Winter used to be an especially drying and trying time for my skin. Unfortunately, I now find that Fall, Winter, AND Spring are all especially drying times for my skin. I have a little patch of eczema on one of my hands that drives me nuts! So, this past winter, I went searching to see if I could make something that would give me some relief from the itching. As a result, I’m please to say that we now have a new product: All-Natural Eczema Relief Salve.
I read up on skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. I dug through books on essential oils. I read everything I could find on the web. Do you want the good news or the bad news first?
Bad News First
Let’s get the bad news over with. There seem to be several suspected causes of eczema and itchy dry skin. According to a WebMD article, the most common type of eczema, atopic dermatitis, is not an allergic reaction. Current thinking focuses on a combination of factors that include:
- Genetics (A major risk factor is having relatives who have or had eczema, Asthma or Seasonal allergies.)
- Abnormal function of the immune system
- Environment (such as colder climates)
- Skin sensitivity causing activities (such as prolonged exposure to water, especially water that’s too hot or too cold)
- Skin barrier defects that allow moisture out and germs in
Since there are multiple causes, it can be difficult to treat. I found some more good advice in the series of WebMD articles that begin here.
Good skin care is key to treating eczema, especially if the eczema is mild.
Mild soap that’s not drying and a good moisturizer are a great place to start in taking care of your skin.
I did find a number of recipes for moisturizers, salves, balms, butters, etc that I thought might be able to add some relief. I spent a few months mixing and matching ingredients, testing them out on myself and on my itchy-skinned friends and family, and came up with a recipe that combines a number of organic and all-natural ingredients. And it has an amazing scent too! It isn’t a cure. It didn’t make the bumpy and itchy spot on my hand go away. It did, however, stop it from bothering me so that I stopped scratching. Scratching tends to make the bumps spread and itch even more.
I sent my cousin, Stella, home with a jar of relief salve for her husband whose hands are so dry that they are cracked and sore. I heard back from Stella a week or so later. She sent me an instant message that read, “I have been using the eczema salve on my hands and cuticles and think my nails have gotten stronger and my little bit of eczema cleared up.” I looked up the oils in the salve, and I’ll be darned! They have properties that are beneficial to nails too! You may wonder if her husband ever got to try any of the salve on his dry, cracked hands. I wonder too. LOL