In my experience, shea butter combined with essential oils is a God-send for natural eczema treatment. Shea butter is intensely moisturizing and promotes healing of skin while essential oils fight germs, kill the itch and nourishes skin cells.
Benefits of Shea Butter and Essential Oils for Eczema
Below are some of the fantastic benefits of using shea butter and essential oils for eczema:
- Promotes wound healing
- Disinfects bleeding wounds
- Soothes inflammation
- Calms eczema rashes
- Relieves itchiness
- Fights germs
- Intensely moisturizes and lubricates dry cracked skin
- Nourishes skin cells
- Fight free radicals
- And more!
In this article, I want to share 3 recipes starring shea butter and essential oils for eczema relief. I know you’ll find them
Best Essential Oils to Mix with Shea Butter for Eczema
There are hundreds of essential oils out there. How do you know which ones are good for eczema? By checking out their therapeutic properties. Look for oils that have antibacterial, antiseptic, skin soothing, wound healing, moisturizing and anti-fungal properties. The best essential oils to mix with shea butter for eczema include:
- Lavender Essential Oil (where to get it)
- Tea Tree Essential Oil (where to get it)
- Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (where to get it)
- Peppermint Essential Oil (where to get it)
- Frankincense Essential Oil (where to get it)
- Myrrh Essential Oil (where to get it)
- Rose Essential Oil (where to get it)
- Rosemary Essential Oil (where to get it)
- Sandalwood Essential Oil (where to get it)
- Geranium Essential Oil (where to get it)
- Helichrysum Essential Oil (where to get it)
- Cedarwood Essential Oil (where to get it)
You need to know how to dilute these essential oils in shea butter. The safe and recommended dilution rate for adults is 2% which means 2 drops in 1 tsp of shea butter. But if you have sensitive skin or your eczema easily gets aggravated, try a 0.5% dilution – 1 drop in 2 tsp of shea butter or 1% dilution rate – 1 drop in 1 tsp of shea butter. Please Read: How to Dilute Essential Oils
Okay, now let’s check out how to use shea butter and essential oils for eczema:
How to Use Shea Butter and Essential Oils for Eczema
1. Whipped Eczema Cream: First whip up your shea butter into a fluffy white cream that has the consistency of whipped cream. To do this, first melt down 1 cup of shea butter in a double boiler over medium-low heat. Then place it to cool and partially solidify in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. When the time is up, get out the mixture and beat it into a fluffy white cream for 7 minutes using a hand mixer. Once you achieve that consistency, feel free to add any of the essential oils of your choice (about 20-25 drops) then apply.
2. Shealoe + Essential Oils: A very soothing combination, this is a must-try if you have eczema. Simply blend 1 cup of shea butter with 1/3 cup of pure aloe vera gel in a high speed blender to form a smooth cream. Add your essential oils of choice (20 drops). Stir well and your cream is ready for use!
3. Shea Butter + Rose Water + Essential Oils: This has got to be one of the most calming products ever. Simply add 1 cup of shea butter into a high speed blender, followed by ¼ cup of organic rose water and 2 tsp raw honey. Blend till creamy. Now transfer into a clean wide mouth jar and add 20 drops of your essential oil of choice. It stores for 2 years.
4. Shea Butter Bath Melts: Do you know how soothing shea butter bath melts are?! You just have to pop one into a warm bath and soak your irritated skin for 20 minutes. Once you’re out of the bath, your skin will feel moisturized and soothed. Here’s the recipe (it’s the last recipe on this post): 3 DIY Shea Butter Recipes for Eczema
5. Healing Herbal Salve: Check out this healing herbal salve recipe. It’s a wonderful way of combining shea butter and essential oils for eczema.