczema? Here they are:

1. Coconut Oil

In order to keep irritated skin moisturized and less prone to dryness and cracking, applying coconut oil to your eczema can work wonders anywhere on the body, nose, eyelids, chest, legs, etc. It’s naturally antibacterial too, so it can help prevent infections. Keep in mind that the most natural and organic coconut oils for eczema will yield the best results. You can also use a natural soap bar that uses coconut oil such as this beautiful, nourishing coconut and sunflower oil soap bar with only three, all natural ingredients.

2. Acupressure

If you’ve never heard of acupressure, then you should know that it’s considered one of the best remedies for eczema and itchy skin. This alternative technique is similar to acupuncture in the sense that pressure is applied to different body pressure points to clear blockages. To get started on acupressure, check out our post: How to Use Acupressure for Eczema: A Home Remedy for Itchy Skin. It’s really quite simple to do yourself and you can start right now!

3. Elimination Diet

Many of us don’t realize that what we put into our bodies sometimes cause the most issues externally. If you haven’t already tried an elimination diet as a natural remedy for eczema, you might want to give it a try. The Eczema Cure is a great ebook based on eliminating common trigger foods and adding gut healing foods. I personally had great success with reducing my son’s atopic eczema through this elimination diet and years later we were able to cut out the remaining minor eczema with the Auto Immune Paleo diet.

4. Bath Add-Ins

For years, doctors have recommended that eczema sufferers take bleach baths to fight topical bacteria and heal their eczema. Not only are bleach baths toxic, but they can cause some serious abrasions on sensitive skin. Baking soda is a healthy altnerative – so  apple cider vinegar. Start with one cup of apple cider vinegar and pour it in your bath, so that it becomes diluted (you can increase the amount by 4-5 cups, yet you want to make sure it’s not irritating your skin). Soak for 10 minutes, then rinse. If you’re experiencing flare-ups, this is an easy eczema natural treatment you can do nightly, but make sure to decrease baths to 1-2 times per week to properly heal skin and prevent further outbreaks.

If you find your skin loves ocean water, then maybe a a sea salt soak is just what you need to soothe your skin. Your skin will love absorbing up the magnesium, potassium, calcium and sulphur from the salt flakes.

Another natural ingredient to make bath time both relaxing and soothing, add colloidal oats to your tub – also called an oatmeal bath. Oats have been used for years to calm itchy skin in conditions like chicken pox and bug bites because it works! Tip, get your itching under control to prevent eczema scars.

5. Aloe Vera

Have you ever noticed that it feels immediately better after applying aloe vera to sunburnt skin? This amazing plant is also one of our remedies for eczema! Whether your skin is red, burning or itchy, aloe vera can provide a cooling and soothing effect on your skin. Just beware of most aloe gel found in the drugstore as they contain alcohol and will really burn your skin, especially if you apply it to an open eczema wound. Instead, you can choose to cut open an aloe vera plant and squeeze out the juice from inside or you can go with a natural skin care product such as this Organic Aloe Vera Skin Soothing Spray.

6. Organic Honey

Honey – specifically Manuka Honey, is a great natural cure for eczema on skin of all types as it can reduce flare-ups, irritation and scarring. It has exceptional anti-inflammatory properties and can be doubled up as a moisturizer and exfoliant. Simply apply the honey directly to your dry skin and gently rub it in. For a less sticky option, try my favorite Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream which contains both Manuka honey and Manuka oil (similar, but more effective than tea tree oil), which help to fight bacteria and heal eczema flares. Also works very well for psoriasis.

7. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has been used for centuries as an eczema treatment at home. This oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties, which can help with skin inflammation and general irritation. You can also add this oil to a variety of different skin care products including body washes, shampoos and creams. I also love to add a few drops to the washing machine when I wash my husband’s stinky gym clothes!

