What is the spiritual meaning of eczema and skin rashes like dermatitis or psoriasis? This article has ideas based on my experience.
As it is not medical advice, I urge you to work with your intuition and healers to find your own solutions. This post was lasted updated in January 2020.
Do you have sensitive skin? Me too! Ah, the joys of being a highly sensitive person. Within weeks of birth, I had full body eczema and it’s come and gone regularly since then. Being itchy and scratchy is something I’ve had to make peace with.
The Oxford Dictionary defines eczema as “a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed with blisters which cause itchy and bleeding.” The term eczema comes from Latin/ Greek words, which mean to boil over, or break out. That’s definitely how you feel when you have it! Did you know that Australia has one of the highest eczema rates in the world?
Let’s be honest – having eczema is expensive, painful and embarrassing. I’m currently healing from a breakout under my arms. To my partner’s amusement, whenever I scratch myself, I look like a monkey (funnily, that’s my sign in Chinese Astrology). It’s hard to focus on the serious side of psychic readings when you can barely sit still. Thank goodness I meditate and have willpower.
Eczema is a humbling reminder to stay present and ‘in your body’, that’s for sure. Like many healers, I believe that all illness has a physical and spiritual cause. There are great books by Louise Hay and Inna Segal about this connection. Also look up Lise Bourbeau and read this post on eczema, psoriasis and irritation by the radical healer which I found online.
I feel that eczema arises when you’re ‘letting people get under your skin’ and trying to avoid your truth – that you’re a sensitive, intuitive being.
Some questions to ask when your eczema flares up – just scan the list and notice which ones pop out:
Why are you uncomfortable in your skin? (the location of your eczema can be telling – e.g. behind an ear if you dislike people gossiping about you, on an arm if you feel held back, or on your back if you think people are talking about you behind your back!)
Who or what is rubbing you raw?
Are you prone to making ‘rash’ decisions or judgements?
Where are you being ir-rash-ional (irrational)?
Are you letting fear rule you?
Where are you holding in anger and frustration, instead of letting it rocket you forwards? As they say, the secret to using anger is to ‘get angry at the right person, in the right time, in the right amount’.
Where is it time to bring things up/ to the surface? What we suppress, must express.
Is it time to shed a layer of yourself?
Where are you going through separation anxiety?
Do you absorb criticism instead of asserting yourself? You teach people how to treat you. When you say no to abuse, you say yes to sanity.
Do you see sensitivity as a gift or curse? Where do you present a ‘thick skin’ when, deep down, you’re hurting?
How often do you celebrate your inner beauty, instead of focusing on your appearance? Is it time for a detox?
Your eczema is a message that change is sorely needed. When you accept that your body is your Soulmate, ultimate healing becomes possible.
*Heal your gut & identify food allergies or intolerances. I was put on cow’s milk early on. Like many Chinese, I couldn’t digest this, and developed eczema. My Dad’s words were ‘we thought you’d never get married – you looked like you had crocodile skin’. Once a nurse switched me to a non-milk formula, my skin cleared up.
For me, diet is only one part of the solution. I ate lactose and gluten throughout my 20’s, but gave them up in my 30’s. If I have lactose or gluten now, my eczema flares again. I have tried Lacteeze (enzyme tablets). They help but I still feel queasy. Interestingly – some people find that applying breastmilk can help eczema – I think this has helped my toddler with his rashes (I also give him a bottle of expressed milk when possible).
You may also want to look into salicylates, egg and other food issues. Homemade coconut helps my stomach and skin a lot. Also, when I exercise, my food sensitivities are less obvious. More bloodflow, better digestion (body brushing is also great)! A spiritual look at gluten and dairy sensitivities
*Minimise junk food – especially when it’s takeaway made by people in a hurry! You’re eating their energy, after all. I am sensitive to MSG. It gives me eczema, sore muscles and hayfever symptoms. Sugary foods bring back my rashes. Although I like green smoothies, I limit them as I find these are a ‘fast’ and buzzy food. Once I return to home cooking, organic fruit, vegetables, soups and slow-pressed juices, my skin heals again.
