My first two children had a little bit of eczema. I learned a ton treating and healing their eczema. You can read about it here. Despite my best efforts, my third child also struggled with eczema and the things that worked for my first two didn't work as well for my third.
After trying countless lotions and diet adjustments, I finally came up with a lotion that really made a difference. The reason why this eczema cream recipe works is the presence of live, healthy bacteria. In most cases of eczema, the skin is weakened and susceptible to attack from unhealthy microbes. This make is difficult for the skin to heal. I tried to kill off the bad microbes with things like tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide baths and even a anti-bacterial prescription cream but it just wasn't working.
Then my aha moment. I had been fermenting vegetables for a month or two. When the vegetables ferment the natural bacteria on them flourishes. One tablespoon of fermented vegetables can have trillions of live bacteria. I saved the juice off of the vegetables and thought, "why don't I use this instead of water in a lotions?" It turned out to be a great idea. After only a couple of applications the rash and scratches were greatly improved. The rash is almost totally gone and there are only breakouts when he is exposed to wheat or other allergens.
If you ferment vegetables already or want to learn how please listen to this interview with Caroline Barringer. She is an expert at fermenting foods. I was extremely motivated to start fermenting after listening to her explain how simple it was and the amazing health benefits.
If you would like a simpler option you can also use a probiotic coconut kefir. I buy the inner-eco brand. It is also teaming with live, healthy bacteria. If you are unable to find that I recommend dissolving a probiotic powder in water. This will work buy will not be as effective because it does not have the live enzymes that the fermented vegetables and coconut kefir have.
With eczema please remember that the person with eczema must be off of any food that he or she is allergic to in order for the skin to heal. This includes sugar, which feeds the pathogenic microbes. I have found the GAPS diet to be critical in healing from eczema. You can find more information at www.gapsdiet.com.
Please keep in mind that the oils in this recipe are interchangeable and you may also use jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, apricot oil and borage seed oil.
The Amazing Eczema Cream Recipe
Sunflower oil 3/4 cup
Castor oil 1/4 cup
Coconut oil 1/4 cup
Calendula oil 1TBS (optional)
Seabuckthorn oil 1 tsp (optional but very beneficial)
Emulsifying wax 1/4 cup
Stearic acid 2 TBS
Fermented vegetable juice 1/2 cup
Purified water 1/2 cup
Glycerin 2 TBS
Calendula extract 1 TBS (optional)
Tea tree oil 10 drops
Helichrysum oil 10 drops (optional)
Put the oils, wax and stearic acid in a double boiler with low heat. I put a glass pyrex in a pan of water. It may take a few minutes to melt. Blend the above ingredients in a blender. Combine the glycerin, fermented vegetable juice and room temperature water. Wait until the oil mixture in the blender is room temperature or less than 85 degrees, then slowly pour the water mixture into the blender mixture while the blender is moving. Add the essential oils and calendula extract. It is important that the fermented vegetable juice or other probiotic mixture does not get above 85 degrees. If it gets too warm the beneficial bacteria will start to die.
Blend several times over about thirty minutes or until the mixture resembles lotion. Pour the mixture into your containers. You can put it in the fridge to make sure it sets up. I store my lotion in the fridge until I am ready to use it. This recipe does not contain a preservative so it is best to store it in the fridge. it will be fine left out to use for about 1 month. It may smell a little weird due to the fermented vegetable juice. If you do not like the smell, add some more tea tree oil or lavender oil.
This recipe makes 4-5 4 oz jars. I purchased most of my ingredients for this at Mountain Rose Herbs.
This recipe requires only shea butter, castor oil and essential oils. If the eczema patches and skin are very dry you may want to try this recipe.
1/2 cup shea butter
1/2 cup castor oil
20 drops tea tree oil
20 drops of myrhh oil or helichrysum oil
Melt the shea butter in a double boiler. Stir in the castor oil. Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils. Pour into a wide mouthed glass jar.
This is a wonderful moisturizer for dry itchy skin. The tea tree oil helps kill any fungus or yeast and the shea butter helps the skin heal and stay moisturized.