Eczema is a general term that describes various types of skin conditions that results in inflammation of the skin. I.e. anything that causes the skin to inflame, become dry, red, crusty or even blister is also classified under the same name. It’s also known by its more medical term Atopic Dermatitis, which simply means ‘inflamed skin’.
Millions and millions of people around the world suffer from this annoying itchiness, yet there is no official cure. The triggers in mainstream medicine are cited as a genetic disposition but triggers are also listed as sensitivity to airborne allergens, slight allergic reactions to some foods, and even often a “phase” that kids go through. We disagree.
The Naturopathic view of eczema:
The naturopathic view of eczema is that it is an outward manifestation (or an end result) of internal imbalance. For example, if a person is under chronic stress and strain they will internally generate toxins that require elimination. If the body cannot eliminate via the liver and other organs, it will resort to pushing the problem out on to the skin.
Consequently, a holistic view would be that eczema, and indeed any skin eruption, should not be suppressed. So any home remedies for eczema and any homemade healing cream for eczema should be totally natural and free of chemicals. It is the same reason that most European doctors are trained in alternative medicine. Ever wondered why you get prescribed medication to bring down a fever when the fever is there to reduce and/or kill the virus? Reduce the fever and you simply reduce your own bodies’ natural defense, the same is true in modern medical treatment of eczema – you are simply treating a symptom, not a cause.
Often visits to the doctor will result in prescribed steroid creams and other medicines that simply suppress eczema, which as we’ve just described – goes against the natural mechanics of the body. I cannot stress this enough.
Nevertheless, whatever the cause or symptoms are of your eczema, you want relief. We’ve created a list of simple home remedies for eczema that you can get started with straight away, and even a couple of great recipes that you can make when you have a little more time. Everyone has their own view on the best treatment for eczema, given each individuals personal experiences. The following have helped numerous people and we hope that this guide will show you how to get rid of eczema naturally once and for all!
Simple Home Treatments For Eczema:
1. Coconut Oil Instant Moisturizer
A personally favorite of mine for almost any homemade creams, lotion or body butter. Coconut oil truly works wonders as a moisturizer for all skin types, especially dry skin. It’s said to be anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-microbial, and even poses anti-fungal properties, but you’ll have to do your own research into that claim. We also use it in our lipbalm recipes too. You’ll find it present in about 75% of eczema related beauty products and home remedies for eczema.
What you will need:
-Organic Raw Coconut Oil (like this one)
-Clean Hands (don’t irritate it more)
Using an Organic Virgin coconut oil (an organic coconut oil is much better for the skin), simply massage the oil in your hands to soften and melt the oil and rub into the affected areas. You can apply this multiple times a day as needed. It’s really good for the skin, however, don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t disappear into the skin. It’s an ‘oily’ oil and will take time to be absorbed.
Further Reading: Our Super Simple Homemade Skin Moisturizer.
2. Soothing Oat Bath
The good old-fashioned oat bath has long been on top of the list for natural remedies for eczema. Oats are very good for the skin, especially eczema irritated skin. It’s calming and soothing and that’s why it is best for those incredibly itchy outbursts. It’s why a lot of brands and even our homemade eczema cream contain oats. Personally, it’s the best treatment for eczema I’ve experienced given its simplicity.
The oats contain a natural chemical that is said to reduce inflammation on the skin. I’ve found that oats rapidly sooth those intolerable fiery burning outbreaks. If you’ve searched high and low to find out how to get rid of eczema and haven’t yet heard of this yet then I suggest you make this a new routine.
What you’ll need:
-Half a cup of Organic Oats (I use whole rolled)
-Muslin cloth, cheesecloth, or and old pair of tights!
-A hot bathtub
Oat Bath Directions:
Take a fine muslin material such as a handkerchief or a washing up cloth. Anything that can contain the oats but let water in. My mother used to use an old pair of tights knotted at the top! We use these little muslin bags that are super convenient.
Fill it with about one cup of oatmeal and let it soak in the bath before getting in. The water with turn a silky soothing color. You can also rub the cloth over you on the worst parts for a more immediate effect.
TOP TIP: Combine with lavender flowers (available here) for a relaxing bath for aching muscles.
3. Beat The Itch Chamomile Bath
Like oatmeal, chamomile is very good for irritated skin because it helps reduce inflammation and helps to soothe uncontrollable itching. Much like lavender, its aroma is also very good for generally relaxing the mind as well as the chamomile soothing stressed muscles. It’s why you’ll often see chamomile in those drinks designed to relax, such as bedtime tea.
Chamomile is know to reduce inflammation. Specifically, it makes a great natural eczema treatment because the anti inflammatory properties really reduce the urge to scratch! It was also help heal those rashes that are already the victim of your finger nails. It is widely considered to be a very versatile herb and its dried leaves and flowers have high levels of powerful antioxidants. These are flavonoids and terpenoids that can help fight infection and disease.
The flavonoids penetrate deep into the surface on the skin and the rich essential oils help keep skin looking radiant and youthful. The essential oils found in this potent herb and what carry its healing properties. Some also talk about the natural alcohol like element present in the plant that have anti microbial properties, which can help fight of the germs on the skin. There’s no doubt that whichever way, this delightful herb is good in more ways than one for the skin.