On occasion, I take fish oils, however some people are sensitive to amines and may not be able to take these. I’ve heard there’s a Candida link to eczema, which could be related to gut and intestinal issues. Thyroid issues could also be affecting your psoriasis (my husband has this at the moment, we are reading Medical Medium and seeing a holistic doctor as a result). Some people recommend probiotics or specific diets (like GAPS) but I am cautious as I had an eating disorder and need to eat a wide range of foods for weight reasons. Everyone needs to find their own solutions.
*Deal with ‘letting go’. Constipation and eczema are related (especially if you look into Chinese Medicine/ acupuncture), so drinking good quality water, eating regularly and making time to go to the bathroom are essential. Sitting down exacerbates constipation so consider having a chair-free day on the weekends – the more you move, the better you’ll, um, move! There are wooden stools you can buy to help you squat while using the toilet. Practice exhaling or puffing, instead of holding your breath during a bowel movement. If you eat meat, buy or make organic bone broths, which are soothing for upset stomachs and encourage regular bowel movements.
To add a spiritual dimension, you can chant mantras such as Kali Durge (from Dave Stringer’s album Joyride), to overcome the fear of change. Chanting and deep breathing boost our energy and ability to move on. Kundalini yoga and listening to Snetam Kaur’s music could also be helpful.
*Hydrate! If you’re sensitive enough to have eczema, you’re may know that water has a vibration (i.e. Dr Emoto’s work). I’ve heard stories from parents whose intuitive children will only drink filtered water. We drink two litres of water a day and eat two kilograms of food so it is a large proportion of our energy intake.
I drink more water when I like its taste, that’s why we buy water for $20-30 a week from Montville Mist (they deliver to Brisbane). I also keep the kettle filled up. In Chinese, we believe that drinking warm water preserves your Chi, or life force, especially in winter. If you keep herbal teas, lemon, lime or ginger on hand, it makes the water more interesting to drink. Eating fresh fruit also helps, as do baths, ocean swims etc. especially if you feel like a ‘fish out of water’, or relate strongly to Atlantis, mermaids and sea creatures…perhaps you have a strong need to be around and in water to feel whole again.
I also use a humidifier when the heater is on, and installed a shower head filter that removes chlorine and fluoride. The latter has improved my skin a lot. I no longer have to moisturise as much after bathing. Read more on Water, Fluoride and Your Third Eye. Some people associate ‘hard water‘ with eczema and dermatitis.
*Try oil pulling. After waking up, I do oil pulling before I drink anything. You simply swish a tablespoon of extra virgin organic coconut oil around your mouth for 10-15 minutes (no longer, or you reabsorb the toxins that have been released). Oil pulling is my secret to glowing skin – it does wonders for your complexion, digestion, teeth and gums (mine no longer bleed). I sit and meditate outside while oil pulling, to make the most of the quiet time. Read more on teeth issues.
My preferred brand is Banaban Coconut Oil as it tastes wonderful. It also helps the Banaban people in the Pacific islands. You can buy it from health food shops in Queensland.
*Get sunlight on your skin. Sunlight powers up our third, or solar plexus chakra. Getting 10-20 minutes of sunlight a day, especially on your stomach can improve your mood and digestion. Eczema is linked to ‘not feeling powerful’ so this is a nice self-love exercise that you can do whenever the weather allows.
*Stay warm and keep your circulation up. My eczema is worst when I’m in cold weather, around heaters or don’t move. It improves when I walk, and do morning Reiki and Shiatsu (a Japanese healing technique). After oil pulling, I massage myself from head to toe and send gratitude to all parts of me for working as a team. When possible, I do dry skin brushing and a homemade oatmeal honey body scrub, but not during active flare ups.
*Find the right skin care and laundry products. I cannot use certain essential oil based products, especially ones with lavender. I avoid supermarket shampoos, soaps and handwashes. Most perfumes are out. They give me rashes and sinus issues. I’ve found a few products that are fine – Evohe facial lotion, and Australian Bush Flower Essences are helpful. See my psychic reading for Ian White, the founder.
For body lotion, I use Vegesorb, and sometimes Manuka honey or Calendula cream for flare-ups. Shea butter and coconut oil products are also fine, but occasionally leave me more itchy. For showering, I use a coconut-based product called EnviroCare Earth for Sensitive Skin. When it comes to washing my clothes, I use Eco Store products, or washing balls (which save lots of money!) If I wear clothes washed in normal detergent my skin goes red.
