By Laura Dolgy (see bio below)
No, really! We guarantee you haven’t heard of all these treatments.
If you’ve researched eczema treatments over and over again, then you’ll notice that there are a ton of amazing natural remedies and suggestions out there. Treatments that use coconut oil or aloe vera, as well as practices such as elimination diets are some of the most common discussions out there.
But what about more obscure eczema treatments like NAET treatments or banana peels? Well, we’ve done our research and have put together a list of the 10 most unusual treatments for eczema (some more daring than others) out there for you to try. Because, hey, you just never know what will work…
Please keep in mind that although these treatments have been said to remedy eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema or have a topical infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
Excited to find out what these obscure treatments might be? Here we go! Make sure to read the whole list as they get a little more bizarre at the end.
1) Castor Oil Packs
In naturopathy, castor oil packs are commonly used for treating eczema. Why? Castor oil has been use historically as both a laxative and for external pain and inflammation. By using castor oil packs, the person is able to target their digestive tract, lymphatic system and liver all at once. This in turn helps one heal from within and can in return promote healthy skin. Want to know more from our Naturopath expert Dr. Amy Duong? Check out our post: How to Use Castor Oil for Eczema Relief?
2) Green Tea Compress
Green tea is high in vitamins C and E and contains loads of skin rejuvenating antioxidants via tannins. We all know it’s excellent to drink for internal health, but did you know it can be used topically as well? A green tea compress offers soothing relief for itchy, inflamed skin. Give green tea a try at home by following the directions for water temperature and seeping time on the box, allow the bags to cool and then apply as many bags as you need directly on the skin.
3) Chamomile Tea Compress
You may have never thought of it, but chamomile contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve eczema discomfort. Use chamomile tea bags as a compress, by steeping one in hot water for 5 minutes, letting it cool at room temperature then placing it on the skin. You can leave the tea bag on the affected eczema areas for 20 minutes and repeat up to 3 times a day.
After treating your skin with green tea or chamomile tea bags, make sure to apply a good nourishing natural eczema cream to lock in the benefits of the tea compress and to extend the soothing treatment time.
4) Epsom Salt Soak
If you’ve never heard about Epsom salts, then you should take a look at what it can do for your eczema. Epsom salt is a hydrated salt that is made up of both magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium helps regulate a number of enzymes in the body, while sulfate helps flush toxins and form proteins in joints and brain tissues. Together, they can work wonders for itchy, red or dry skin. Epsom salt can also help speed up skin recovery, by keeping out toxins and pathogens that could cause further inflammation and infection.
5) Apple Cider Vinegar Bath
For a long time, dermatologists have recommended taking bleach baths to heal eczema by killing off topical bacteria. Bleach is extremely toxic and you can only imagine what that must do for your skin and organs, especially with frequent bathing. As an alternative, many people have found relief in apple cider vinegar baths instead. In fact, Dr. Peter Lio of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center highly recommends using ACV. He advises starting with one cup of apple cider vinegar and pour it in your bath, so that it becomes diluted (you can increase the amount by 4-5 cups, yet you want to make sure it’s not irritating your skin). Soak for 10 minutes, then rinse. If you’re experiencing flare-ups, this is something you can do nightly, but make sure to decrease baths to 1-2 times per week to properly heal skin and prevent further outbreaks.
6) Baking Soda Bath
Similarly to salt, baking soda is a natural antiseptic. In many parts of the world, baking soda is actually used to dress and sterilize wounds. It also helps balance pH, detox skin and strengthens the skin to prevent further flare-ups. To get started, draw a normal warm bath and add about ¼ cup of baking soda. If you want even more relief, you can choose to add an essential oil. Read this post to learn about the Best Essential Oils for Eczema.
Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques is a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution to alleviate allergies and sensitivities. The techniques use a blend of several holistic techniques such as kinesiology, chiropractic therapies, acupuncture/acupressure, nutrition and more. Many people who suffer from eczema tend to swear by it. Jennifer tried it for her own son and didn’t see results, but that doesn’t it mean it won’t work for you. Keep in mind it can take many, many sessions over a course of months before you start to see results. So this is the most expensive and time consuming treatment option in our list.
8) Bone Broth + Collagen
Collagen is extremely beneficial for eczema, especially for scarring. When collagen is produced or ingested, new capillaries and skin are created which allow the scar to be re-built and become less noticeable.
So how do you get more collagen in your system? One effective way is to eat it through bone broth! Collagen is mainly found in bones, so creating a beef or chicken bone broth can help wonders. Homemade bone broth is just literally brimming with amazing health properties. So beyond collagen, bone broth is mineral rich and contains multiple variations of amino acids which are critical for regulating the immune system and lowering internal inflammation. Top Eczema Treatments has a great post about Bone Broth for Eczema, which is worth a read if you want to give broth and collagen a try, which I highly recommend.
9) Banana Peels
Take a quick look on the web and you’ll notice that banana peel treatments are an actual thing! The trick is to softly rub the banana peel across your skin and to gentle massage it into your skin. This can be helpful for other skin conditions such as acne as well. Why does it work? Banana peels contain vitamin A, B, C and E, as well as potassium, zinc, iron and manganese which helps calm inflamed skin.
And the winner for the weirdest, most obscure eczema treatment goes to…
Yup. We said urine. That’s not a typo. Several dermatologists as well as naturopaths stand by urine therapy as a solution to clear up eczema, acne and other skin conditions. But how does it help? Urine contains the active main ingredient urea. Urea helps enhance cell turnover, which allows blemishes to clear. In fact, urea is a common compound found in many skin creams made for dry or rough skin. Although many people do swear by it (either bathing or consuming it!!!), there is a lack of scientific evidence to fully evaluate the benefits of its use both topically and orally.
Although these tips may be labeled as obscure or different, many of them have worked for those suffering from eczema. Many have also found eczema relief and have even cured their skin through natural remedies. Check out The Eczema Company to get started on natural eczema treatments today!
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Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.