Essential Oils for Babies and Children: Eczema

What is Eczema?

A skin condition that can be very challenging to treat because, according to Chinese medicine, it is both damp and dry at the same time. Conventional treatments (prescription creams, etc.) tend to treat one aspect of this and not the other. The best approach is to aim for balance.  Eczema can be anywhere on the continuum of dry to moist to oozing/weeping.

What do you need in order to treat it?

First, although I’m not covering it here, you should most likely investigate whether or not there are dietary causes for eczema. In breastfeeding babies, mama may want to try eliminating things like dairy, wheat, soy, nuts, etc., to see if it has an effect. The elimination diet can be done in older babies and children too, but please have expert guidance.

Second, experiment with trying different body care products, laundry detergent, and even types of fabric.

Third, you can try making a homemade cream to address the condition.  The goal is to use oils together that won’t cause skin sensation, but will help repair and balance the skin.

I took all of these steps, and it was the cream that finally worked!

Consider that carrier oils may not feel good on eczema, so in order to dilute the essential oils used, pure aloe vera gel is a good choice and so is vitamin E cream.

This is what I did for my 2-month old:

 Eczema Cream

4oz Pure Aloe Vera gel
4 drops Lavender oil
4 drops Roman Chamomile oil

I mixed these together in a 4oz mason jar, and applied to Baby E’s rough spots a few times each day. It worked!

To read more about essential oils visit my essential oils page.

*DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor and these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Any products or techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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