Essential Oils For Eczema

essential oils for eczemaEczema is a skin problem that can range from being a mild nuisance to being extremely painful and disabling. Also known as dermatitis, Eczema is one of the most common skin ailments and can present on any part of the body but is most common on the legs, arms, cheeks, and forehead. The causes can vary but it is often thought to be an allergic reaction.

While over-the-counter and prescription steroid creams might be useful at first, they may ultimately become ineffective when used too often. After this happens people are often left looking for alternative, natural remedies such as essential oils for eczema.

Essential Oils for Eczema Recipes

Dryness of the skin and itchiness can be a challenging part of suffering from eczema. Try the recipes listed here to bring relief from eczema, or alter them to your liking so that they are specifically tailored to your skin needs. Create a salve, oil, spray bottle, or lotion bar, depending on your personal preferences for application as well as the way your body responds to the particular oils. Even safe for children and babies, although you may want to begin with a more diluted version of the recipes for the kiddos.

Skin Salve with Essential Oils for Eczema

¼ cup extra virgin coconut oil

1/8 cup avocado oil

1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 ½ tsp. beeswax pastilles

½ tsp. vitamin E oil

¼ tsp cornstarch

8 drops lavender essential oil

8 drops tea tree oil

7 drops thyme essential oil

7 drops geranium essential oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil

Mix first 5 ingredients in glass jar and add to a pot with about 3 inches of water. Boil water while stirring until blended. Carefully remove jar. Add cornstarch slowly and stir rapidly until lumps are gone.  Cool jar until it is easy to touch and then add essential oils and Vitamin E oil. (Adding essential oils when mixture is hot will minimize the effectiveness of the oils.) Pour into 4 oz. jar (or other preferred container) and cover lightly with towel. Leave overnight, place lid on jar and store at room temperature. Use salve on affected parts of skin as needed.

Easy Eczema Healing Essential Oil/Salve Recipe

5 drops Lemon Essential Oil

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

5 drops Melrose Essential Oil

4 ounces Coconut Oil (Not Fractionated)

In microwave or on stove, carefully heat coconut oil to liquid. Remove from heat and allow to cool just a bit (if it’s too hot then the quality of the oils will be compromised) and then stir in Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, and Melrose essential oils. Allow to cool to room temperature where the oil will solidify again. Apply to affected areas as needed, rubbing on as a slave. If preferred, store in the refrigerator to provide extra cooling relief to painful skin.

Best Essential Oils for Eczema

The recipes above contain some excellent blends of essential oils for eczema. Used together they pack a great power punch against eczema, but you may also find that you want to know how the oils can be effective individually and what benefits they have. Here’s a little run-down:

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Specifically useful for Seborrheic Eczema, Cedarwood can relieve the infection of the skin and balances the production of sebum. Cedarwood essential oil is extracted from wood chips, pulp, and sawdust of the tree. It has a woodsy, earthy aroma and is effectively used not only for healing skin issues, but can also be counted on to reduce swelling, repel insects, increase metabolism, and give a soothing effect to the emotions. Cedarwood increases the flow of oxygen to the brain, helping with clear thoughts and balanced emotions.

Chamomile (Roman or German) Essential Oil

With soothing properties affecting the skin as well as the mood, Roman and German Chamomile are both effective oils to treat inflammation as well as bringing relief to itchy, dry patches of skin. Also helpful for relaxation, Chamomile makes a great addition to a massage oil or diffused in the air at bedtime (solo or combined with Lavender) to help with a deep night’s sleep.

Helichrysum Essential Oil

Made from the petals of the Helichrysum flower, this essential oil is beneficial to those fighting against itchiness, inflammation, and pain associated with eczema of the skin.

Lemon Essential Oil

Certainly an oil that you’ll want to add to your library if you don’t already have it, Lemon is extremely useful and flexible. Great for the skin as well as beneficial for uses such as oral health (bad breath), household cleaning, cough relief, digestion improvement, and even promoting weight loss–so you’ll want to buy this one in bulk!

Melrose Essential Oil

This essential oil is a blend made only from Young Living brand that is extremely effective for skin issues. A bit less common, Melrose may be pricier than other oils, but can be used sparingly. Diffusion of Melrose can eliminate odors and can be used topically to soothe insect bites. Made from Melaleuca, Rosemary, and Clove, this oil has a spicy aroma.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil

As an excellent antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory, Tea Tree Oil helps to heal the skin from some of the symptoms of eczema. In addition, tea tree oil works well as an insect repellent and has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Use in shampoo to prevent/deter head lice. Tea tree essential oil is very potent, however, and can be harmful if ingested, so keep the concentrated oils away from children.

Best Carrier Oils for Eczema

Although most any carrier oil can be beneficial when used with essential oils, there are certain carrier oils that may be more effective in fighting eczema because of their skin healing properties and benefits. Try these alone or blended together with your favorite essential oils for eczema.

Avocado Oil

With amino acids as well as essential fatty acids, Avocado Oil contains high amounts of Vitamins A, B1, B1, D, and E. This oil useful not only for eczema but psoriasis and other skin issues also.

Coconut Oil

Unrefined, extra virgin Coconut Oil acts as a natural moisturizer while protecting and nourishing the skin. It also helps to kill or prevent the growth of bacteria.  Remember, standard coconut oil will be semi-solid at room temperature but will melt when warmed. Fractionated coconut oil is processed so that it remains liquid at room temperature.

Vitamin E Oil

Known to be nourishing and healing to the skin, Vitamin E oil works as an anti-oxidant while repairing damaged skin and protecting new skin. This is a slightly thicker oil which works well when combined with a thinner carrier oil such as Sweet Almond or Grapeseed Oil.


Because the skin is the largest organ in the body, it is vital to keep it as healthy and happy as possible. Using essential oils for eczema can be a natural way to promote healing and health to your skin in ways that prescription or over-the-counter medications may not be able to. Try the recipes above, alter them to fit your specific needs, or be creative and implement your own recipes with essential oils for eczema.

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