I’ve dealt with eczema for as long as I can remember. Fortunately, it’s not nearly as bad now as it was when I was younger. It made me extremely self conscious to walk around with red, dry and scabbed patches of skin but as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to embrace it. Eczema can be very painful and unsightly to look at. Instead of spending a lot of money on medicated creams, try going the natural route to soothe your eczema. It might be a trial and error to find what works for you, but it may be worth it in the end! Here are four natural remedies to alleviate eczema.
First and foremost, it should go without saying it’s extremely important to keep your skin moisturized. I’ve tried dozens of body lotions and the only brand of lotion that keeps my eczema at bay is Aveeno. Be sure to moisturize your body every single day!
1. Oatmeal baths. I literally used to sit in Aveeno oatmeal baths once a week. There’s a really easy way to make your own oatmeal baths. I truly believe oatmeal is the best at-home remedy for eczema. Take about one cup of oats and bundle it together in cheesecloth or muslin. After filling the tub halfway, hang the bag of oatmeal right underneath the tub faucet. Make sure to use warm water and not scalding hot. Soak in the oatmeal bath for about 15 minutes and pat (don’t rub!) yourself dry.
2. Coconut oil. Umm, what can coconut oil not be used for?! All you need to do is simply rub coconut oil on the affected areas and reapply as needed.
3. Chamomile baths. It’s great for soothing irritated skin and controlling itchiness. Create a chamomile bath the exact same way you create an oatmeal bath. Use about four or five tablespoons of chamomile and bundle it together in cheesecloth or muslin. After filling the tub halfway, hang the bag of chamomile under the faucet. Soak for 10-15 minutes and pat yourself dry.
4. Honey. Raw honey is great for eczema because it has natural healing properties. It’s an anti-inflammatory and a humectant, which means it draws water in. Apply the raw, organic honey to the affected area, let it set in and rinse it off.