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 the exact cause is not known, it is thought to be linked to an auto-immune response in the body. Whatever the cause, the itchiness and scaly patches are not fun to deal with.
Most often, a steroidal 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 cream in our home, as eczema can flare at any time. This cream helps relieve the itch, and promotes skin healing.
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 high hydrogen content makes it warming on the skin. It is also beneficial for assisting 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 has great anti-inflammatory properties, which calm and soothe inflamed skin. It has also been tested and shown to be beneficial for healing broken skin or surgery wounds.
Echinacea, Echinacea anustifolia, is wonderful for helping skin to heal and has earned a reputation of being 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 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.
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