How I Cured My Eczema Naturally

Updated on October 18, 2017
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I've had bad bouts of eczema on my arms and legs since I was a child. A couple of years ago, I found a natural treatment that works for me.

A sudden, severe rash covering the body should be checked out by a doctor
A sudden, severe rash covering the body should be checked out by a doctor | Source

How do you know if it's more than a skin rash?

There are as many types of skin rashes as there are remedies to clear up the symptoms. Sometimes a rash will go away quickly, and then other times it seems like nothing works to get rid of it. Not every rash requires a visit to the doctor. In many instances a strong homeopathic remedy works better than anything a doctor prescribes.

A small area of red, bumpy skin that appears with no warning is probably a localized allergic reaction. The resulting rash is easy to eliminate by limiting exposure to the allergen. A skin rash that suddenly covers a large area of the body can be a severe systemic reaction to an allergen, which may be life threatening, and should get medical attention right away.

When It’s Probably Eczema

Then there is the chronic skin rash that keeps cropping up in the same spots over many years, and seriously compromises a person’s quality of life. This condition is most likely some form of eczema.

The condition reoccurs because the skin itself is unable to protect itself from environmental irritants that cause fresh outbreaks. Any underlying viral or bacterial infection, or an imbalance of yeast, just complicates the condition and makes it harder to treat. The protective layers of skin dry out, crack, and become irritated. Scratching the new irritation causes old lesions to reappear as a fresh outbreak.

Scratching eczema patches can lead to bacterial infection as the fingernails pass bacteria into the skin. There may also be a systemic infection that is manifesting as eczema. Left untreated, eczema lesions can get infected and worsen causing even more damage to already sensitive skin, including scarring and thickening.

Skin rash, otherwise known as dermatitis.
Skin rash, otherwise known as dermatitis. | Source

What is eczema?

What is commonly diagnosed as eczema, is usually red, inflamed skin lesions that contain a clear liquid that oozes when scratched. Eczema lesions can also look crusty because when the fluid leaks it can turn into a white film or crusty looking substance. Even though eczema is not contagious from person to person, it can spread to other parts of the body through bacteria under the fingernails that accumulates from scratching affected areas and then touching unaffected areas.

Many medical professionals also believe that certain instances of eczema are genetic and passed down from parent to child. Whether genetic or environmental, eczema is frequently misdiagnosed. Doctors are frequently at a loss when treating chronic skin conditions.

A diagnosis of eczema can be hard to come by because other skin conditions are frequently mistaken for a true case of eczema. It can be very confusing to sort out the information that’s available online because the terms—dermatitis, allergic rash, atopic dermatitis, and eczema—can all refer to similar symptoms. Not all cases of dermatitis are eczema, but all cases of eczema can fall under the category of dermatitis.

See A Doctor

It is always important to get a diagnosis from a licensed medical doctor before experimenting with any online advice.

An eczema lesion that's resulted from scratching.
An eczema lesion that's resulted from scratching. | Source

Who is prone to Eczema?

Anyone can get eczema but infants seem more prone to skin problems like eczema because their immune system is still developing. Many adults report that skin problems they had as babies erupt during times of severe stress. There is also a genetic component in many eczema cases where generations of a family may have the condition because it is passed on through the genes.

Many medical experts believe that eczema is an allergic condition related to asthma and other allergies and that people with one ailment are prone to developing others. Certain triggers seem to be prevalent in recurring eczema outbreaks: Heat and sweating, lack of sleep, allergies, and severe stress.

When You’re Miserable, You Want Relief

Regardless of whether your eczema is genetically determined or a result of something else, when you have eczema—or any type of dermatitis—you want to make it stop. Sufferers with any kind of skin condition want relief because skin problems and discomfort can affect concentration, sleep cycles, mood and temperament. It’s hard to be happy and calm when parts of your skin are literally itching off your body, or areas of your skin are cracked and bleeding.

How to Ease Symptoms

People who suffer with different types of eczema have to be extra vigilant with skin care. Showers or baths at least once a day are imperative to keep infected skin clean. For people who perspire more than usual, especially in hot weather, bathing twice a day is even better.

Extra care should also be taken in keeping the skin dry and hydrated with moisturizer. Since eczema is a breakdown of the skin and it’s essential oils, using a good moisturizer after bathing is another weapon in the fight to keep eczema under control.

Plain corn starch can ease symptoms and keep skin dry.
Plain corn starch can ease symptoms and keep skin dry. | Source

Watch What You’re Putting on Your Body

I usually hydrate with a high quality skin lotion that contains Coconut Oil. I only used the pure oil once and then switched to creams. I know many people with skin problems who use pure coconut oil on their skin after bathing every day. Before moving on to stronger oils like Oil of Oregano, which can sting, moisturizing with Coconut Oil is a good start. It doesn't seem to have any side effects, and the smell and feel of it are very soothing.

The other reason I switched to creams is financial, Coconut Oil is expensive and well worth the price, but like many natural oils, it can get rancid and then it's no good and has to be thrown out. I prefer a standard lotion that can stand in a bottle in my bathroom for a year or more without any problems.

I prefer creams to oil whenever possible. So it really is a matter of personal preference whether to use the pure coconut oil or find a body lotion or cream. If you decide to go with a cream, it's a good idea to do some research and pick a cream that is organic and has as few ingredients as possible. Keeping a skin regime with the most natural products possible can clear up the problem before stronger ingredients are needed.

After moisturizing and letting the cream sink in, it's fine to apply cornstarch. It's messy but worth it. Cornstarch spread over clean, dry, hydrated skin is a big help in keeping irritated skin dry, especially in areas that get collect moisture such as the crook of the arms and knees, the genital area and the feet. Many commercial talcum powders have chemicals and fragrance that cause more irritation. A box of plain cornstarch works better and is a fraction of the cost of brand-name powders.

Watch What You’re Putting In Your Body

Certain foods can worsen the symptoms of eczema and other skin rashes. If an eczema outbreak is related to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria, or an overgrowth of yeast, consumption of certain foods will worsen the problem. A good example is beer and wine.