Note: I used to use steroid creams for my eczema but they only worked briefly, so I had to look for other solutions (hence this article).
*Identify other physical triggers. My eczema comes back if I’m around cats, especially the long-haired variety (as beautiful as they are). I also get a rash if I wear wool clothing, thermals or scarves. Bamboo or cotton clothing is fine. I reduce dust mite exposure by sunning our bedding and washing the sheets often.
*Learn to say what you mean, mean what you say, but not say it mean (from Al-Anon). Sensitive people often feel more at home in the mental or spiritual realms than here on earth. Eczema can be a sign that you feel trapped in your body – part of you wants to break out, or break off from the pain of being mortal.
I know that my eczema is linked to rage. When I feel ignored or bullied (especially by authority figures), I break out in a rash on my face and arms that disappears once I find my centre. Instead of judging myself, I laugh and tell people ‘hey I’m getting a stress rash – let’s get to the bottom of this issue instead of letting it drag on’.
To reduce my stress levels, I’ve changed my lifestyle so I have time to meditate, sleep, spend time with my partner, and stay fit. I also studied Holistic Counselling, and work with my Spirit Guides to delegate my worries.
believe that we come to Earth to heal an aspect of our Soul (revealed in our date of birth – find your lifepath). Some of us, myself included, choose to be Spiritual Messengers. We come with features like extreme empathy and delicate skin/ psyches. Many of us also see 11:11 on clocks or other signs of spiritual awakening.
Your skin is the only physical barrier between you and the world. ‘Silks’ have fine, soft skin, that often shows their veins. When people touch them, they might say ‘ooh, what moisturiser do you use?!’
Silks have many lines on their palms, a healing touch and natural empathy. They are like psychic sponges. Silks can look much younger or much older than their age, depending on their lifestyle. They’re happiest when they learn to shield themselves (I clean my aura daily – it only takes a few minutes) and to choose harmonious environments with positive energy and people. More on forgiving your family.
As a Silk Skin in Palmistry, I feel unspoken conflict acutely, and it shows up in my skin. It’s a common feature among those who are psychic. No wonder I developed cystic acne when my parents argued a lot. At the time, I was put on Roaccutane, which helped, but also left me with side effects – it’s not a path I would recommend. Unfortunate, my doctor at the time said ‘diet has nothing to do with acne’, and I believed him. Very few doctors learn about nutrition in detail at medical school. It’s something to be aware of.
On the topic of forgiveness – when nothing will heal your eczema physically, you need to look at childhood or past life issues. During a recent outbreak, it seemed like none of my usual cures were working, so I booked in to see ALL my favourite healers, namely: Alison Lee (Heartwork Counselling), Jane Sleight-Leach (Tapping and Matrix Reimprinting) and Deniz Akan (Dimensional Healing) – see my review of her sessions
Here’s what happened. After the first few treatments, my eczema got worse, not better. I knew this was a good sign. If you’ve ever heard of the Herxheimer reaction, you’ll know what I mean.
I ended up releasing many painful memories related to my gender. In China, girls are often aborted or killed as they are perceived as less valuable than boys. My parents wanted a firstborn son, so from day dot, I knew I was a disappointment. Perhaps this contributed to my infant eczema. I don’t blame them for their beliefs – they were just being my spiritual teachers. It’s actually a cultural issue, e.g. my family tree book (which goes back 500 years) only contains the names of male descendants.
I have been clearing this baggage for years, through The Work of Byron Katie, Family Constellations, past life regressions and self-induced trances. Having incarnated as a Master 29/11 lifepath in numerology (Spiritual Messenger) to be an innovative healer, I have learned to embrace my history rather than ignore it. Find your lifepath
They say that you teach your greatest wounding. No wonder I work with so people on honouring their Divine Feminine, intuition and inner child. The way you treat your feelings is the way you treat your women.
*Check your Personal Year. Maybe you’re in a healing period?
