Treating Eczema with Herbal Remedies

Eczema is a skin inflammation that is often associated with nervous stress, allergies, and chemical irritants. Some skin irritations become localized, such as the kinds that form underneath a sweaty watchstrap. Others can creep up in more than one place about the body. A common place where eczema strikes is about the creases of skin (folds located inside the elbows or under the breasts). In this article, you will learn about some of the herbal remedies that battle the symptoms of eczema.


The main signs and symptoms that an individual wishes to eradicate in their eczema includes red, inflamed patches of skin; intense itchiness; oozing liquid from raw patches; crusts where the liquid dries; and lesions that develop into bleeding sores.




Burdock leaves possess a cleansing effect that is good when making a remedy for skin conditions, especially when eczema is scaly. It is suggested to make a decoction or take up to 4 milliliters of tincture for three times per day. One may also combine burdock with other cleansing herbs, such as yellow dock, figwort, cleavers, and red clover. The flowers and leaves of the above help elevate the effectiveness of decoctions when added for only one to two minutes.


Evening Primrose


The seed oil of evening primrose contains essential fatty acids that help maintain healthy tissues. It is recommended to take three grams of the herb in capsule form. Children are allowed to take this remedy (one to two grams per day).




The aerial parts of chickweed bring about a soothing and astringent outcome that helps to heal wounds, ease irritation, and aid in the healing of lesions. Ointments and creams made of chickweed are used, while some people add one tablespoon of infused oil to bath water.


Stinging Nettle


The aerial parts of stinging nettle provide astringent and tonic properties, which is associated with various stimulation (such as the circulatory system). When eczema develops due to poor circulation, this type of remedy greatly helps. People often take infusions or tinctures of stinging nettle, as well as use the ointment or cream to treat external issues. Some people also add other cleansing herbs to stinging nettle, such as figwort, cleavers, red clover, and heartsease.


Chi Shao Yao


The root of Chi Shao Yao is known to not only cool, but also stimulate the flow of blood. When eczema produces a “hot” sensation , sometimes associated with extreme itchiness , this remedy becomes helpful. This approach is best used in combinations and is known to create tinctures and decoctions. It is suggested to combine with cooling, cleansing herbs (like sheng di huang, heartsease, and mu dan pi, which is known to elevate the effectiveness of Chi Shao Yao.