That intense and constant itchiness from eczema and drive anyone nuts (and even cause a bacterial infection if you scratch it too much). If you’ve been battling eczema and are looking for a more natural way to treat it, there’s good news for you. Using essential oils for eczema can give you itch relief and help reduce the red flakiness when they are applied properly.
Oils can help once you have an inflamed and itchy area but there are more preventative measures you should look into as well to try to reduce the outbreaks. Eczema is highly related to many lifestyle factors such as allergens, stress, detergents and products you use.
To help with reducing stress, you can diffuse oils around the house each evening. A blend of Lavender and Eucalyptus smells heavenly. Diffusing oils will help you feel like you’re at the spa without ever leaving your house!
A Study on Treating Eczema with Essential Oils
Essential oils are NOT a cure for eczema, but they can give you some soothing relief. They can also help speed up the healing process. A doctor at The Oxford Radcliffe NHS Hospital Trust did a study on treating eczema with essential oils and the results were truly incredible. You can see the photos below from the published study.
Image: C. Blamey, Case History of Infected Eczema Treated with Essential Oils
These before and after photos are amazing. The really bad eczema wounds were almost completely healed after the essential oil treatments. This study provides a very detailed regiment customized for this specific person based on their eczema severity. They treated the patient with an essential oil spray, followed by an essential oil bath and then applied the oils “neat.” The doctor in this study created this treatment specifically for this patient’s needs. You should work with your own medical professional and adopt the treatment to your needs.
3 Ways to Heal Eczema with Essential Oils
- Use an Essential Oil Spray: The study above just combined essential oils with tap water. Oil and water don’t mix very well, so you can use a carrier like witch hazel extract instead of water to help blend everything. Use 1 ounce of witch hazel extract with 12 drops of your essential oils of choice to make an eczema relief spray.
- Make an Eczema Cream: Skin creams can provide immediate relief for itching and discomfort. There is an eczema cream recipe at the end of this article that you can use for inspiration.
- Apply Essential Oils Topically: You can dab the oils “neat” on your skin. Neat just means that you put the undiluted oil directly on the skin. Some people with skin sensitivities have issues with applying the oil neat because essential oils are very powerful. If you’ve never tried tea tree or lavender oil neat, then it’s a good idea to test one drop on a non-infected area of skin before applying to an infected area. Testing it on normal skin will help you discover if you have any reactions without further irritating the eczema.
Top 6 Essential Oils for Eczema
- Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia): This versatile oil has extremely powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Tea tree oil is one of the top oils you should use if you have eczema because of its skin healing benefits.
- Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia): Lavender oil is one of the most popular and commonly used oils because of it’s widespread benefits. It helps with eczema because it is antimicrobial and antiseptic. Additionally, it can help increases local blood circulation. This calming floral scent can help reduce anxiety and stress.
- Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum): Lemon essential oil has skin healing, antiseptic, anti-bacterial and astringent benefits. It also helps with blood circulation and is a white blood cell stimulant.
- Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia) The bergamot tree is the result of cross-breeding an orange tree and a lemon tree. This antiseptic essential oil is great for healing skin wounds and sores. Bergamot is also helpful for preventing stress related ezcema because it is an antidepressant. This sweet citrusy scented oil is great to have on hand.
- Niaouli Oil (Melaleuca quinquenervia): Niaouli comes from the niaouli tree and is related to the melaleuca tree. Niaouli oil is very similar to tea tree oil, but it smells sweeter and is milder on the skin. This oil is a great skin healer and antiseptic. It is a stimulant, however, so you might not want to use this right before bed time.
- Chamomile Oil (chamomillarecutita or chamaemelumnobile): German chamomile and Roman chamomile are the two types of chamomile essential oils. You’re probably familiar with Chamomile as a tea, but this plant also produces a very powerful essential oil. Chamomile provides itch relief and has anti-inflammatory properties that are great for eczema.
All of these oils provide amazing benefits for relieving you of the eczema pain, itchiness and discomfort. Try your own blends and see what you like best. Ultimately, you’ll really need to evaluate the root cause of your eczema and focus on that. Oils are great for treating the symptoms but they won’t prevent eczema from happening in the first place.
If you continuously have eczema popping up then take the time to evaluate your diet and lifestyle. Take note of what you’re eating, what soap/detergent products you’re using, allergies, stress and other factors that could trigger your eczema. After a few instances, hopefully you can find a pattern and figure out what the most common causes of your eczema are.
Surely these incredible essential oils can help provide some much needed comfort for you!