Eczema is a chronic skin condition that affects over 30 million Americans, where patches of skin become extremely dry, itchy and inflamed. The skin’s protective barrier does not function as it should - lacking in oils and unable to retain moisture.
To treat eczema, more and more people are turning away from conventional medicine to essential oils as they search for a more holistic and natural remedy to their skin condition. The anti-inflammatory and stress-reducing properties of essential oils can help to promote healing and lasting change to improve your eczema.
The key to managing eczema is to keep the skin soft and moist. Essential oils used as a topical can be very effective. They coat the skin, trapping water inside. This creates a barrier to irritants and allergens.
There are many essential oils for eczema skin conditions that are great for relieving the symptoms of eczema. For example, essential oils like tea tree oil, lavender oil, and frankincense oil have soothing, anti-inflammatory properties that can help to stop itching and reduce inflammation associated with eczema. Essential oils also help to treat bacterial infections on the skin that can make eczema symptoms worse.
The healing properties of essential oils for eczema are boosted by combining them with high-quality carrier oils. Natural oils like rosehip oil and jojoba oil help to moisturize irritated skin and speed up the healing time. A combination of essential oils and natural oils can help to reduce the appearance of redness, scaling, and inflammation on skin affected by eczema.
Natural remedies for treating eczema
Soothing Lavender Oat Bath: Run a warm bath and add in two handfuls of instant oatmeal. Add 7 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil and stir the bath water with your clean hand. Soak in the bath for at least 20 minutes to give your skin a soothing relief.
Tea Tree Tonic: Mix 5 drops of tea tree essential oil in ¼ cup of jojoba or rosehip oil and massage this all over the skin affected by eczema.
Cream Blend for “Weeping Eczema”: Add 15 drops of frankincense essential oil and lavender essential oil to ¼ cup of soft shea butter. Mix well with a spatula and your own powerful eczema cream is ready! Slather over the affected skin.
Nourishing Bath : Add 6 drops of lavender and tea tree essential oils with 2-3 tablespoons of rosehip or jojoba oil to a warm bath and soak for 30 minutes.
Cooling Compress : To relieve itch, add 2 drops of lavender essential oil to a bowl of cool water. Stir to distribute and then soak a cloth in the mixture. Squeeze the cloth out until damp and apply to the affected areas.
Best essential oils for eczema
Lavender Essential Oil - Lavender is one of the most valuable oils for skincare and skin conditions. Besides its soft aroma, Lavender oil has broad spectrum anti bacterial and antimicrobial properties to speed up healing significantly. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that lavender oil has an anti-inflammatory and calming effect on swollen irritated skin. It stimulates the growth of new cells, prevents scarring and eases pain in damaged skin.
Tea Tree Essential Oil – Tea tree oil has been used in Australia for hundreds of years as a natural remedy for wound healing and infections and is best known for its capacity to stimulate the immune system, prevent fungal, bacterial and viral infections. This oil contains benzoyl peroxide acid that can remove spots and lighten the tone of skin after a short period of time and can be especially beneficial if you have sensitive skin. Its antimicrobial powers will help kill any bacteria that could trigger an eczema outbreak while its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties help calm and soothe inflammations and allergic reactions effectively anywhere on the body. It also promotes new cell growth and helps skin marks and scars fade away.
Frankincense Essential Oil - Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Frankincense penetrates the skin and helps with production of new cells, improves the density of young skin cells and relieves the existence of wrinkles and patches. Being of natural origin, it is pure and not harmful to skin.