18 Essential Oils for Eczema
Eczema can be such a difficult condition to treat. And so hard to find answers for!
But it’s so debilitating that you’ll want to keep looking until you find something that works. Luckily for us, essential oils provide an inexpensive, low-risk option for eczema treatment.
Contrasted to western medicine, which still focuses on topical steroid treatment, you find a much more versatile (and safe) approach to help rid you of your skin condition in essential oils.
Below are 18 oils that are specialized to combat the symptoms of eczema and just great for your skin overall. After the list of recommended essential oils, I’ve also included a variety of blends and applications for you to choose from. Most are DIY and very simple to create and apply.
I hope you find what you need!
1.) Carrot seed EO
The carrot was introduced to Europe from Asia about 600 years ago. The essential oil is derived from the rich seeds of the plant. Carrot seed oil is wonderful for all skins types. It’s incredibly healing, contracts and tones skin tissue, adds elasticity, and calms inflamed skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.
2.) Chamomile EO
Chamomile has applications for pretty much all skin problems. It’s particularly effective for eczema. It limits inflammations and softens and soothes dry, flaky skin. It’s calming to the skin and mind and very gentle to boot.
3.) Lavender EO
Lavender is one of the most valuable oils for skin care and skin conditions. It stimulates the growth of new cells, kills bacteria, is antibiotic and antiviral. It prevents scarring and eases the pain.
4.) Bergamot EO
Bergamot is what creates the unique flavor of Earl Grey tea. It has both citrus and floral notes and has been a folk medicine in Italy for millennia. Bergamot is excellent for treating much skin complains including acne, eczema, psoriasis varicose ulcers and seborrhea of the skin and scalp.
5.) Birch EO
Birch is cleansing and purifying for the skin. It’s anti-inflammatory to boot which makes it a great choice for agitated skin conditions.
6.) Tea Tree EO
Tea tree has many outstanding properties. It’s best known for its capacity to stimulate the immune system, prevent fungal, bacterial and viral infections. Tea tree is drying, so make sure you mix it with some cooling and moisturizing oils. Manuka/tea tree is an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and relaxant.
Manuka calms inflammatory and allergic reactions effectively anywhere in or on the body. It also promotes new cell growth and helps skin marks and scars fade away.
7.) Rosemary EO
Rosemary offers powerful astringent properties. It tightens skin, kills bacteria and is a great oil for treating acne, dermatitis, eczema and athlete’s foot.
8.) Balsam Fir EO
Balsam reduces inflammation, boosts immunity and kills bacteria. Tolu balsam, in particular, is excellent at soothing and healing dry, cracked and chapped skin.
9.) Cedarwood EO
Cedarwood essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves and sawdust of Atlas cedar trees. Cedarwood oil kills bacteria, prevents or destroys fungal infections and is insecticidal and mildly astringent. This makes it an excellent addition to blends, steams and masks when treating a variety of skin complaints including eczema.
10.) Geranium EO
Geranium promotes rapid skin healing and eases pains and discomforts associated with skin conditions including eczema. It’s good for all skin types as it promotes a balanced level of sebum on the surface of the skin.
11.) Helichrysum EO
Helichrysum is anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory and promotes cell growth. This makes it perfect for allergic conditions such as eczema.
12.) Mandarin EO
Mandarin has many traditional medicinal uses including curing skin disorders and maintains moisture balance where applied.
Below the skin, it improves circulation of lymph and blood. Above the skin it promotes new cell and tissue growth. When applied the skin is rejuvenated and healing times become greatly reduced.
13.) Sweet / Wild Orange EO
Sweet orange is a great tonic for all skin types. It stimulates and brightens both oily and dry skin types. It’s toning, soft and glowing.
14.) Rosewood EO
Rosewood improves blood circulation and speeds up wound healing. It stimulates the body to produce hormones and enzymes to stabilize bodily functions.
17.) Yarrow EO
Yarrow is a potent anti-inflammatory. It’s especially suited for skin, respiratory and digestive inflammation. It also promotes circulation and is a diaphoretic meaning it can help the skin remove toxins from mild perspiration.
15.) Spikenard EO
Spikenard root provides an essential oil that’s earthy and an ideal skin tonic. It’s anti-inflammatory, sedative and soothing. Applied to skin it is gentle yet does a great job of preventing bacterial growth.
16.) Tagetes (Marigold) EO
Tagetes is a very warm, calming oil from the beautiful flowers of the marigold plant. This oil sedates and calms inflammation and skin irritation on contact. It disinfects and cleans as well.
4 DIY Blends and applications for Eczema
To get the best out of your topical treatments for eczema it’s good to whip up some mixtures. Below we’ll go over a variety of applications such as DIY misting sprays and lotions.
DIY EO Compress Blend
This is a very comforting and healing blend. When applied it immediately decreases the inflammation and itching associated with eczema.
Here is a recipe for a single application:
- 2 cups cold water
- 2 drops geranium or lavender EO
- 2 drops lemon or myrrh EO
- 1 drop chamomile or cypress EO
- Place your essential oils in a medium size, non-reactive bowl and combine thoroughly.
- Pour your cold water into the bowl and stir well.
