What is dermatitis? – Natural home remedies to treat dermatitis

Dermatitis is a group of diseases that show the inflammation in the body. It is also known as eczema. During this disease, you see itchiness, red skin, and rashes on your body. It occurs the in different forms. If you have short-term dermatitis, then small blisters may seem on your body while in long-term dermatitis your skin may become thickened. Each type of dermatitis looks different. It can occur in the different parts of the body and all ages of people. Dermatitis results in infected skin that make you feel uncomfortable, painful. In this article, you will find some natural remedies which can give relief from dermatitis.

What is dermatitis?

Top remedies to treat itching skin

Dermatitis is a condition of the skin which refers to the inflammation and itching on the skin. The origin of the word comes from Greek where derma means skin and titis means inflammation. There are different types of dermatitis like contact, atopic, seborrheic dermatitis. It is a disease in which there is swelling, itching and burning sensation on the skin. These rashes have no special pattern and vary with the time of the rash. People suffering from acute dermatitis normally have blisters, clusters and scaling. Chronic sufferers of dermatitis have hardening of the skin.

Some of the common causes of dermatitis are allergic reactions, environmental conditions, toxins in the body and hereditary factors. People with thin delicate and dry skin are more prone to dermatitis.

Home remedies to treat dermatitis


Turmeric is responsible in reducing inflammation and other skin related issues. Turmeric is rich in curcumin which has anti-oxidant properties in it. This will help to reduce the wound and protect your skin from getting affected. Try to consume 1 teaspoon of turmeric daily. You can add it to milk and drink.

Olive oil

Olive oil contains omega-3 fatty acids which has anti-inflammatory properties. Take some olive oil and apply directly on the affected area. This will help to soften the patches. It also helps to reduce the itching and redness. If it has affected your scalp, massage your scalp with olive oil while taking shower. It removes the dried skin. You can also add olive oil to your diet. This will not only keep you healthy but also fight against dermatitis.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera has soothing effects. It cools the itchy skin and reduces redness. If you are suffering from dermatitis, grow an aloe vera plant. Applying gel directly from the aloe vera leaves works efficiently when compared to the commercial aloe vera gels.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is used as a natural moisturizer and studies have shown that coconut oil has the ability to fight against dermatitis. Extracted from coconut meat, coconut oil reduces the chances of infection.

Flax seeds

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Flax seed reduces inflammation by blocking a chemical called arachidonic. They are highly rich in omega-3 fatty acid. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of flax seeds to oatmeal, granola or salads and consume daily. You can also use it as a dressing for veggies and salads.

Fish oil

For treating dermatitis, eat fish oil in high doses. High doses include 3-10 grams a day. Fish oil is highly rich in omega-3 fatty acid. Other foods which are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and tuna.


Nutrition plays an important role in defending the body from various diseases. If you have full nutrition of all vitamins, proteins, and minerals, then disease can’t attack you. Always take a balanced diet. Protect your body by eating healthy food. It will help you to keep up your good health and disease free.


Garlic has a strong antifungal and antibiotic chemical compound. Usually, garlic is used in a kitchen at the time of cooking. But the cooking garlic may damage the active ingredient of raw garlic. You have to chop garlic into pieces and eat it after 5 to 10 minute. It is the best treatment for dermatitis, OR at night you can take 7 to 8 garlic clove and extract juice from it. Mix same amount of water in it. Warm it lightly and apply it on the affected area of skin. Let it sit overnight. Wash it off in the following morning.

Sodium bicarbonate (Baking soda)

Baking soda removes the fungus that causes itching in your body. Use baking soda as a remedy only when your doctor permits you. Make the paste of baking soda with the help of water. Mix ½ tsp of baking and ½ cup of water Apply this solution on the affected area of the rashes. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. Wash it off with cold and clean water. Baking soda works very fast as compared to other remedies. Rashes and itching of your affected area can go away with the help of this remedy.

Gum Arabic (Babool)

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Gum Arabic is an Ayurvedic treatment herb that is used for skin diseases. The bark and leaves of babool tree are used to get rid of itching. It has anti-inflammatory properties due to this property that make it able to treat the various skin diseases. Simply boil a bark of babool tree and allow the steam to contact with the affected area. It will help you to get rid of dermatitis.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has been proven the best essential oil for dermatitis. It has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties that can treat many skin related problems. Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil into the ½ cup of coconut oil. Apply this oil solution to your affected skin. Do it twice in a day. Keep the rest mixture in a refrigerator. OR Take a tea tree oil bath. For taking this bath, you will need tea tree oil and olive oil. Mix 15 drops of tree oil and 2 tbsp of olive oil into your bath water. Soak your body in it for 20 minutes. Do this twice per day. Instead of olive oil, you can also use lavender oil, and almond oil.   

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is very beneficial for skin problems. Vitamin E compounds are present in this oil. It is chemically similar to sebum OR skin’s natural oil. It will help you get free from dermatitis. Wash your hands with clean water and make them dry. Apply jojoba oil on the affected area of your skin and gently rub oil on it. Repeat it twice or thrice in a day. This oil massage gives relax and makes your body dermatitis free.

Cornstarch paste

Cornstarch is also called corn flour or maize starch. It is mostly used for cooking but it has medicinal uses too. For making the paste of cornstarch you will need olive oil and cornstarch. Mix cornstarch with olive oil, or grape seed oil. Mix them well. Make a spreadable paste, do not make so thick, OR so thin. Apply it on the affected area and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Pat dry affected area with the help of a clean towel. Apply moisturizer as needed.