Natural Cure—Essential Oils for Eczema
I had my first experience with essential oils several years ago, when my daughter was having yet another outbreak of Eczema. She has had eczema since she was very young, but it started to escalate when she was going through puberty. We had tried every over the counter cream and remedy that was available. We finally went to our doctor who gave us a prescription strength cream, which I was sure would be the cure. The cream didn’t help at all, it actually made it worse. Her eczema was on her cheeks so it was very visible and becoming worse by the day. It had spread so bad that she didn’t even want to go to school.
Desperately I searched the internet for an answer. I came across some posts about the healing effects of Melaleuca Essential Oil (Tea Tree Oil), and Lavender Oil, on eczema. I was ready to try anything at that point. I had really never heard much about essential oils, and wasn't even sure what they were for. So I found it strange when just a few days later my older daughter came home and was going on and on about essential oils. Her boyfriend is a Massage Therapist and she had attended a class on essential oils with him. At that point I was sure it was meant for me to try the essential oils, since it was the second time in a few days that the subject had come up. I purchased a bottle of Lavender oil, a bottle of Melaleuca and some Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Due to the fact that my daughters skin is so sensitive, we mixed a drop of the Melaleuca, and a drop of the Lavender with Fractionated Coconut Oil. We were hoping it would make even the slightest difference, but to our surprise it was much better the following day and within a week the eczema disappeared completely. The eczema reappears on occasion, but she just uses the Melaleuca or Lavender Oils and it always takes care of it. We now have a granddaughter who also has eczema, and the oils have worked wonders on her as well. We used it on her diaper rash several times when it was really bad, and it was very effective drying it up quickly.
My son also has eczema occasionally, so I gave him a bottle of Melaleuca to try. His eczema is not on his face, it breaks out on his neck and back, but when he has an outbreak it is very itchy and uncomfortable. It worked very well for him also.
I have since found many other uses for Melaleuca and Lavender Oil. I love that since they are all natural, I don't have to worry that I will use too much or that there may be harmful side effects.
What is Melaleuca Oil & Where Does It Come From
Melaleuca commonly known as Tea Tree Oil, is extracted from the leaves of melaleuca alternifolia tree. Tea Tree Oil supports the immune system and helps fight infection. It is commonly used as a topical antiseptic on cuts and burns. Due to it's antifungal and antiviral properties it is a great treatment for many skin conditions as well as bacterial infections and viruses.
The antibiotic properties of Tea Tree Oil help aid against ailments such as rashes, burns, bug bites and even dandruff. Just add a little to your shampoo. It has also been shown to kill Lice. Add 10-15 drops to your shampoo and leave on for 20 minutes to an hour (make sure your scalp does not have a reaction) then comb out with a lice comb, after you rinse.
Melaleuca is very versatile, and can help many health issues. It is one of our favorite for Eczema, and my kids acne. But has many other uses. If you have sensitive skin, test your reactivity before applying Melaleuca to a larger surface area.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Oil is well known for it's ability to calm your nerves, as well as promote sleep. Due to it's versatility, it has become my favorite essential oil. It has worked wonders on my dry skin and chapped lips. I add a drop to my face cream and apply it to my face, neck and lips. It has been the only thing that has helped my chapped lips. Lavender Oil has circulatory stimulating properties, as well as being a powerful anti-inflammatory for the skin.
Lavender is well known in aromatherapy for it's relaxing scent. I add a few drops to my bath. The fragrance helps relax me and it makes my skin super soft. You can carry a small vial of Lavender Essential Oil with you. Just inhaling the fragrance in times of stress or anxiety will help calm and relax you.You can also use a diffuser to diffuse the Lavender Oil into the air.
Lavender oil is also known to help reduce fever. It can be rubbed on the forehead in a carrier oil, or bottom of the feet, or simply add to a tepid bath. For babies and small children mix with a few drops of Coconut oil (be sure to dilute properly).
As a natural insect repellent, Lavender oil can be added to your body lotion or mixed with water in a spray bottle and spritzed on your skin.
Skin Conditions Melaleuca & Lavender Essential Oils Treat:
- Eczema - the antibiotic properties of Melaleuca oil make it very effective on Eczema. Lavender oil is another essential oil that we have found to be very effective at fighting Eczema due to its antibacterial properties, and it works as a powerful antiseptic to soothe the skin. It also works as an anti-inflammatory for the skin. I have found that combining 1-2 drops of Lavender with 1-2 drops of Melaleuca and several drops of Coconut Oil works best.
