Turmeric For Eczema And Itching

Eczema refers to a medical condition characterized by inflammation and irritation of skin. Atopic eczema and atopic dermatitis are the common forms of eczema.

It is often found in people who have tendency to develop allergic reactions to certain compounds. The condition generally improves in children as they age but in few it continues for the rest of the life.

However, the condition can be kept under control by using certain natural remedies. Use of turmeric for eczema and itching relieves symptoms easily without any side effects. Majority of them say that it works better than the medicated lotions and creams.

Turmeric is one of the safe herbs used extensively in treatment of skin disorders. Turmeric is a root of the plant Curcuma longa, a perennial plant that grows extensively in tropical regions of South Asia.

The active ingredient curcumin present in turmeric possesses anti-inflammatory and bactericidal property. It lowers the expression of enzymes responsible for inflammation in the body and treats inflammation of skin associated with eczema.

Use of turmeric for eczema and itching

Turmeric can be used both internally and externally to treat eczema and itching. Here are few ways to use turmeric for eczema and itching.

  • Mix about ½ tsp of turmeric in milk and have it to treat bacterial infections responsible for redness and itching.
  • Add ½ tsp of turmeric to boiling water and let it simmer for about ten minutes. Thiseczema and turmeric solution can be taken directly or can be used to wash the affected area. The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory action of curcumin helps in relieving the itching and the rashes.
  • Make a paste using 1 Tbs of grounded neem leaves paste and 1Tbs of turmeric powder. Apply this paste at the affected portion. The antibacterial action of both turmeric and neem leaves relieves rashes.
  • Applying oil of turmeric : Prepare turmeric oil like this: Take 250 gms of any bitter oil, ~300 gms juice of durva grass (also known as Cynodon dactylon, Bermuda grass, bermudagrass, dubo, dog’s tooth grass, Bahama grass, devil’s grass, couch grass, etc.), 125 gms of turmeric ground down with water. Cook them in iron vessel and then cool. The oil then is strained using piece of cloth. This oil should be applied on both wet and dry affections. The process has to be applied for atleast 5 days. Precautions while applying on wet affections:
    • Clean them and pus using neem water (it is basically an anti-septic) and then dry the surface with clean cotton cloth. Apply the oil by using clean cotton cloth.
  • Turmeric face mask made of ½ cup chickpea flour, I tsp of turmeric powder, 1tsp of sandalwood powder and almond oil gives blemish free beautiful skin. Apply the paste on the face and do gentle massage. Rinse off with water after five to ten minutes to enjoy scar free glowing skin.

Forms of turmeric available in the market

  • Powder.
  • Tincutre.
  • Fluid extract.

Turmeric root can also be purchased directly from the store and can be grounded in to powder or a fluid extract can be made. Most of the turmeric products available in the stores contain bromelain that promotes absorption of curcumin. It also boosts the anti-inflammatory action of curcumin.

I generally do not recommend supplements unless there is no other way. Using turmeric as spice as part of diet is best way to get its benefits.

I have explained the dosage of various forms of turmeric in this article in detail.

If you include turmeric as a spice / powder do add black pepper in your diet too. As turmeric has low absorption otherwise.

Precautions

Precautions to be followed while using turmeric for eczema and itching

  • Taking high dosage of turmeric is harmful and can lead to side effects such as diarrhea, contraction of gall bladder and bleeding. Hence, take only required dosage of turmeric under the guidance of a physician.
  • If you are suffering with gallstones then talk to your doctor before using turmeric.
  • If you are using medications to lower the blood sugar levels then be careful about turmeric dosage as turmeric boosts the effect of diabetic medications and reduces blood sugar levels drastically.
  • Stop taking turmeric two weeks before surgery as its blood thinning effect interferes with blood clotting process during and after surgery.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take turmeric supplements.

I have personally used both turmeric milk and turmeric to wash the affected area when I developed slight itching problem due to excessive humid and unclean weather conditions.

I would say the situation was not very serious but turmeric sure did help in the healing process. One of my uncle has eczema problem and has not been able to control it using popular medications, he also used turmeric based options and found it useful.

As he continued with his normal medications too, it is tough for me to say that the benefit was 100% due to turmeric.

