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A DIY All-Natural Eczema Cream That Won’t Irritate Skin

October 7, 2016

Eczema, aka dermatitis aka skin inflammation, can leave patches of skin dry, flaky, red, and itchy. Read: the worst.

While antibiotics and steroid creams are sometimes prescribed for more severe outbreaks, this simple, all-natural solution—made with honey (which has antibacterial properties), shea butter, coconut oil, and essential oils—can help alleviate eczema symptoms. It’s also easy to make, ultra-moisturizing, great smelling, and safe for sensitive skin.

DIY Eczema Cream

What You Need

½ cup shea butter
½ cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
40 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops tea tree oil

Instructions

Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler, then add the remainder of the ingredients and stir until combined.

Transfer to a bowl and using either or stand or hand mixer, mix until light and frothy; you’re looking for a lotion-like consistency.

Then store the rest in a sealed glass jar and use on irritated skin as needed.

But remember to do a patch test first! Dab a small amount on an inconspicuous area of skin, like the inner arm, and wait about 24 hours to make sure it doesn’t react or flare up.

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Megan Martin

In addition to Thrive Market, Megan has written copy for brands like Armani, Alexis Bittar, Nine West, Equinox, Olay, and (even) Jim Beam. Her health, beauty, and lifestyle coverage has been featured in Refinery29, Black Book, i-d, and others. After moving from New York, she found her home in Santa Monica, where she lives with her dog and fiance.

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