Clever Ways to Manage Eczema From the NEA Community

a pile of bananas, one peeled

By National Eczema Association

Published On: Aug 3, 2017

Last Updated On: Aug 3, 2017

Relieving eczema itch with banana peel

A friend recently told me to try something rather unusual for eczema: eat a banana and rub the inside of the peeling on the eczema. I tried it, and the results were staggering; I had no itching for six hours after a single application. I don’t know if anyone has ever studied the use of banana skin for the treatment of this rash, but if it helps, why not try it?

– From Bob Y.

Sealing in moisture with socks

I place socks over my daughter’s eczema to help seal in the moisture after I apply her meds. I just buy cute socks, cut the tips off, and slide them over her arm and knees. For her hands I buy fingerless gloves. She sometimes also wears a hat to protect the back of her neck. Works like a charm!

– From Jennifer T.

Recipe for homemade Bumble Bee Balm

honeycomb covered in honey and bees

I understand that petroleum is used for eczema-prone skin. However, I don’t like to use petroleum. I’ve tried different balms from spas, and found that I could make my own, using beeswax and oil (olive or almond oil).

Sandra’s Bumble Bee Balm:

1/4 ounce beeswax
1 cup oil (olive or almond)
manuka honey
royal jelly
bee pollen

Ahead of time, put the propolis and bee pollen in a bottle or jar and fill with oil. Let it “seep” and strain out with a coffee filter. The propolis will never melt. In a small crock-pot, melt down the beeswax and add the oil, honey, and royal jelly. Pour into a glass jar, let it solidify, and use!

– From Sandra C.


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