If you have used turmeric for treating itching and other skin disorders, do comment and write about it and let others know

24 Comments

  1. I love turmeric! In addition to incorporating it into my cooking, I’ve started using it topically as well.

    I’m treating my eczema by sipping hot water throughout the day to hydrate and with warm oil treatments (my eczema is from excessive dryness and dehydration – there are several different types of eczema with different causes and different treatments – look up treating eczema with Ayurveda). Warm oil massage treatments allow the skin to be moisturizer, nourished, loved, and increases circulation and warmth. My eczema is less dry and flaky now, has stopped spreading, and the area is slowly getting smaller – I’ve been doing the oil treatment for about a week now. But it has still been itchy. The itchiness has plagued me for years! Drives me crazy! Today I pressed my finger into turmeric powder and then gently pressed it into the wound. Burned a tiny bit at first and then itch STOPPED! The redness and swelling also stopped.

    Today I also mixed some turmeric powder into ghee and used it as a face mask. I was worried it would stain my skin yellow but it did not. It washed off in the shower (with just warm water) and my skin looked so amazing I skipped foundation makeup today!! I also used the turmeric powder in my morning sesame oil swish, and brushed my teeth with the turmeric powder, then brushed normally (with Toms licorice toothpaste) and my teeth did get whiter. I’ve been oil pulling every day for just a couple weeks now (I rotate sesame oil and coconut oil as they both have different benefits), and my teeth have been noticeably getting whiter, stronger, less sensitive and my mouth feels cleaner all day. Adding the turmeric today was even more noticeably effective!

  2. Theracurmin by natural factors contains turmeric for inflammatory symptoms in the body. The way the product is done taking turmeric internally each day is safe.

  3. I have been taking a teaspoon of turmeric in water every morning, and recently found out about adding pepper to potentiate it. The problem is, I developed this horrific skin rash on my hands, arms, feet, legs, shoulders, and chest… I tried all kinds of ointments, the best of which contained betnovate, combined with 25 mg of hydroxyzine 4 times daily. Hydroxyzine is like Claritin on steroids and it knocked me flat on my ass for the first day I used it. But it worked sort of, as the itch abated, but that itchy sensitivity did not go away until I stopped taking turmeric.

    I suspect it was the pepper that makes the curcumin bio-available which caused the reaction. So now I have no itch, but I also don’t have the protection afforded by turmeric, which I want, and I intend to have it back. Perhaps taking a much smaller dose multiple times a day, or just using it in cooking may solve the dilemma.

    If you have had experience with this, please share it…

    1. buy the roots of turmeric and grind it at home. Sometimes the turmeric powder of market have yellow colour mixed in it.

    2. I put a teaspoon of turmeric in my morning smoothie. I too recently read about pepper helping in making the curcumin in the turmeric more bio-available. I started adding a teaspoon of black pepper corns to my smoothie. I have since developed a rash. In an effort to solve this rash issue, I have come across this web site. Perhaps I have found my answer?

  4. Under uses where it says “Mix about ½ tsp of turmeric in milk and have it to treat bacterial infections responsible for redness and itching.” Is this solution supposed to be consumed or applied topically to the affected areas? Also, what kind of milk should be used? I have read elsewhere that dairy milk can contribute to eczema so I was curious if you mix turmeric with almond milk, rice milk, etc. instead? Thank you for your time.

  5. I’ve had Bad eczema for 20 years. I got pancreatitis and started using turmeric for inflammation of the pancreas and my eczema completely went away!!!!

    1. Pls can u tell me how u used the tumeric as my daughter 11 years old has been suffering from eczema since she was a baby nothing seems to work lack of sleep makin her depressed

    2. Hi, I too have had eczema for way too long. How did you use the tumeric? Paste applied to skin…eating it??
      Thanks:-)

    3. I also had eczema for last 20 years how I can get rid from this I use everything for this but nothing is cure my problem

  6. I discovered turmeric paste whilst travelling Hawaii. Taking half a teaspoon three times a day it was the first thing that worked in years. Although recently it stopped working and my eczema is getting worse

  7. i didn’t know that it can also treat eczema, thank you ! i already tried turmeric facial mask and the result ? it softens my skin… with yellow stain 😀

    1. I was having problem with my enzyma for a few months. I tried many self experiments and ideas from the Internet. I tried honey, lemon, vinegar, sodium bicarbonate, hydrogen peroxide, zambug, tiger balm. Lemon and vinegar helps but that was before I got a curcuma balm. I can testify that turmeric is best for me. It completely cleared my rashes and itch.

    1. Tumeric actually causes rashes if used in excess.
      My advice only take about 3-4 times a week. Let your body have some rest.

    1. I have been taking an extra strength turmeric with black pepper for a few months. Recently, I had an itchy pimple break out on my thigh, some digestive distress and reduced appetite . I think upon doing a search on turmeric side effects that too much is not good.

Join the conversation!