Most Popular Home Remedies for Eczema

Most Popular Home Remedies for Eczema

Jennie Lyon

Most Popular Home Remedies for Eczema

Treatments for eczema and other skin conditions are not just limited to what you can buy in a drug store or get from a pharmacy. For hundreds of years, folk and home remedies have helped people deal with symptoms involving their skin. Before we get into them, however, we have to say that we can’t guarantee these home remedies will work. They may work for some, may not work for others. But if you are frustrated with your current eczema treatment options, all of them are worth a try. 

1) Coconut Oil

Many people swear by coconut oil as the best way to restore moisture to dry, painful skin caused by eczema. They key here is to not overdo it. If you are glistening, then you’ve probably used too much! You just want a thin layer on the affected areas of your skin to help soothe the pain and itch. On a related note, coconut oil is fantastic for both cooking and baking! So this remedy is really a two-for-one deal! Here are simple directions for a coconut oil bath

2) Oatmeal Baths

This does not mean that you should dump a box of Quaker Oats into the tub with a heaping spoonful of brown sugar! An oatmeal bath is a classic folk remedy that soothes the skin during rashes and periods of intense itchiness. Warm water mixed with very finely ground oatmeal is said to have anti-itching and moisturizing properties. Just make sure that, after the bath, that you cleanse your skin of residual oatmeal! Here is an article on how to perform an oatmeal bath for eczema

3) Salt Water Baths

Salt water baths can really work wonders on eczema or any other kind of wound on the skin, but with one very specific drawback. You know the phrase “Don’t pour salt in the wound”? Yes, using salt water to treat eczema is going to sting, possibly a lot. It might actually be too much for small children. If you or an older child can handle the stinging, this can be a fantastic way to help heal eczema wounds. It dries them out and helps kill any bacteria, promoting quicker healing. Once you get out of the salt water, it is very important that you have a quick shower to wash the residual salt off your skin. Leaving the salt there can actually draw moisture out of your skin, causing increased dryness. As with all eczema remedies, use saltwater in moderation. Here is an article how to give a salt water bath for eczema

4) Wet Wrap Therapy for Eczema

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Wet Wrap Therapy is the most effective treatment for stubborn eczema from mild or severe. Wet wrap therapy has been around for 20 years and is safe and effective with studies reporting a decrease in eczema symptoms by 75% and a decrease in the need for topical steroids. Here is an article with easy instructions for wet wraps for eczema.

5) Probiotics

We will be focusing more on probiotics in an upcoming blog post, but we can say that probiotics seem to make a real difference when it comes to the health of your skin and the severity of eczema. When choosing a probiotic supplement (that should be confirmed to be eczema-safe), make sure that it is from a respected brand, is free of fillers, and has multiple strains of probiotics.

6) Salves

Putting together a homemade salve can be a fantastic way to help treat eczema damaged skin. First off, you know exactly what goes into your salve so you can be sure that it is completely free of eczema triggers. Potential ingredients can include coconut oil, shea butter, calendula, manuka honey and lavender. Check online for some great recipes, or experiment and try developing your own!

6) Echinacea

This can be applied topically to stop the itch and it can also be taken orally to bring down inflammation. If you are giving to a baby or child make sure to purchase the echinacea for children and talk to your doctor or pharmacist about proper dosing.

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