Long story short… I have three kids, and each one of them has had pretty bad dry skin issues at some point. No thanks to me and my overly-sensitive skin genes that I’ve obviously passed on. With my first two kids, I used coconut oil to conquer it. So, when my youngest, now 8 months, started getting dry skin several months ago, I turned to coconut oil again, but unfortunately, it didn’t have the same effect. I was at a loss. The doc finally gave me a prescription. But I decided to do a little more research and try one more thing before going that route…
Hello essential oils!
After a lot — and I mean A LOT! — of research on eczema, oils, and butters, I narrowed my decision down to the following ingredients:
- Avocado Oil
- Shea Butter (crude/unrefined)
- Essential Oils: Tea tree and Lavender (other options for essential oils are Soothe and our KidSafe® Skin Soother)
The bottom line is that there are a number of carrier oils, essential oils, and butters that could work here. But after my personal research, I felt these ingredients were the best (and safest) way to start experimenting. I want to emphasize safe because not all ingredients or quantities are safe for all people, so please do your research if you’re planning to make something similar.
With the goal of making 8 ounces of cream, here are the ingredients and ratios I used:
- 5 ounces Shea butter (crude/unrefined)
- 3 ounces Avocado oil OR Coconut oil (I’ve made it both ways with good results either way, although the avocado oil seemed to give me a little more healing power. You could also choose to use a combination of the two oils, which I’ve done too.)
- 20 drops of Lavender essential oil
- 20 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
Using a double boiler, I gently heated up the butter just to the point that it softened enough to combine with the other ingredients. I was careful not to heat it too much as heating can destroy good properties.
I mixed together the butter and oils, then let it cool a bit.
The results are in!
After about two or three weeks of daily application, my daughter’s skin has cleared up! The eczema on her arms and legs has completely disappeared and has not returned (and it’s been about 6 weeks). The area on her back has improved to normal dry skin as opposed to scaly, red eczema. I apply the cream to her back just a couple times a week now, and it really helps to keep it under control.
You’ll notice that the cream is a bit oily upon application. But the great thing about these particular ingredients is that they absorb quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy feel.
When my family went to the beach a few weeks ago we actually used this as an after-sun balm. No itching, and no peeling! I’m very excited about this little “discovery” in my life and am so thankful for the good results. I look forward to continuing my research of butters, carrier oils, and essential oils, and look forward to sharing more results with you in the future!
By Kristi @ Living Unbound
Or you can simply try Plant Therapy’s Skin Soother.