In numerology we live in 9 year cycles. As I’m in a 9 Personal Year, I’m completing a life lesson. 2015 is an exam period for me where I’m being tested on what I’ve learned since 2006 (I launched my psychic career in 2007). Find your Personal Year
9 Personal Years are fantastic for rewriting history, letting go of chronic conditions, and being a mentor to others. Perhaps this is the year I stop ‘opening old wounds again and again’ (isn’t that the story of eczema?) See my BONUS section on eczema and the eighth chakra at the bottom of the page.
The final step to healing my eczema was to process a past life where I had killed people. I can’t tell you how sad this made me. We’ve all been male, female, sinner and saint, but sometimes it’s hard to own it. After that realisation, and a lot of crying, my itching stopped for the first time in weeks. I feel ready for the next chapter of life now.
I also saw a medical intuitive called Jean Sheehan, who said maybe I am irritated at the thought of new beginnings (my latest bout of eczema appeared when I fell pregnant). Food for thought!
Read more about my holistic fertility tips. In conclusion, ‘if you’re going through Hell, keep going’. It’s the same with eczema! Commit to eliminating the problem, or at least, making peace with your reality.
Look at where you keep your toxic feelings hidden and find a safe way to express them. What goes in, must come out. Perhaps it’s time to clean up your self talk? These days, if I feel an itch, I pause and ask ‘what’s below the surface – what is not being said?’
Please, experiment with the ideas listed here, and let me know what works for you!
After this last cycle of eczema, I’m using August’s Blue Moon to ‘grow a thicker skin’. I’m studying stand up comedy, as I’d rather face my fears than let them bury me, and I encourage you to do the same.
See your body as your soulmate – after all, it’s the only one you’ve got. Beauty is more than skin deep. Love yourself no matter what you look like. Know that healing is always possible. Spirit doesn’t want us to suffer – it wants us to learn. You are a Divine Soul and deserve the very best in life. Keep growing!
In numerology ECZEMA adds to 5+3+8+5+4+1 = 26/8. This is the same vibration as the word FAITH or THINK. Breaking 26/8 down gives insight into the spiritual cause of eczema, namely:
-An imbalance in the second chakra (sacral chakra), which rules our emotions and hip/ lower belly area. When our second chakra is balanced, we find relationships easy. When it’s underactive, we suppress our intuition and go numb (think of someone who never cries). When it’s overactive, we can’t stand being alone and take everything personally. This chakra is healed through conflict resolution, finding pleasure in the small things and balancing giving and receiving. Its ultimate goal is peace and going with the flow.
-An imbalance in the sixth chakra (third eye chakra), which rules our brain and vision (including our ESP, hence the term the sixth sense). When our sixth chakra is balanced, we see the good and bad in every situation, feel on purpose, and keep an open mind. When our sixth chakra is underactive, we overanalyse things, worry a lot and are sceptical of spiritual matters. We follow others rather than create our own lives. When our sixth chakra is overactive, we have headaches, nightmares or become ungrounded/ spaced out. This chakra is healed through visualisation, study, self-care and time in nature. Its goal is love for self, the planet and all life.
-Overall, ezcema is an opportunity to heal the eighth chakra (Karmic Patterns). The number 8 looks like an infinity symbol on its side and represents our connection to God/ Spirit/ Source. Issues with the 8 chakra invite us to ‘break old patterns’. When our eighth chakra is underactive, we’re addicted to ‘doing the same thing, expecting different results’. We keep waiting for someone to save us. When our eighth chakra is overactive, we turn into a bully – wanting everyone to live up to our standards instead of letting them evolve at their natural pace.
When our eighth chakra is balanced, we embrace life as a series of endings and beginnings. We believe in karma (what goes around, comes around – like the figure 8) and have the strength to stand up for our convictions. We know when to push, and when to wait. We work with Spirit in a respectful way and exude gratitude. More on 8 numerology.
I have an 8 challenge in numerology, maybe this is linked to my skin…Perhaps the blessing of eczema is to teach us to surrender to our natural sensitivity (2) and to honour our intuition (6). To break the cycle of self-doubt and to STOP letting other people dictate our lives (8). Sound good? Then let the healing begin! Love x Sarah
Related Link – The Spiritual Meaning of 9 Common Diseases
You can also look up medical intuitive writers like Lise Bourbeau and Inna Segal and Louise Hay
Sonia Donaldson has many great ideas there gathered from her Facebook community.
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