Healing Skin Cream for Eczema and Psoriasis
Whoa! What a snap back into reality (and winter) with school back in session, oh wait, just kidding, school’s closed today due to the excessive cold. I really didn’t need the girls to be home again today after a nice two week vacation. Not that I don’t enjoy their company BUT it sure is nice to have a few less kids in the house so I can get more accomplished. Instead, after a few battles this morning over random toys, we spent some quality time doing manicures and experimenting with their new Jamberry nail wraps. All of this chilly weather, however, has dry skin issues written all over it! Add to that, perhaps, some less than stellar eating habits over the holidays and those of you with eczema and psoriasis may been feeling a little uptick in symptoms so it’s only appropriate that I share with you my recipe for Healing Skin Cream specifically geared toward eczema and psoriasis flare-ups. You can totally use this for other skin ailments or as an intense healing hand crème for the winter months.
Before I made this healing skin cream, I did a lot of research. I’ve been really intrigued by essential oils and the power that plant oils have to help heal the body. It’s truly amazing. I bought this reference book to help me with all of the specific uses of individual oils as well as blends. It’s an awesomely handy little guide and I highly recommend it. I also did research across other resources to figure out the top oils used for eczema and psoriasis. The base for this cream is coconut oil which is extremely healing being full of antioxidants and Vitamin E. I also have added Shea butter which helps to rebuild collagen due to damaged skin. Toss in some calendula and apricot oils which are known to reduce itchiness, reduce inflammation and increase the skins ability to heal and you have a base for success. Then to make this even more powerful, I add to it a number of essential oils (rosehip seed, frankincense, lavender, rosemary, copaiba and tea tree) with properties that are anti-inflammatory, calming and reduce allergic reactions, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and restorative. I did my best to use the most effective yet not super expensive oils in my mix. The one I didn’t add but would if cost is not prohibitive for you would be helichrysum. This one is a super power of healing any and all skin conditions. It’s also not cheap so I made this recipe without it and it still seems to work wonderfully well. If you have a more severe case of eczema or psoriasis, I would definitely add the helichrysum into the mix as it’ll be that much more effective.
I use this healing skin cream for my 3 year old son’s eczema flare-ups and they are typically gone or dramatically reduced overnight. My husband uses it on his psoriasis as well with good results. I would love to hear if this works for you!
- 2 oz shea butter
- 2 oz coconut oil
- ½ oz apricot oil
- ½ oz calendula oil
- ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 15 drops rosehip seed oil
- 10 drops frankincense oil
- 10 drops lavender oil
- 10 drops rosemary oil
- 5 drops copaiba oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- Melt shea butter and coconut oil together in a double boiler.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Let mixture cool until it starts to set but is still easily stirrable.
- Whip mixture with a electric mixer (not totally necessary but does give it a smoother silky feel).
- Spoon into glass containers to store at room temperature.
- Makes about 6 ounces.
For added healing super power, add 5 drops helichrysum oil as well.