When dealing with eczema and any other inflammatory auto-immune condition, starting with the diet and supplementation could be critical. My clients with eczema are always advised by their doctors to consume anti-inflammatory foods, eliminate dairy to reduce symptoms and take an omega-3 supplement.
You can also follow some lifestyle practices like reducing the amount of baths you take, avoid harsh detergents and beauty products and do a cleanse/detox a few times a year.
As an herbalist, I also recommend a fantastic balm/cream to keep the skin moisturized with anti-eczema and anti-inflammatory properties.
Homemade Eczema Cream
Key Ingredient: Lavender
Lavender is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Other studies have shown its ability to combat fungal infections by destroying the cells of the fungus and killing it. Lavender also has an acceleratory effect on wound healing.
Key Ingredient: Shea Butter
Shea has been used by women in the African continent for centuries and I personally believe it is the main reason why African women have such incredible-looking, silky, shiny skin (I challenge you to find me an African woman whose skin is not smooth and healthy-looking). It is full of all-natural vitamin A, works as an anti-inflammatory and aids in numerous skin conditions.
How To Make Your Own Eczema Cream
½ cup raw shea butter
½ cup coconut oil
30 drops of lavender essential oil
8 drops of tea tree essential oil
1 Tbsp of Jojoba oil
1 Tbsp of vitamin E oil
Using a double boiler or something similar, melt the shea butter and coconut oil until they’re combined and fully liquified.
Once everything has melted, remove from heat and add the lavender, tea tree and jojoba oils.
Mix together with a spoon and let it cool slightly cool until mix begins to thicken, but keep it soft. Do not let it to harden too much.
Transfer to the mason jar or other container. Store at room temperature.
Important Note: Always test in a patch of skin first, to make sure you don’t have a reaction to any of the ingredients.
Once you have tested the product, simply apply once or twice a day over the affected area. Make sure to avoid eye contact.