I have been working on making some homemade lotion or cream for awhile. In particular one that would help with eczema. Both children have eczema related to their allergies. My husband also has bad eczema. Dada’s in particular currently is open and painful sores, which renewed my quest for a good homemade lotion to help heal it. I looked into different nourishing, moisturizing, and healing oils and began to work out some things. The end result has been one he is pleased with on his skin, the kids have so far done well with it when I used it on them, and my (no eczema, but dry) skin feels so much better from it.
Lots of different ideas on google.
During my research phase, I found many ideas on google. I tried one that included honey, it helped quite a bit but wasn’t practical, especially on the kids. Tea tree oil burned even in very small amounts on my husbands very open eczema sores. I didn’t want to spend terribly much on different things or get very complicated with this lotion (especially if it didn’t help or one of the kids had a reaction to it).
Why I chose these ingredients:
First I only wanted ingredients that were safe to consume. Next I wanted ingredients that would be healing, soothing, and moisturizing to the skin. I also wanted single ingredient items so it would be less likely to have corn-contamination issues and be able to be duplicated easily.
It is full of vitamins, in particular ones like vitamins E and A that promote the healing of dry and damaged skin. It contains beneficial fatty acids which help with inflammation from my understanding. It also creates a barrier on the skin to protect from irritants.
It is made from the flower petals of the Calendula Marigold plant. Normally an olive oil infusion is used to make this. Due to a lot of recent information about olive oil not always being pure this made me slightly leery of it, but calendula is very healing to eczema ridden skin so I decided to use it, but only in a small amount. Studies have indicated it is anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. It has a long history of being used to help skin problems like eczema. It also stimulates collagen in the skin, which of course helps with wrinkles.
I love coconut oil. It has a very long list of uses and is so beneficial on the skin. It is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-ageing. It retains moisture in the skin well. Encourages circulation, which in turn helps with healing. As a base for this lotion it is a solid much of the time at room temperature and is very shelf stable.
Jojoba Butter or Oil
Jojoba is very similar to human sebum which is secreted by our sebaceous glands, due to this similarity it has unique properties for moisturizing and protecting our skin.
Jojoba butter will be better for the consistency but many kinds are made by combining jojoba oil and hydrogenated vegetable oil which I am not a fan of at all. The type I got from a local health food store (after discussing it with someone who worked there) is this. I am not certain what the catalyst used is, but I felt much better about it on the sensitive skin and did want the consistency of butter versus oil. Oil will give you the same benefits though.
Lavender essential Oil
Lavender is a natural anti-septic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. It has soothing properties for aching and itching eczema patches. It encourages circulatory flow, thereby healing skin faster.
Chamomille essential Oil
I actually did not use this one because I couldn’t find it at the store. I would recommend it if you have it available though. It is a natural analgesic and as such will be very soothing to itchy or painful skin.
Homemade Eczema Lotion Recipe
- 4 tablespoons shea butter
- 1/2 teaspoon calendula oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons jojoba butter
- 10 drops lavendar essential oil
- 10 drops chamomille essential oil, optional
- grapeseed oil, optional
Place the first four ingredients in a glass jar or bowl. Place this bowl or jar into a bowl of warm water in order to gently melt the ingredients. Stir well until melted and mixed up. Add in essential oils and mix well.
If you prefer a more “baby oil” type consistency then add the grapeseed oil and mix well. For a thicker cream leave it out. It is only for consistency.
Apply it as needed.
This recipe has pretty basic ingredients. Even if you have none of them in your house at the moment you should be able to get them all for $20-30. This recipe will make about 1.5 cups worth of lotion. Whether you will save money depends on your alternatives. We were using mostly coconut oil on myself and the kids, but it wasn’t always quite helpful enough and this works better. My husband was often using a steroid cream which makes me cringe, so this is much healthier and less expensive than that. If you buy organic lotions, this will cost less as well.
How did it work?
We’re pretty impressed. My husband’s hand is not aching anymore and he found it very moisturizing. I felt it was the best thing my skin has seen in awhile. I even used it on my dried and cracked lips and one day later the very large split on it was nearly healed and they no longer hurt. The more liquid consistency with the grapeseed oil makes for a very easy application with the kids, but it can be messier. I will probably leave it out next time.
Overall, we’ve really liked this lotion so far. My only complaint is it doesn’t have the greatest smell, something I’m hoping to work on soon. Maybe a vanilla scent. I would love something reminiscent of warm vanilla sugar body lotion from Bath and Body works. I used to wear it every single day, but one day while newly pregnant with Ladybug I looked at the ingredients list and never could bring myself to put it on again. Maybe I’ll finally make a replacement for it.
*Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and this hasn’t been evaluated by the FDA just in case you’re wondering, we like it and it works for us.