How to use honey to treat eczema

Written by cindy anderson
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Eczema (dermatitis) is an uncomfortable condition characterised by swollen, red, itchy skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, standard treatment usually consists of prescribed, topical medications such as corticosteroid creams. But in recent years, some sufferers have turned to a home remedy using honey. Most popular is a variety called Manuka honey from New Zealand, which is said to have high antibacterial properties. However, any raw honey seems to work to relieve eczema. The honey can be mixed with any of several ingredients, including ground cinnamon, beeswax or olive oil to make a "dressing" to spread on the skin. A study summarised by the Bastyr Center for Natural Health indicates that the honey mixture does appear to relieve eczema symptoms. Some packaged creams and gels are now available for purchase, negating the need for making a mixture at home.

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Things you need

  • Manuka honey or raw honey
  • Beeswax
  • Cold-pressed olive oil
  • Ground cinnamon

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    Mix and Apply the Dressing

  1. 1

    Melt two tablespoons of beeswax in a small pan over low heat.

  2. 2

    Remove the pan from the heat and stir in two tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons of olive oil.

  3. 3

    Pour the mixture into a small container with a lid, and put it in the refrigerator. According to the Bastyr Center, it will last for up to three months.

  4. 4

    Spread the cool mixture over the affected areas in a thin film. Allow it to dry. You may wash it off after 15 to 20 minutes, if desired.

  5. 5

    The mixture can be applied up to three times per day.

    Alternate Recipe

  1. 1

    Add two tablespoons of ground honey to two tablespoons of ground cinnamon.

  2. 2

    Stir until well mixed.

  3. 3

    Apply a thin layer of the mixture to the affected areas of skin. It may be rinsed off after 15 to 20 minutes, if desired.

  4. 4

    The mixture can be applied up to three times per day.

Tips and warnings

  • You should check with your doctor about using all of these products and mixtures before you try them.

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