When my husband was younger he had horrible eczema! It would get so bad that at night it would crack and bleed and then scab together on the back of his knees and then in the morning when he stretched his legs it would, rip apart and start all over. I didn’t even know what eczema was until my daughter started getting weird dry patches of skin. They seemed to flare up if shot got too hot or if she played in the pool or even if she was in the bath too long. Â I did some research and found out what eczema was and what would make it worse.
Most of the time eczema is an outer manifestation of an inner problem, usually related to an imbalance in the gut. For my kids it seems to only flare up right after they are born and was particularly worse when the weather would change drastically…the really hot part of summer or the really cold part of winter when our skin seems to be the driest. There are other things that can make eczema worse, such as:
- Soaps and detergents (including laundry detergent)
- Bubble bath
- Lotions and perfumes
- Dry air (think winter with the heater on)
- Food allergy (cows’ milk, eggs, soya, wheat, fish, nuts, etc…)
- Dust mites
What I found to be helpful for my kids was to limit the amount of time they were in the bath tub and as soon as they got out I would tap dry them off and then slather them in lotion. I used to use a lotion that I thought was much better than alternatives…that was before I knew to really read the label. Once I entered the “natural world” I realized that I had natural options. I’ve played around with a couple different concoctions and this is the recipe that I have found to work the best.
- 1/2 C. Coconut Oil
- 15 drops dÅTERRA Melaleuca Essential Oil
- 15 drops dÅTERRA Lavender Essential Oil
- 15 drops dÅTERRA Frankincense Essential Oil
Mix it up! Apply as needed. Pretty simple, right?
You can also just apply a small blob of coconut oil in the palm of your hand and add a drop of each to it, then rub where you need to. That’s how I usually apply it. I’ve also heard that adding Geranium is good but haven’t tried it since the above works wonders for us!
The great thing about this recipe is that it is what I use for diaper rashes and really dry skin (think dry feet from flip-flops) as well. I love this cream!!