I made this homemade salve recipe as an experiment to see if it could relieve my eczema. I have a small eczema patch underneath my right armpit and it is very itchy, specially when I apply deodorant. I have tried prescription creams with steroids but they did nothing for my problem, and this is why I decided to make my own balm.
I started researching about ingredients that are believed to be effective in helping inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Sunflower seed oil applied topically appears to have some very favorable properties in terms of itch, inflammation, and improvement of the skin barrier function. Coconut oil has antibacterial effects, which may also be of great benefit in eczema.Source
Here are some of the ingredients I found:
- sunflower oil
- coconut oil
- shea butter
- jojoba oil
- calendula oil
- rose essential oil
- German chamomile essential oil
- eucalyptus essential oil
I picked ingredients I had at home at that moment and went with the ones below:
DIY Eczema & Psoriasis Salve
Ingredients you need:
35 gr Shea butter (buy here)
35 gr coconut oil (get it here)
12 gr sunflower oil
12 gr caléndula infused oil (in sunflower oil) (buy it here)
1 teaspoon vitamin E (get it here)
10 drops chamomile essential oil
10 drops bergamot essential oil (check this one)
Note that Bergamot oil is photo sensitive so is best to use it only at night or use a substitute such as sandalwood or frankincense essential oils.
How to make it:
Put together the Shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower oil and calendula infused oil in a heat resistant container. Place in a pot with water and simmer until the solid ingredients melt.
Add vitamin E oil and stir.
Add chamomile essential oil.
And bergamot essential oil and remove until all the ingredients are well mixed.
Wait for few hours until the balm hardens. If you keep it in the fridge it will harden quicker.
Transfer to a container and is ready to use!
Remember to sterilize the container before use. It is important to avoid the development of bacteria. I clean all the containers using rubbing alcohol. It is also important to get the cream using a clean spatula as opposed to using your fingers.
How to use it:
I make a conscious effort to apply the balm at least 3 times a day to the area even if is not itchy. Before I used to applied the eczema creams only when it was itching and then I scratched so hard that it made it worst.
Since using this salve I have noticed that the area where my eczema is, feels more moisturized, less dry and also less itchy. Probably it won’t be a definitely cure but anything that helps to make it more bearable is good.
Make sure you test the balm first and check that you are not allergic to the ingredients, especially essential oils. If in doubt, pregnant or nursing consult your doctor.
I will update this post as I keep using the salve. Hopefully the itching will subside.
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