Natural Remedies for Eczema

Welcome to the December 2012 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Natural Remedies.

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they use natural remedies in their homes.

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I have been dealing with eczema since I was 11 year old. I have a more unusual form called dyshyriotic eczema, which only affects my hands (and when I was younger, my feet too). For the majority of that time, I was on steroid creams. Of course, this was before I knew better and started avoiding pharmaceutical interventions.

Winter is the worst time for eczema. I try to prevent it, but there are times when I do have to treat it because prevention isn’t enough. Now, I treat my eczema solely with natural remedies. The remedies I use now are just as effective, if not more effective, than the toxic steroid cream I was on for about 20 years.

Here are my top 5 recommendations for preventing and treating eczema naturally:

Eliminate Dairy and Gluten from Your Diet.

Something I did not know in my younger years is that food can be a trigger for eczema. Two of the biggest triggers are dairy and gluten. Just Google “Eczema Dairy” or “Eczema Gluten” and you’ll find tons of accounts of people who treated their eczema naturally by eliminating trigger foods.

Avoid Ingredients like Fragrance & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

I didn’t start using natural skincare products until I got pregnant with Zoë just over 5 years ago. I simply didn’t know better! After switching to natural skincare products, I noticed that whenever I used a product with artificial fragrance or sodium lauryl sulfate in it, I would have an outbreak. This especially happens to me when I use soap in public bathrooms. I try to remember to carry my own, or carry a natural hand sanitizer.

Moisturize Your Hands (or Affected Areas) Frequently.

I find that it’s very important to keep my hands moisturized to prevent eczema outbreaks, especially during the dry winter months. I keep lotion and hand cream stashed around the house and always have some with me in my purse.

Wear Hazelwood Jewelry

I was recently introduced to the concept that wearing hazelwood jewelry can help prevent eczema outbreaks by balancing the acidity in your body. I have been wearing a hazelwood necklace and bracelet for about a month, and I’m seeing good results so far.

Treat Outbreaks with a Good Salve.

Sometimes, even if I follow the 3 tips above, I still get a small outbreak. If I do, it’s very important that I treat it right away so it doesn’t spread and become painful. I have tried a lot of different salves, but my favorite is the suki Butter Cream Healing Salve. I swear it’s like magic for me. After applying for 3 days, I’m usually healed. It has calendula, chamomile an lavender, which are soothing, and arnica, which is great for healing. You can also try coconut oil, but I have found the suki salve works best for my eczema.

Over the past couple years, I have found that this is the best program for managing my eczema naturally.

Do you have any other natural remedies that have worked for treating your eczema?

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  1. says

    My hands get extremely dry, crack, and bleed especially during the winter months. All of the women in my family suffer from this condition – dyshyriotic eczema must be what we have! I am off to research! Although … I have yet to find anything that works even after many visits to the dermatologist. I also had this condition when I was younger. I was always embarrassed because it made my hands look old and wrinkly and other kids would comment at school. I just noticed that unfortunately my five year old daughter has the same condition. There are times that I catch her using a lot of soap and not rinsing it off thoroughly. I tried to explain to her the importance of rinsing the soap off so that the condition won’t get worse. Thank you for posting this article it was perfect timing for us. I am checking out your recommendations today. I won’t others will post more natural remedies too! I wish I had one to share.
    Tracey M. recently posted..Math U See Race to 100 Game and Update

  2. says

    The Suki Butter Cream sounds amazing! I have lots of people that ask about how to deal with eczema. I usually recommend coconut oils with lavender & melaleuca but I’m going to have to look into that cream! It sounds really easy to use.

  3. says

    Always love a good eczema remedy post! My son deals with it and usually I can have it gone most of the time but winter seems to usually bring it back. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we get lax with foods in winter (christmas is just hard to avoid all that) I’ve found epsom salt baths or oatmeal baths help a bit too.
    Brittany Thomas recently posted..How to Survive the Cold and Flu Season

  4. says

    Yep, my son has eczema as well (and I have it mildly on my fingertips) and you’re right, moisturizing is sooo important, especially now in the winter when outbreaks are at their worst! I also add either some baking soda or ground oatmeal to his bathwater every night, to help with the itching that can sometimes keep him up all night. Thanks for the tip on that salve! Gotta check that out.
    Sarah @ Nature’s Nurture recently posted..Surviving the Cold & Flu Season Naturally

  5. Kelley Johnsen says

    Thank you! So often my son and oldest daughter get eczema on their hands only. I know it has to do with the intense cold temps during the morning on way to school, but I am thinking about trying a new hand cream and the Hazelwood Jewelry! Thank you :-)

  6. says

    My son has eczema and for a while I thought nothing would make it better. I never really did anything for it since it didn’t seem to bother him, but once it wasn’t so dry out, it cleared up and he hasn’t had an outbreak since. I guess he was lucky in that sense.
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