(BeWellBuzz) Aromatherapy offers an effective, convenient, and inexpensive way to treat eczema, a chronic skin condition. Prepare your own blend of essential oils for eczema treatment and use them to get quick and long-lasting relief.
Eczema is a long-term skin condition affecting the arms, legs, cheeks, and ears. It is a general term for several different types of dermatitis (skin inflammation). The most common symptoms of this condition are: itching, redness, swelling, scaling, and crusting. It is believed that Eczema is caused due to certain hereditary factors. The condition can be triggered by food allergens such as wheat, corn, vinegar, dairy products and tomatoes, environmental factors such as changes in humidity and temperature, and chemical compounds such as soaps, detergents, perfumes, and cosmetics. Certain psychological factors such as stress can also trigger eczema.
This skin condition can affect anybody at any age. However, it is most commonly noticed in infants and young children. Both women and men have an equal chance of developing this condition. In other words, eczema is not gender-oriented.
There is no diagnostic test for predicting the occurrence of this condition. In addition, there is no permanent cure for this disease. Aromatherapy, many experts believe, is a safe way to treat eczema.
Aromatherapy and Eczema
Aromatherapy provides relief from eczema’s symptoms by:
- Reducing stress
- Reducing inflammation
- Soothing the skin
Kurt Schnaubelt, who is the scientific director at the prestigious Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, recommends the following combination for the treatment of eczema:
Apply the combination on the affected areas 2 to 4 times each day until your condition improves. The combination works by promoting cell repair. It also provides relief from itching.
To treat weeping eczema, an extreme type of eczema that is marked by severly irritated skin and tears, you should use the following blend:
- Add 1 ml of eucalyptus citriodora and thyme each and calophyllum (10ml) to 6 tablespoons Rosehip seed oil
You can also use the following essential oils besides the ones listed above for the treatment of eczema:
- Tea Tree
When you use essential oils, it is likely that your eczema may worsen for the first few days. This is normal and is actually a sign that the treatment is working. During the first few applications, the essential oils exterminate the disease-producing agent, causing eczema to worsen. After the first few days of treatment, your condition will start improving.
Note: Essential oils are mostly safe. However, you are advised to read the safety guidelines on the label before using them.
How essential oil works
Essential oils have strong antimicrobial, antifungal, and disinfecting properties that enable them to remove the pathogen. In addition, essential oils have a soothing and moisturizing effect on the skin, which expedites healing.
A few combinations for eczema relief
To prepare the combination, mix tea tree oil (4 drops), cypress oil (10 drops), yarrow oil (10 drops), and chamomile oil (10 drops) in a dark container. Before taking a bath, add 8 to 12 drops to the bath water. If you are short on time, apply 6 to 8 drops of the combination on a cloth and use it to cleanse your body after you have washed yourself with a non-soap cleanser.
You can also apply the blend directly on the affected areas. For this purpose, add 32 drops of the combination to carrier oil (2 tablespoons). Use the blend 4 to 6 times a day until your condition subsides. You can expect to see an improvement in your condition within 8 to 11 days.
Eczema Soother: Chamomile oil, Geranium oil, Lavender oil, Patchouli oil, and Thyme oil
This combination can be used for children aged 3 years or more. For children younger than 3 years, use yarrow oil in place of thyme.
For application, add 8 to 12 drops of the combination to bath water or apply 6 to 8 drops on a cloth and use it for lathering after cleaning the child’s body with a non-soap cleanser.
You can also apply the blend directly on the affected parts. For this purpose, add 32 drops of the combination to carrier oil (2 tablespoons). Apply a few drops of the blend 4 to 6 times a day until the condition heals. In most cases, the condition improves considerably within 8 to 11 days of treatment.
Calming bath: Chamomile oil, Geranium oil, Elemi, and Cornstarch (optional)
Add 2 drops of geranium and chamomile each and 1 drop of elemi to your bathwater and soak for 25 to 40 minutes. If you wish, you can also add 1 cup of cornstarch. It is recommended that you use warm water for best results.