8. Turmeric

This herb is known for its antioxidant component, curcumin. It also helps with improving liver function. You can choose to either take turmeric supplements orally or can use tumeric from your spice rack to create a topical skin paste as an eczema home treatment, or maybe do both! To make a skin paste, mix equal parts tumeric and raw honey and add tiny amounts of water to get to the consistency of your choosing. For an extra antibacterial boost, add a few drops of Manuka oil or Tea Tree oil.

9. Stay Hydrated

Although it may be obvious, drinking lots of water can also help relieve eczema. Not only does water help flush toxins out, but it can help keep skin hydrated and cool. If you have trouble keeping track of water throughout the day, you can use a special water bottle made to make sure you’re drinking enough water.

10. Manage Stress

Other than staying hydrated, it’s crucial to manage stress, as to prevent eczema flare-ups and maintain overall good health. Find out how you can relieve stress in children and yourself.

Adding a selection of these tips to your daily routine can definitely help heal eczema. While there is no one miracle, natural cure for eczema, these tips can provide much needed relief with everyday items lying around the house.

Have any fun tips of your own? Share them with me in the comments below!

Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.

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  1. birdwithaview on February 15, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    I have been reading your blog for a little while, and it has been such a life saver for me and my little one. He is now 2, and I feel like we are finally getting his eczema under “better” control. One of the things we have learned that works for us is doing a “wet wrap” technique 1-2 times per week after his baths.

    I am excited to try tumeric. I just ordered some for me because of it’s health benefits, but had NO idea it could help with eczema too!

    • Jennifer Roberge on February 17, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that the wet wraps have been helping! We found they were wonderful as well. I hope the tumeric is helpful as well!

  2. Michelle R. on March 5, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you for a great article! I have been struggling with eczema since I was a child and seem to always be looking for ways to keep it under control. This year has been especially bad with flare ups on my face, specifically around my eyes. Of the remedies you suggest, are there any that you have tried or would specifically recommend for the face?

    • Jennifer Roberge on March 13, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Michelle – Sure, all of the products at The Eczema Company are natural and great for the facial area. But if you feel more comfortable with a product made especially for the face and eye areas, then take a look at these facial eczema products.

  3. on March 21, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you for your website and sharing your experience with others. For my daughter, we did overall toxic reduction in various ways — food eliminations (gluten, dairy, eggs, plus a few others), daily probiotics, food enzymes, omega 3 and flax oils, natural anti-histamines and other natural detoxifiers Coconut oil detoxed her but I believe we overdid it by doing some by mouth and some over her body — too fast of detox at one time. We did baths with organic apple cider vinegar or roobios tea or tea tree oil (melaleuca). Either way put good lotion on RIGHT after the bath to soak up the moisture. We also did a detox bath that had a mixture of 1 cup epsom salt, 1/4 cup Borax (20 mule team laundry etc) and 2 tbsp of good baking soda (not quite the same as bleach bath). The biggest detox help came through acupuncture. I was surprised you had been to an acupuncturist for NAET but not acupuncture. Ours did a few needles in her back while she watched an ipad and she never had a problem. They eventually got a laser one so we could do it directly on the affected area. We now limit her dairy and wheat but not eliminate it. Her eczema is very minimal, just generally on her cheeks when she eats too much dairy or wheat but absolutely manageable.

  4. TagBand uk on December 8, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Thank you for a great article. All remedies are wonderful for eczema. But apple cider Vinegar is an effective home remedy that can be used to treat skin problems such acne, skin tags, eczema etc. ACV contains many nutrients. It is useful to treat many other skin problems.

  5. Harvey Lee on April 23, 2018 at 5:51 am

    These are awesome remedies to treat eczema. I treat eczema by using apple cider vinegar. It was so effective and I was able to get rid of eczema. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Dannita on November 14, 2020 at 11:44 am

    I have been suffering eczema now. Especially in my nose and other body folds ?? It is so difficult since I face many people everyday as I work as a teacher. I tried a lot but my eczema in the nose is still here.

  7. Jen on September 24, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Ill try it i hope my eczema will heal?

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