All three of my kiddos have eczema, which I assure you they inherited from the hubbs who also has eczema. Eczema is a hot mess. It’s like winning the lottery except instead of money, you’re winning a new rash every week for the rest of your life. Where can I buy a ticket for that right?! It can be gnarly and dry, scaly and flaking, or crusty and oozing. You never know what to expect.
Usually the kids will get flare ups after they have been to birthday parties. The artificial flavors, colors and crazy a** chemicals in the “fun”, “mommy never lets us have this” food are the culprits. But I can’t be a Junk food nazi all the time, otherwise my kids might grow up to resent me and then live the life of a total recluse. Sitting in their apartments eating blocks of Velveeta “cheese” stuffed with Vienna sausages, washing it down with Mountain Dew and gorging on Twinkies for dessert all because their mother scarred them during their youth never allowing them to truly be children. That’s what I envision anyway. I can’t hide my kids from birthdays and family gatherings but I can at least try to keep this pesky skin squabble calm and somewhat managed.
A visit to the Pediatrician brought to light that…wait for it… they have eczema. I was “prescribed” some cream which is $5 over the counter at Target. I wish I could say that the results were amazing and that we all had an anti eczema extravaganza, but no, that wasn’t the case. So, who’s got two thumbs and wanted to make something herself? This girl.
Dry, cold weather can exasperate eczema, so I figured this was the perfect time to share this recipe. This salve is like a professional eczema chapstick. It absorbs quickly, smells great, is completely natural and it works!
Dry Skin Salve:
1/2 cup coconut oil (solid at room temperature)
5 drops Melaleuca essential oil (natural antiseptic)
5 drops Rosemary essential oil (reduces itching and irritation)
4 drops Frankincense essential oil (promotes skin healing)
10 drops Lavender essential oil (anti-inflammatory and aroma)
Turn stove on low and add 1/2 cup of coconut oil to a small saucepan. You just want to melt the oil (3-5 minutes). Remove oil from heat and let cool slightly. Add your essential oils and transfer the mixture to your desired containers.
Let the mixture cool completely and become solid. Bam! you are done. Apply twice a day, morning and night (after a shower is good).
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