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Essential Oils for Eczema – Treatment Ideas

Essential Oils for Eczema - Treatment Ideas - MyNaturalFamily.com #doterra

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 Essential Oils for Eczema - Treatment Ideas - MyNaturalFamily.com #doterrado 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.

Essential Oils for Eczema - Treatment Ideas - MyNaturalFamily.com #doterraOf 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,
Essential Oils for Eczema - Treatment Ideas - MyNaturalFamily.com #doterrabut 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.)

Essential Oils for Eczema - Treatment Ideas - MyNaturalFamily.com #doterraIt 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!

The following is from a discussion on our facebook group about doTERRA essential oils for eczema…

 If you had limited oils and wanted to only use one for eczema and you were allergic to lavender, what one oil would it be?

TiffanyZendocrine

Rebecca – internally or topically?

Jamie – I’ve read juniper berry is supposed to be great for eczema

Tiffany - Internally 2 drops in the morning and night. And if you cant do internally, put on feet to cleanse the toxins. Juniper berry does help too. We use it on my son all the time while we’re trying to detox him eczema is the body manifesting an over abundance of toxins unable to be flushed. We use Terrazyme and Zendocrine to help my son with all his allergies.

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Comments

  1. Becky says

    We have just started diving into the oils. We have found great success with sunburn salves and bug repellant. Both my son and husband suffer from minor eczema. We have tried lavender as well with reactions in my son, I thought maybe it was just him or that I hadn’t diluted it enough, but glad to see that it’s a reaction of others. Is there one oil that would be effective? We are just building up our oils and purchasing the combination of oils you mentioned above might take us a while. Thanks so much for your posts!

  2. Kathleen says

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  3. Sabrina Philpott says

    Have you ever tried Goat Milk Lotion? Just curious, my husband and many relative have eczema and the lotion is the only thing they have found for relief. I make it myself but was looking into using essential oils with it. Your posts are a big help, thank you!

    • says

      Actually, I really like goat milk lotion but it’s hard to find the good stuff. I used to buy it at a craft fair. Do you know where I can get the good stuff online? I bought some on Amazon and it was horrible.

  4. Cynthia Hutchinson says

    Thank you so much- I wil begin with lavender fora spot on my leg that just won’t clear up.

  5. Casey says

    My 11 month old has severe eczema. He has been treated by a dermatologist and allergist. He has environmental allergies and he is allergic to eggs, cow’a milk, peanuts, and tree nuts.
    I will give the oils a shot!

  6. Hollyw says

    Thank you for the info. I am so busy with keeping my kids healthy that I have neglected my hand eczema. I had been using lavender but not seeing great results. Thanks for sharing that it doesn’t help in your house. I will try these other oils.

  7. Lanie McMillan says

    I am so glad I stumbled across your site! This is the first page I landed on, but am about to read every page! I’ve had sensitive skin my whole life and with my first pregnancy it turned into an awful eczema that just won’t go away. I’m sick of steroid cream and am very excited to try this remedy! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Rachel says

    I have been curious about the deep blue for awhile. I have fibromyalgia which was made worse by Lyme disease and hurt so bad that I can no longer work. I am not ready to give up and get disability even though I have doctors telling me I should. I hope I win this so I can see if it will help me. Thank you for the opportunity!

  9. Leah says

    I suffer from eczema and have tried EVERYTHING! I am so excited to try some of your suggestions, especially since they are natural solutions! I am also exploring the possibility of food allergies. Thanks so much for this great info!

  10. Mitzi Wright says

    Hi there,

    I am 44 years old and have suffered with Eczema my entire life, it is head to toe, all year long. I have done steroid creams, Cyclosporine, Decadron shots, all of it. It is never completely gone, or healed. I have Frankincense and Rose hip seed oil, but I think maybe I put on too much, I used them straight and maybe that was the issue. What do you suggest? Also, in your opinion do hormone fluctuations trigger outbreaks?

  11. Chelsea says

    My little three month old has what seems like eczema on her arms and cheeks and sometimes on her legs. I’ve been trying so many different things. I don’t know why I don’t think of essential oils first! Thanks for the info.

  12. Brynn says

    Thanks for this info, I was looking for info on treating eczema with essential oils and this is very helpful!

  13. Jodi says

    My 2 yr old son suffers from severe eczema all over his body. He is in constant pain from itching. We haven’t slept thru the night in months. Can sone guide me on where to start. We’ve never tried oils.

  14. Misskaybug says

    Thanks for the information! I am just beginning to use essential oils, and I just had no idea of the many uses there are! This is all so exciting for me!!

    • says

      I don’t think it’s very possible to make your own because, like most of the doTERRA blends, Immortelle has ingredients that they don’t carry separately.

  15. sara says

    My son has eczema (pretty severely on his legs), we have been doing steroids for the past 4+ months and every time we stop them it comes back. We just stopped again, and it is back…I picked up the Immortelle and want to try that this time. Any suggestions on how often to use it? Do you use it as a preventative measure as well? Thanks!!

    • says

      Most doTERRA oils you would use 3 times a day unless it is severe then you would want to do it more often. I would also very seriously consider environmental and food allergies and Candida. I have articles about all those on my blog. They can all be the cause of eczema. That way you can treat the CAUSE and get rid of it once and for all.

  16. AromaMind says

    IT WAS WRITTEN: try using 10 drops of Helichrysum and Frankincense and 5 drops of Thyme and Geranium mixed with 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil.

    As a trained aromatherapist I have to say that this is way too much essential oil for 1 Tb of carrier oil. This would suit more like 100mls!

  17. Angela says

    I just happened to search “essential oils for eczema” and came across this article and giveaway, must be fate! ;)

  18. Carol W says

    My daughter has eczema on her neck. Thanks for the information. I’ve been researching ways to treat it naturally, since over the counter products aren’t working for us

  19. Diane Cooper says

    My 6 year old grandson suffers horribly with eczema. I am a firm believer in using essential oils, but have been hesitant to use on my grandson for fear of making his condition worse. Thank you so much for this wealth of information! He has been to the doctor several times with this and nothing has helped so far. I am going to very slowly start experimenting with essential oils to see what will work best for him.

    • says

      I would say that the xeo mega fish oil liquid for kids and finding any food allergies will help him the most so you may want to be thinking in that direction.

  20. says

    Yes..I just treaded an awful eczema on my mother in low’s hand which was unresponsive to any medications. Combination of :melaleuca. OnGuard, FRANKINCENSE and Levander- one drop each, two times a day and after day 13 it is 90% gone. This is just amazing.

  21. says

    I’m glad you’ve had good luck with your mom and the oils. I’ve had good luck with essential oils when other things wouldn’t work and then it’s not problem for the essential oils.

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