Childhood eczema can be very uncomfortable for your little one. In my last article about eczema (holistic remedies for childhood eczema) I explained that the cause of eczema resides inside the body, and the cure for eczema does not come from an external cream. For eczema to heal on the outside, the digestive tract must first be healed on the inside. However, healing the digestive tract can take a bit of time and what should you do in the meantime while your little one is cranky, itchy and inflamed? Homemade Eczema Cream to the rescue! Made with shea butter, coconut oil and lavender and melaleuca (tea tree) essential oils, this cream contains healing properties to soothe your child’s irritated skin and offer some relief.
My daughter is prone to eczema patches on her skin from time to time. We usually see them when we have been eating out at restaurants a bit (hello gluten bread bowl!) and she is tired and/or sick. To heal her skin, I focus on a gut healing protocol first (no inflammatory foods like gluten or dairy) and also lots of homemade bone broth and probiotics. She is currently healing a small patch of eczema on her face and after a week of our healing digestive protocol I decided to use this eczema cream for a few nights. This morning she woke up and the patch is nearly gone! When this cream is used in conjunction with a gut healing program, the results are dramatic!
Shea butter: High in vitamin A, shea butter is healing for an array of skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis and even wrinkles. Make sure you use 100% pure shea butter like this one.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is naturally tough on bacteria and fungi and this helps to keep the skin clean (source), while the medium chain triglycerides are wonderfully moisturizing and protective for the skin. I like this one.
DIY Homemade Eczema Cream
1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
15 drops lavender essential oil, therapeutic grade only. (where to buy essential oils)
5 drops tea tree essential oil, therapeutic grade only. (where to buy essential oils)
Fill a saucepan halfway full with water. Heat the water over medium high heat (but do not boil). In a mason jar add the shea butter and the coconut oil. Place mason jar in the saucepan (like a makeshift double boiler) until the oils melt. Remove the mason jar and allow it to cool slightly on the counter before you add the essential oils. It’s okay if the oil is warm when you add the essential oils, but it should not be hot. Mix the essential oil into coconut/shea mixture and put the jar in the fridge to get firm. You can use the eczema cream at this point, but if you’d like more of a “whipped” body butter lotion then put the oil in a kitchen aid stand mixer and mix on high for several minutes until the eczema cream looks like whipped butter. You may have to scrape the sides of the mixer down a few times. Apply liberally to any affected area of the skin.
This cream will liquefy if your house is warm, so you may decide to keep it in the fridge. Keeping your eczema cream cool will also feel good to your little one’s hot inflamed skin.
Want a regular lotion for your skin everyday? Try out this homemade lotion recipe from Oh Lardy!