- Acne - The antimicrobial and antibacterial properties of Melaleuca Oil make it very effective in the treatment of acne. Lavender oil can be effective on acne due to it's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Daily use of Lavender oil rids the skin of bacteria, while preventing future breakouts and encouraging healthy skin cell regeneration
- Psoriasis - Melaleuca is known to have anti-inflammatory effects, which are thought to help control the over-production of skin cells that occur with psoriasis. Lavender essential oil contains antibacterial and antiseptic agents that help heal burning and itching. Apply Lavender or Melaleuca mixed with Coconut Oil directly to the affected area.
- Shingles - the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of Melaleuca and Lavender, treat the virus as well as alleviate the symptoms, including the pain. Combine Lavender and Melaleuca with a few drops of coconut oil and apply directly to rash for best results.
- Athletes Foot - is a common fungal infection of the feet. A study published in the journal Trop Med Int Health found that treating toenail onychomycosis with 2% butenafine and 5% tea-tree oil in cream cured 80% of patients. Melaleuca and Lavender oils are well known natural remedies for Athletes Foot, and work as well if not better than prescription strength antifungal products. They will also clear up toenail and fingernail infections. Lavender oil will also help with foot odor. Combine Lavender and Melaleuca with a few drops of Coconut oil and apply to the infected area up to 3 times a day.
- Yeast Infections - 1-2 drops Melaleuca, 1-2 drops Lavender diluted with fractionated coconut oil. Can be applied topically, but may cause a cooling or slightly burning sensation so you might just want to rub on the bottoms of your feet. Essential oils are systemic so will get in the bloodstream and get where they are needed.
- Diaper Rash - the anti-microbial properties of Tea Tree Oil help eradicate diaper rash. Mix 1 drop Melaleuca, 1 drop Lavender Oil and about 6-8 drops Coconut or Olive Oil and apply directly to rash or use on baby wipes. I have also added it to my diaper rash cream. Test your baby's skin for sensitivity before applying on a larger surface area.
- Minor Cuts & Burns - the antiseptic properties of Lavender help soothe minor cuts and burns, while the antibacterial properties help heal them faster with much less scarring. Melaleuca kills bacteria also and it acts as an antiseptic to numb the pain. Combine one or both with Coconut Oil and apply directly to the cut or burn.
- Ear Infection - the pain of an ear infection can be greatly reduced with the use of Melaleuca and/or Lavender Oils. Dilute the Lavender or Melaleuca Oil with some Coconut Oil and rub on the outside, behind the ear, along the jaw and down the side of the neck. Do not put directly in your ear.
There is an Oil For That
I do believe there are times when you need to consult your physician, but I now realize there are many natural remedies that are as effective as mainstream medicine, without the disturbing side effects.
Essential Oils have become a big part of my families healthcare. When there is a health issue in my home now we go to the Oil cabinet first and most of the time it takes care of it. We have also found that the oils help prevent many health issues, such as eczema.
I recommend only 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Extracted from plants usually by distillation, uncorrupted by other substances. Nothing synthetic added.
I know what it's like to feel like there is no answer, so I hope if you have any skin condition that you have been unable to find a remedy for, that this will help you.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Raymond on July 21, 2017:
My skin adores lavender! I'll try mixing it with melaleuca and fractionated coconut oil. I'm glad that it's helping your family. :)
Setab (author) on August 25, 2015:
We used the melaleuca only with coconut oil every day. She saw it start to improve within a 3-4 days.
MAE on August 25, 2015:
Thank you for getting back to me! I just tried 2 drops of each lavender and tea tree in 2 tsp of fractionated coconut oil for now. If it seems to be working I'll make the bigger batch in the roller. So far he hasn't said it itches so that is good but it also looks the same but it is just the first day. How soon did you see significant results? How often did she have to apply it to her face?
Setab (author) on August 22, 2015:
My daughter now prefers the Melaleuca (tea tree oil) mixed with some coconut oil for her eczema. She just pours some coconut oil in her hand and then adds about 2 drops of Melaleuca, and rubs it on the affected area. It doesn't matter how much coconut oil you use, it is just to help spread the Melaleuca. The essential oils are so concentrated that you only need a drop or 2 depending on how big of an area. If your putting it in a roller bottle I would say fill it 3/4 full of coconut oil and the rest with Melaleuca.
Mae on August 22, 2015:
My son has eczema all over his cheeks too. I've tried combinations of ointments that have only temporarily worked. I was wondering-what exact ratios did you use for her face? I was thinking of using the three in a 10 ml roller for easier application. I want to make sure I do not make it too strong and harsh.
poetryman6969 on May 07, 2015:
I have heard a lot of interesting information about melaleuca . Everybody seems to like lavender.
mecheshier on January 27, 2014:
You are welcome Setab
Setab (author) on January 27, 2014:
Thanks, I appreciate your positive comments
mecheshier on January 27, 2014:
This is a great Hub. I love your suggestions and recommendations. Thank you. Voted up for useful and awesome.