By Laura Dolgy (bio below)
Does this sound like a familiar story? You’re at home, enjoying dinner when all of a sudden you start to notice an eczema flareup beginning on your neck. It’s Friday night and although you can wait until Monday to search for an eczema treatment, you need something you can find relatively quickly to stop the itch.
If you’ve ever been in this situation – you’ve come to the right place! This week, we’re sharing various DIY home remedies for eczema that are both natural and can be made with simple ingredients you can find at your local health or grocery store. No need to wait until Monday to get relief!
Please keep in mind I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe eczema or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.
1) Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
If you have mild eczema, applying a light layer of virgin coconut oil twice a day can heal the affected skin. In severe cases, you may have to apply a thick coat of this oil and wrap it with a wet bandage, so that it has the chance to permeate the skin. Read more about wet wrap therapy here.
Extra virgin coconut oil has also been proven successful in eliminating eczema scars, stretch marks and keratosis pilaris. It can also double up as a cooking ingredient!
Honey, particularly Manuka Honey, is good to use if you want to reduce eczema flare-ups and scars. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help facilitate wound healing. After washing the affected area, apply honey directly on your skin. Cover with a bandage if using straight honey as it can be sticky and messy. And don’t try this for children under two years of age due to the risk of botulism.
If you have sensitive skin and need extra exfoliation, you can mix it with sugar and gently scrub your skin with the mixture for a few minutes. However, you should be careful if you’re experiencing a severe flare-up. Scrubbing already sensitive, cracked and perhaps oozing skin is not always the best idea.
If you want all the benefits of honey, but not the sticky mess it can make, try this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream, which contains olive oil, manuka honey and manuka oil. It’s known for healing eczema wounds, reducing the appearance of eczema scars, while helping soothe and provide anti-inflammatory effects to flared skin.
3) Magnesium Bath
This recipe comes straight from Wellness Mama and it’s the perfect skin healing mixture for those with eczema that can stand bathing. These types of baths are great, as they are a relatively cost effective and an easy way to help find eczema relief.
- 1-2 cups of epsom salts or magnesium flakes (magnesium flakes are absorbed much more easily)
- 1/2 cup Himalayan salt (if you have it on hand)
- 1/2 tsp of natural vanilla extract
- 10-15 drops of essential oil of choice, try lavender or mint!
Add to bath and relax!
For more suggestions on how to heal eczema naturally, check out Wellness Mama’s many other tips here!
4) Face Eczema Serum
If you’re experiencing face eczema and need quick relief, coconut oil or honey can work really well. But if you’re looking to try something really light, but still moisturizing, this DIY face eczema serum from Mommypotamus is a great alternative to chemically ridden face serums on the market.
- 2 tablespoons rosehip seed oil
- 6-12 drops (or a combination of) one of the following essential oils:
- carrot seed
- sweet fennel
- geranium bourbon
- rosewood essential oil
- or try one these essential oils for eczema.
Add rosehip seed oil and essential oil drops to a serum container or mini spray bottle. Shake to mix all ingredients together. You can spray this along your face or neck before bed and in the morning as well.
This DIY serum is great for those suffering from eczema because rosehip seed oil promotes collagen and supports scar healing. Not to mention that it soothes eczema and psoriasis. For more information on this serum and other Mommypotamus eczema home remedies, check out her blog!
If you’re suffering from facial eczema and do not have the time to buy your own ingredients, both Organic Aloe Vera Skin Soothing Spray and Calendula Facial Cream are great alternatives. The soothing spray is a non-greasy, vegan formula that contains both aloe and calendula for quick healing. It can also be popped into the refrigerator for a cool and soothing treat. On the other hand, the facial cream contains Rooibos leaf that is anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce allergic responses and histamine release.
5) Homemade Face or Baby Wipes
If you’ve ever taken a look at the ingredients in wipes, you probably noticed that there are many preservatives and synthetic cleaners – not mention the baby wipes we have in North America are banned in Europe due to their chemical ingredients. Yikes! To whip yourself up a bulk of natural wipes is quite cost effective and very easy!
This recipe was sent to us and is a great alternative that can be customized based on specific allergies or skin types. Also perfect for eczema skin – it won’t burn!
Ingredients & Supplies
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp baby wash
- 2 tbsp oil or lotion of your choice
- 2-4 drops tea tree oil (optional)
- 1 roll of Select-A-Size Paper Towels, cut in half (don’t remove from cardboard core) or Reusable wash clothes.
Just whisk the water, baby wash and oil/lotion together. Add a few drops of tea tree oil too to give it some antibacterial & antiseptic properties.
If using paper towels as wipes:
- Place the mixture into an old baby wipes container or a container like this one.
- Put the paper towels, cut side down, into the mixture.
- Once the paper has absorbed the material, you’ll be able to take out the cardboard core.
- Pull the paper through the container and voila! Natural baby wipes!
If using reusable wash clothes:
- Simply add the mixture to a spray bottle and spray onto a wash cloth.
6) Sea Salt Spray
Another one of our favorite home remedies for eczema from the Wellness Mama has to be this Sea Salt Spray that leaves skin feeling refreshed.
1 cup of distilled or boiled water
1 tbsp Himalayan salt (or Sea Salt)
Optional: add one of these essential oils for eczema
Add all ingredients in a cup and stir until salt is dissolved. Add to a spray bottle or glass jar for long term use. Can be used as part of your daily regimen by either directly spraying onto skin or adding with cotton pad.
If you’re suffering from dry or cracked skin, you can also calendula or chamomile tea!
7) Homemade Lotion Bars
Looking for an inexpensive dry skin lotion bar? Check out this awesome home remedy for eczema from Little House Living which is perfect for those suffering from dry skin.
- Melt all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Place a piece of parchment paper on the surface area you’ll be working on
- Pour the soap into the empty deodorant containers
- Let the lotion harden and store in your bathroom, fridge or somewhere cool
- Scrap the hardened drips off the parchment paper to use for the next batch!
For more suggestions on how to heal eczema naturally, check out Little House Living’s many other tips here!
Looking for other DIY home remedies for eczema or other skin conditions? Check out these other blog posts:
If you’re low on time or need something relatively easy and cost effective, check out The Eczema Company’s natural eczema treatments – they are sure to bring you much needed relief.
Got any DIY home remedies for eczema of your own? Share them with us below in the comments!
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.