Eczema is a chronic skin ailment with symptoms such as itching, skin inflammation, dryness, thick skin, red spots and small blisters. It usually affects the hands, wrists, knees, elbows, ears and face. It is often associated with asthma, and is partly an allergic reaction in the body. Homemade lotions when combined with essential oils can provide effective relief from the symptoms of eczema.
The primary reason for making homemade lotion to treat eczema is to avoid the chemicals in store bought lotion, along with capitalizing on the beneficial effects of additives such as essential oils. Lotion made using an easy homemade process can provide practical relief for the intense itching that often accompanies eczema. Anti-inflammatory agents contained in specific essential oils can improve circulation and ease dry skin symptoms. While lotions of this type can be beneficial and soothing, it is recommended that the underlying reasons for the eczema be determined, whether it be allergies or asthma. Consult your physician to address these concerns.
For a basic handmade skin lotion that contains no preservatives and just a few ingredients, use the following: water, emulsifying wax, olive oil and an essential oil. Take about 1/4 cup of emulsifying wax and combine with 1/4 cup of light olive oil. Melt in a glass measuring cup in the microwave for about one minutes. You will want to stir this mixture together well after melting. Heat 1 1/4 cups of water in the microwave for about 1 minute. While the water is heating, add between 24-36 drops of lavender essential oil to the oil mixture. Stir in well. Now you can pour the hot water into the oil mixture, and watch the lotion turn a milky white color. Incorporate all ingredients and pour into glass containers of your choice. You will need to let the lotion sit overnight to solidify. The lavender oil in this recipe is useful in relieving inflammation and will help to heal the eczema. Apply this lotion as often as you like for relief from eczema symptoms.
Useful oils for the treatment of eczema include jojoba, calendula, vitamin E and rosehip seed oils. You can combine about 2 teaspoons of any of these oils with essential oils such as bergamot, chamomile, carrot seed, lavender or rosemary for an effective massage oil to treat eczema. Just use 2 to 3 drops of any of the essential oils in your mixture.
While handmade lotions and massage oils can relieve some of the unpleasant symptoms of eczema, consult with your physician if you need additional relief.
- Aromatherapy, Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal, Valerie Gennari Cooksley, R.N., Prentice Hall Press, 2002.
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