I have eczema. I was still in college and visiting my parents when it first erupted. It was not fun. I didn’t know what it was at first and it spread like a plague. It covered almost half the back of my neck. And it was so itchy. I went to the doctor and the doctor prescribed me a steroidal cream. It worked, to my relief, but my eczema would keep coming back every year. Humidity and a change of seasons seems to be the culprit. Almost every time, my eczema returns when there is a change of seasons or its extra humid.
That was years ago. Now, I’m married and have learned about essential oils. This time around, I didn’t want to put steroids on my skin and in my body unless I absolutely had to. I thought, there has to be a natural way to heal it. And so I did research. I looked up essential oils that would help with eczema. There are several. Bergamot came up quite often, but I didn’t have that oil on hand. What I did have was lavender, helichrysum, and frankincense.
The first recipe I tried was this.
I applied a drop each of lavender and helichrysum on a piece of tissue and then gently dabbed it on my skin where the eczema was. Then I covered it with shea butter. I did this 2 to 3 times a day. Not only did it relieve the itchiness, but it healed my eczema within a week! I attribute this to the healing properties of helichrysum (it promotes skin regeneration) and the soothing properties of lavender (it relieves itchiness and promotes healing).
Fast forward a few years and my eczema returned again. The essential oils I think helped to keep the eczema at bay longer than the steroids! This time though I didn’t have helichrysum on hand. So I used frankincense in its place.
This recipe worked too. Not as well as the one with helichrysum, but it worked nonetheless.
You can purchase these oils from Plant Therapy. They have both organic and non-organic versions. The organic version is just slightly more expensive like a dollar more or so. So, still very affordable.
Please refer to this dilution chart when diluting your essential oils. It is recommended that you dilute any essential oil that you use regardless of brand. Essential oils are strong and very potent and many can and do cause skin sensitivity, especially with children.
Plant Therapy has this awesome dilution chart you can reference.
For babies, dilute at 0.5% or even 0.25% (half of the 0.5% amount. So, use 3 drops of your essential oil and dilute it in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.5% or 8 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.25%.
Use the 1% dilution ratio for daily use. Mix 3 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.
If you need a stronger dose for a short period of time, use the 5% dilution ratio by adding 15 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.
For really, really severe situations, you can up it to 10 percent dilution ratio for small acute areas of concern. For this, you would mix 15 essential oil drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil.
Recommended Essential Oil Brands
Because essential oils have therapeutic properties that make them so useful in our lives, you want to make sure that the essential oils you purchase are pure and contain all of the healing components that you are looking for. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diluted oils or even fake oils that will do you harm if you use them for therapeutic purposes.
The companies that I recommend and who consistently receive positive reviews on their essential oils are these: