Eczema is an itchy skin condition that is more than just dry skin.
It can look like patches of dry, red, inflamed skin anywhere on the body. While what causes eczema outbreaks is different for each person, it is thought to be linked to an auto-immune response in the body. Sometimes dairy, gluten or other foods are thought to be what triggers eczema flare ups.
Whatever the causes of eczema, the itchiness and scaly patches are not fun to deal with.
Most often, a steroidal skin cream is prescribed to calm the skin areas down. While this is the conventional method, it’s not always the only route. There ARE natural alternatives to conventional medicines, and using a skin cream is a great one. The recipe that I am going to share with you uses rosemary and calendula, as well as shea butter and coconut oil for conditioning and helping to repair the skin.
We love this skin cream in our home, as eczema can flare up at any time. This cream helps relieve the itch, and promotes skin healing. It’s one of the best home remedies for eczema that we have found.
Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, is an essential oil that many use today. Known as the herb of remembrance, rosemary is often used as a memory aid. It’s a thin, clear oil that has a strong scent and can be described as “fresh”, “sweet”, or “medicinal”.
Rosemary essential oil is excellent to keep in the first aid kit, due to it’s anti-bacterial properties. Its warming on the skin. It is also can help skin conditions like broken veins, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.
Calendula, Calendula officinalis, refers to the flower heads and petals of the calendula plant. Also called marigold, pot marigold, garden marigold, and holigold, calendula is an easy plant to grow in your herb garden. It’s benefits include being known for calming and soothing inflamed skin. It has also been tested and shown to be helpful for healing broken skin or surgery wounds.
Echinacea, Echinacea anustifolia, is wonderful for helping skin to heal and is known as a natural antibiotic. Also known as purple coneflower, coneflower, or snakeroot, this is an herb that can also be easily added to your herb garden!
To make a wonderful eczema skin cream, try this recipe:
2 tablespoons shea butter (available here)
1/4 cup coconut oil (available here)
3 teaspoons beeswax pastilles (available here)
8 grams dried calendula flowers (available here)
8 grams dried echinicea flowers (available here)
15 drops rosemary essential oil (available here)
- Gently melt the shea butter and coconut oil together.
- Add the dried calendula and echinicea flowers and place in a 200° oven for 2 hours to infuse.
- Strain out the plant matter and toss in compost.
- Add the beeswax to the infused oil and place back in the oven to melt.
- Stir to combine, then add the essential oil.
- Allow to cool completely. Store in a covered container.
- To use, simply apply quarter sized amounts to affected areas. Use within 6 weeks.
While there is no known cure for eczema at this time, you CAN get relief. This skin cream will soothe your cracked skin, while allowing it to heal. Sometimes, a diet change may be in order. If you can, try going without dairy, sugar or gluten for 3 weeks. See if that helps to improve your eczema.
Another way to figure out what can cause eczema is to keep a journal. Stress can also play a role in flare ups. Try and keep track of foods you eat, and things you deal with such as stress. Perhaps getting to know your own personal triggers can help you remove them and lessen eczema outbreaks. This information can also be useful when discussing solutions with your doctor.
Have you ever struggled with eczema? What worked for you? Will you try this skin cream for your next flare up? Be sure to pin this for later!