Eczema is one of the hardest conditions to treat. If you see a doctor they can prescribe creams and ointments to clear it up, but what about maintenance? A steroid cream is only so good for so long before it starts affecting the thickness of your skin. So, what can you do? Enter: essential oils for eczema.
I’ve always had eczema. It’s a horrible condition that never seems to go away. At one point in my life it was so bad that I couldn’t do dishes, and my hands would be bloody messes when I got out of the shower. I tried everything to clear it up, and finally decided I would just have to get used to it. A friend of mine suggested I try liquid laundry soap instead of powdered. I was willing to try anything, but that seemed too simple so I procrastinated trying it for weeks. Finally (more to get her to stop asking if I’d tried it than actually believing it would work) I gave it a try. My hands cleared up within a few days, and I haven’t had serious problems with it again. I’ll notice it beginning to break out and I’ll start to diligently put on creams and oils and it will go away. It was a great fix for me, but my eight year old was another story altogether.
My #4 child has always had problems with her skin. Even as an infant she had patches of eczema here and there on her arms and legs, and it only got worse as she aged. I remember filling out the paperwork for preschool and in the box where it asks if there are any medical conditions I wrote in Eczema. (I know, you’re thinking I’m one of THOSE parents that makes a big deal of nothing, but her skin was so bad I was afraid someone would think she was contagious.) Every year since I’ve discussed with her teachers that she has a skin condition and that we were trying to take care of it.
Of course we’ve tried everything. I knew it wasn’t the laundry detergent (we have never gone back to the powdered variety. In fact, I make my own so that I can be sure there’s nothing in there that may irritate her skin). Prescriptions work the fastest and really clear it up, but as soon as the course of steroids is over the eczema slowly begins to return. For years I have been searching for a long-term solution to this problem, and earlier this year I believe I found it in the form of essential oils for eczema.
Because everyone’s skin is different I’m going to tell you what works for us, and give you some other combinations to try for yourself. I hope some of these ideas work for you, but please, Please, PLEASE see a doctor if your eczema is worse than a mild outbreak. (A serious case of eczema unchecked can lead to deadly infection if you’re not careful.)
Many essential oil guides suggest Lavender oil as a good place to start. The skin in our house tends to get a little worse when Lavender is introduced,
but for many people with very mild cases of eczema, it can ease the discomfort and stop the itch. For those with a more serious condition try using 2 drops of Helichrysum and Frankincense and 1 drops of Thyme and Geranium mixed with 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil. (Coconut oil absorbs the fastest so is perfect for daytime use.) Try something a little heavier, like grapeseed, jojoba, or avocado oil, for nighttime use. After you put the oil on make sure you cover it. (A pair of gloves is great, but a pair of clean, white socks works just as well.) Unfortunately there is no 1 combination of oils that works for everyone. This is one of the mixes we’ve tried, but the essential oil blend we have found to work the best for eczema is doTerra’s Immortelle.
Immortelle is an oil blend used to counteract aging issues. It has a combination of Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Rose, Lavender, and Helichrysum. (The small amount of Lavender doesn’t seem to bother us.)
It is an amazing oil blend, however it is quite pricey. (The last 10mL bottle I bought was $75.) Because it doesn’t go very far we mix it at a 50% ratio with fractionated coconut oil, and use it only for eczema breakouts. It makes a noticeable difference within a few hours, and can be reapplied as often as needed. It truly is amazing.
In our house we rely on essential oils for eczema. It is much easier to prevent a serious breakout rather than treat one so give this a try. I hope this helps. Until next time… happy health!
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