Experimental Remedy – Turmeric Coconut Oil Paste

I had this ridiculously annoying itchiness going on all around my mouth for most of October.  I noticed the irritation early on as you can see in the first photo (Oct 8th).  It was just red and inflamed, and slowly started to calm down and become super dry.  I was applying coconut oil on it multiple times a day (as well as shea butter) just to ease up the dryness, but it’s like that area just kept drinking it up as quickly as I would apply it.  I thought that I would try a remedy I had done in the past… mixing organic ground turmeric powder with organic virgin coconut oil.  It makes this bright orangey yellow paste and it can be used on dry, scaly skin.  I also used it in the corners of my mouth because I was experiencing cracking as well.  I used this mixture before a few years ago on oozy spots on my foot, but it was too intense for these areas, I’ve learned to keep those open, oozy areas dry so they can heal and scab over… pretty much like “moisture withdrawal” which I’ve found to help with letting the body heal on its own. This mixture is so amazing at healing, the dryness and flaking was gone within a week!  Turmeric and coconut oil are such potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial foods, that they can heal up any skin issue very quickly!  Along with using this paste I would take a break and use just coconut oil.  The mixture did tingle a little bit once I applied it, but subsided rather quickly.  I think it was because the turmeric has such powerful healing properties, and because there were fine cuts underneath the flakes.  I’m experiencing such smoothness around my mouth now, I know I will use this remedy in the future!  Along with doing this mixture, I was regularly oil pulling with the organic virgin coconut oil, which I find really helps to keep the skin on my face pretty clear and flake free. **Cool facts: Turmeric is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine and you can find turmeric face mask remedies to heal acne, eczema, rosacea and to help aid in skin rejuvenation!


I had posted this blog entry into the itsan.org forums and a few people had tried it out and found awesome results!!  This just shows how powerful healing with food can be!

Here are their accounts….

Hi Jen, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been using turmeric topically on my feet after reading your blog post and wanted to give a big thank you!  The coconut oil wasn’t moisturising enough so I’m melting it into cocoa butter instead and I’m not healed of course but my feet are finally seeing improvement after 8 months!  I’m now seeing turmeric used as body scrub, face masks and all sorts and I’m looking forward to trying it out elsewhere.  I’ve been clear mostly for 5 months now.

Once again Jen, thanks so much!


Hey Jen – Your tip is great!  The backs of my knees were like scary swiss cheese – when you tear open not-yet-healed skin so you have sores within sores, so to speak.  I went one up on your mix and added manuka honey (good for wounds, also highly antibacterial action) to the turmeric & coconut oil paste.  Slathered it on last thing at night, covered with a non-sticky gauze for wounds, wrapped it all with elastic crepe bandage and then used micropore tape to make sure the bandage didn’t shift while sleeping.  

2 nights of this mix and the sores are now healed up and flaking.  Skin is pink underneath but not open wounds and not even very raw, which is great for only 2 nights worth of the healing mix….I’d say this is as fast as I’d have gotten with Elomet, which is pretty amazing! (Of course, I probably should have tried the tight wrapping much earlier to avoid scratching at night, so that’s some of it too.)


Thanks Jen,  this is working for me too.

The skin between my fingers was broken and crusty and I had been putting cotton wool balls or cloth between my fingers to keep them apart.

I mixed turmeric with sesame oil, just because it’s an oil I had at hand. I reckon any oil would work. Smeared this on the webbing between my fingers once a day and in two days the skin is no longer broken. 

I haven’t needed the cotton wool balls or cloths in the past couple of days. Yeah!


33 thoughts on “Experimental Remedy – Turmeric Coconut Oil Paste

      1. hi,
        Can you send me some info on eczema, i have suffered all my life, 40 yrs of it mind you. use the strongest steroid ointments available still with no benefit. i was thinking of trying the turmeric tablets only.

      2. Hi Chris!
        I would love to send you some info! Shoot me an email @ eczema.holistic.healing@gmail.com or leave your email address here 👍. 40 years is way too long to be dealing with this, I would love to provide you with any help I can!
        Look forward to hearing from you,

    1. Hi there! Any amount of turmeric will stain clothing unfortunately. When I mix it I just use a dash. I’ve made it with coconut oil with shea butter before to give it a thicker consistency. You can you jojoba oil too which is an awesome oil I’ve been using recently…it goes on without a super oily finish and it’s close to the same properties of our own body’s natural oils. ;). I don’t use water in the mix, only to wash it off.

