Essential Oils for Eczema Relief & Skin Rash: Our Top 5 Revealed

5 Healing Essential Oils for Fast Relief From Eczema and Skin RashesIs your eczema embarrassing to you?

Do you no longer wear shorts or t-shirts to avoid exposing your tell-tale rashes to the world?

Despite what many adults think, eczema doesn’t just plague the young – it can carry on into adulthood too.

Whether you’ve been treating it for a long time now or this is your first experience with the debilitating rash, there are a plethora of oils that can help you get your rash-free skin back – along with your confidence!

So what essential oils are good for eczema? There’s a ton of them, and we’ll give you the best healing and soothing recipes for eczema there are!

Plus, we’ll weigh in on whether you should trash your topical steroid, how hot oils affect essential oil use, and any potential side effects you should expect! By the time we’re done with you, you’ll be itchin’ to get usin’ – literally!

5 Top Essential Oils for Eczema

Lavender Essential Oil

lavenderDon’t bother with any other over-the-counter topical cream again if you have Lavender! It works to treat eczema because it not only reduces inflammation, decreases itchiness, and disinfects the skin, but it also relieves stress which is a trigger for eczema flareups. Instead of using a steroid cream, create your own eczema recipe using oils so you know every benefit of every ingredient you put in!

What You’ll Need:

  • 20-30 drops of Lavender
  • 8 drops of Melaleuca/Tea Tree
  • 5 drops of Geranium (optional)
  • 5 drops of Myrrh (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup of Raw Shea Butter
  • 1/2 Cup of Coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey

How to Use:

Melt the Shea Butter and Coconut oil using the double boil method. Once melted, add the honey, stir, and blend well. Add the essential oils and wait until it’s about room temperature. Mix the solution until it has a lotion-like consistency and transfer to a glass container with lid.

Use as needed on eczema and massage in.

Melaleuca Essential Oil

tea tree melaleucaIf you’re itching until you’re bleeding, you know you need medicine that’s truly effective. Melaleuca, also known as Tea Tree, is an excellent itch-reliever because it reduces inflammation caused by flareups, kills off bacteria that causes infections, and it stimulates the immune system to prevent the eczema from spreading. So treat yourself to an anti-itch spray!

What You’ll Need:

  • 12 drops of Melaleuca
  • 12 drops of Lavender
  • 12 drops of Clove
  • 12 drops of Rosemary
  • 4 oz Carrier Oil

How to Use:

Transfer all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake. Spray onto eczema-infected areas for itch-relief.

Geranium Essential Oil

geraniumGeranium is a great skin-friendly essential oil. It helps to calm down the pains and discomforts of eczema without over-drying the skin. It also improves circulation to the skin, restores an imbalance of hormones and alleviates stress and anxiety – which can exacerbate eczema if left unchecked. Using this daily may be your new eczema relief remedy!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 drops of Geranium
  • 2 drops of Lemon
  • 1 drop of Chamomile
  • 2 Cups of Cold Water

How to Use:

Pour the cold water into a bowl. Add the oils and stir mixture. Soak a wash cloth and wring out and apply to eczema. Repeat twice daily.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

roman chamomileIf you suffer from dry eczema, you might feel like a lost cause. Hot baths worsen it, your skin is extremely sensitive, and topical creams dry it out more. This is where Roman Chamomile does wonders for your dry eczema. While it helps to balance out sebum production, it softens and soothes flaky, dry, and scaly skin. For a moisturizing dry eczema treatment, you want Roman Chamomile at your side.

What You’ll Need:

  • 10 drops of Roman Chamomile
  • 10 drops of Evening Primrose oil
  • 5 drops of Myrrh
  • 5 drops of Lavender
  • 8 tsp of Carrier Oil (Hemp, Grapeseed, or Sweet Almond)

How to Use:

Combine all ingredients in a dark glass application bottle. Gently use fingertips to apply over eczema.

Frankincense Essential Oil

frankincenseThis all-purpose oil works wonders on several other functions in the body which then in turn helps to treat eczema. While it has wonderful skin benefits for all sorts of skin disorders, it also helps to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve inflammation and pain, boost the immune system, and kill harmful bacteria – the exact things you need to treat eczema at the core, not suppress symptoms! Plus, this cream blend recipe is excellent if your eczema weeps and oozes.

What You’ll Need:

  • 15 drops of Frankincense
  • 15 drops of Lavender
  • 15 drops of Myrrh
  • 10 drops of Roman Chamomile
  • 1/4 Cup Shea Butter
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E Cream

How to Use:

Melt down the Shea Butter using the double boil method. Once liquefied, add the remaining ingredients and blend well. Allow to cool and transfer to a 2 ounce double-walled jar. Apply to weeping and all parts of eczema daily.

