Natural Remedies for Treating Eczema
Eczema can often feel like an uphill battle. Staying on top of the dry skin to prevent flare ups is key to success. But sometimes, they just happen. Sometimes it’s due to food allergies, gut problems or sensitivities, the change in climate, or something that irritated the skin topically. My oldest son has severe food and environmental allergies. So even a day spent playing in the grass or petting an animal can cause horrible flare ups. It’s truly defeating sometimes and breaks my mama heart seeing how it affects him. And although eczema is just a symptom of another underlying condition that ultimately needs to be addressed in order to fully heal the cause of eczema (I’ll save this can of worms for another post), it’s uncomfortable, itchy and even painful at times. If you suspect your child has food allergies or want to know the first signs and symptoms, check out this post!
Desperate for relief, I’ve tried dozens of different products and a variety of brands. Some things did help, but were most likely toxic hormone disruptors in the form of steroids and antibiotic creams. And after learning about the dangers of these hidden chemicals, fragrances, and other additives, we wanted to make sure everything we use is completely safe to prevent any other imbalances in the body. I was surprised to learn that the standard Aquaphor and Vaseline may contain carcinogenic properties and contained gasoline. YIKES! We try to use these as little as possible. I’m a “root cause” kinda lady, but also want to make sure my kiddo is as comfortable as possible while healing- so give yourself grace. .
To minimize the toxic load that my family is exposed to, I chose to switch to clean and safe products at all times. It can be exhausting researching literally everything, but knowing that the US FDA approves about 1,300 chemicals that are BANNED in Europe (because they’re terrible for us), keeps me diligent. So here’s a list of the most effective things for treating eczema that worked best for us! Plus they are safe, chemical free, non toxic and all natural!
*Be sure to always test each remedy on a small patch of skin first to see how it feels. Everyone will react differently.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Guys, I use apple cider vinegar for just about everything, including eczema! It’s my go-to for stomach aches, heart burn, colds, cooking, cleaning, etc! I don’t know why I was surprised how well it worked, but we saw a difference in just ONE day. It has antibacterial properties that help kill the unwanted bacteria associated with eczema. You’ll have to use this correctly to you don’t burn the skin because it is acidic. See below for how we use it!
1. Apple Cider Vinegar Bath
-Pour about 1/2 cup of APV into bath water. Let child soak for 10 minutes. (For added benefits scoop about 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil into bath as well. We don’t use any soup during these baths and just take them out as is. The skin will be a bit slippery from the coconut oil.)
2. ACV Patch/Wet Wrap
-In a small bowel mix water and 1-2 tablespoons of APV. Dip a soft cotton towel or gauze into the water. Ring it out slightly, leaving as much moisture as possible without it dripping wet. Apply to affected area and wrap with bandage if necessary. Leave this on for at least 15 minutes. The longer the better!
*Do not put it directly onto the skin without dilution.
Coconut oil is one of the best natural treatments for the skin. It’s used for a variety of things, both internally and externally. It has antibacterial properties, which is necessary for controlling the bacteria that grows on the skin during an eczema flare.
Other benefits for the skin include increased hydration, higher turnover of collagen, and an increased rate of healing due to the high antioxidant activity. You can apply this directly to the skin or add a spoonful to their baths for a full body soak.
The aloe vera plant has been used for centuries when treating ailments, especially for the skin. It has medicinal properties to promote healing. The most natural and clean form is directly from the plant itself! Once you have your plant, just cut and peal the leaves to get to the aloe gel and apply directly to the infected area.
Another option is to purchase pre-bottle aloe. I recommend this one. It’s organic, clean ingredients, and not super sticky. Make sure there’s NO alcohol because it might burn a bit.
*Always test on a small patch of skin first to see how it feels. Sometimes my son likes the aloe and sometimes it’s just not the day for it, which is why I recommend the patch test.
This 3 ingredient DIY recipe is SO simple to make. Of course it’s all natural, petroleum free, and non toxic! Lotions are soothing, but they don’t quite lock in the moisture for the skin to heal as needed. I’ve always had super dry and cracked skin (especially in the winter months) and basically grew up lathering myself in Vaseline. But, in learning that it contained carcinogens, I tossed it in the trash. I was desperate for a safer option and let me tell you, this one is my new favorite replacement!
1. Organic Beeswax Pellets (I recommend this brand)
3. Organic Olive Oil (Or avocado oil)
4. *Optional- Essentail Oils
In a jar- combine the following:
1/4 cup beeswax pellets
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup olive oil
5-10 drops lavender essential oil (I recommend Young Living as they are 100% therapeutic grade oils.)
Heat and stir until everything is melted (I put the jar in pot of water and heated it up on the stove). Then let it cool.
Once it’s hardened, its ready to use!
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If you don’t have the time or energy to make this check out Sprigs Life- Salve. We love their products!
I could spend all day sharing about essential oils (well because they’re amazing, duh), but I’ll just share a few here that are most known for supporting the skins natural healing process!
-Lavender oil: antiseptic, anti fungal, anti-inflammatory, & analgesic.
-Myrrh: powerful antioxidant, antitumoral, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti parasitic, analgesic & anesthetic.
