Healing Eczema Salve

Many of us suffer from dry skin, especially during the winter, but some suffer from eczema that can be itchy and painful. There are many herbs available and when combined together can create a healing and soothing salve to help with dry skin and eczema.

Healing Eczema Salve

 

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I first started working on an eczema lotion in December of 2015 for my husband. Eczema is not uncommon in his family and this was the first time he developed eczema in the time that I knew him. It started on his hand and it was bothersome to him but we didn’t think much of it. Next thing we knew it had taken over the back of his hand, his fingers, and spread all the way up to his elbows on both arms. It was painful and uncomfortable and his skin looked like a dried, cracked piece of land hit by a drought.

The tricky thing about eczema is that you don’t always know what is causing it or why. It’s not something that can be cured but is managed usually by lotions and avoiding things that cause flare-ups. It took awhile but we found that for my husband his eczema is worse in the winter and his flare-ups are usually caused by dust (he works retail) and from most soaps. We have completely switched what shampoos and soaps we use, he uses gloves while doing dishes, and uses an eczema salve almost every day and it helps keep his eczema at bay.

It took me about a year and a few different formulas before I found the perfect combination of herbs and oils to make a salve that really helps with eczema. This one probably has one of the weirdest set measurements for a salve compared to most of the other salves I make. The salve itself make one batch that almost fills a 4oz tin. Most of the time it’s best to measure things by weight but because this works so well with the original measurements I’m not going to change it.

One of the most important parts of this salve is the infused oil blend. Calendula is a very common herb used not only in the beauty industry but in eczema creams. It helps reduce inflammation and redness of the skin. Both chamomile and licorice root, while not the first herbs that come to mind when it comes to eczema, are really great because when applied topically they can reduce itchiness and keep the skin from hardening over. Marshmallow root is another uncommon addition but it forms a protective layer on the skin and can help keep out infections. Lastly, St. John’s Wort has pain-relieving qualities but also is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral which will help prevent the skin from getting infected.

Eczema Herbal Oil Infusion

  1. Combine herbs together in a mason jar.
  2. Add olive oil to the jar. Make sure there’s enough oil to cover the herbs. You may need more or less than what’s listed.
  3. Put a lid on the jar and shake to mix the herbs.
  4. Set jar on the windowsill for 4-6 weeks and then strain.
  5. Learn more about infusing oils here.

After straining you should get just under a cup of oil. Store the oil in a glass jar and keep in a dark place. You should be able to get about 8 batches of eczema salve with this oil.

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Yields1 Serving

 ½ oz Beeswax
 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
 2 tbsp Shea Butter
 2 tbsp Eczema Herbal Infused Oil
 1 tsp Neem Oil

1

Heat a double boiler and melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter.

2

Add the eczema herbal infused oil and neem oil.

3

Turn off heat and then add the essential oils. Stir.

4

Pour into a 4oz container and wait 30-60 minutes to let it set. You can put it in the refrigerator or freezer to speed up the setting process.

5

Use daily as needed for dry skin or eczema. Stop using if it makes your eczema worse or you begin to break out.

Ingredients

 ½ oz Beeswax
 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
 2 tbsp Shea Butter
 2 tbsp Eczema Herbal Infused Oil
 1 tsp Neem Oil

Directions

1

Heat a double boiler and melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter.

2

Add the eczema herbal infused oil and neem oil.

3

Turn off heat and then add the essential oils. Stir.

4

Pour into a 4oz container and wait 30-60 minutes to let it set. You can put it in the refrigerator or freezer to speed up the setting process.

5

Use daily as needed for dry skin or eczema. Stop using if it makes your eczema worse or you begin to break out.

Healing Eczema Salve

This salve has really changed my husband’s life. He went from having cracking, flaky, dry arms to having soft, eczema-free skin. This won’t necessarily work for everyone but I hope this recipe can make a difference in your life or someone you know. If you make this salve post a picture on Instagram and tag it with #notyourtypicalremedy.


Sources

-Balch, Phyllis A., and Stacey J. Bell. “Prescription for Herbal Healing.” Prescription for Herbal Healing, 2nd ed., Bottom Line Books, 2012, pp. 292–294.

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