Winter can be an awful time if you struggle with eczema. My hands were dry during the winter months before, but now with eczema in the equation, my hands just don’t stand a chance. Regular lotions rarely help, so I came up with this DIY Eczema Relief Cream.
It requires just a few ingredients, and it’s made a WORLD of difference in how my eczema feels, and how my hands look in the winter months!
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1 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of cooking oats
10 drops of lavender essential oil
8 drops of peppermint essential oil
10 drops of tea tree essential oil
In a large bowl, combine your coconut oil and the cooking oats. Mix well until they’re completely combined. Next, add your essential oils. Since it’s such a large batch, the smells won’t be very strong once they’re mixed in.
There is a reason you need to use three oils:
- lavender helps soothe the skin
- peppermint helps stop the itch
- tea tree helps aid in the healing of the eczema
Some people have found that if they have eczema, that coconut oil can irritate their skin instead of help it. This has not ever been the case for me, but test it out for a couple of days before you make up this batch just in case. If it does bother you, you can always use shea butter and olive oil instead.
Once it’s all mixed, place it in a tightly sealed jar, and store it in a cool, dry place. I always let this mixture sit overnight before using it the first time, to allow the oats to soften up and absorb some of the oils in the mixture. This mixture will last you up to a year, if stored properly.
I don’t use this DIY Eczema Relief Cream as a lotion, but more as a salve. I rub it all over my hands, focusing on the problem areas, and allow it to sit for 3-5 minutes before using a paper towel to wipe of the oats and excess coconut oil. Then I just massage the reminder into my hands.
If your hands are in particularly rough shape, you can place a generous amount onto your hands before bed, put on a pair of tightly fitting gloves, and sleep with the mixture on overnight. That should help kickstart some healing and relief for you.