-Helichrysum Oil: anesthetic, antioxidant, antiviral, regenerates nerves, & chelates chemicals + toxins.
-German Chamomile: powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, relaxant, anesthetic, promotes digestion, liver, and gallbladder health.
-Tea Tree: powerful antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral, anti parasitic, & anti-inflammatory action.
-Roman Chamomile: relaxant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti parasitic & anesthetic.
-Geranium: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antibacterial, anti fungal, improves blood flow, liver and pancreas stimulant, supports liver detoxification, helps cleanse oil skin, & revitalizes skin cells.
-Laurus Nobilis: antimicrobial, antibacterial (staph, strep, e coli), & anti fungal (candida).
-Frankincense: immuno-stimulant, muscle relaxing, anti-inflammatory.
-Northern Lights Black Spruce Oil: antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti parasitic & immune stimulant.
*Always dilute by 50% with fractionated coconut oil or other oil of choice before applying directly to the skin or infected area. Feel free to contact me directly if you need more help getting started with oils!
ORganic Manuka Honey Cream
Organic Manuka Honey is a monofloral honey produced from the nectar from the Manuka tree. It’s commonly used in alternative medicine and is known to reduce infections and promote wound healing. It also inhibits bacterial growth, which is necessary for controlling eczema.
We LOVE the brand Yoro Naturals – Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream!! It’s a clean and gentle cream that’s been very effective for us and those with sensitive skin! Knowing that it’s a safe and natural remedy that actually works is a huge win in our books! I would also recommend checking on their wet wrap clothing (see below).
Ok, I’m not gonna lie, the idea of wet wraps were seriously daunting when we first heard of it. Wearing wet clothing? What? We put it off for so long because it sounded too bizarre, and my child wasn’t a fan. But WOW! We finally gave in (because we were absolutely desperate) and have seen a HUGE difference since using this method!
We’ve been using the Wrap-E-Soothe Eczema Shirt and love it! I like that we can cover his arms and hands completely, which prevents him from scratching at night. Yoro Naturals is our other favorite go to brand for wet wraps and they are devoted to natural, safe skin support!
How do wet wraps work?
Wet-wrap dressings create a moist, physical barrier that has several benefits, which includes: cooling the skin, increasing hydration, reduces inflammation, softens the skin, locks in topical aids, and relieves itching!
Some wet wraps are created using moistened gauze, cotton, and/or bandages. Another method (which works best in my opinion) is using wet “pajamas” as the physical barrier. Again, we use the wrap-e-sooth shirt and put it under his actual pajamas before bed. Works wonders!
For more information on HOW to wet wrap click here!
Diet. Supplementation. Detox.
Ultimately, to heal these flare ups you will need to identify the root cause of the issue. Like I said before, eczema (or other skin issues) is only a symptom of an underlying condition. One way to support the body in the healing process is to change the diet, takes supplements for healing and to detox regularly.
We live in a toxic world. From our air, water, food, cleaning products, clothing, makeup, soaps, perfumes, etc… the toxic load builds up over time. Exposures to heavy metals, mold, harmful chemicals, parasites, fungus/yeast, and bacteria can wreak havoc in our body- disguised as other health problems. This is why it is SO important to detox (and to do it properly).
There’s so much to the detoxing process and a variety of ways to do it. I would highly recommend doing some research to find the best fit for you and your family. Maybe think about working with a naturopathic doctor, functional nutritional practitioner, or even herbalist to support you in your healing process as well. Detoxing can be tricky and you will need to make sure drainage pathways are open and that you find a biotoxin binder in order to detox safely.
Diet will also play a huge role in how fast your body will be able to heal. You really are what you eat. You can start by cleaning up your diet by cutting out foods that are inflammatory to you or loaded with pesticides and herbicides (organic is best). And always wash your produce! I use Young Living Thieves wash or make my own with vinegar, filtered water and lemon essential oil!
-Clean up your environment and products! This can include: using organic cotton clothing and bedding, eliminate products with toxic irritants (soaps, sunscreen, lotions, etc.), use laundry detergents free of fragrances and dyes, and try an air purifier!
-Stay away from processed foods (cereals, crackers, chips, etc), hydrogenated oils, corn syrups, artificial sweeteners, processed meats or any ingredient you truly don’t know what it is.
-Say no to GMO and focus on Whole Foods.
-Soak your grains (mostly rice) in filtered watered before cooking to decrease the amount of arsenic.
-Check your oat brands! Glyphosate is cancer causing and lowers fertility….and good ole Cheerios is loaded with it. Ugh. One Degree Organics is a great option and label their oats as glyphosate free!
I always say, if you can’t pronounce it, you probably don’t want it to ingest it.
-One supplement that we have personally used and recommend to start in the healing process is ION Gut Health. It’s made of aqueous humic substances that promotes digestive wellness.
-I also recommend taking probiotics and spore-based probiotics daily. And add fermented foods to support the microbiome. Getting that gut healed up will support the healing process immensely!
We’ve seen amazing results implementing these remedies for our son’s eczema. We’ve worked hard to reduce the inflammation and flare-ups, taking no days off. And remember, healing is a process and takes time. I truly hope this helps you and your family!
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I’d love to hear from you! What methods work best for you and your family?