If you suffer from eczema, then you know how itchy and sometimes painful it can be. I suffer from eczema on occasion and my husband always tells me NOT to scratch it. But it’s sooo hard not to scratch it. Sometimes, it gets so itchy I can’t stand it and have to scratch. But that’s when my eczema gets worse and spreads even more! Grrr! Now though, after being introduced to essential oils, I have learned how to use essential oils to treat my eczema. Hallelujah! It works! I no longer have to use prescription steroidal creams. (Some of these essential oils have natural steroidal properties which is what makes them so effective.)
There is so much to learn about essential oils and you can find a lot of research being done on them from sites such as the U. S. National Library of Medicine. One of the reasons they work is that they are super powerful, heightening the naturally beneficial effect these plants have. They are so powerful in fact that some can act as prescription medications and have counterindications that you have to beware of before using the essential oil if you are currently taking prescription medications.
This is why it’s important to use these essential oils properly so they help you instead of hurt you. Too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.
How to Use Essential Oils for Eczema: What To Do
To treat eczema, you’ll be applying your essential oils topically on affected areas of your skin. Because essential oils are so potent, you’ll use them like you would a prescription cream.
- Apply your oils 2 to 3 times a day to treat an eczema breakout
- If your skin is clear, apply the oils once a day to prevent your eczema from breaking out again
How to Use Essential Oils for Eczema: What NOT To Do
Because your skin is already sensitive from the eczema, do NOT apply your essential oils neat or undiluted on your skin. That can burn your skin and make your eczema worse.
- Remember, always dilute with a carrier oil. (I mixed mine with shea butter which also has natural healing properties that’s beneficial for treating eczema.)
Begin by diluting 1 drop in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almost oil, shea butter, etc.). If that dilution is not strong enough, add more drops of essential oil. You may have to experiment a bit to find what dilution ratio works for you. What works for somebody else, may be too weak or too strong for you.
What Essential Oils Work for Eczema?
The essential oils that work best for eczema are oils with anti-inflammatory properties.
The ones that have worked personally for me are these.
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca)
Other essential oils that are also known for treating eczema are these.
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: