16 May 2018

Homemade Eczema Relief Salve

Make this homemade eczema relief salve for natural relief.  

I didn't have eczema until about five years ago.  After we moved to the farm, my allergies got worse and I got eczema.  I think I'm allergic to some type of tree or plant on the farm, but there are hundreds of trees and plants, so I have no way of knowing which kind without getting an allergy test.  I probably should get one just so I know, so maybe someday when I get fed up with the itching I will.


Until that day, I'm using natural ways to treat my eczema because the prescriptions didn't help much.  I've been working on a homemade eczema relief salve, and I think I've got it right.


Even if you don't have eczema, this is still a great salve.  I'm also using it on my heels and cuticles with great results.

HOMEMADE ECZEMA RELIEF SALVE

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This recipe calls for quite a few ingredients, but I carefully selected each one for its unique properties.  

ROSEHIP SEED OIL


Rosehip seed oil comes from the seed pod of the rose plant.  It's high in vitamins and essential fatty acids that your skin loves.  

The oil is naturally high in vitamin A and omega-3, omega-6 and linolenic acid fatty acids that our bodies can't make.  These ingredients help promote tissue regeneration and reduce inflammation.  Since it's high in fatty acids, it penetrates quickly and deeply for deeper moisturizing.

Because it absorbs quickly, it's considered a dry oil.  It won't leave your skin oily or greasy feeling after you use it.  

Rosehip seed oil can make you more sensitive to the sun, thanks to the vitamin A.  If you go outside while wearing this homemade eczema relief salve, use a sunscreen.  

AVOCADO OIL


Avocado oil is high in vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and D.  It also has sterols, panthothenic acid, lecithin, amino acids, and essential fatty acids that our bodies can't make.  

It's a thick oil that feels almost waxy.  This helps it penetrate deep within the skin.  Since eczema can make your skin thicker, this is important so the oil can reach your skin.  

Avocado oil is said to help the skin regenerate and restore itself.  It's one of my favorite carrier oils for eczema.


SEA BUCKTHORN OIL


Finally, I used sea buckthorn oil.  It's not a popular oil, but it's a wonderful oil for your skin.  It's high in omega-7 fatty acids, palmitoleic acid, which isn't found is many carrier oils.  Palmitoleic acid is said to promote cellular turnover and boost your body's ability to heal itself.    

You can learn more about carrier oils and their benefits in my book Carrier Oils.


VITAMIN E


Although there is vitamin E in the oils, I wanted to add more because it's so great for your skin.  Vitamin E protects your skin from sun damage and free radicals because it's a powerful antioxidant.  

Vitamin E is not a preservative, but it does help slow down the rate at which oils go rancid.  It can help extend the life of this recipe.

BEESWAX


Beeswax is what gives the recipe its bulk.  Otherwise, it would be liquid and hard to apply.  But that's not the only reason that I used beeswax.  

It forms a layer on top of your skin.  This keeps the oils close to your skin so they can work to heal.  Unlike using petroleum based products, beeswax still lets your skin breathe.  

Beeswax is also a humectant.  This means that it pulls water from the air and pulls it to your skin.  This keeps your skin moisturized.  

Finally, beeswax is a natural source of vitamin A to remove dead skin cells from your skin.  

SHEA BUTTER


Shea butter is amazing stuff.  It also helps form a barrier on your skin to seal in the other ingredients.  It does penetrate your skin, so it helps nourish with vitamins A and E.  

Vitamin A helps boost your natural collagen production to promote healing.  

HELICHRYSUM ESSENTIAL OIL



Helichrysum essential oil is a gentle oil, so it's great to use on eczema.  It comes from a plant that grows in the Mediterranean that's a close relative of the daisy.  

This oil is said to promote cell regeneration, which can help your body heal the eczema.  

GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL


I used geranium essential oil because it's a powerful anti-inflammatory.  In a study, it beat out more popular oils at reducing inflammation on the skin.  

You can also use rose essential oil or even lavender essential oil, but I think geranium works better for me and I already used rosehip seed oil, which has almost the same benefit as rose essential oil.

TEA TREE OIL


I added a few drops of tea tree oil because it's an antiseptic.  Sometimes if you scratch the eczema a lot, you can break the skin and get a secondary infection.  Tea tree oil can help kill germs.  

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS


STEP #1  



I kept this recipe easy by using measuring spoons instead of a kitchen scale.

Combine the rosehip seed oil, avocado oil, seabuckthron oil, vitamin E, beeswax, and shea butter in a glass container.  I use a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup.  

STEP #2


Heat until the beeswax melts.

You can microwave at 30 second intervals until melted.  

You can also use a double boiler if you prefer.  Make your own by setting the glass container (a mason jar works great!) on a canning ring in a pan of water.  Just be careful to always elevate the jar so you don't have the oils on direct heat.  

It will seem like the beeswax will never melt, but it will.  Just keep stirring.

STEP #3


Remove from heat and set on a hot pad or other heat proof surface.

STEP #4


Let cool until no longer steaming.  If you add the essential oils when it's too hot, it will cook off the oils.

Add the essential oils and stir well.

STEP #5


Pour into a heat proof container.  I like to use 4-ounce mason jars.

I had a little bit left over, so I put it in a souffle cup so I could have one in two places at home.


This is a softer salve, so it's easy to apply.  It soaks into your skin quickly, so the oils won't rub off and stain clothes or any surfaces.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.