Alcoholic beverages, especially beer and wine are produced through a process that involves yeast to help the fermentation process. If you already suffer from health problems related to too much yeast in your diet – consuming a diet that includes fairly regular consumption of beer, wine or both will worsen a pre-existing skin condition and even cause a fresh outbreak. Taking the time to eliminate food triggers is another excellent way to keep eczema symptoms under control.

After making sure there are no allergy issues, certain foods are good to eat daily to maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract. A cup of yogurt daily, or a good probiotic supplement, goes a long way towards keeping skin problems away.

I started taking a probiotic for digestive issues about a year ago. I started to notice a side effect of the a daily probiotic was clear, healthier skin. My skin wasn't nearly as dry and stopped itching so much, the hotspots cleared up. It could have been a coincidence, but I feel it's related to adding a probiotic to my daily supplements. There are many excellent probiotic brands. I research the brand names before I buy them to check the reviews.

I currently use Now Probiotic because, quite frankly, it's the least expensive and appears to be the same quality as the more expensive pills I've tried with the same results.

Our digestive system plays an important role in the health of our skin and other organs. Many physicians overlook the efficacy of oral supplements such as probiotics.

Traditional Treatments Don’t Attack The Problem

A proper diagnosis from a medical professional is important. However, the medical profession is set up to relieve symptoms rather than getting to the root of the condition. Taking pharmaceuticals and topical steroid creams is the most common treatment, even if it’s not the most effective. Many of the topical creams are only intended for short-term use, which is a problem for a long-term condition.

It should be noted that researchers are discovering some very unpleasant possible side effects of these topical creams, including skin cancer. Clearly synthetic remedies are not always the best solution. Luckily, there is an inexpensive, natural herb that can eliminate chronic skin conditions like eczema, without any dangerous side effects.

A scary portrayal of long-term use of topical steroids.
A scary portrayal of long-term use of topical steroids. | Source

There is An Excellent Alternative to Topical Creams

While there are many over the counter and prescription treatments that can alleviate the more unpleasant symptoms, there are no known medications that can get rid of eczema permanently. However, there is a homeopathic remedy that not only offers relief from symptoms, but can permanently eradicate recurring spots of eczema all over your body.

The flowering oregano plant
The flowering oregano plant | Source

An Ancient Remedy That is Effective For All Types of Skin Ailments

This substance comes from an herb that humans have been using internally for millennia to treat invaders like cold and flu bugs and externally for all kinds of skin conditions: oil of oregano. It is important to note that oregano oil should not be taken internally or applied topically to children, infants, and pregnant or nursing mothers.

Oregano oil doesn’t get nearly the press it deserves. The oregano plant is found primarily in the Mediterranean countries where it is harvested and processed into a concentrated oil that well known to alternative health practitioners as powerful agent in the fight against microscopic organisms that attack the body and cause illness. It’s too cheap and easy to produce and distribute – it’s not a moneymaker like some of the synthetic drugs that earn companies millions or billions of dollars a year.

Origanum Vulgare, or O.v. Hirtum, are but just a few of the Latin names for the sturdy oregano plant that grows in Greece and is used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. There can be a lot of confusion over matching the right name to the right herb. The spice oregano is frequently mixed up with marjoram or sweet marjoram (a common and blander spice used in America). While marjoram is an excellent cooking spice, it does not have the medicinal value of high quality, pure oregano.

The oregano plant comes in many varieties and strengths and is known by different names depending on where it grows and its smell and taste. Oregano plants that are harvested for the medicinal oil are usually from Greece or Turkey.

I am not a medical professional—I can only provide anecdotal evidence. I experimented with applying oregano oil to a dermatitis outbreak a couple of years ago. It was gone within a few days. I have now been rash-free for several years.

A vial of the essential oil.
A vial of the essential oil. | Source

There is No Substitute for This Medicinal Herb

The oil from the authentic Mediterranean oregano plant, not the American oregano plant, cannot be replicated in the lab. That’s one of the reasons oregano oil is not promoted or advertised more. Oil of oregano has been around for a very long time, but it doesn’t get a lot of press because it is inexpensive and easy to use; i.e., the profit margin isn’t high enough to make it a popular item to manufacture.

Oregano oil is one of the herbal remedies that the medical community ignores. It not only relieves symptoms for all kinds of skin rashes, including eczema and other forms of dermatitis, but it also helps with cold and flu viruses.

Oregano Oil Is An Effective Topical Treatment to Clear Up Eczema

Oregano oil is cheap, easy to administer, and it works better than most prescription and non-prescription drugs. With it’s anti inflammatory properties, oregano it is the perfect alternative to topical steroids which relieve eczema symptoms for the short term, but do not address the underlying problem. Oregano oil gives the whole body an immune boost; thereby eliminating internal bugs and parasites and external infections of the skin.

It Kills All Types of Bacteria and Fungus That Can Worsen Eczema

Oil of Oregano is taken orally for many conditions, but it is also known to be an effective topical agent that can be rubbed into the skin or inhaled for allergies and sinus infections. Applied topically, there is probably no more powerful ally in the fight against bacterial and fungal skin problems. The oil is a wonderful alternative to steroid creams and pills because it also acts as an effective anti-inflammatory agent, bringing relief to inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema.

The Power is in the Active Ingredients

The active ingredients in regano oil, carvacrol and thymol, work together to fight all kinds of infections and conditions that are hard to treat. Shopping online will turn up the best deals on premium oregano oil products. It’s important to check the concentration of carvacrol before buying oregano oil from any online vendor.

If the carvacrol concentration is less then 75%, buy from another vendor. Ideally, the concentration should be 80% or higher. Companies selling the best mixtures usually sell bottles of the oil with an 85% concentration of carvacrol or higher.

The best way to attack eczema with oregano oil is to use it topically and orally for at least a couple of weeks. Taking four to six drops of oregano oil every day is an excellent way to not only get rid of a current skin condition, but to keep it away for good and give an overall boost to your body’s immune system.

