Eczema is a common skin condition that can occur at any stage of life. Because there are so many different reasons and types of eczema, no one is immune. For some people, eczema arises after skin contact with a known irritant such as cleaning chemicals or toxic plants. For other people, their eczema may be triggered by an underlying health condition.
If you have ever had eczema or know someone who suffers from this irritating, itchy and uncomfortable skin condition, you already know why no one ever wants to experience it twice!
In this article, I share several of my favorite essential oil recipes for easing the symptoms of eczema. It is my hope that these recipes will provide you with relief and fast healing from eczema!
Six Wonderful Essential Oils for Treating Eczema
With the dizzying array of healing and beneficial essential oils available in mainstream health stores today, which ones are the best for specifically treating the symptoms of eczema?
While different health practitioners may have their own favorites, in this post I will share my list of favorites along with my reasons why.
Tea tree essential oil: Tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-visual and anti-fungal natural oil that can be used as a standalone remedy (without being mixed with anything else, such as a carrier oil) for treating eczema symptoms. It is sometimes also called “manuka” (not to be confused with the honey by the same name).
Lavender essential oil: Lavender oil is not only the most peaceful essential oil on the planet, but it is also chock-full of antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-viral properties. Even better, bugs hate lavender. But best of all, lavender can heal scars while promoting new cell growth and easing pain – all musts for treating eczema.
Chamomile essential oil: Chamomile calms both body and mind, which is essential when you are feeling plagued by the symptoms of eczema. Chamomile has a natural softening and smoothing effect in addition to its anti-inflammatory agents. To note: if you are allergic to ragweed, don’t choose chamomile, as they come from the same plant family.
Carrot seed essential oil: Carrot seed is a less well known essential oil that is starting to receive attention for its skin rejuvenating properties. In addition to its anti-inflammatory and healing powers, carrot seed essential oil can firm and tone skin and restore youthful elasticity.
Geranium essential oil: Geranium oil is derived from the popular flower by the same name. As an essential oil, geranium will work equally well whether your skin is dry, oily or combination. Geranium essential oil has natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and wound healing compounds. Touted by experts as one of the best essential oils to treat skin conditions such as eczema, the reason is that in addition to the physical benefits, geranium oil is also known to calm and soothe the mind and emotions.
Bergamot essential oil: Bergamot essential oil has been with us in another popular form for millennia – Earl Grey tea. In its essential oil form, bergamot is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic and analgesic (pain reducer). Bergamot should always be kept in a dry, dark area since too much exposure to sunlight can weaken its potency.
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Five Wonderful Essential Oil Recipes for Treating Eczema
Essential oils can be used in many different ways to ease your specific eczema symptoms. It is always a good idea to talk with your doctor before trying new remedies or treatments for eczema. Depending on the type of eczema you have and your symptoms, there may be a certain approach that is known to work better.
In the meantime, here are five different recipes to try – enjoy!
Essential Oil Direct Application Recipe
For direct application (without mixing the essential oil with anything else, like a carrier oil) you can safely use both tea tree and lavender oil. Just dab on a few drops to the affected area and gently massage it in to feel the relief.
Essential Oil Soak Recipe
For treating eczema, the best bathwater temperature to use is lukewarm, not very warm or hot water, which can cause further irritation to your already sensitive skin. In this preparation, add two drops of geranium, two drops of lavender and two drops of chamomile essential oils to lukewarm bath water. Soak for 20 minutes, then pat yourself dry.
Essential Oil Lotion Recipe
If you prefer skin lotion, you will love this simple recipe. Just add 20 drops of any of your favorite essential oils listed herein with one cup of organic shea butter or coconut oil. Mix well and then apply a dab of the lotion over the affected area and smooth it in gently to feel relief.
Essential Oil Spray Recipe
For very disturbed skin, sometimes a gentle spray can be the most soothing form of relief. Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil (or another favorite oil) in with one cup of plain distilled water (room temperature). Shake the spray bottle to make sure the preparation is mixed well, then spritz on the affected area.
Essential Oil Massage Oil Recipe
Add in four drops of your favorite essential oil from the list here in with one tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil). Massage gently into the symptomatic area.
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Sally Wong is a manual therapist who lives and works in Vancouver, Canada and writes for ThinkOily.com. As a young girl growing up in China, Ms. Wong first learned about the power of essential oils studying at her mother’s and grandmother’s knee. Yet even after a lifetime of study to date, she finds there is something new to learn every day about essential oils and their many healing properties. Follow her on her blog if you are interested in this topic.