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10 Strange Eczema Treatments Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About!

There are some strange, weird and wonderful treatments for eczema out there, such as ginger, oatmeal or bleach baths. Perhaps it is because people dealing with eczema get so fed up with the condition that they are willing to try anything for a little relief.

Let’s have a look at some of the other weird and strange eczema treatments that you may not have heard of before.

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10 Strange Eczema Treatments Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About

There are some strange, weird and wonderful treatments for eczema out there.

We have already discussed some of them in other blogs, such as ginger, oatmeal or bleach baths.

Perhaps it is because people dealing with eczema get so fed up with the condition that they are willing to try anything for a little relief.

But why do so many of them seem so weird? Or look strange? Or feel uncomfortable? Or smell funny?

I have spent an hour this morning trying to plead, cajole, entice and blackmail my seven-year-old to wear wet dressings around her neck and arms because her flare up is so bad. She won’t do it, because she looks and feels like a wet mummy.

And because she is seven, I can’t really force her to do this stuff like I could when she was a baby.

Let’s have a look at some of the other weird and strange eczema treatments that you may not have heard of before.

These aren’t supported by medical studies, so the doctors won’t tell you about them. But somewhere out there, they have worked for someone – so if you are fed up with your skin (or with dealing with stubborn eczema children like me) then you might want to try something new.

Even if it is strange…

10 Strange Eczema Treatments Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About

Apple Cider Vinegar-Eczema treatment

Apple cider vinegar is the buzz ingredient this year, healing everything from cancer to heart conditions and even helping with weight loss.

Topically, apple cider vinegar can help to clean your skin and start the healing process. It is best used to start a flare up healing – too much use can dry out your skin so don’t keep this process up long term or in between flare-ups.

does apple cider vinegar work for eczema

Why does it work?

Apple cider vinegar is a natural antibacterial, so it helps to remove bacteria and dirt from your skin and prevent infection. It kick-starts your skin repairing itself.

How to do it

To an adult-sized bath, you can add up to four cups of apple cider vinegar (as long as it isn’t irritating your skin – if it is then dilute it further). Have a soak in the bath for 10 minutes and make sure the water touches affected areas.

There is no need to rinse afterwards, just pat yourself dry with a gentle towel. Apply a good moisturizer afterwards, as you should habitually after every bath.

Tea Compresses for eczema

Compresses made from a number of different teas may be able to help soothe an eczema flare up, including green tea, ginger tea, and chamomile.

While another article of ours talked about how drinking too much tea may not be good for eczema, you can make a cold compress from one of the lovely teas above and this can be incredibly relieving.

Why does it work?

Different teas have wonderful healing properties. Green tea is high in vitamins C and E and antioxidants as well, while chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, which will lower the body’s inflammation.

How to do it

Choose your favorite tea, or try a combination and see if it works. Steep a number of tea bags in boiling water until they have cooled completely, then apply the tea bags to your skin.

You could also soak a cotton cloth in the tea and then use this as a compress instead.

You can do this for twenty minutes at a time, and several times across the day. Make sure that you apply a nice rich emollient or moisturizer afterwards.

Castor Oil for eczema

This sounds a little like an old wives treatment from last century (although I must admit, I am a big fan of old wives, being one myself – they really know their stuff!).

People used to drink castor oil to settle pain and deal with various stomach upsets, but it is a good anti-inflammatory and helps the body to start healing.

Why does it work?

Targeting the digestive and lymphatic systems as well as your liver, castor oil reduces inflammation.

Castor oil packs are applied to your abdomen to target these systems, not actually to the eczema-affected area of your skin.

How to do it

Castor Oil stains and kind of ruins any cloth it touches, so make sure that you use old towels and wear clothes you don’t mind getting stained when you do this.

Soak a cloth in castor oil and then spread this on your abdomen. Cover this with an old towel, and then place a hot water bottle on top to allow the warmth to help the skin absorb the oil. Do this for 20-30 minutes. Rinse your skin afterwards and pat dry.

Your castor oil pack can be kept in a sealed container in the fridge and reused 20 or so times, before it needs to be washed.

You can do this each day for 3 days before you may start to see some improvement in your health.

Can Banana Peels really help eczema?

Yes, Rubbing banana peels on your skin has been reported as a great help for eczema skin – and this treatment is way too cheap and easy not to try, really!

It can also help with conditions like acne, rashes and inflammation.

Why does it work?

Banana peels are high in some wonderful properties including manganese, zinc, iron and potassium, and is also high in vitamins A, B, C and E.

How to do it

Rub the cut side of the banana peel gently onto your skin and massage it in.

As the banana dries on your skin it absorbs all of the nutrients from the fruit. Leave the banana on for around half an hour (or overnight) and then rinse off.

You do this several times a day, and you apparently will notice an improvement in your skin after a few days.

Bone Broth and Collagen

It is a pretty well-known fact that collagen is good for your skin, but this will still be classed as a strange eczema treatment by many.

The levels of collagen in your body reduce over time (sigh!) and that’s why skin regenerates and bounces back less well with age. You can take collagen supplements, but a very healthy natural treatment for your body is bone broth.

Why does it work?

Collagen is a protein which helps skin to regenerate and retains the elasticity in your skin, helping cells to heal and grow again when they are affected by scarring.

Collagen is found in bones, so making a lovely bone broth from the bones of chicken and beef can help your skin to heal.

Bone broth is also brimming with minerals and amino acids, which help reduce your inflammation and encourage the immune system to fight back.

How to do it

The best bones are those of free-range and organically fed animals, and even game if you can get them. You want lots of bones, or bigger bones cut into smaller pieces so all of the goodness comes out.

Jointy bits are great because they contain lots of gelatin which is another wonder ingredient for your skin.

Cook the bones in water like a soup or stock, as well as vegetables, salt and pepper and herbs for flavor. It is best if you simmer the broth for at least 24 hours, but even 2-3 days is better apparently.

You will discard any solids left and once cooled, keep the broth in containers in your fridge, to be reheated as you need.

Here’s a fantastic Youtube video showing you how to make Bone Broth.

NAET

This is an intriguing type of treatment; it isn’t low cost or quick, but people have reported some amazing results.

NAET stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques, which is a combination of several natural therapies targeted to relieve the suffering of allergies and other kinds of sensitive reactions, like eczema.

It uses muscle response testing (MRT) to check for the presence of allergic reactivity in your body. If you test positive, then NAET combines techniques such as kinesiology, acupuncture, spinal manipulation, and chiropractic therapies, so is drug-free and non-invasive.

It can take several months before you see any results, however, but if you are completely fed up with your skin and are willing to give anything a try, this could well be worth it.

Why does it work?

Natural therapies such as acupuncture have had positive results for centuries for people with allergies. Similar to acupuncture and other Chinese Medicines, the focus of NAET is to align and balance your body’s energy.

By stimulating specific spinal nerves, your practitioner may be able to balance the energy within your body and reduce and even completely remove your eczema.

How to do it

This is absolutely not a DIY job. Contact a NAET practitioner in your area for more information.

Epsom Salts

A hydrated salt with almost magical like qualities, the high levels of magnesium and sulfate in Epsom salts have a great anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Bathing in Epsom salts reduces pain, so it is often also recommended for muscle strains and back pain.

Why does it work?

The magnesium regulates enzymes in the body and the high levels of sulfate also flush toxins from your system. The salt effectively cleans your skin, helps to soothe the inflammation and start healing, and also reduces infection.

Other salts can also be great for eczema including pink Himalayan rock salt and Dead Sea Salt.

How to do it

An Epsom salt bath for eczema is super easy to do, and very safe, you don’t really need to worry too much about levels of dilution.

Add 1-2 cups of Epsom salts while your bath is running warm to help it dissolve. Add enough cold water afterwards to make sure your bath isn’t too hot for your angry eczema skin.

A couple of tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil in the bath adds extra moisturizing powers as well.

No need to rinse off after a salt bath, just pat dry and then put on your moisturizer.

Baking Soda

Another fantastic natural product, baking soda is a gentle antiseptic and helps to clean your body as well as pretty much everything else in your home.

Why does it work?

Baking soda balances your skins pH levels, as well as helping it to detox and start healing and regenerating again.

Baking soda for eczema-can it stop the itching?

How to do it

Add about a quarter of a cup of baking soda to your bath before soaking in it for 20 minutes or so. You could also add a little essential oil for some more healing and soothing powers, as well as a nice smell. For some ideas about which oils are good, be sure to check to check our article here (add link)

There is no need to rinse off after this kind of bath – but you know the rule about moisturizing afterwards – right?

Urotherapy

Okay, sorry to have to include this one in here, but it doesn’t get any weirder than this strange eczema treatment. Some people report that urine helps to heal eczema-inflamed skin.

Why does it work?

Urine is high in urea, which helps cells to regenerate and heal. Some medical and natural therapy practitioners recommend using urine to heal conditions like eczema and acne. Urine has many other minerals proteins, vitamins, and antibodies, and helps to clean and disinfect the skin.

How to do it

People claim dabbing it on a cotton ball and then wiping it on your skin will help your skin to heal, as will drinking urine.

There is no medical evidence to support this, however, so feel free to try it, but we are leaving you on your own with this one…

Just make sure you apply moisturizer afterwards!

Final Thoughts on strange and unheard of eczema treatments.

We hope you found the article on the Top 10 Strange Eczema Treatments Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About. We have loved over the years trying new treatments that don’t have a longlasting negative effect on your body and most of the ones above we have tried.

Everyone is different and not all of the eczema treatments above will work for you, but you never know one of them might just be the treatment you’ve been looking for. What have you got to lose?

Give them a go and let us know if they worked for you.

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