All brands Are Not the Same

There is a multitude of Oil of Oregano brands. Many companies that sell health vitamins and supplements have Oil of Oregano in their product list. But not all brands are the same, and unfortunately not everyone is reputable.

The brand I use - North American Oreganol - was recommended by a friend who had been using it for years with excellent results. It has helped me get rid of colds, skin problems, toenail fungus and an assortment of weird viruses I picked up at my teaching job. I would not have known to pick that particular brand unless it was pointed out to me.

Everyone has their own preference and some might swear by a brand that I wouldn't touch. Luckily it is inexpensive online, so it's a good idea to check the product reviews on Amazon or whatever site you buy your health supplements from.

I like to shop around with Oil of Oregano products and experiment. So I will frequently compare prices on Amazon and then buy from another site if there's a sale. Do what works for you, and please use other consumer reviews as a guideline.

My rule of thumb with Amazon or any other site selling health products, or any product for that matter, is the following: It should have at least 25 reviews. They should be verified reviews from people who've actually bought it.

And, the product should have an overall ranking of 4.5 stars or higher on a scale of 1-5. I use these guidelines myself, and have not had any problems purchasing health products from Amazon or any of the other health supplement sites.

No Matter How Bad Your Eczema or Dermatitis, This Works

Oregano oil works wonders on all types of skin rashes, dermatitis and eczema. It works quickly to get rid of eczema at its root – the underlying bacterial or fungal infection that is most likely causing the skin eruptions and discomfort.

To make sure you won’t have a bad reaction to the oregano oil, you can treat your eczema rash by applying one or two drops of the oil mixture on to a small patch of skin. You can expect it to burn and tingle for a little while, but the slight burning sensation should go away after about a half hour. If you find the burning is unbearable, it’s easy enough to wash off.

If you find you can tolerate the slight burning, and there is no bad reaction: The oil should be applied twice a day to problem areas.

Oregano Oil Doesn't Just Attack Symptoms - It Eliminates the Underlying Cause

If you apply the oregano oil to your skin regularly twice a day, you should start to see a relief of symptoms within a day or two. The eczema patches should clear up completely within a couple of weeks, if you commit to a daily schedule of applying the oil to the infected areas of your skin.

If you are prone to allergies and/or yeast infections, it’s a good idea to take 4-6 drops of the oil every day internally to get kill the underlying issue and keep the eczema from returning. If your condition is exceptionally bad than you may want to consider taking oregano oil caplets once or twice a day for extra healing power.

Oregano oil is not only superb in relieving eczema and dermatitis symptoms – it gets to the root of the problem, something most modern pharmaceuticals cannot do. The cost of drugs and doctor visits are out of range for a lot of people. While there is no substitute for going to the doctor, it can be avoided with the right herbal supplements. Oregano oil is one of those versatile substances that should be a staple in every medicine cabinet.

Author's Note

I have suffered with various skin flare-ups since I was very young. I had bad bouts of eczema on my arms and legs starting at the age of seven. I've also battled yeast infections for most of my adult life, which also manifest as skin rashes.

I experimented with applying oregano oil to a dermatitis outbreak a couple of years ago. It was gone within a few days. I take about four drops of oregano oil a day to boost my immune system. I also take a probiotic capsule every day. I have now been rash-free and yeast-free for several years.

I am not a medical professional—I can only provide anecdotal evidence. You use the stuff at your own risk. Several friends have also tried it with great success. If this article helps even a few people, then it's a success.


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      Kaiya 3 months ago

      There is a product called 'CELLFOOD', oxygenating skin care/oxygen gel that is working incredibly well and fast on an irritating, out of the blue flare up i have been experiencing for almost a year. This problem seems to heal and then comes back again and again and has been so frustrating. The CELLFOOD is amazing as it is actually repairing the cells and not just putting on a bandaid or offering temporary relief. The skin is literally regenerating and healing back to normal, without the scarring. To help with the itching, I take a gauze pad and douse it with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and a little water and wrap it around the area, which also helps with calming the inflammatory issues. Just thought I would share, since my seemingly endless problem (for me a year of this has been long enough as I have never had this condition before) is finally healing in a big way. Gratitude for blessings!

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      jessica 4 months ago

      Carey you are just a negative person putting down this article. If you really had eczema you'd do anything to cure it, but clearly you enjoy having an inflammatory skin disease and are just jealous that Wendy cured hers when even doctors couldn't. Doctors hate it when you don't listen to them. They can be wrong after all since all they care about is prescribing medication that make you sicker so you give more money to BIG PHARMA!!!!! Doctors need to get back their med school investments. Do you really think they care about their patients?? NO! Doctors don't know anything about being healthy or the human body. All they care about is filling their pockets with the money you are giving them.

      Wendy's right about doctors and studies being absolutely wrong. These crooks pretend to be helping people when you can cure every single disease known to man with natural solutions. The true healing power is with nature! I cured my depression by taking zinc tablets, doing yoga, and daily use of lavender oil. Despite what doctors say, I am 100% cured of my depression! My life experience is hard evidence that it works. I'm so confident that I told my niece to quit her antidepressants for more natural remedies. She's still struggling to find which essential oils work for her, but at least she's off those disgusting antidepressants and their dangerous side effects!

      Go cure yourselves instead of being negative all the time. Do your own research!!! You shouldn't trust your doctors with everything because the side effects of the drugs they give you will be the end of you!

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      Carey 5 months ago

      This thread cracks me up. Does anyone here actually have Eczema? I see all these recommendations for lotion? Lotion is the absolute worst thing you can put on your skin if you have Eczema. Eczema isn't a dry skin issue, does it end up with dry skin, sure- but it is an allergic/inflammatory response. I have suffered with it severely for 39 years with no hope in site. I have plenty of expensive creams from the doctor at home I can barley afford. If you're using lotion and it doesn't get better that's because it's a horrible thing to put on your skin. I can't tell you how many people tell me to try this lotion or that lotion. People don't get it!