      I hope this helps! Feel free to personally email me for more tips and advice, I like to send out a health questionnaire to my readers if they are in need of suggestions for their eczema 🙂 eczema.holistic.healing@gmail.com


    1. I just left it on all day and washed it off when I showered later on. If you use a thin layer, it absorbs and kind of dries into the skin. If you need to, you can leave it on for about an hour and wash off.

  1. Thank u so much for the info,my 11 years old daughter is being suffering with this thing all her life and is stressful I don’t know what else to do, I’ll try this as soon a she come today from school God Bless U

  2. Hi, after reading your post, tried turmeric powder and sesame oil paste to apply on eczema rashes, today is day 3 and I feel the rashes are disappearing and no more itching. Thanks for the idea. Feeling so relieved after years of wearing long sleeves for cover up.

    1. As long as you like. Id just put it on and let it kinda dry up and wash it off hours later just so I wouldn’t stain anything like my pillowcase at night lol

  3. Namaste Jen!
    What a great relief to have found your site.I’ve been suffering from eczema on the soles of my feet since 2012 and the water filled bumps would come on and off. I recently tried the turmeric powder + virgin coconut oil paste and it has worked wonders! Now the fluid filled bumps are drying up and even the skin on my feet are rejuvenating themselves. But true about the yellow stains so I just use the paste at night 🙂

    Thanks again and warmest regards from Manila,
    Chayie 🙂

    1. Hi Chayle! I’m so glad the info on my site has resonated with you! That’s awesome that this remedy has helped you, it’s so amazing how simple ingredients can have such an impact! I actually had that same issue a long time ago with the water filled bumps, but I had no idea about this remedy then. I’ll shoot you an email health questionnaire that you can fill out if you like so I can help give you more healing tips!
      Take care & God bless,
      Jen ❤

  4. Hello Jen,
    I just saw this and will give a try for my 18 yr old daughter. She has reactions to coconut and sesame so I will look into shea or jojoba oil. I was wondering three things: 1) did you find any correlation with ingesting dairy and exacerbation of this chin eczema? 2) Did you keep this paste in the refrigerator, make it new everyday or…? 3) If you were needing to dress up for an event, could you put makeup on it while it is flaring up / healing?
    Thank you for posting this, i think my daughter will be so relieved!

  5. Hello Jen,
    I just saw this and will give it a try for my 18 yr old daughter. She has reactions to coconut and sesame so I will look into shea or jojoba oil. I was wondering three things: 1) did you find any correlation with ingesting dairy and exacerbation of this chin eczema? 2) Did you keep this paste in the refrigerator, make it new everyday or…? 3) If you were needing to dress up for an event, could you put makeup on it while it is flaring up / healing?
    Thank you for posting this, i think my daughter will be so relieved!

    1. Hello Audrey, I’m sure your daughter will benefit from this paste, and yes you can use any oil or shea butter to apply. Dairy is highly inflammatory, acidic and hard on the digestive tract and should be avoided as it also causes mucus in the body and doesn’t help the skin to heal at all. I just make enough to use on whatever area that I need to, but you can for sure make some and save it in the fridge, just make sure to use clean hands with each application. If the skin is flaring you definitely want to let it breathe so it can heal, using make up and even moisturizers sometimes can clog it up in a way and not allow it to breathe and heal on it’s own. If one MUST use makeup try a mineral one like Bare Essentials. If you are interested you can fill out a health questionnaire, I offer support for eczema sufferers and this allows me to get to know them better and offer assistance according to their situation. I don’t have a set cost for this but I take donations of any amount to my paypal account for my services. If this is something that would be of interest to you and your daughter, you can fill out the questionnaire I will email you and I’ll get back to you with my my suggestions as soon as I can!
      Take care & God bless,

  6. I am so happy to have found your website! Todah Yah. I had not researched tumeric until I read your testimony.

    My child has eczema (really bad.. occurs mainly during winter and allergy season). And, mine flares when my asthma vegans to to get out of control.

    We’ve just started a ‘tumeric protocol’ and I’m looking forward to the healing. Thank you for sharing!


    1. Hi Diynah, I’m glad you found my site and my post has inspired you. Turmeric is so great and I know you’re going to love it. I’m sorry to hear that you and your child suffer from eczema, healing has got to be done from the inside out for sure. Asthma, allergies and eczema go hand in hand and can all be relieved by healing internally. These topical treatments can help, but the real healing comes from deep cleansing. I will send you two health questionnaires for you and your child and if you’re interested in some support you can fill it out and I’ll respond as fast as I soon as I can! I hope all of this helps!
      Take care & God bless,

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