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Searching for a truly effective remedy for eczema is often exhausting and can seem at times down right…debilitating.
However, moving away from the steroidal treatments of conventional medicine toward the plant-based, anti-inflammatory solutions of herbs + aromatherapy demonstrates the successful revival of nearly forgotten wisdom.
We know that eczema, by and large, is an external symptom of internal imbalance + disharmony.
While the journey of correcting the underlying cause — diet + lifestyle + autoimmunity + metabolism — could take years…creating all-natural topical creams, lotions, and/or salves can provide symptomatic relief along the often difficult road.
I’ve designed this herbal — totally chemical-free, all-natural, plant-based — formula to help soothe and ease extremely dry, bumpy, itchy, eczema-prone skin.
All of the ingredients — the herbs, the butter, the oils — were chosen for their ability to ::
- regenerate + repair + normalize the skin
- hydrate extremely dry patches
- soothe sensitive skin
- reduce the occurrence of itchy, red inflammatory breakouts
Ready for relief!
Healing Eczema Cream
*Use only pure, organic, additive-free ingredients. I have linked to the only products I recommend.
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) unrefined, raw Shea butter
- 1/8 cup (1 ounce) calendula herbal oil
- 1/8 cup (1 ounce) seabuckthorn oil (use hemp seed oil or avocado oil for a less expensive substitution)
Learn more :: Click here to learn how to make your own calendula herbal oil at home.
Essential Oil Blend
*Use only pure, organic and/or wildharvested oils. I have linked to the superior oils made available by Mountain Rose Herbs.
- 30 drops blue chamomile essential oil (consider substituting with Spikenard essential oil if an allergy to ragweed is present)
- 20 drops patchouli essential oil
- 15 drops carrot seed essential oil
- 10 drops frankincense essential oil
- Combine all ingredients and essential oils — in their natural state, without the use of heat — in a stainless steel or glass bowl.
- Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, whip for approximately 3-4 minutes — or until well combined.
- Transfer cream to glass jars (I love these) for storage. Store in a cool, dark place.
For Best Results
Apply a generous dose of this cream to the skin immediately after a bath or shower. Gently towel wet skin by patting dry just prior to application. Likewise, apply anytime to clean, dry skin whenever relief is needed throughout the day.
Making remedies such as these in your kitchen requires the utmost in cleanliness in order to inhibit bacterial growth. Be sure to use thoroughly cleaned utensils, bowls, and counter surfaces throughout the process.
This cream should last 6+ months on the counter. There is no need for refrigeration.
Note: Naturally the results will be different for everyone. This is by no means a cure-all. I’m just happy to share with you my experience with these plants and/or oils. Please use conventional wisdom and consult with your medical professional prior to using this or any other herbal remedy. And as we know all too well the FDA doesn’t like any type of claim…therefore, take it for what it is, and remember, this information is purely educational in its purpose.
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The moisturizer sounds great; think I would add some coconut oil to it; I have dry skin in winter months. If anyone is interested in checking out – Doug Kaufman @Know The Cause site, he tells of quicker ways to rid yourselves of eczema… it’s fungal related; yes, extreme diet change would be needed. Guess one has to decide what’s more important – sweets/bad carbs OR clear skin
I don’t know about your eczema, but mine is not fungal related. I have suffered with eczema since I was born – I am now 30. Having a child has varied my triggers slightly, but the majority of them are the same as they have always been. Treating eczema IS NOT like treating acne – it is a skin condition that is usually hereditary.
I know a neighbour who had eczema so badly it was all over her legs and one day she came around and was advocating a product used by dairy farmers call udder cream…I have been looking for this and it can be found in farming and on the internet for dairy farmer and they swear by it, not cheap but I have to say it did wonders that lady…….
Was it bag balm? Great product!
My grand daughter has it too…my daughter used evening primrose oil and it was gone within minutes…it really works great.
I don’t know what sort of eczema Cheryl has either, mine isn’t any where near fungal related and my step daughter was born with it. Different foods spark of attacks in the both of us, ie, tomatoes and oranges. As Joi says it’s quite often hereditary, and you’ll find in most cases there are asthmatics in the family as well. If anyone is diagnosed with eczema and they are told it’s fungal related, I would suggest going to another doctor/skin specialist. Fungal/bacterial skin conditions can be cured.
Eczema has been labeled an autoimmune condition closely related to allergies — be it certain foods or chemicals. Lots of triggers — including changing climates (going from humid to arid) and changing temps. Also, stress can trigger eczema.
Sometimes it manifests itself since birth (usually these are due to food allergy related outbreaks) and other times it out of the blue happens when you are an adult.
Many people have found relief by healing their gut. 🙂
Coconut oil, for many people, is not a good moisturizer. It is healthy, sure, but quite a few people I know use coconut oil only to say an hour later their skin is just as dry and itchy.