- Soak a cloth and wring out enough of your water mixture so that the cloth won’t drop.
- Place the cloth on the affected area twice daily.
DIY EO Symptomatic Relief Lotion
For this blend, we start with vitamin E cream.
For every 4 ounces of vitamin E cream add:
- 5 drops carrot seed
- 20 drops of lavender
- 5 drops geranium
- 4 drops bay leaf
Mix blend well and apply 2-3 times a day to affected areas.
DIY Oil Blend for Dry Eczema
In a 2 ounce (60 ml) glass dropper bottle combine:
- 8 tsp (40 ml) hemp seed, grapeseed or sweet almond oil
- 10 drops evening primrose oil
- 10 drops chamomile EO
- 5 drops myrrh EO
- 5 drops lavender EO
Shake to blend.
Application: Using your fingertips gently apply over the affected area.
Some quick notes on dry eczema:
- For dry eczema, it’s recommended that you take quick, warm showers (not hot) and end the shower with cold water.
- It’s common for those suffering from dry eczema to be deficient in omega-3 essential fatty acids. It’s recommended that you supplement daily with rich sources of supplemental omega-3s.
- Wild caught cod liver oil (for omnivores and pescetarians)
- Organic Hemp Seed oil (for vegetarians)
Cream Blend for “Weeping Eczema”
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) shea butter
- 15 drops lavender EO
- 15 drops frankincense EO
- 15 drops myrrh
- 10 drops chamomile
- 1 tsp vitamin E cream
- First, melt your shea butter in a small non-reactive bowl. (You can do this by setting your bowl over a pot of simmering water, or any other of your preferred methods)
- Once the shea butter has liquefied add your essential oils and vitamin E cream. Mix well.
- When cool enough pour your mixture into a 2-ounce double-walled jar.
- Allow to cool and seal tightly.
- Application: Use your fingertips and apply over affected areas.
Hopefully, this post has been helpful for you.
If you have any questions, comments or recommendations of your own please let us know in the comment section below!
14 thoughts on “17 Best Essential Oils for Eczema Treatment”
I’ve had eczema all my life and I’ve never been more excited to try new remedies. Hopefully one or all of these work.
…so, how did it work? I really need help fast. Thanks
when you say chamomile,which one do you mean?
Wow! Never knew there were so many essential oils that could be used for eczema. This is certainly a comprehensive list!
Thank you for this list. My daughter is 17 and has suffered since birth. I’ve been helping her apply a combination of olive oil, oil of oregano, lavender and geranium nightly. I’ve seen changes in the appearance of her skin in the last 2 weeks, however, the itching is not under control until she applies the oil of oregano straight to her skin…which burns for 10 minutes or so. I’m hoping some of the oils you listed will help with the itching. Thanks again.
I have suffered with eczema since birth. In the 50’s and 60’s I was lucky enough to have pediatricians who had savs made at a pharmacy. However, today it seems the only answer is cortisone. I am so lucky that my children recommended your website. I cannot wait to try some blends. Thank you for the information
How come you never reply to those who have questions for you?
Hi mary. I do sometimes:)
Hi…just wanted to say…i only suffer from eczema when I use something that doesn’t agree with my skin…i found that cutting out dishwashing soap, cleaning agents that are abrasive etc & sticking to the natural soaps, cleaning agents that one can now get that are mire freely available actually helps to keep me eczema free… something that can be added to the healing with the blend of eos is glycerine…it has been my life saver in helping heal the eczema when it is bad
Hi All! I am an esthetician/aromatherapist with eczema. Dawn, detergents, bath gels, shampoos and all the OTC products contain a detergent – SLS – originally formulated as a strong commercial cleaning agent to degrease garage floors and engines. It is used everywhere because it is highly foaming and dirt cheap. Once your skin is stripped of it’s natural oil or sebum, the skin barrier is then compromised. This is my main trigger. I switched to castile soap and viola, clear skin (most of the time). CeraVe cream, not lotion, contains ceramides which help repair the skin barrier. Comfortable skin to all!
Hi, I just wanted to say that I have made the cream for weeping eczema. I was my hands alot at work and also have dermatitis. I had a lot of comments on how lovely the cream smelt when I was applying it on my breaks. It worked wonders for my skin and the redness and dryness went away quickly- I can’t remember how long to be exact. I’m about to make another pot!
As a life long suffer of eczema I have read that keeping hydrated is essential as well for dry skin conditions. I am aiming for 2 Litres of water a day and have received comments on how much my skin has improved!
Up until now I have had to rely on hydrocortisone from the pharmacy which thins the skin and is not intended for long term use- 1 week max. It makes my skin drier and the cracking of my skin worse- this cream is excellent and I’m avoiding the use of steroids!
Thank you so much for this article. I am going to experiment with the oils you have suggested for eczema 🙂
Thanks for sharing Lucy. Glad you’ve had some success and wish you the best!
Have you heard about
Topical Skin Withdrawal syndrome?
It’s is a withdrawal on the skin from using steroid creams. I was wondering if you had any success with EO’s for this.
Great Article! That’s contain really useful information.
Lavender oil can be applied on the affected area in various ways, including, preparation of own homemade eczema cream by mixing lavender oil with shea butter and coconut oil.