Soothing Eczema with Homemade Relief Cream
I remember the first time I spotted eczema on my daughter. I just couldn’t believe it! I breastfed her until she was 14 months old, fed her all natural and organic food and now she had eczema! I was dumbfounded to say the least and went on a hunt to fix the problem.
There are several types of eczema, but the most common is known as atopic dermatitis. This is a chronic allergic condition in which the skin develops areas of itchy, scaly rashes.
Symptoms of eczema include:
- Red itchy patches most often located on the hands, elbows, knees and ankles
- Dry leathery patches
- Blisters that often ooze or scab over
- Inflammation around the affected areas
Eczema often occurs in infants and children, many of whom grow out of the symptoms. Yet, some people battle eczema breakouts their entire lives. Some believe certain substances like soaps, animal dander, and environmental allergens trigger eczema. However, many times people with eczema can’t identify an actual cause behind their flare-ups.
Primarily, moisturizing the skin not only treats, but also prevents eczema. Eczema on the hands, in particular, is often caused by frequent hand washing without proper moisture replenishment. Those in the medical field often struggle with this form of eczema due to constant hand-washing and the use of alcohol-based sanitizers.
Unfortunately, most lotions and creams for treatment of eczema are petroleum-based. In researching eczema cures for my daughter, I was disappointed to discover that the creams recommended by dermatologists contained this by-product of the oil industry. That’s right! Petroleum jelly, otherwise known as Vaseline, is made from the same original source as gasoline! Petroleum based products may give the illusion of moisture, but they merely provide a barrier on the skin. This barrier clogs skin pores, traps in dirt and keeps sweat, salts, and other products of human metabolism from evaporating.
If you like the consistency of Vaseline and hesitate to switch, I encourage you to try a product called Un-petroleum Jelly, available HERE. I have used it for years and believe it is the best all natural alternative to Vaseline. Beeswax, cocoa butter and shea butter also act as natural petroleum alternatives by sealing in moisture, but without clogging the pores.
When treating eczema and other skin conditions you should always use creams and lotions that are formulated with all natural oils. These oils are less likely to aggravate the skin because of their similarity to our skin’s own oil.
The following oils are the best for skin. These oils help heal, replenish moisture and soothe irritation and itching.
- Almond oil
- Carrot seed oil
- Hemp oil
- Argan oil
- Sesame oil
- Coconut oil
Artificial fragrances can also irritate sensitive skin and worsen eczema. The best products to improve skin hydration and barrier function are fragrance-free or are scented with essential oils. For commercial cream, I recommend Skin Food by Weleda, available HERE. It is a blend of sesame oil, almond oil, and beeswax with a wonderful citrus essential oil fragrance. It is the perfect hand cream and is easily thrown in your purse or bag for travel convenience. My daughter keeps a tube at school to use during the winter months to prevent chapped hands and other potential eczema outbreaks.
However, what I found to work best for my daughter was a homemade eczema cream. This combination, along with some dietary changes, helped to clear up her eczema in just 2 weeks!
This powerful cream is just as effective for psoriasis and other skin rashes and irritations.
Soothing Blue Skin Relief Cream
- 2 oz. pure cocoa butter
- 2 oz. shea butter
- 2 oz. pure almond oil
- 1 oz. pure neem oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 20 drops of frankincense essential oil
- 20 drops of myrrh essential oil
- 20 drops of blue tansy essential oil (this has a blue color which can stain clothing so use with caution)
- Melt the cocoa and shea butters over low heat. When melted, remove from heat let cool a few minutes.
- Add in the almond oil and then essential oils.
- Whisk vigorously with a wire whisk or mixer.
- When the oils begin to turn opaque place in the freezer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and whisk some more.
- If necessary, put the mixture back in the freezer for a couple more minutes. Your goal is to create a fairly solid cream.
- Once you have the consistency of cream you like, place the mixture into a jar.
Many different oils are recommended for eczema, however, I have found this blend to work best. The resulting restoration of the skin’s barrier function by oils prevents penetration of irritants, allergens and bacteria thereby reducing or preventing the development of eczema.
Each oil has a specific purpose:
Neem has been used for centuries to treat eczema and other skin conditions. It contains nimbidin and nimbin compounds, which help relieve redness and swelling. It helps heal dry and damaged skin. Neem oil also contains natural antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins that help soothe inflammation. Its natural antiseptic properties prevent secondary infections in skin tissue, which is important in oozing, irritated eczema.
This skin-soothing oil helps reduce inflammation and itching. Its calming properties aid in reducing stress and skin flare-ups induced by stress.
This prized ancient oil is one of the best oils for skin. It is soothing, moisturizing, naturally antiseptic, and a powerful anti-inflammatory.
This oil, like frankincense, was gifted to the Christ child for good reason. Myrrh is a miracle worker for the skin! It is specifically used for skin infections for its ability to speed wound healing.
This unique oil gives this cream its blue color. It contains the ability to heal skin wounds as well as soothe irritated skin.
Treating Eczema From the Inside Out
Despite the importance of using natural lotions and oils to moisturize the skin, treating eczema from the inside out is just as important! In my own journey I found that curing my daughters eczema required two important internal components:
- A strong immune system
- Specific skin nutrients
Immunity begins in the gut. A whopping 80% of your immune system lies in the intestinal tract. Therefore, what you eat and the microbial environment inside your gut can truly make or break your immunity!
Probiotics are the #1 choice for boosting immunity. They provide your body the healthy microorganisms it needs to fight off bad, pathogenic bacteria. I recommend that everyone with eczema, or any skin condition for that matter, incorporate a powerful multi-strain probiotic into their daily routine. A probiotic with at least 30 billion live cultures per capsule is a great daily dose. Once I started my daughter on daily probiotics, her eczema improved dramatically!
Incorporating the correct skin nutrients into your diet is also crucial in preventing and treating eczema. Moisturize your skin from the inside out by consuming coconut oil and fish oil on a daily basis. Just a tablespoon of coconut oil and four capsules of fish oil a day can diminish dry skin!
Skin essential vitamins like C, D, and A are also important. Supplementing with these vitamins can provide major improvements. Studies have shown vast improvements in eczema with vitamin D supplementation. I recommend 5000 IU of vitamin D a day during the winter months for adults and 500-1000 IU a day for children.
A healthy diet and proper nutrition are fundamental when it comes to our well-being. Some people may be able to eliminate eczema altogether by simply giving their body the probiotics and skin nutrients it needs while avoiding the things that lead to inflammation and sickness.
While you’re working on healing, try this natural, homemade application of Soothing Blue Skin Relief Cream to help relieve symptoms without the dangerous side effects of prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals.
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