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      Linda Tamborrino 9 months ago

      I have severe eczema all over my face and body. Anything else that I have tried to put on my face is too harsh and ends up irritating it more. Foderma serum goes on thick but dries smooth and leaves my face moisturized and hydrated. After application I can actually see patches underneath my eyes getting less red. It also feels so soothing when applied and helps keep the itching at bay. Because of the natural ingredients and no fragrance, it doesn't irritate my skin at all.

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      coy l rea 9 months ago

      I need relief from eczema.

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      Nancy A 11 months ago

      Hi Wendy

      A thousand thanks to you! I've had eczema all my 66 years. In the last several years I've been plagued with it on my legs. Taking oregano oil internally and externally worked! It took awhile--several months--but wow. I also upped my vit d to 20,000 units for a month. Now down to 10,000 units a day. I've also noticed herpes reduction. My diet is clean and allergy free, no sugar grain or beans, but the oregano oil is what finally turned the tide! Bless you.

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      Wendy Golden 11 months ago from New York

      Dear Sadie,

      I am sorry that I didn't respond right away to your contact, but I am very busy, and I don't always have time to respond to everyone who reaches out. I stress in my articles that I am not a doctor. I cleared up spots of dermatitis and eczema with Oil of Oregano. Does that mean it will work for everyone - absolutely not!

      It is up to the individual sufferer to use due diligence and try it on a small spot before dousing themselves with it. It is also up to the individual to pursue medical options and herbal options on their own. There are many licensed, trustworthy herbalists who can consult with you and try different things.

      I am sorry that another commenter offended you - I will see what I can do to delete his post. However, you have to understand that Healdove is part of a huge network of sites and articles. It is impossible to stop everyone from being offensive.

      I hope you find some relief for your condition.

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      Sajata Stephane 11 months ago

      I am really saddened by the stories I read here. My daughter developed eczema at 6 months old and it was a heartbreaking experience. I told the Dr. that I did not want to try steroids as the side effects were not worth its limited remedy. Then he told me, "it's ok, just don't use it longer than 10 days because it will then split the skin open. I let him keep the prescription.

      One evening I tried the Oatmeal bath from baby aveeno. She did not cry, I was ecstatic! Then I put on the lotion and she screamed and instantly little red bumps formed. I was done.

      I started to study the skin and herbs and oils and I created what we now call Derma Relief. It stopped her itching, it stops burning on contact and her eczema was gone within a week.

      Now that I manufacture the product, I am always searching on more ways to heal those with skin problems.

      I was looking into Oil of Oregano and was hopeful, but after reading the comments and from my own experience with oregano essential oil, I can imagine that even the diluted oil would burn sensitive skin - i mean unless seriously diluted!

      I believe Oil of Oregano has its place, and you could rub a drop under the bottom of your foot and still benefit. Maybe capsules of Oil of Oregano will take care of your gut and the yeast problem.

      You can at least start with a cup of yogurt a day :)

      As for me I will stick to the Eczema Bath Bags I make, and continue to research more natural ways to heal dermatitis.

      You may visit me at

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      Sadie Miller 11 months ago

      This is commenter Sadie M from earlier. About a month ago I made this account thinking I needed to in order to get in touch with the author of this article to request cjbirch80's comment to be removed for not contributing anything helpful to the article and further making alternative medicine advocates look incredibly ignorant. Prior to making an account, I contacted Hubpages directly, but unfortunately they didn't see any violation in his comment and suggested I contact the author directly, which I attempted to do. Unlike Hubpages, Wendy did not respond to my email or removal request.

      I originally came back to post a follow-up about my negative reaction to the oregano oil treatment, only to find another commenter attempt to criticize me, implying that my suffering was not real and attempted to debunk my comment using terrible logic. I assumed cjbirch80 was simply a troll, but a quick search had revealed otherwise. Along with making some recent life changes in response to my skin problems, I took it personally as my skin had been causing me much pain and his comment trivializes it.

      Here's a copy of Hubpages response to my inquiry:

      Here's the message I sent to Wendy about a month ago shortly after receiving the above response (really long and kinda whiny lol): or

      In short, I am suffering from Red Skin Syndrome caused by prolonged use of topical steroid medication and then suddenly stopping (topical steroid withdrawal). My skin got worse while I was using oregano oil during my withdrawal symptoms. The steroid section of the article mentions nothing of this. I am not allergic to oregano or its oil, but the oil did burn me (not initially though; weeks later) where I applied it while my skin started to have withdrawal symptoms and become hypersensitive to moisture. I go into a little more detail in the message I sent to Wendy and I will provide links with information about my skin condition at the end of this comment. This was what I wanted to originally post as my follow-up before discovering cjbirch80's response.

      Here's visual criticism of cjbirch80's silly comment:

      An album with more context:

      Because of his response, I feel the need to defend myself. To summarize the images above, I should have been more clear about the title being misleading. I found this article because a google search for "Cure For Eczema" yielded this article as a result because of the URL: . There is where I should have quoted. I still feel the actual title of the article is still misleading because it implies that eczema itself can be cured, not just its symptoms. See Okapina's comment in the comments section. I agree with the criticism she describes.

      Just because I didn't leave any details, doesn't mean cjbirch80 should fill in the blanks himself to try to debunk my comment about my genuine experience. cjbirch80 didn't realize I had been using oregano oil with my moisturizer for weeks already and he just assumed I tried it once. I didn't. He also doesn't realize that turning around after being in intense burning pain was not the ONLY option I have as an adult who works for a living. I simply pulled over, took an Advil, called my boss to say I would be a little late, and when the pain subsided I continued my commute. I work with clients and have to look somewhat presentable, so my neck and the skin around my eyes being bright red and burnt looking was professionally unacceptable and I was sent home. Also, his comparison of prune juice to oregano oil was an extremely ridiculous analogy. With prune juice you have an expectation of bowel movement, but with oregano oil I did not expect the oregano oil to make me look burned; especially since these symptoms of red skin were not mentioned in the original article and I had no previous intense burning before this particular drive after using it for weeks. Not sure if cjbirch80 even has eczema himself or has tried oregano oil, but this is why I feel his comment is not helpful to anyone reading this and actually suffering. Surely cjbirch80 isn't the least embarrassed by his comment now, but of course that is just my assumption.

