Essential Oils For Eczema

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Eczema is a complex skin condition caused by an overactive immune system, a problem with microbiome, and a genetic mutation that alters the filaggrin protein. Without this protein, the skin barrier doesn’t work properly and moisture escapes, causing dry skin.

Essential oils can be useful for eczema in regulating:

  • Inflammation
  • Irritation
  • Infection
  • Itchiness


However, essential oils are known skin sensitizers and irritants, so it’s important to use essential oils for eczema appropriately and properly. Eczema skin is desperately dry, both a cause and symptom of the condition. Keep the skin smooth and soft and moisturized with emollients.

Emollients are ingredients found in moisturizers that nourish and soften the skin. Natural emollients are vegetable plant oils that contain fatty acids and are nourishing for the skin. These include:

  • Coconut oil
  • Borage seed oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Sunflower seed oil
  • Calendula, an infused oil


essential oils for eczema


Essential Oils That Help Eczema

There are many essential oils that may help eczema and soothe irritated, inflamed skin. These include:

  • Sandalwood
  • Frankincense
  • Manuka

Some other essential oils are:


Bergamot has a long history of use on oily skin, and skin conditions in general, but it can be helpful applied to eczema. It can also be used for minor skin irritations, acne, boils, or dermatitis. Apply one drop directly to area, or moisturize with coconut oil and bergamot. Exercise caution with skin directly exposed to sunlight.


Myrrh also has a long history of use in skin care, specifically for its moisturizing and cleansing properties to dry skin. This essential oil is quite viscous and can actually gel up in the bottle, but try rolling the bottle vigorously between your hands or running it under some warm water to loosen it up.

Myrrh has a beautiful aroma that can also deepen the feeling of spirituality, and it can also be used on minor skin conditions and cuts and bruises. Apply directly to area, or add too coconut oil and moisturize.


Helichrysum is commonly known as “immortelle” or “everlasting”. It was traditionally used to support healthy skin. Use this essential oil directly on the affected area or in coconut oil to moisturize. Use to treat acne, boils, minor skin conditions, cuts, bruises, eczema, dermatitis. It’s the perfect bandaid for cuts. It has a minty smell, and if you’re familiar with PanAway essential oil blend, that’s what the aroma it brings to mind immediately.

Carrot Seed

Carrot Seed oil evens out skin tones, provides moisture and relief from common skin irritations like eczema, dermatitis and acne. It is an ideal ingredient for skin creams to nourish, rejuvenate and maintain the appearance of healthy- looking skin.

Essential Oils That May Help With Balancing the Microbiome

The microbiome often is significantly altered in eczema. Ahigh amount of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria usually found on the skin. Some essential oils may help balance the biome. These include:

  • Thyme
  • Tea tree
  • Oregano
  • Clove
  • Lavender

However, thyme, oregano, clove, tea tree are skin sensitizers and irritants and should be diluted.

Essential Oil Eczema Cream Recipe

Coconut Eczema Salve

2 tbsp organic coconut oil
2 tbsp unrefined shea butter
4 tbsp borage seed oil
1 tbsp beeswax pellets
10-15  drops each of sandalwood, frankincense, manuka
Optional: add carrot seed and lavender.
Optional: Add tea tree, lavender, thyme for microbial control
1. Heat beeswax and shea butter in a double boiler until they’re soft.
2. Combine with coconut oil and let it cool slightly. Do not let it harden, and work quickly.
3. Add borage seed oil and whip with a fork until it’s a spreadable
4. Add essential oils.
5. Store in airtight mason jar out of sunlight. You may want to put it in the fridge for a few hours just until it hardens slightly.
Moisturize skin multiple times a day, especially after a bath.

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