An Eczema is a group of conditions that causes inflammation and irritation of the skin. There is no cure for eczema. Experts are uncertain what exactly causes the disease. Symptoms might occur in response to any of the following irritants:
- Dust mites
- Hot weather
- Shampoo or bubble bath
- Soap or detergents
- Washing up liquid
Doctors will most prescribe one of the many over the counter steroid creams for eczema. Steroid creams can be effective in the short term. They are ineffective in the long run with the symptoms often returning. Because of this, there is an increasing interest in alternative treatments for eczema. Many home remedies purport to be useful in its treatment.
These home remedies range from apple cider vinegar to cocoa butter. Essential oils are also used to treat a host of medical issues.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR ECZEMA
Many essential oils have antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. But, before going any further, make sure that you are buying pure grade essential oils. They will cost more, but there is no substitute for quality when it comes to medicinal benefits.
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL
Tea tree oil is one of the most useful essential oils for the treatment of eczema. It came from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifoliate plant native to Australia. It is useful as a remedy for many ailments including athlete’s foot.
Tea tree oil has antifungal properties, helping relieve painful skin irritations. Its antibacterial qualities can help prevent infection caused by too much scratching. Tea Tree oil is safe, and you can apply it direct to the affected areas.
Tea tree oil also can get rid of Demodex mites. These mites are likely culprits in rosacea and other skin conditions like eczema.
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Lavender essential oil is versatile and has a host of medicinal benefits. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory qualities. It is ideal for treating irritating skin ailments. Like tea tree oil, it is safe to apply undiluted to the affected areas of your skin to help ease your symptoms. When diffused or inhaled, lavender oil promotes good sleep. Lavender essential oil is a gentle and soothing oil, which you can use to a warm bath for young children.
PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
Peppermint essential oil has a delightful menthol aroma and a natural cooling effect. It has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. It is safe to apply to the affected area of your skin, except for people with sensitive skin. Instead, they can dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut.
ROMAN CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL
Roman chamomile essential oil has a sweet, apple-like aroma. It has analgesic, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory qualities. It is useful for acne, eczema, itchy skin, and rashes. German chamomile oil has very similar properties. It, too, can remedy many skin complaints including eczema.
ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL
Rose essential oil has a fresh and profound rose-like fragrance. Its antiseptic properties are effective in treating dry and irritated skin. Rose oil is more expensive than most. Consider diluting it with a carrier oil or adding it to another to make your blend.
GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL
Geranium oil is another aromatic oil with anti-inflammatory properties. It can help soothe your skin problems.
FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL
Frankincense essential oil has a pleasant, spicy fragrance. It can serve as a tonic to rejuvenate your skin, as well as soothe skin irritations and sores.
MELROSE ESSENTIAL OIL
Melrose essential oil is a potent blend of 4 different oils – clove, naouli, rosemary, and tea tree. It treats insect bites and symptoms of eczema such as inflammation and rashes.
Dilute Melrose oil with coconut or olive oil in an equal ratio before applying it to the skin.
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR ECZEMA
Add to a warm, relaxing bath.
Add 6 to 10 drops of the essential oil to your bath. It is up to you whether to use a single oil or to add a combination of oils to your water. For example, you could use two drops of geranium, two drops of lavender oil, and two drops of peppermint. The combination is up to you. Soak for at least 20 minutes.
Make your lavender spray.
If lavender is your preference, you can make your soothing lavender spray. Add ten drops of lavender oil to a cup of distilled water. Put into an empty spray bottle, and shake before applying to the affected areas.
You can make a cooling skin compress by adding 4 to 6 drops of essential oil to 4 cups of cool water. Mix the water and oil in a bowl, soak a clean cloth in your mixture, and apply it to your affected areas.
A homemade eczema cream/lotion.
Treating your disease with DIY creams is becoming more and more popular. There are excellent homemade recipes online using essential oils and other natural ingredients.
Try making your eczema cream with this simple recipe:
¼ cup of coconut oil
¼ cup of shea butter
½ a teaspoon of vitamin E oil
20 drops of lavender oil
25 drops of Melwood oil
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Put it in a jar. It is a gentle recipe and is suitable for children and adults.
Adding essential oils can give a natural boost to your skin care regimen. There is no guaranteed 100% effective treatment for eczema. Still, there’s evidence that essential oils can be effective in easing symptoms.