I recently had a mother tell me of a simple home treatment she’s been using for her sons eczema with great success.
She told me, “I’ve spent literally thousands of dollars and tried every eczema cream there is, all without significant benefit.”
She’s said the treatment took about 2 weeks of daily use to show significant benefit.
What is it?
Drum roll please…
The big reveal
Take honey (the better quality, the better) and neem oil. Combine them into a paste and apply to the affected skin.
We were told that it makes the itch worse when first applied, but once things dry it provided considerable relief for her son and made a massive improvement in his severe eczema.
She gave the recipe to a friend with a child with eczema who also showed considerable improvement.
The scientific literature
I took a quick peek at the scientific literature and turned up two articles that back up this mother’s experience.
The first is a review of the properties of neem.
Medicinal Properties of Neem Leaves: A Review
Authors: R. Subapriya; S. Nagini
Source: Current Medicinal Chemistry – Anti-Cancer Agents, Volume 5, Number 2, March 2005 , pp. 149-156(8)
“Neem elaborates a vast array of biologically active compounds…More than 140 compounds have been isolated from different parts of neem…have been used traditionally for the treatment of inflammation, infections, fever, skin diseases and dental disorders…Neem leaf and its constituents have been demonstrated to exhibit immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, antihyperglycaemic, antiulcer, antimalarial, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic properties.”
Given these actions, it’s easy to see how neem would have a beneficial effect on eczema
The second, a trial of honey (mixed with beeswax and olive oil, so not just honey) for the treatment of eczema and psoriasis.
Topical application of natural honey, beeswax and olive oil mixture for atopic dermatitis and psoriasis: partially controlled, single blinded study.
Authors: Noori S. Al-Waili
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine Volume 11, Issue 4, December 2003, Pages 226-234
“Results: In honey mixture group, 8/10 patients with dermatitis showed significant improvement after 2 weeks…In psoriasis, 5/8 patients showed a significant response to honey mixture…”
We have a couple of experiences with this showing good benefit, we have some scientific evidence to suggest the treatment would work, and it’s cheap and has no significant downsides that I can see (besides being a bit messy).
This will be a treatment I recommend to patients. If you give it a try, please let us know if it worked for you!
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