The symptoms of eczema may differ among individuals and they depend on the severity of the condition. Eczema typically appears on the face and neck and on the insides of the elbows, knees, and ankles. However, it can appear on almost any part of the body. In younger children, especially infants, eczema typically appears on the forehead, cheeks, forearms, legs, scalp, and neck. Some of the common symptoms of eczema are intense itchiness, dry and red patches on the skin, flakes or scales that appear on the rashes, ooziness resulting from scratching, and red bumps.

Natural Cures

Coconut Oil

Pure coconut oil prevents and provides protection against destructive free-radical formation. It helps to keep connective tissues strong and supple so that the skin does not sag and wrinkle and it is even believed to have restorative properties that may help to heal damaged or diseased skin. Pure coconut oil penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin and strengthens the underlying tissues. Topical application of coconut oil helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward off infection and reduce symptoms that are associated with psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.


Honey acts as a natural moisturizer and keeps the skin hydrated and supple. It also has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Here are a few honey-based treatments for eczema:

Mix together equal parts of honey and cinnamon powder and apply this paste onto the affected area. Leave the mixture on overnight.
Topical application of honey, beeswax, and olive oil can also cure eczema. Mix equal parts of raw (unprocessed) honey, melted beeswax, and cold pressed olive oil. Slightly warm the ingredients before blending them together and add a few drops of vitamin E to enhance the healing properties of this concoction.
Remove dry patches on the skin by applying a mixture of one teaspoon of honey, one teaspoon of olive oil, and one half of a teaspoon of lemon juice onto the affected area. Rinse the mixture off after 15 minutes.

Vitamins and Herbs

Vitamin C may be used to strengthen the immune system and to aid in the skin-healing process. Consume 1,000 milligrams two times each day to obtain the benefits of vitamin C (children should consume half of this amount).
Zinc is very beneficial to the skin-healing process. Consume 60 milligrams of zinc each day.
Chamomile and witch hazel may be applied directly to the skin in the form of lotion or through a soaked wash cloth to aid in the reduction of inflammation and itchiness.

Additional tips

Avoid perfumed products such as soaps, detergents, body lotions, cosmetics, and fragrances.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, fried foods, and spicy foods. Also avoid sugar, white flour, denatured cereals such as polished rice, and processed foods.
Shower with non-chlorinated water because chlorine may irritate the skin and aggravate eczema.
Use an air filter to eliminate some airborne allergens that can worsen eczema.
Use garments and bedding that are made of natural fabrics such as cotton and linen. Also, wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes that allow the skin to breathe.
Keep skin moisturized by using a mild moisturizer that is suitable for sensitive skin. Do not allow the skin to become dry because this may cause itchiness and rash.
Learn to reduce stress. Follow simple relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga or pursue an enjoyable hobby.

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