It feels like you’ve tried everything for your eczema—now what?
It’s easy to feel hopeless about red, irritated skin, but don’t give up! There are other things you can do to make this frustrating condition go away.
Although there’s no cure for eczema, these natural remedies can help you to prevent eczema breakouts and relieve areas of eczema that have already started.
These remedies are totally natural and your eczema will be calmed in no time. You can even use them in the future to prevent eczema, so give them a try!
The Top Natural Eczema Remedies to Soothe Your Skin
These top natural eczema remedies can work whether you’re looking to calm your eczema breakout or trying to prevent future eczema breakouts.
Many of these are inexpensive and some you can even create and use right at home!
1. Homemade Salve
Homemade salves can be very protecting and healing for your skin, especially if you suffer from eczema. You can choose to use a variety of ingredients, but we’ll be focusing on a simple homemade salve that uses coconut oil, calendula flowers, lavender.
With just a few simple ingredients and a couple hours of your time, you can have a fantastic-smelling natural salve that will protect your skin and help to heal your eczema.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup calendula flowers (packed)
- 2 tablespoons lavender leaves or flowers (can substitute lavender essential oil)
- ⅛ cup beeswax
- Melt the coconut oil and beeswax in a saucepan on medium heat.
- Add the calendula flowers and fresh lavender (if you’re using lavender essential oil, wait until the mixture is cooling before adding this in).
- Let mixture simmer for about two hours, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and let cool. If using lavender essential oil, add during this time and mix in before mixture solidifies.
Your mixture should be pliable and not hard; if it’s too hard, you’ve added too much beeswax and need to reheat the mixture and add in more coconut oil.
The beeswax is high in vitamin A and helps to protect your skin while coconut oil nourishes with omega-3s.
Calendula and lavender are two of the most healing herbs and can help heal your skin and soothe your eczema breakouts.
This salve is also excellent to use for a variety of other ailments, including mild burns, wounds, and scratches. Never apply salve to a deep or traumatic wound without first consulting your natural healthcare practitioner.
This salve has an almost cinnamon-like scent from the calendula flowers and has a soothing pale green color that you’ll love!
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a fast and easy natural eczema remedy that can help moisturize your skin and provide relief from the itching many people experience from eczema breakouts.
It’s best to purchase unrefined, organic, and extra-virgin coconut oil for best benefits. You’ll be surprised at how versatile this oil is–don’t be alarmed if you find yourself using it for everything under the sun!
Simply apply a thin layer of coconut oil over the areas that have been affected by eczema. Coconut oil also works as a fantastic moisturizer and can help replenish skin that has been affected by inflammation and irritation.
Magnesium is one of the most prevalent minerals in the body and can be linked to just about every bodily function. It helps to regulate major organs such as the heart and the brain, as well as helps promote proper rest, energy levels, even muscle and mood health!
So it comes as no surprise that magnesium is an essential mineral in helping to treat your eczema, right?
In fact, research links magnesium deficiency to an increase in skin allergy symptoms, especially redness of the skin.
So how can magnesium help your eczema?
First, determine how much magnesium you need. This chart can help. Depending on your age, you may need more than 400 milligrams of magnesium! So how much are you actually getting?
Take a look at your diet. Excellent sources of magnesium include:
- Brazil Nuts
- Dark Chocolate
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Swiss chard
You may also choose to take a high quality magnesium supplement for your eczema, as recommended by your natural healthcare practitioner.
Zinc is also an important mineral to pair with magnesium and greatly helps with skin health as well as fertility and immune system function.
You may also choose to get magnesium from Epsom salts or magnesium flakes, both of which can be paired with a soothing bath in order to increase your body’s absorption of magnesium.
Magnesium sprays (which can be made out of magnesium flakes) can further boost your skin’s absorption of magnesium! Avoid spraying directly on your eczema though, as it may irritate it during a breakout.
Probiotics are microorganisms that can help heal your gut. Many times disruption of the gut’s function could be triggering your eczema. Probiotics can be taken in capsule form, or you can get them from foods!
If you do choose to take probiotics in a capsule form, be careful which ones you take as many are sourced from dairy, which is of course, one of the top triggers of eczema!
It’s best to try and get as many probiotics as you can from foods. Probiotics are found in many cultured and fermented foods.
Examples of these foods include:
- Raw cheese
You’ll notice that many of these food suggestions contain dairy, so this is why many people opt to take supplements instead. Vegan food sources include kimchi, coconut milk yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha.
Remember that even if a product claims to be milk or dairy-free, these labels don’t mean anything to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and many of them are still sourced from cow’s milk.
Choose your probiotics wisely!
Chamomile is another wonderful herb that can help get your eczema under control. It’s known for its calming properties and has been used to treat eczema for quite some time.
You can use chamomile as a natural remedy for eczema whether you’d like to use the fresh herb, dried flowers as a tea, or adding the dried flowers in the form of a tea bag to your bath!
Chamomile can be very relieving for your itchy and irritated skin. In fact, research has compared the effectiveness of chamomile to that of hydrocortisone creams without all the other yucky ingredients. This herb has long been praised for its superb healing qualities!
Try these forms of chamomile to use for your eczema:
- Fresh organic chamomile herb steeped in a tea or made into a poultice to apply directly to the eczema
- Organic chamomile dried tea for baths and cups of hot or cold tea
- Chamomile supplements (ensure the potency and quality are pure)
Chamomile is a gentle yet effective natural remedy for your eczema!
6. Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids are just that–essential. They’re so important to the health of your body as well as to the health of your skin.
Essential fatty acids are actually anti-inflammatory and can reduce inflammation in the skin, a key component of eczema.
Omega-3 fatty acids are the star here, but you need a healthy ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Many Americans get too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3.
This off-balance ratio can actually promote inflammation rather than decreasing it and increase your risk of many chronic diseases.
How can you get enough essential fatty acids to promote skin health, decrease inflammation, and help your eczema?
The key here is to get enough healthy fats from food.
Food sources of these essential fatty acids include:
- Chia Seeds
- Coconut Oil
- Egg Yolks
- Hemp Seeds
Whether you take a supplement or eat foods rich in essential fatty acids, they can help your eczema!
In addition, here is a list of foods to watch out for that can trigger your eczema breakout.
7. Raw Honey
Raw honey contains healthy enzymes and is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and has been known for thousands of years as a healer.
Although many conventional supermarkets don’t carry raw honey, your local natural food store should have some. It’s even better if you can find raw honey from a local farm!
Confused? Yes, pollen is what can trigger your allergies, but when exposed in smaller amounts over time–such as the amounts found in raw local honey–your body can build up an immunity. Since the pollen in your area will be unique, picking up raw honey that’s harvested in your area is key!
Raw honey is honey that hasn’t been processed at all, meaning it’s not been heated to temperatures that destroy the natural properties of the honey that are most used from healing.
There are many different types of raw honey, but regardless of which variety you get, always strive for local! Raw honey can be excellent for your eczema and is also known to be an acne remedy as well!
Eczema can be a frustrating and lifelong challenge, but don’t give up! You can make life changes to help your eczema in combination with these natural remedies.
You may also consider consulting a natural doctor to help with your eczema. Oftentimes diet is the mystery trigger behind eczema episodes, but not everyone will have the same triggers!
When you suffer from eczema breakouts, you can help to calm your skin and decrease inflammation by applying some of these natural remedies! They tend to be safer and more effective than most conventional treatments for eczema.
What natural remedies have you tried for eczema? Tell us about what you use and how well it works!