My recommendation? Tallow cream. Tallow rendered from grass fed beef suet (organ fat) is the closest thing in nature to our own body’s sebum (natural oils to moisturize our skin). You can make it yourself super cheap and pretty easily, although rendering the tallow yourself the first time seems scary.
Mommypotamous (an online mommy blogger) wrote an article about it a few years back, and ever since then, I have been making my own.
I do think I am going to try to experiment with a body butter — with tallow, shea butter, avocado oil, and a little coconut oil… I already make a luxurious body butter, and I make a tallow night cream with gentle essential oils, which is what I use when I have eczema breakouts as well… but I want to mix the two recipes together to find a body butter for extra dry skin sufferers…. I will do that once I move back to the US in January 🙂
Elaine Pollard says
I have had eczema my entire life. As an adult, I was diagnosed with asthma. At the time I was diagnosed, I had a really bad outbreak of eczema on my legs the size of a saucer. The doctor said that I’d had asthma all my life–that it was a specific disorder (which, I know is stupid, but I forgot the name of it), and what tipped him off was the eczema.
You’re right as far as diet. I have been a vegetarian all of my adult life. A couple of years ago, I went on a raw diet. For that entire time, I did not have one outbreak of eczema. Not one! And that was super unusual since I break out all the time. I went off the raw diet, and the eczema is back.
Also, your point about coconut oil is spot on. Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, and it is very drying. It is one of three oils that have cleansing properties (I am a soap maker). I cannot use large amounts of coconut oil on my skin or hair as they are already prone to dryness. I’ve noticed when I put shea butter on my eczema, it does soothe it. However, a lot of people that are allergy prone are allergic to shea. I might try the tallow, even though I am a vegetarian. I have to find something that will work!
I do believe it’s some type of autoimmune disease. Isn’t psoriasis an autoimmune disease as well? It makes sense to me.
I have asthma and fixed mine through water, oil supplements, and exercise. By the way this happened by surprise! I went on to transform my body, to see if I could do it, and I always heard if I strengthened my cardiovascular it would it would help my asthma, and it did. I was able to do a hour on an elliptical, it took a while to get to that point, and I did it when a really good tv show was on. I had got rid of cable so this was an incentive. Anyway I consumed copious amounts of water, some kind of deodorized fish oil (this was important since I am very allergic to fish) and it did not break me out or have adverse reactions (strange). Over time I realized that I was able to drop the medicine pump and my skin was no longer itchy and dry; also I could sprint in the summer fully covered for work and not be winded or sweat. Then I got married had kids and let life dictate my behavior to myself. Now I am back to two pumps, itchy skin, and blemishes. This goes to show me that eczema may be a pulmonary issue, which I mentioned above. Oh and I cut out sugar which was hard as all but I did it; also I did notice environmental things like molds still bothered me, but everything else was not an issue. I could even laugh at cigarette smoke it was no longer a trigger. I guess I will get back to it
Lesley Ann Porter says
Hello Elaine, when my son was about 2 or three he came out with large round whitish looking spots on his legs and I thought it was ringworm, I dont know why I thought that but I will go with the fact that the chemist said so. I used the ringworm cream and nothing changed, so I took him to the doctor, what you have just said has reminded me of what the doctor told me, and that was, because I had used the ringworm cream he could not be sure but he thought it was the fact that I was an asthmatic and that my son also but it had shown up as a particular type of eczema, I dont recall the name of it but it finally disappeared and there was no asthma rebound…about 40 years ago.
Tallow sounds like such a BRILLIANT substitution for those with allergies to shea butter! Wonderful suggestion!
Rebecca, that is so interesting, now I eat to learn about making tallow!
That seems like a heck of a lot of essential oil and expensive! I would halve the chamomile and patchouli.
Eczema can be treated nutritionally and with other therapies too, especially if it is connected to a past life.
Thank you! This sounds wonderful.
Of course Miska:) Thank you!
Thank you for taking the time to share your recipe. My husband has eczema and I have psoriasis. Maybe this will help us both.
Hi Kim! I sincerely hope it does! Sending healing thoughts your way!
Just a note. Chamomile is in the ragweed family and may acerbate eczema and/or psoriasis. You may want to omit this EO.
Yes! Excellent recommendation! Omit chamomile essential oil if there is an allergy to ragweed. I suggest substituting with Spikenard.
Really learn a lot from you, and following the leads you offer. Need a good, organic body lotion and also something for a small bit of eczema, and priced the ingredients for this recipe – well over $100! to purchase all needed. Please, please, please – could you offer a recipe that’s much less expensive to make? Senior on fixed income, but still looking for the good things out of life!