3 Soothing Blends for Eczema

Rocky Mountain Immune Strength Blend

Rocky Mountain Immune Strength Essential Oil BlendThere’s nothing like a bunch of essential oils coming together to boost the immune system in every way possible to treat eczema at the root. This is a unique blend of Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon, Rosemary, Ginger, Eucalyptus, and more! It stimulates the adrenal, nervous, circulatory, digestive, lymphatic, and other systems in the body to ensure the symptoms of eczema are kept at bay and your body is equipped to be strong enough to cure your eczema.

How to Use:

Because many of these essential oils are “hot” oils, you will need to be liberal with a carrier oil for topical application. If you’re uncertain about the way your skin will react to the hot oils, opt for aromatic use in a diffuser instead.

You can also add 75 drops of Immune Strength Blend to 4 ounces of water in a fine mist spray bottle to add to the air during times of flareups or emotional unease that can cause flareups.

Healing Solutions Health Shield Blend

Healing Solutions Health Shield Essential Oil BlendThis blend is made with Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Rosemary. Not only does it help to kick the common cold and headaches, but it also helps to clear up eczema because it’s protecting your internal systems to keep your body and skin healthy and resistant to triggers.

How to Use:

For eczema, dilute liberally with a carrier oil and massage into the skin.

You may also want to blend it into your topical eczema ointment for enhanced benefits and extra dilution since it does contain hot oils.

doTERRA Correct-X Ointment

doTERRA Correct-X Essential Oil Blend OintmentThis all-purpose skincare ointment is brimming with essential oils that will help to calm stressed-out skin and promote hydration and improved texture – everything someone with eczema needs. If you’re unfortunate enough to get eczema around the facial area, this is also a great fast-drying, non-irritating skin cream to further protect your skin and keep it clean while it’s surviving a flareup.

How to Use:

Apply to eczema infected areas as needed.

Potential Side Effects of Using Essential Oils for Eczema

The potential side effects of using essential oils for treatment of eczema are mostly skin-related since the oils are intended for topical use. Many of the recommended essential oils are considered “hot” oils, which means they can provide a warming effect on the skin. If you find that your skin doesn’t tolerate hot oils very well, make sure to thoroughly wash out with a carrier oil, not water. Water will enhance the warming effects and may even make it feel hotter. Carrier oils will draw the hot oils out and dilute its warming effects.

Always be liberal with carrier oils when using single hot oils or hot oil blends. You should also always skin test first to ensure you’re not sensitive any of the oils. If any skin abnormalities occur, be sure to discontinue immediate use of that essential oil, and read labels carefully for any oils your skin may not be tolerant of.

What Are Hot Essential Oils?

Hot oils create a warming, hot, or spicy sensation when used topically or internally. While there are many benefits of using hot oils, your skin may be sensitive to use of them. You’ll also want to note that essential oil use is individualized. While a hot oil may feel especially warming to you, it may not be the same way for another user. This emphasizes the fact that you always need to skin test an oil first, especially if it’s your first time using a new or hot oil.

When it comes to eczema, some hot oils may further irritate your skin and cause the opposite effects of what you desire – especially when the oils are used incorrectly. Always dilute your oils on your eczema-infected areas to prevent skin sensitivity.

Some “hot” essential oils are:

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  • Black Pepper
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Hyssop
  • Marjoram
  • Lemongrass
  • Ocotea
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Thyme

Medications vs Essential Oils

People with eczema find it a downhill battle when trying to come up with any remedy to treat it. Commonly accepted and primary medications in the forms of prescription topical steroids, topical ointments, immunosuppressants, and many other products can prove harsh, addictive, expensive, and ineffective forms of treatment – not to mention the adverse side effects.

A clinical study revealed that 40 percent of eczema patients polled feel completely unsatisfied with their medications. So what is there to do?

Medications keep plugging away at only suppressing the symptoms while essential oils do all the holistic heavy lifting of treating eczema at the root cause. The medicinal properties of an essential oil can not only heal, clean, and soothe the external symptoms of eczema, but they also do a lot more. By regulating and playing a primary role in many of the body’s functioning systems, they help to restore the body to full-working health to eliminate the causes of eczema. This can be seen by the many benefits that include:

  • Protection against allergens that trigger flareups.
  • Kills off microorganisms that contribute and cause eczema.
  • Can restore hormonal balances that weaken the body against eczema and flareups.
  • Essential oils are free of chemicals that can elicit eczema breakouts.
  • Can relieve the mind and body of anxiety, tension, and stress that also directly affects eczema.

Any side effects are quickly outweighed when pitted against the side effects of medications. In this case, it’s clear that medications should be seen as the alternative and essential oils a primary remedy.

Don’t Scratch It – Oil It!

Woman Suffering From ItchingWhile scratching might feel good – for a second, it’s only going to make it worse. Instead of risking a chronic case of the itches, drawing blood, or exacerbating pain, oil it!

Let the healing and soothing prowess of essential oils take on the symptoms and the cause of your eczema flareup! While you forget about the itch, pain, and oozing, the oils are working tirelessly to make sure you don’t have to give it another thought or itch again!