Using turmeric to treat eczema

I’ve had eczema since childhood. The medics told me I’d grow out of it. I didn’t think to ask when. I’m 60 now and there is still awful dry, flaky skin around me ears. Until now, I’ve been using steroid cream as the only effective treatment. Recently, I read that there is some evidence for treating eczema with turmeric. According to study carried out for the BBC, the active compound in turmeric is best absorbed when heated in oil.

I’ve been taking a big teaspoon of turmeric once a week. I heat it in cooking oil and add it to my Huel vegetable protein. I’ve just re-read the BBC article and noticed they mention black pepper may be useful as well, so I’ll add that next time.

The results are very good with my eczema reduced by 90%. This obviously isn’t remotely like a proper clinical trial, it’s just an anecdote. It’s a nice safe experiment, though. Unless turmeric allergy is a thing. I’d like to come up with a way to take a smaller amount daily.


  1. If I remember right, black pepper increases the bio-availability of the active ingredient in turmeric by 2000%. There are tons of studies online to check that if it interests you. My favourite way to ingest turmeric is in Golden Milk (recipes also online).

    • Yes, I heard black pepper is useful and I have been adding a pinch. I found Golden Milk for sale on-line for absurd prices, so I’ll carry on mixing my own. I’m taking it every couple of days now, half a teaspoon of turmeric, half a teaspoon of ginger and a pinch of black pepper. Bring to boil in 3/4 mug of full fat milk, tip into a mug and add cold milk. The ginger also makes it more palatable for me.

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