Apple vinegar is Earth Clinic’s most popular natural remedy for eczema. Dozens of our readers have found relief from eczema with this simple and inexpensive remedy. Some of our readers have been shocked to find this cure after dealing with eczema for years, often with much expense at doctor’s offices and on medications, only to find that the cure was in the cupboard all along!
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema
Apple cider vinegar can be used internally, externally or both ways for eczema. Most readers use it externally and some add a dose internally as well.
Add 1 teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Drink a glass of this tonic 1-3 times a day. If it suits you and you are not yet seeing the results you would like to see, you can increase the amount to 2 teaspoons per glass of water. Some even take an entire tablespoon in each glass of water. But it is best to increase your dose slowly to make sure it agrees with you.
Apple Cider Vinegar Spray Recipe
Add 1/2 cup of raw apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of water (distilled or spring water would be best) into a spray bottle. Spray eczema patches twice daily. Some of our readers rinse the solution off after 20 minutes. Others let it dry. At first you will smell like salad, but the smell dissipates as it dries.
Special Directions for Sensitive skin
In a way, all skin affected by eczema is sensitive. But if skin is broken, or if eczema is on a delicate part of the body, or for children, apple cider vinegar should be diluted more for topical use. Start with just 1 tablespoon of water per cup of distilled water. The vinegar solution can be kept in a mason jar and cotton balls can be used to apply the solution.
Follow up with a Moisturizer
Because apple cider vinegar can be drying to the skin, it is best to follow up its use with a moisturizer. Some good choices for this would be coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil, emu oil or almond oil. Each of these oils has healing properties as well.
Side Effect of Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema
Some people find that apple cider vinegar stings when applied to the skin, especially skin that is inflamed or broken. If you experience stinging or burning, do dilute the apple cider vinegar further before using it on the skin. Some find that skin will seem more irritated or flaky with the use of apple cider vinegar. Others find their symptoms seems worse. This can be a detox reaction. Either reduce the amount of vinegar in your solution or try a different remedy if this happens to you.
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