A Journey with Eczema and a DIY cream


So our little bird has eczema, bad eczema.  We have tried oh so many lotions and creams.  We want to try to eliminate the use of steroid creams as much as we can. Because of his eczema is most likely related to allergic causes, based on our allergist’s recommendations we give him allergy meds once a day.  This has helped some, but he still has flare ups.  To help with flares up we use this homemade eczema cream (recipe below).  We also use a method called “wet wraps”.  Once or twice a week right after his bath, we take a wet/damp sleeper (onesie pajama) and put it on right after we lotion him up.  We then put a nice warm fleece pajama over the wet one.  We then snuggle, play, watch a movie–anything to distract him from being wet.  But

We also use a method called “wet wraps”.  Once or twice a week right after his bath, we take a wet/damp sleeper (onesie pajama) and put it on right after we lotion him up.  We then put a nice warm fleece pajama over the wet one.  Then we snuggle, play, watch a movie–anything to distract him from being wet.  But honestly, he isn’t bothered by it.  And then after 1-2 hours we change him out of the pajamas and into regular dry clothes.  This method has been such a game changer for battling his eczema flare ups.

Homemade Eczema Cream

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup raw shea butter (you can order from amazon or mountain rose herbs)
  • ½ cup coconut oil (could substitute almond oil)
  • 30 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 5 drops of geranium essential oil
    **I use young living essential oils and highly recommend them**

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler
  2. Blend the oils then add the lavender, tea tree and geranium oils.
  3. Slightly cool the ingredients so that it will begin to thicken, but keep it soft. You can put the solution in the refrigerator for a few minutes to speed up this process but not for long. You do not want it to harden too much.
  4. Using your mixer (either hand-held or a stand mixer), mix for several minutes until it has a frothy appearance, eventually developing the consistency of lotion. You can achieve this by continuing to mix about every 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer to the mason jar or other container.
  6. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator. It will stay a bit softer at room temperature which may make it easier to apply.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s