One of the most common issues my GAPS clients deal with is eczema. It often lessens when people remove their allergens in the first place and then flares a bit periodically as toxins are discharged through the skin.

Over time the GAPS protocol will completely remove symptoms of eczema and dry skin (it’s true – I’ve seen it!). In the meantime there are several topical remedies you can use. Here are Dr. Natasha’s recommendations for all skin issues, along with tips from my experience as a practitioner, to try for all varieties of skin issues. Different things work for different people so expect a little trial and error to find out what soothes your skin.

  • Do not use any soap or other chemicals on the skin and hair. Wash only with water in order to maintain your protective oils and the skin’s pH balance. Soaps and other chemicals wash off protective oils and dry out your skin. At the same time they wash off the habitat for your beneficial skin flora, which leaves your skin open to invasion by pathogens. (This one was key for me in getting over acne and dry skin). If you do use soap, keep it to “pits and privates” and use an unscented soap, such as a tallow soap, or a goat milk soap.
  • Baths can be very helpful. On the first night use ½ cup of baking soda, the second night try 3-5 tablespoons of seaweed powder, the third night try running the hot water through a cotton bag full of gluten-free oatmeal. After the bath apply one of the following: ripe avocado mashed with a fork, homemade yogurt, kefir, or sour cream, sesame oil, olive oil, or coconut oil.
  • Swimming in the sea and sunbathing do wonders for eczema, psoriasis, and other skin problems, so engage in these activities as often as you can.

Topical Options for Eczema

Tallow or lard balms

You can use the tallow or lard that you’re eating – it can be that simple. If you’d prefer to purchase something, here are two favorites.

  • Vintage Tradition is the tallow balm brand that I use, it’s made with tallow and a bit of olive oil.
    • Unscented is best for skin conditions.
    • Bumblebee Apothecary also has a recipe video for making your own, if that’s preferred.
  • Farrow Skinfood is made with lard, tallow, and honey. 

Homemade yogurt, kefir, kefir cream, or sour cream

Use these in small amounts, just like a lotion. For diaper rash, apply one of these at every diaper change.

 

Ripe avocado mashed with a pinch of probiotic capsule

For less severe eczema patches or areas of dry skin, apply ripe avocado mashed together with up to a capsule of probiotics. Do this twice a day until the skin gets better.

 

Raw honey or seaweed powder 

For severe eczema patches make overnight applications of raw honey spread thickly over the eczema, then cover with a piece of flannel covered with cling wrap, and taped on. 

Sleep like this, and in the morning wash the honey off and apply a topical option, such as homemade yogurt, kefir, sour cream, lard, tallow, or coconut oil. 

On the second night try an application of seaweed powder made by mixing 2 tablespoons of seaweed powder with a small amount of hot water to form a paste. Apply this just like the honey and follow up the same way.

 

Whether you follow the GAPS Diet or not, these natural remedies can help you manage eczema symptoms and other skin conditions without putting more toxins on to your already irritated skin.

Please share these tips with anyone you know who suffers with eczema, psoriasis, or other skin conditions, and when you’re ready to tackle them for good, consider the GAPS Diet.

This information is gathered from training materials from Dr. Natasha and my own experience as a GAPS Practitioner, but is not designed to be medical advice. Please use it with care.

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