Eczema is uncomfortable to say the least. It is actually quite a common skin condition, and though many think that it has to do with skin humidity and dryness, doctors suggest it is a condition of the nerves. It manifests as dry itchy spots. This is a condition that can occur anywhere on the body but more often on elbows, arms, knees, chest, legs and arms. In many cases, it also appears on the face, and forehead. It is identified by the dryness, bleeding and flaking of the skin.
Medical professionals still don’t really know what causes this problem, but think it is an overreaction of the body to certain allergens.
In most cases, the sufferer eliminates this patchy, dry skin by visiting the doctor and taking some pretty strong antibiotics, which in turn can cause serious side effects.
To prevent the need for constant medication, you can use specific essential oils to reduce the itching, pain and uncomfortable feeling. There are more than a few essential oils that can help treat this skin condition.
This essential oil placed on the affected area offers a calming and moisturizing effect. Lavender is an anti-inflammatory and helps the skin heal itself. Use undiluted lavender on small areas of the skin. Spot apply a few times a day until the sores heal.
Tea Tree Oil
Known for its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, this essential oil works well at minimizing the skin sores. This will minimize the itching and inflammation. Just add a few drops to a cotton ball or a compress and use it a few days a week.
This essential oil has a fragrance that energizes, but more importantly it has antioxidants, and is a natural antibacterial agent.
There was a reason this was the essential oil given to Christ. Frankincense has always been considered an oil with strong medicinal properties. But when it comes to using for eczema its best to use with another essential oil as this increases the potency of other beneficial oils.
Another great essential oil that has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which can help kill bacteria and cure these skin spots.
An essential oil that is actually a blend of rosemary, clove, naouli, clove and tea tree oil. This mix offers a good anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial that helps reduce the inflammation and promote the growth of new healthy skin cells.
This essential oil alleviates inflammation, pain and promotes skin cell regrowth.
This essential oil reduces inflammation and sooths dry skin.
This treats the inflammation and can fight off infection. It stimulates skin cell growth.
How to Use Essential Oils to Treat Eczema
There are several ways to treat Eczema with oils.
- Bath – Add a few drops of oil to a bath. You can even combine oils. For example you can add 2 drops of geranium, 2 drops of lavender, 2 of chamomile or any of the combination of the above oils. Allow the oils to drop into running water so they evaporate with the hot water.
- Compress – add a couple of drops of one or two oils to a quart of cool water. Soak a clean soft cloth in the water and apply to the eczema patches.
- Lotions – Make your own lotion and add 20 to 30 drops of oil for every 10 ounces of lotion.
- Massage Oil – Add drops of essential oils to a carrying oil like coconut or even baby oil. Use one tablespoon of oil for every two drops of essential oils.
Apparently there is no real cure for Eczema but prescription medications are very harsh and contain steroids which can bring on other side effects. In some cases this medication can also make you feel nauseous and dizzy. So to help cure my eczema problems I turned to all natural essential oils, and when I apply I two or three times a day, these help relieve the pain and minimize the dry ugly patches. And using essential oils periodically to prevent the eczema from returning can also be beneficial. Every application method doesn’t work for every person, so you’ll need to try different methods of applying the essential oils for the right effect for your body.