You can use essential oils for eczema treatment. Eczema can be made worse by bacteria and fungus that get into the skin. Essential oils can be very beneficial in killing pathogens that grow on the skin and calming inflammation that is in the skin. Below are some essential oils that are beneficial in treating eczema and how to use them.
Normally essential oils are best diluted in a carrier oil. However for eczema it is sometimes better to dilute oils in a water based carrier. One of my favorites is Aveeno Eczema Therapy Lotion. This lotion is mostly natural with no parabens or propylene glycol. I have found it very beneficial to mix essential oils with this lotion. For very dry skin warm some shea butter in a double boiler and add the oils to shea butter instead of Aveeno Lotion.
4 oz Aveeno Eczema Lotion
2 drops Geranium
5 drops Lavender
1 drop Bay
5 drops of Sea Buckthorn Oil (optional)
Squeeze Aveeno lotion in a small jar with a lid. Mix the the essential oils in and store. Apply the lotion twice a day to affected area.
Sea Buckthorn Oil is not an essential oil and is amazing at helping eczema. It is very dark red so you do have to be careful not to use too much. It takes the redness out of the skin and is high in Vitamin A and antioxidants that are very beneficial for eczema.
Please note: Aveeno Eczema Therapy is not all natural and ranks a 3 on the EWG SkinDeep database where a 1 or a 2 is preferable. If you know of an all natural, effective eczema lotion please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also mix essential oils in aloe vera gel to treat skin rashes. When using this recipe you should always test a small spot of skin first before applying it all over. A good place to test is the back of the hand near the wrist. If there is no reaction, for example redness or burning it should be safe to use. The apple cider vinegar will help acidify the skin. It is very important with eczema to keep the skin pH around 5.5. The skin will stay moister at this pH and will be better able to keep harmful bacteria from entering the skin.
4 oz aloe vera gel
1 TBS apple cider vinegar
4 drops carrot seed
4 drops tea tree
2 drops geranium
Mix all ingredients together in a small jar. This mixture may need to be stirred before use as the essential oils may want to float to the top.
Other Oils to Try
Other oils that may be beneficial for eczema are vetiver, cypress, helichrysum italicum, patchouli, palmarosa, black spruce, chamomile and myrhh. They can be substituted in the recipes above if done carefully. Always test the skin first to make sure there will be no reaction. I like to purchase my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs and Aromatics International.
Most rashes will benefit from coconut oil. Coconut oil has a high amount of medium chain fatty acids which are more readily absorbed by the skin. Coconut oil also kills yeasts and bacteria which may be affecting the skin. 10-20 drops of the above listed oils can be added to 2 ounces of coconut oil and applied to the rash. However, coconut oil can dry out the skin, so it the eczema sufferer is prone to very dry skin, do not use coconut or use it in combination with shea butter.
For very itchy skin you can add a few drops of peppermint oil to 1 ounce of aloe vera. The peppermint can help relieve the itchiness.
Many have found relief from Barefoot Butter. It contains coconut oil and shea butter to moisturize skin. It also contains tea tree and oregano to kill yeast, fungus and bacteria. It also contains peppermint oil to help relieve pain and itching. It should be used in moderation.