Eczema is an inflammation of the skin, which tends to flare-up from time to time. It usually starts in early childhood and it can be from mild to pretty severe. There is no cure, but with this homemade eczema cream you can treat it to control it and ease its symptoms.
The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it’s thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant. Some studies have shown that eczema is commonly found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma. So, in order to ease the symptoms we’re sharing with you a homemade eczema cream.
- Double boiler or a makeshift double boiler
- Wide-mouth mason jar (or a similar container – just make sure you can fit your hand into it)
- Hand mixer or stand mixer
- ½ cup pure Shea butter
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 40 drops lavender essential oil
- 5-10 drops tea tree essential oil
Using a double boiler or similar setup, melt down the Shea butter and coconut oil until they’re combined. Then, add the honey and allow it to melt. When everything is in a liquid state, add the lavender and tea tree oils and stir to combine.
Allow your mixture to cool slightly so that it will begin to solidify. When your solution has thickened up, but is still liquid, go ahead and give it the first round of mixing. Mix for several minutes until the color has lightened and the solution has a frothy appearance. As the solution solidifies, mix every ten minutes or so, until it is at its peak solid state (similar to a lotion consistency). Mix one more time and transfer to the mason jar or other container.
You can store this at room temperature or in the refrigerator, depending on how solid you would like it to remain.
As always, when using a new product on your skin, use sparingly at first to be sure that your skin reacts well. After you’ve determined that your skin reacts well, apply once or twice a day over the affected area.