      Here's an archive of this article in the event comments are deleted or names have changed (07-05-17):

      I was hoping to get the same respect as commenter Okapina. In fact if you actually read the comments, there doesn't seem to be a lot of success using this treatment (with the exception of ptosis and his last comment posted before mine being "Thanks!" but I may be wrong). It may be a possibility that April's child may be suffering from steroid-induced eczema like me.

      I know I shouldn't be this sensitive, but this is the last straw I have with alternative medicine and its community. I've witnessed too many people being rude and shutting down negative criticisms when treatments with claims/promises of miraculous recovery don't work the way they want them to work. I don't care anymore and will no longer be involved with them or this article's responses, so say all you want. I may start a blog myself to record my red skin syndrome recovery elsewhere since the eczema community outside of alternative medicine is much more sympathetic and supportive and those blogs with pictures of healing skin progression give me hope for the painful year ahead of me. I took this particular alternative medicine experience very personally when my intense painful reaction was trivialized and I was portrayed as a liar.

      If anybody is experiencing similar symptoms like mine, here are some resources: - International Topical Steroid Addiction Network - Wikipedia article with more links cited under References

      Also, if you want a real natural way to ease eczema symptoms, instead of buying oregano oil and using it as an expensive moisturizer, you can simply go outside and expose yourself to UV rays for a bit before using sunscreen. This is a good way to promote vitamin D production and the best part is: sunlight is free.

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      Tiny 11 months ago

      For the love of god, please do NOT apply undiluted oregano essential oils to your skin ("essential oils" are often the undiluted stuff!). Either buy the pre-diluted stuff, or dilute it yourself. If you don't, you will experience the fires of hell upon your skin, especially if applied to more sensitive skin!

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      SherikaHolliman 12 months ago

      I have been suffering from terrible eczema for the past four years and prescription medications help control it, but not well. Foderma serum has almost cleared my skin in only a few weeks. It soothes the itching and I only have to use steroids occasionally now. I would recommend it to anyone with dry sensitive skin.

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      Zy H 12 months ago

      Super 100. Oregano Oil. Undiluted. 100% Wild Pure Greek Essential Oil of Oregano. 86% Minimum Carvacrol. 129 mg Carvacrol Per Serving. 1fl.oz. - 30 ml.

      by ZANE HELLAS

      Just purchased from

      Purchased this to try and cure my chronic eczema on hands and face/neck area... Will keep you posted on progress...

      Thanks for your article....

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      Sadie M 13 months ago

      Was able to get some oregano oil you mentioned, but it burned me so much I was screaming in pain on my commute to work. By the time I got there, I had turned bright red and was sent home.

      While I know you state this is not to be taken as medical advice, it is still extremely misleading to title your article with the words "Cure For Eczema." I tried it and it--not only--didn't work; but caused me to lose a day's worth of income, and caused me even more pain than all the other alternative cures recommended by eczema suffered I've researched. Please re-title your article. :(

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      Wendy Golden 18 months ago from New York

      Hi Jkruk,

      Thanks for your tip. A lot of people are gluten sensitive.

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      jkruk 18 months ago

      If you want to clear eczema totally complete gone the natural way. Eliminate all gluten from your diet. Been gluten free for 4 years and all my autoimmune disease are gone

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      Wendy Golden 21 months ago from New York

      Hi Karen,

      I don't think a moisturizer would hurt. It shouldn't interfere with the oregano oil. I would go with a baby product. I use something called A&D ointment, it's wonderful for dry skin, although it is greasy, so I only use it at night. You can find it in any drugstore where they sell baby products. I hope your eczema clears up.

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      Karen 21 months ago

      Just wanted to know if you can apply a moisturiser to the skin in between applying the oregano oil.

      I have just started to use this after reading your well written article. My eczema has been getting slightly worse around the neck so I have started applying 3 drops of oregano oil to 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the skin 3 x a day plus taking one wild oregano oil capsule but still think I need to moisturise in between but didn't want it to interfere with the oregano oil.

      The doctors wanted me to use steroid cream but don't want to go down that route as I like the homeopathic approach.

      Your thoughts would be much appreciated

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      Wendy Golden 21 months ago from New York

      I don't mix it with water, so you will have to experiment to see what works for you. If you can handle it without water, then it's ok to do that. No oregano oil is 100% carvacrol. It comes mixed with another oil. I recommend a new bottle with information on the label. Good luck!

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      Mill 21 months ago

      Thanks for your reply. I found in home 100% oregano oil, does that mean carvacrol is 100% or? I don't have any box and on bottle it doesn't say anything. If not, I'll go out and buy another one where carvacrol is atleast 80%. I applied this just for test on small not that much infected are (it's just little border around patch) and it did sting for minute-two, nothing more, that area is little bit more red than usual, is that normal reaction? And one last question, I should take 4-6 droplets of oil mixed with water (with how much water should be mixed with?) everyday and once a day, before sleep to rub in oil on problematic area?

      Thank you very much in advance, I'll sure get back to you in a couple of weeks.

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      Wendy Golden 21 months ago from New York

      Hi Mill,

      Thanks for stopping by. I'm sorry you're suffering so much from this condition. Oregano oil already comes mixed with grapeseed oil or olive oil right in the bottle. You might want to dilute a drop or of oregano oil in a little water. I put the stuff on without diluting it. I apply a full strength droplet right on the spot that's bothering me and rub it in. It does sting for a few minutes, but I can handle it. I do this before bed time and the problem area usually clears up in a few days.

      I want to stress, I am not a doctor, so you take my advice at your own risk. Oregano oil usually works for me, that does not mean it will work on everyone's skin. You also want to be careful that you are not applying it to broken skin - that will really hurt! Good luck! Let me know if it works if you decide to try it on your own.

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      Mill 21 months ago


      It's an old thread but still pretty visited. I'd like to ask you how should you put this on the let's say face? Should I drink water + olive oil too? I have patches on my face and my neck, what would you suggest me? I have been to dermatologist and he gave to me some topical cream and penicillin (powder) which I mix with water and put with q-tip on my areas, has been doing it for a few weeks but nothing happens, topical cream did helped a bit but after I stopped using it, condition gone back like in the start.

