Are you suffering from the dry, cracked skin caused by eczema?
Well then, you’re in the right place.
Winter is here and if you know anyone who occasionally suffers with the dry, itchy, reddened and cracked skin associated with eczema, that is not good news. The dry air tends to make these problems worse.
My son suddenly developed eczema on his knuckles this past winter and was miserable. I love a good skin salve and am always looking for reasons to develop a new one, so after some research and a bit of trial and error, I came up with Eczema Skin Salve.
This amazing little eczema skin salve worked so well that it’s now my most requested recipe.
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What Is Eczema?
Eczema is a condition where patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, rough and cracked, sometimes to the point of bleeding. While it can occur anywhere on the skin, it commonly appears on skin creases such as elbows, knees, knuckles, wrists and even eyelids although any area can be affected. It is estimated that 35 million Americans suffer from eczema, most of those being children.
It’s difficult to pinpoint the source of a person’e eczema since the causes can be either internal or external. If the eczema is caused by external irritants such as detergents, latex, bacteria or fungi then it’s called contact dermatitis. Eczema can also be triggered by allergic reactions that manifest themselves on the skin and are often accompanied by more typical alergic reaction such as hayfever or asthma.
Possible Eczema Triggers
- Irritants–detergents, soaps, disinfectants, shampoo, juice from fresh fruits or vegetables
- Microbes–viruses, bacteria, certain fungi
- Foods–dairy products, wheat, nuts, seeds, eggs, soy products,
- Allergens–pets, pollen, dust mites, mold
- Temperature–extreme hot or cold, high or low humidity, sweat
- Hormones–women may experience worsening of symptoms during pregnancy or their mentstral cycle
- Stress–although not a cause, it can worsen symptoms
- family history of either allergies or dermatitis
What’s In Eczema Skin Salve?
The base recipe is the same as Fabulous Skin Salve with the addition of avocado oil (which you can buy at Costco or a well stocked grocery store) and a few different essential oils that are especially good for dry, cracked, irritated skin.
I only use therapeutic grade essential oils because they are of the highest purity you can buy. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and what you put on you, you put in you, so whatever brand you use make sure it is pure enough to take internally.
Coconut Oil–I love this stuff. Get it extra-virgin and unrefined. Coconut Oil is a natural moisturizer that nourishes and protects your skin.
Avocado Oil–(not pictured) contains high amounts of Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E. Also contains amino acids and several essential fatty acids making it great for those with dry, cracked, itchy, irritated skin.
EVOO–Extra-virgin olive oil contains 4 anti-oxidants that help neutralize free-radicals that can lead to dryness and skin aging. It is hydrophillic meaning it traps moisture in your skin leaving it softer and smoother.
Vitamin E–powerful anti-oxidant, protects and repairs skin while restoring elasticity.
Lavender EO—analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, soothes occasional skin imperfections and irritations, moisturizing, regenerating, calming.
Melaleuca EO–analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effects on the skin, promotes healthy immune function.
Geranium EO–anti-inflammatory, astringent, has a smoothing and beautifying effect on the skin.
Thyme EO–antioxidant, antibacterial, provides cleansing and purifying effects for the skin.
Frankincense EO—anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, has a soothing effect on the skin, increases the potency of the other essential oil it’s combined with.
How Do I Make It?
Making any skin salve is a lot easier than you might think and this one is no exception.
Put the coconut oil, EVOO, avocado oil and beeswax in a glass jar (I used a wide-mouth pint mason jar) and place jar in a pan about half full of water. Heat up water, stirring mixture frequently until everything completely melts.
The beeswax will seem like it’s never going to melt, and just when you’re about to give up, Bam!, it’s gone.
Carefully lift the jar out of the pan (use oven mitts please–it’s hot!) and place it on a dish towel on your counter.
Immediately add arrowroot powder, by slowly sprinkling it into the oil, stirring vigorously at the same time to prevent clumping.
Now you need to let the mixture cool for a few minutes because essential oils lose their medicinal properties in high heat. My rule of thumb is if I can hold my fingers against the jar for ten seconds without screaming, it’s ready to add the EOs. Not very scientific I know, but it works.
Snip the ends of the vitamin E capsules and squeeze into oil mixture. Add the essential oils and mix thoroughly.
As soon as you have added your oils you need to get the salve into containers and my favorite container is a 4 oz. mason jelly jar. This recipe will fill 2 of those and it’s a great size to give away.
Does It Really Work?
Yes, it certainly did at my house. You can also use this Eczema Skin Salve anywhere on your body to combat, not just dermatitis, but any type of dry skin and as a bonus it smells great! My hubby loved the smell so much he immediately pilfered one of my jars. Guess I’ll be making some more sooner than I thought!
Anyone you know suffering from very dry, cracked, irritated skin will love you for it. Assuming your significant other doesn’t use it all up first! 🙂
Eczema Skin Salve
1/2 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup avocado oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. beeswax pastilles
3/4 tsp. vitamin E (I use 3 of the 1000 I.U. softgels)
1/2 tsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch (to cut greasiness)
15 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops melaleuca essential oil
12 drops thyme essential oil
15 drops geranium essential oil
10 drops frankincense essential oil
Combine first 4 ingredients in a pint jar and place in a pot half-filled with water. Bring water to a boil and stir frequently until ingredients are completely melted. Remove jar from pan and place on a dish-towel covered counter. Slowly add arrowroot powder, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Allow mixture to cool enough that you can touch the jar comfortably for at least ten seconds. Add vitamin E and the essential oils and stir. Immediately pour into desired containers and cover with a piece of paper towel so nothing weird gets into it. Do not disturb for several hours and preferably overnight. Once completely cooled, put lids on and store at room temperature.
Makes approx. 8 oz.