My little guy gets eczema every winter on his cheeks, and I’ve not had a lot of success with various creams from stores, even from the co-op. Here’s one we’ve been using all winter that actually works, and it’s homemade from stuff I had on hand anyway. Nice! I made up the recipe myself, but it was based on information I’ve read in Nourishing Traditions and Herbal Medicine.
Homemade eczema cream
3-4 T. virgin or extra-virgin coconut oil
1 T. olive oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
1. Melt everything together on the stove over very low heat — takes about 5 minutes. This is the easiest way to incorporate the olive oil with the rock-hard coconut oil.
That’s it! I added the olive oil to make it a little softer and easier to apply. If you keep your house very warm in the winter, you might find that it’s too runny with the olive oil in it, so adjust the recipe accordingly.
Update, 2/14/2011: Clarification: I am not claiming that this cream cures eczema, only that it relieves symptoms better than any other I’ve tried. We still have to apply 1-2 times a day to my son’s cheeks to keep them clear.