Childhood eczema can be very uncomfortable for your little one. We know all too well how child eczema can affect the whole family. You can read about how I healed my daughter’s eczema naturally in this post. I know first-hand how itchy and cranky a child with eczema can be. While the cause of eczema resides on the inside and requires a holistic approach to heal (I outline what we did here), a homemade eczema cream may be beneficial while you wait for the internal healing to begin. We used a homemade eczema cream made with shea butter, coconut oil and lavender and melaleuca (tea tree) essential oils for my daughter. This cream contains healing properties to soothe your child’s irritated skin and offer some relief. When we didn’t have time to make our own cream, we used this manuka honey eczema cream instead.
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.
Lavender and Tea Tree essential oil: We use these oils in our holistic medicine kit to help soothe cuts and scrapes and they both play an important role in supporting skin wellness.
DIY Homemade Eczema Cream
1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
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!