What you will need:
-Half a cup of dried chamomile flowers (we buy organic)
-Muslin cloth, cheesecloth, or and old pair of tights!
-A hot bath
Chamomile Bath Directions:
The directions are just the same as the oat meal bath. Using a cotton based or breathable material, wrap and tie off the chamomile and let it soak in the bath before getting in. Combined with the oat bath this is an eczema sufferer’s dream!
Homemade Eczema Recipes:
These are more comprehensive recipes you can make when you have more time. These natural eczema treatment recipes begin with our healing cream:
4. Eczema Healing Cream
Another benefit of making a healing cream for eczema for yourself is that you can also use plants and herbs with a known affinity with the skin. Our homemade Healing Cream for Eczema is a recipe containing several plant species that are readily available, and the cream is extremely easy to make. One of our favorite diy home remedies for eczema, this all natural cream is deeply moisturizing and emollient soothes itching and promotes healing.
Comfrey leaves are rich in vitamins A, C and B12, in addition to allantoin. The rich vitamin profile helps the dry skin that’s often another uncomfortable symptom of this type of Dermatitis.
Apart from assisting with eczema eruptions, our healing cream comes in good use for poison ivy and nettle rashes and general skin eruptions, including nappy/diaper rash in infants.
This is one of my favorite home remedies for eczema. This one takes a little while to prepare – but once you’ve done it you can enjoy cheap and effective eczema relief.
Healing Cream for Eczema – Ingredients
- 1 cup of organic olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of dried comfrey leaves (available here)
- 1 cup of Organic almond oil
- 2 tablespoons of beeswax pastilles (a strange item to get hold of)
- 2 tablespoons of dried plaintain leaves – this is the plant that grows everywhere that most people consider a weed – not to be confused with the large bananas. (available here)
- 1 tablespoon of dried calendula flowers (buy here)
- 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary or lavender leaves.
Healing Cream for Eczema – Preparation Instructions
To start, combine the olive and almond oils in a jar.
We need to ensure that these oils are amply infused with all the herbs and plants, so add all the leaves and flowers to the oil and ensure the lid is tightly secured. Leave for a minimum of two weeks, shaking daily to aid the infusion.
When the oil is nice and green, just decant to a heatproof glass bowl and remove all the herbs and flowers.
Add the beeswax balls and rest the bowl onto a saucepan of water which you gently heat up. This ensures that it heats up very gently and slowly allows the beeswax to melt and combine with the oil. Gently stir.
When fully mixed and combined, the healing cream is ready to be poured into containers. We use little lip salve tins or tubes for small quantities that can be kept in a handbag, but go for sealable glass jars for the larger quantities for use in the home after bath time and as part of the daily moisturizing regime. This healing cream with have a lovely lavender smell!
Further Reading: How to keep flies away with lavender oil.
5. Simple Healing Oil for Eczema
There are some readily available organic oils that can be used to create gentle and effective moisturizing applications for dry, sensitive and eczema-prone skin. Coconut oil and olive oil are both extremely good for hydrating skin. Always buy the organic, cold pressed, virgin oils.
The following Healing Oil is an excellent natural homemade remedy for eczema. It utilizes the natural healing properties of coconut and olive oils, together with Vitamin E oil which is extremely soothing and healing for troubled skin. The fats from the coconut and olive oils
Also, the natural gel found in the spongy leaves of an Aloe Vera plant is incredibly soothing to the skin due to anti inflammatory and healing compounds but also provides a physical cooling sensation in its wet gel form. Well renowned as remedy for superficial burns, Aloe Vera is a fantastic ingredient in any homemade remedy for eczema.
The best part about this recipe is the time it takes to make and its simplicity – the ingredients are very easy to purchase and all the oils are reasonably priced. The oils work in tandem with one another to provide deep nourishment to the damaged skin layers. Again, don’t expect this to be anything like the natural eczema treatments you purchase from the store. This is simply a thick and practical oil and is best used when you indoors and have time to let the oil soak in. The oils in regular creams contain thickeners, preservatives, colors and chemicals to make the oil absorbent. Personally, we think your eczema is better of without them! If you want to really know how to get rid of eczema, it starts with eliminating anything that isn’t necessary from your skin. By definition, having it means you’re over sensitive.
- 50 mls of olive oil
- 50 mls of coconut oil (or two tablespoons if it has solidified slightly
- 3 capsules of Vitamin E oil (available here)
- Gel from one medium Aloe Vera plant leaf or Store bought aloe gel. Read our guide on how to purchase aloe here.
Start by combining the olive and coconut oils together; if the coconut oil has solidified, gently raise its temperature by slowly heating in a glass bowl rested over a saucepan of heated water. You can supplement with Argan Oil too if you’d like.
Once the oils combine thoroughly – add the three capsules of Vitamin E oil and stir well.
Finally, if you have an Aloe Vera plant, gently break off one of the leaves and slowly squeeze out the gel into a cup. Stir and press with a spoon until smoother, and then add into the oil mixture and combine well.
Add to clean jars, bottles or small lip salve tins as appropriate for your own use. We find the lip salve tins really useful for use on the move and as a purse-sized option.
Have you had any luck with home remedies for eczema, or made one of the above? Please let us know in the comments and share this with a friend who could use this eczema advice! What’s been your best treatment for eczema? We’d love to hear from you.