Hi Jen! A few money-saving tips would be to make your own calendula herb oil using a good-quality organic olive oil and calendula flowers you grow yourself at home. Calendula oil can be used as an entire substitution for the seabuckthorn oil (meaning you’d use 1/2 cup of shea butter and 1/4 cup calendula oil). If you’re looking to save money on essential oils…I always encourage folks to use the buddy system:) I have a couple really awesome like-minded friends and together we have been able to purchase things we could never afford on our own. In this recipe, I’d encourage you to substitute a less expensive essential oil such as lavender and keep the recipe really simple. I hope this helps. And I wish you many blessings on your journey:)
Linda Eklund says
I use strictly organic olive oil…works so well. I find all the essential oils have to much fragrance for my skin. I am a retired hairstylist, worked for 40 years. Nothing but trouble with my skin. I used cortisone ointment, that kept me working…but thinned my skin. Got onto olive oil and haven’t looked back. Just massage it into hands and put on 100% cotton gloves. We all know how itchy it can be and the gloves keep you from scratching. BLESSINGS…??
Would this be okay to use on a 6 month old? He has terrible eczema in the winter and I have been using Eucerin cream on it.
Hi Kayla. For a 6+ month old…I’d only recommend using 20 drops of the blue chamomile and 5 drops of the carrot seed. Eliminate the patchouli and frankincense. Everything else is okay for babies given he has no allergies to shea butter or any of the other ingredients:) I strongly encourage you to talk to your medical provider before making or using this recipe. Concerning the use of essential oils on babies…if you have not introduced him to essential oils, it’s important to remember that you haven’t yet discovered the things he may be allergic to. Start by introducing them slowly one at a time — one day at a time — moderately diluted (i.e. start with chamomile 3-5 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil). And then watch him for any sort of reaction. Generally speaking, most babies — if they are going to have a reaction — will likely show signs 15-30 minutes post exposure/application. But like I said, talk to his doctor first:)
Cheryl, thanks for the information, especially regarding eczema being fungal related. I’m in my early 60’s and have just recently started having a problem with eczema breakouts (under my eyes and a bit around my mouth). It’s related to food intolerance for me and when I accidentally eat a food on my long list of intolerances (because I didn’t check the ingredients carefully enough – for me rice and chocolate (caffeine) are the triggers) I can almost count on an outbreak of eczema. It usually stays for about 6 – 8 weeks. However, I tried putting grapefruit seed extract (which is an anti-fungal) on my newest eczema breakout the other day and it started clearing up that same day. I was surprised but now it makes sense. I hadn’t thought about eczema being fungal. After only about three or four days of applying the GS extract the eczema is almost gone. I’ll have a look at the website you mentioned. I’ve found it very difficult to find information on ‘adult’ eczema online or in any of the many allergy books I own. By far most of the information refers to children who suffer with eczema.
Hi, thanks for all the information. I’ve had except since I can remember. Stress triggers mine as does a new environment i.e. new job, even visiting a home for the first time. I also use Tea Tree oil directly from the bottle. I use a q-tip with half of the cotton top removedette and found it to be very effective in drying up an outbreak. It is very drying so it’s a balancing act to dry it out without over doing it. Thanks for all you share, it’s very much appreciated!
I was looking for an eczema cream recipe but after reading the comments another question popped up. If coconut oil is not as moisturizing and make some people’s skin dry and itchy, how can I replace it in pregnancy anti stretch mark cream like this one by Wellness Mama: http://wellnessmama.com/8183/stretch-marks-salve/
Estelle Stone says
Andrea also posted awhile go (You can find it in the Archives Section) a recipe for Lovely tallow Moisturizing beauty Balm. I’ve made it and it is Fabulous! i use it on my face. I’m 54 and no one would suspect. 😉 I use it on legs, arms, etc. It is amazing. 🙂
Are you possibly going to sell this product?
I have used Jojoba Oil on my son and it clears the Eczema up.
If any of you use cortisone cream for eczema then please go to the whistle blower site itsan.org. For years I treated my persistant and worsening eczema with cortisone cream. I didn’t know that my skin was actually addicted to the cream, so it created eczema so I would feed it more cream. This is called Red Skin Syndrome. Quiting cortisone cream leads to an eventual 100% cure for everyone, but the withdrawal is hell. Please research this.
Hello, Can lavender essential oil be substituted for any of the other EO used in this recipe?
Anna Kate says
So, with the exception of the essential oils (used lavender instead – only oil right now that I KNOW doesn’t irritate my skin), I just made this. Aaand it’s SO ORANGE (because of the Seabuckthorn) that it’s literally going to stain my skin what I have dubbed “carrot souffle orange.” What can I do to lessen the overwhelming orange tint? It also seems pretty watery. (I warmed the Shea butter to soften – maybe I shouldn’t have done that?) The only thing I can think of is to add lotsss more Shea butter. Which is fine, but I want to keep it potent as well, since it’s supposed to heal and not just moisturize. Help?
Try melting shredded bees wax 1-2 Tbsp at a time to harden your balm. That is the normal mix with a Shea butter or coconut oil to thicken homemade balms.
Is there a substitute for patchouli? I can’t stand that smell.