      Thank you very much.

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      Wendy Golden 3 years ago from New York

      Hi ZinatS,

      I always moisturize my face every morning after my shower with Pond's dry skin cream. Any good face lotion will do. I'm not sure about a urea cream as that may dry you out more. Put a ton of lotion on your face in the morning. If it's dry by nighttime, put more on.

      Also, the most important thing to stay hydrated is a lot of water. You should be drinking at least 8 full glasses of water a day. It's very good for all of your organs, especially the skin.

      I'm not sure why your complexion is darker. I've never heard of that with Oregano oil. You might want to see a dermatologist. I'm not a doctor. I'm only recommending things that I've seen work for me and others. Try the water and a good hydrating face cream, and please keep me posted. Good luck!

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      ZinatS 3 years ago

      Hi Macteacher!

      Hope you r doing well. I wrote u here last year.

      I have started using this oil .it it almost one month I have been using it.

      My skin has become extremely dry . It is not hydrated. And seems face complexion turned little bit darker. Are these things normal? Will it become normal again? How can I hydrate my skin? Is urea based cream good to hydrate the skin? I am using oregano oil one time, at night only as I have to be at office during day time. I am really worried .Would you please advise what should I do now? Face has become so dry that I'm getting wrinkle :'( .can't move the face muscle....Please help...

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      Wendy Golden 3 years ago from New York

      Hello Eliseleo,

      If it's not working for you then you might want to try something else. It doesn't always work for everyone, but sometimes it takes time. Have you tried putting it on your skin twice a day, instead of just the capsules. That also helps.

      Good luck. :-)

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      Eliseleo Aune 3 years ago from Oslo, Norway

      Hello! May I ask how long does it take to see the effect of using Oil of Oregano in treating eczema? I am almost finished with one bottle of oil of oregano (carvacrol 70) from Vitality Works. I can't really say it have improved my eczema, I am still getting red bumps. Not like major breakout. I first started with just one capsule, 3 times per day. Then two capsules 3 times per day and lastly 3 capsules x 3 times per day. But I can't see the difference. So then, I went back to fewer capsules again. Now, I am almost finished with the bottle, I am just taking 1-2 capsules per day. Not sure if I will continue, since I don't feel that it has worked for me!? Should I continue taking it ? I am thinkiing to try Propolis next.

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      Wendy Golden 3 years ago from New York


      What's happening with alternative remedies being banned is awful. I thought it was just the U.S. but I'm sad to see it's going on everywhere. Luckily we have sites like Hubpages where we can share needed information. I hope the oregano oil helps your contact dermatitis. It helped mine. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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      Wendy Golden 3 years ago from New York

      Hi Kislanyk,

      Thank you for stopping by. I'm going to look up that resource you mentioned. I didn't realize the EU was also trying to ban alternative remedies. Why baking soda? (Scratching my head). I hope the oil of oregano helps the contact dermatitis - it helped mine. Try a small area first, and be prepared for it to sting a bit when you first put it on. Good luck! :-)

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      Marika 3 years ago from Cyprus

      In reply to holy-turner, they do it as well. Also in Europe - particular European Union, the situation is exactly the same. Profit margin and banning known alternative cures that don't make them money and treat people for cheap.

      They're now onto banning baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), before it was distilled water, and so many more.... look up Codex Alimentarius for a good read on what is going on in all the related countries (not only in the US). Scary stuff.

      Btw found your hub while looking into oil of oregano as I have contact dermatitis and so far nothing helped...

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      Wendy Golden 3 years ago from New York

      Hi Alisabeth,

      I hope it helps. Just be careful that he doesn't get it in his mouth or eyes. You might want to dilute with a couple of drops of water first. Do check with your doctor. Thanks for stopping by :-)

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      AlisabethM 3 years ago

      My 6 yr old son has had eczema since he was 6 months old. We've tried everything from lotions to steroids to oatmeal and saltwater baths. I hadn't heard of Oil of Oregano before and we do all kinds of natural remedies. It's worth a try!

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      Wendy Golden 3 years ago from New York

      Hi ptosis,

      Thanks for stopping by. Have you talked to an allergist and been tested for skin allergies? You may be allergic to something in your diet. As for probiotics, you are right. I was having severe skin problems and getting yeast infections many years ago. I started adding a cup of yogurt to my daily breakfast - and it all cleared up and has never returned.

      I also attribute it to a daily dose of the oregano oil as it is a powerful antifungal and helps with yeast overgrowth. Good luck, I hope your skin problems clear up with the Oil of Oregano and the probiotics - both should help.

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      ptosis 3 years ago from Arizona

      I will try tnhe Oregano Oil, hell - I've already tried: Corn Husker's glycerine, Palmer's Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, lidocaine spray, Vitamen E oil lotion and capsules, Gotu Kola, Polypodium Leucotomos Extract, Vitamen B3, coconut oil, Nivea souffle, habanero hot sauce, 100 spray SPF sunblock, and have stayed out of the sun completely for 8 weeks,installed ion exchange soft water shower stick, epsom bath with Almond oil. And even Dry Ice.

      Heard that active live probiotics is good for eczema. Just started yesterday. but sine this stuff comes and goes I don't ever know if it is the things I'm trying or it is going away by itself.

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      ZinatS 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot! :)

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      Hi ZinatS,

      There are direct links to Amazon in the article. The brand I recommend highly is the North American Herb and Spice Oreganol - I've used it myself, it's very good. As for dilution, that is a personal preference. You might want to try one drop of oregano oil to 5 or 6 drops of water. Try it out on a part of your body that is not sensitive first - like your leg.

      Once you find the right dilution, then you can try it on your face. Just be careful and go slow. Also, make sure you are drinking a lot of water, and you have eliminated yeast and sugar from your diet - too much of either can aggravate skin problems (fried food also - stay away). Good luck and keep us posted. :-)

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      ZinatS 4 years ago

      Hi Macteacher,

      Thanks for your reply! Itz my pleasure that u read my looooong post :)

      Could you please give me a link to buy this oil? This time one of my relatives is in USA. If I buy from online then she can bring it for me when she will come to Bangladesh next month.

