I had a friend visiting the other day and was showing her a fresh batch of Peppermint Beard Balm I recently made for my husband. She asked if she could put some on her eczema that’s gotten really bad this year. I said of course knowing that it would most likely help as all the ingredients were natural, conditioning and moisturizing, but I told her I could make her something specifically for eczema that would be more beneficial so I set to work researching the next day.
I’ve had eczema on and off my whole life and have never had any prescription help rid me of it. Now that I’m older it typically only pops up during stressful times of life, or when I’m not getting adequate sleep and let’s be honest, with young kids I frequently go through periods where I’m not getting adequate sleep. When I was younger though it was far worse. My eczema was so bad my first year of middle school my hands were covered in it, and my fingernails warped from the eczema. We tried several different prescriptions, and nothing worked so my Mom took me in to get allergy testing done. They did a full workup, you know the kind where your back looks a page out of a word search book. All my allergy testing came back negative so the doctors determined it was environmental “irritants” causing my eczema and went back to trying different kinds of prescriptions on me. Eventually over time my eczema went away and now it comes and goes.
I had been without any eczema for several years, but after the birth of my first son I had a flare up again and went to the doctor thinking, it’s been probably fifteen years, and even though nothing worked for me as a kid maybe there was something new they could try. The Doctor prescribed me a steroid cream and again it offered no relief. A year or two later during another small flare up I had friend mention that lavender essential oils could help with eczema, and she gave me a sample size roller. Within three days my patch of eczema was gone and I was in disbelief that after so many years and so many prescriptions something so simple could clear it up. Ever since when I have a patch pop up I apply Lavender essential oils to clear it up, but when my friend asked about the Beard Balm I realized there was probably a combination of natural ingredients that would work wonders together.
After a little research and testing by me and a few different friends (Thanks guys!) I’ve come up with this combination that seems to offer relief from the irritation and itchiness that comes with eczema. Try it out and let me know if it helps!
Soothing Eczema Salve – makes approximately 4oz
2oz Shea Butter
1.5oz Coconut oil
15 drops Vitamin e oil
10 drops of each of the following essential oils – Lavender, Tea Tree, Bergamot, and Rosemary
Measure your Shea Butter and Coconut oil and add to a double boiler, or other heat source.
Incorporate vitamin E oil and wait for the oils to liquefy.
Once melted remove from heat, add essential oils.
Fill your container(s) and allow to cool.
Put your filled container in the fridge overnight and it’s ready for use in the morning!
I actually don’t use a double boiler to make my salves, I put a metal container (you could also use glass) on a candle warmer and wait for it to heat. It takes a little longer, but provides low even heat and I don’t have to worry about it burning. I realize not everyone has a candle warmer, and a double boiler will work as well. If you plan on making an extra large batch a double boiler would definitely be the way to go.
If you don’t feel like making your own, or want to test it out before purchasing all the ingredients you can find it here in my shop!