Irritated by Eczema? Raw Food to the Rescue!

Raw food for Eczema

by Katie Rainbird

You may very well be one of the one-in-every-three-people who suffers from eczema, and probably has done since childhood.

It’s likely then, that you’re familiar with the symptoms of eczema, notably and irritatingly the hallmark itching and scratching that can literally drive you up the wall only to send you crashing with the ensuing red, raw, weeping and flaked skin!

Do not despair!  Raw food to the rescue!

What are the Causes of Eczema?

Eczema is mostly caused by an inherited atopic disposition (atopy = asthma, hayfever and eczema), therefore it cannot be “cured” but it can be controlled, reversed and relieved with the most natural of remedies: food!

Natural Remedies for Eczema

An imbalance in good to bad bacteria or a “leaky gut” contribute to the symptoms of eczema, thus we aim to heal and seal our Gastro-Intestinal Tracts with food that is abundant in compounds that assist with:

  • detoxification
  • tissue repair
  • promote beneficial bacteria

Therapeutic Foods for Eczema

  • Bitter greens and herbal bitters
  • Brassicas (cabbage family)

raw foods for eczemaBitter greens and herbal bitters

  • They stimulate digestive secretions to assist with digestion and support the liver
  • Optimal digestion allows maximum nutrient uptake and reduced risk of allergy
  • Source of Vitamin A which assists in the healing of the gut and skin tissue


  • chicory
  • dandelion greens
  • endive
  • mustard and turnip greens
  • rocket
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • swiss chard

How to eat them?

  • Raw
  • salads
  • steamed
  • pulsed into pesto!
  • Or juice… beet greens or kale to your regular juice for a splash of super green goodness.

Brassicas (cabbage family)raw food for eczema

  • Promote healing of the gut tissue
  • They are sulphur-rich
  • They assists the liver’s detoxification pathways
  • They are a source of fibre to feed good bacteria


  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • brussels sprouts
  • broccoli
  • raw foods for eczemabroccolini
  • kale
  • kohlrabi
  • radish
  • rocket
  • watercress

How to eat them?

  • finely shaved into salads
  • juiced
  • “green smoothied”
  • lightly steamed

Heal your Eczema with Raw Foods

You’ve probably been living with eczema for most of your life and have tried numerous approaches to heal it.

Look inward: support your digestive system in it’s vital role of metabolising, delivering nutrients and eliminating wastes and before too long you will see the difference in your skin…and so will others!


  1. Barbie says

    Wow thank you for sharing this with us Katie! My 6 year old has eczema on her arms. Drives me nuts. And really want to get the bottom of it. Doctors keep prescribing coertzone creams. Goint to load up on the foods you recommend!

    thank you!



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