      And second request, would you suggest me that in what proportion I would dilute it? I want to dilute coz my skin is too sensitive and has tendency to be burnt.


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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      Hi ZinatS,

      I"m so sorry you're suffering. I get allergic reactions on my face too sometimes, it's very uncomfortable. I'm not a doctor, so I can only tell you what I do that's worked for me.

      If I'm having an outbreak on my skin, I apply the oregano oil in full strength. Not everyone can tolerate full strength so you might want to dilute it at first and work your way up to full strength. It does sting for a little while, but the stinging will go away. I recommend applying it before bedtime every night to see if that helps. Leaving it on overnight should do the trick if it's going to work for you.

      I'm sending you good energy, and I'm hoping it works for you. Please keep me posted. :-)

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      ZinatS 4 years ago

      Hi Macteacher,

      I'm from Bangladesh. I have been suffering from dermatitis since 2008 on my face.

      At first it was on a small area over the face but as time went, it did spread. Right now it covers my cheeks area and whole nose. Too allergenic, tight, itchy skin.itz really painful. I even cannot use any normal powder! When comes from sunlight, I try to use cucumber . But as soon as I use cucumber it simply flares up badly. This is an example how with simple soothing natural material is not suiting on face. I can't use anything on face. I have been using steriod since 2011 but when I stop it , after few days it flares up. It is sucking me..

      I'm searching for natural product if there is any which cures it :( ... From few days I'm using sesame oil but itz not working that well...itz not stopping the inflammation and itching...

      I read yr article and thinking to use oregano oil though it is no available here (I have to bring it from other country :( ) ... Upon reading my condition what do you think? How should I use this oil? Should I dilute it or use directly ... How many times and how much.

      I'm completely frustrated ... Do not know whether I'll get rid off it..

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      Hi Arbyzu,

      They are actually two names for the same oil. Some people refer to it as essential oil, others just call it oregano oil or oil of oregano. I use the latter. I hope this helps clear up the confusion. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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      Arbyzu 4 years ago

      Do you know the difference between oil of oregano and oregano essential oil?

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      Hi Sushima Alchmayr,

      Thanks for reading. I did visit your blog and it's very good. Good luck with the kids and the allergies. I also take two turmeric capsules every day to help with the inflammation from carpal tunnel, it's done wonders. Too many people rely on medications when natural remedies abound and work even better.

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the feedback ratnaveera. I appreciate you taking the time to read it and respond. :-)

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      ratnaveera 4 years ago from Cumbum

      Really Great and informative article on Eczema! This would be useful for many people suffering from this kind of serious skin problem. I hope that Oregano oil will be effective and useful to overcome this problem. Thanks for this wonderful Hub! Awesome!

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      medspice 4 years ago

      Great and very useful

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      Hi Okapina,

      You are right, there are all types of eczema. There is no one size fits all approach. I write and research these hubs from studies and medical information from doctors. But even doctors and studies can be wrong. Obviously, common sense needs to prevail here, and if somebody has something that is not responding to a holistic remedy - they need to seek medical intervention.

      I use oregano oil for everything, and it's helped in me fight off all kinds of infections 99% of the time. However, I once got a strain of strep throat that was so bad, I had to go to the doctor and get antibiotics, the oregano oil couldn't fight that off. Everyone has to do what works for them.

      I also write these hubs for people who may not have medical insurance and may not be able to afford expensive drugs. If a natural remedy that costs a fraction of what a pharmaceutical would cost works for someone, then this hub has done it's job.

      Thank you for your story and your input. I appreciate all feedback, whether good or bad. Thanks for taking the time to respond. :-)

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      Okapina 4 years ago

      Hi Macteacher,

      Thanks for the prompt reply, I appreciate it very much.

      The problem I have is with this part of your hub:

      "No Matter How Bad Your Eczema or Dermatitis – This Works

      Oregano oil works wonders on all types of skin rashes, dermatitis and eczema. It works quickly to get rid of eczema at its root – the underlying bacterial or fungal infection that is most likely causing the skin eruptions and discomfort."

      Eczema is a complex beast with many different types like cancer. A one-size fits all approach is what's damaging here. Not all eczema is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, and oregano oil doesn't work on all types of eczema.

      I appreciate that you have performed your own research, but a more in depth study still would have found the above information.

      Thanks again for your quick response and consideration.

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York


      I'm sorry for your pain and suffering. I'm also sorry that you feel my hub is irresponsible. I did do extensive research, and oregano oil is effective for many skin conditions. I've used it myself.

      I do mention in it that it's important to see a doctor. It's impossible in a hub to cover every possible variation of what causes eczema. Something genetic obviously requires a different treatment. Natural remedies are something most people like to try before taking drugs. But, obviously, if a natural treatment isn't working - then drugs are the last resort and should be used if nothing else works.

      I'm glad your skin is better, and I hope the eczema stays in remission.

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      Okapina 4 years ago

      Hi Macteacher,

      I just read your hub and although you cover your bases by saying this is anecdotal and you must check with a medical professional, I felt compelled to give my own feedback and anecdotal evidence.

      Firstly, it is posts such as this that convinced me to stop using steroid creams for treating my own atopic eczema. I was aware of the risks of long term steroid cream use, and was very interested in "natural" remedies that had fallen by the way side. I used tea tree oil, oregano oil, magnesium oil and normal olive oil, as well as drinking and bathing in nothing but mineral water, and took regular baths in Dead Sea salt as I heard this was also good for the skin. The result?

      Six weeks of abject hell and misery.

      As you mention at the beginning, there are as many different types of eczema as there are treatments, but your hub says that oregano oil can treat all of them, because it "gets to the root of the problem" i.e. skin fungal infections and so on.

      In my case, my atopic eczema is due to a failure in the genetic lottery. I have a weak skin barrier and an overactive immune system and this is what causes the eczema - it's nothing topical. I have had this on and off since I was young, and it decided to flare up permanently at the age of 24.

      Following the "natural" suggestions above, my skin deteriorated so much that it split open on my chin, between my eyes and on my wrists. I looked red and sunburnt all over and was just as itchy as I was sore, and when I looked in the mirror I saw the face of a 90 year-old, even though I was just 25 at the time. I couldn't sleep, work or do anything as even lying on bedsheets caused agony. All the while I was using oils and the other remedies on my skin hoping that this "natural" treatment would protect my skin from the damage of steroids. By the end, I was in so much pain I needed sleeping and anti-depressant pills, and became suicidal.

      How was this resolved? A specialist dermatologist put me on an immunosuppressant tablet for a year as well as back on steroid creams. Within two days my skin was back to normal.

      I am by no means an extreme case, either. More than one dermatologist has informed me that most skin problems they see are from people not using enough steroid creams, and not because they used too much and are scarred. In fact, my grandmother has the same condition, but her skin isn't scarred or tender and doesn't have any of the other scare stories spread about because of steroid creams.

      In its current state I think this hub is irresponsible. It's the kind of post that convinced me to ignore conventional treatment and also gave me false hope. If you want to improve this, please, please specify exactly which eczema it is you can treat with oregano oil (and not just assume that because it worked for yours it works for everyone else), and reinforce the importance of using steroid creams and recommended emollients as well. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      Hi April,

      I don't recommend putting the oil on open wounds, it will burn like crazy. Corn starch is really helpful in keeping the area dry, because moisture from the sweat glands behind her knees makes it itch more. If you can keep it clean and dry for a few days and the open sores close, then you can put some diluted oregano oil mixed with olive oil right on her skin and it should slowly clear up the infected areas.

      See if there's something bothering your daughter as well. Eczema pops up in kids sometimes because there's an emotional issue that's not getting addressed. Good luck, I hope it clears up.

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      April 4 years ago

      Ok I am at my whitts end. My 6 y/o daughter started with eczema about 2 yes ago. Lots of steroid creams, tests, etc & still nothing will heal it. She has the complete area behind her knees so broken & raw, it honestly looks like (I apologize for the description) hamburger meat. Can this be put on an open wound?

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York


      It might be. You could mix it with olive oil to dilute it. You just have to be sure that it doesn't get near the baby's eyes, nose or mouth. I would check with a doctor first. Good luck!

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      Adriana 4 years ago

      Is oregano oil to strong for a 5 month old with eczema..all the doctors percribe are steroids and lotions...

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      Hi Krys,

      The capsules are great for people who hate the taste of the oil. The taste is really bad, I cannot lie. If you have spots on your skin where the skin is NOT broken - you can rub some of the oil right on to the spot.

      There are links throughout the hub to different oil of oregano products. You can click on one of them and Amazon will show you a wealth of products to choose from. The Oreganol products are the best.

      Good luck, I hope this helps. :-)

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      Krys 4 years ago


      How do you take the oil, is it pill form, do you put it on your skin or mix it with food and do you know where I can purchase it?

      Thank you

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      Hi Giuseppe,

      I think it's better trying something than nothing. Try the oil that's 50% and see if it helps. In the meantime, see if you can get a stronger mixture. Good luck, I hope you get some relief from the eczema. :-)

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      giuseppe 4 years ago

      Hi my name is Giuseppe and im writing from italy i live i one of its major islands caled sicilia, but i lived in the states for 35 years, here the oregano grows everywere and they are serious about their oregano it is almost a sin to buy it in the supermarket in the botles! you buy it gree whit the stems and all that. I mooved back here about 3 and a half vears ago and for the past 2 years i starte getting exzema mostly on my lover part of the body and on my left elboy, and right armpit, and you can immagine the rest the hell it brings, all the creems and doctors and all, but i read your article about oregano, i ordered some from the farmacist, even thought there is plenty of oregano, the oil kind it is not easy to find, last night i went to retreve my oregano and it was one hundred percent pure but the carvacrol in it was 50 percent i know they asked you this question before, and i ask you do you thik it is wort trying it, or maby i nee to go get one whit 75 percent or more and it is not so easy to get in the oil form. please excuse my rambling and speling gramer was never my forte. Giuseppe

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      Hi Joseph,

      To be honest I've never tried anything with a concentration less than 75%. Since carvacrol is the active ingredient that is responsible for healing, it's probably best to get the strongest concentration. Thanks for stopping by.

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      JOSEPH 4 years ago

      does oil of oregano work if the concertration of carvacrol is less than 75%

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      Biosynol 4 years ago

      Cream high in Aloe Vera content will soothe dry skin and help keep it moisturized. Applying BioSynol Eczema Relief Cream daily will have a cumulative effect on your worst dry skin spots.

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      I just checked with my London friend: Oil of Oregano is widely used in Europe. The Europeans are not trapped behind a wall of medical propaganda like we are here in America. :-)

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      Hi Holly,

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for an excellent question. I wrote this article with an American audience in mind. Since our American for profit system is pretty unique among developed countries.

      I would imagine that oil of oregano is widely used in Europe - they've known about it long Americans knew anything about alternative healing. I'll have to dig around some and see if I can't ask a friend or two who lives in Europe. :-)

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      Holly Turner 4 years ago from Falmouth

      You had me right up until "Profit margins aren't high enough". That makes perfect sense in a capitalist country like the US but could you explain to me why socialised countries (all other 1st world nations, for example) aren't leaping on this?

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      macteacher 5 years ago

      Thanks LongTimeMother:

      Oregano Oil has changed my life. I really hope more people wise up to this marvelous remedy. Thanks for the vote of confidence. :-)

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      LongTimeMother 5 years ago from Australia

      You are absolutely right about the power of oregano oil, macteacher. It is one of nature's secrets and deserves a place in everyone's medicine chest. I have seen it work wonders.

      Oregano oil is waiting its turn for mainstream acceptance. I watched stevia being ignored for decades, and chia, but they're now in the mainstream. Only a matter of time before oregano oil finds its place.

      Good on you for being one of the first to spread the word. Voted up and awesome. :)


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