It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything. I’ve honestly switched gears a little and I’m pursuing some other interests at this time. Especially since I’m still struggling with the whole: plan a meal, cook a meal, photograph a meal, edit pictures of food, write about food, and post it, while pregnant. Not too appealing.
 
With that said, today I want to share some experience we’ve had with eczema recently. Our sweet little Kyson, who is just over 1 year old, has been consumed with an eczema rash all over his body for the past 4 months. Before that he had little spots here and there behind the knees, around the neck, behind the elbows, etc. I know a large part of his problems have been as a result of me being given a whole bunch of antibiotics during labor and delivery. That resulted in a nasty case of thrush that we passed back and forth to each other, which resulted in me stopping breastfeeding far sooner than I wanted, which resulted in him being on formula since he was 4 months old. I am certainly not degrading formula or moms who choose to go that route because I’ve done it with both babies and it saved our lives! However, I know Kyson would have been healthier overall had I stuck with it longer.
 
About 4 months ago when his flare up started, I tried everything I could think of. I am not kidding nor exaggerating with this list:
-plain yogurt on the rash (yeast infection?)
-clotrimazole
-apple cider vinegar baths
-Aquaphor all over his body
-0.5% cortisone cream
-eliminated milk
-eliminated gluten
-eliminated peas
-switched to Kirk’s castile soap, then Dove bar soap, now a Vitamin E glycerin soap
-baths every night followed by a full body slather of aquaphor
-daily probiotic
-baths every night followed by a full body slather of coconut oil
-lavender and frankincense essential oil
-lavender, frankincense, and melaleuca essential oil
-a blend of 6 essential oils mixed with coconut oil as a salve
-whole milk instead of formula
-goat’s milk
-hemp milk
-DDR prime essential oil
-homemade laundry detergent with no fabric softener
-constant washing of sheets and clothes
-always dressing in pants and socks
-finally a prescription for 2% cortisone cream
 
What happened?
 
Well, the prescription cortisone cream was applied once a day for three days in a row. Then suddenly the eczema “disappeared” and instead his body was covered in a strange, almost hive-like rash. I attributed it to the virus he had just been fighting but stopped the cortisone cream since the rash was gone. Guess what? The next day. Very next day, the eczema was back but worse. I literally have spent hours consumed by this issue researching online, talking to people, discussing with my husband, and trying everything I could possibly think of. I have shed too many tears over his skin. Especially the night I bathed him and he started screaming because the soap stung. Once he got out and was in my husband’s arms, I washed our three year old. His skin was so soft and smooth I just lost it and wondered why couldn’t Kyson’s skin be that way?
 
I have many more posts I could write that would be more in depth as to my understanding of eczema and how to care for it, as well as the fact that every individual is different and their healing process will be unique. What I want to share today is something that happened last night.
 
I kept getting this feeling I needed to try Shea butter. I had heard and read before that it helps more than even coconut oil (which was yielding the best results for us), but I had never gone out to buy it. I decided to get some yesterday, along with some more probiotics, and give it a try. I also had this nagging that maybe his eczema was related to a new climate in Idaho, particularly with the allergy season being quite terrible. So I decided to start rubbing doTERRA’s “allergy bomb” on his feet several times a day. I did this for a day and put the Shea butter all over his body before bed last night.
 
When I changed his jammies this morning I was completely in shock and awe. I have never, ever, seen his skin look so clear in the past 4 months! It also felt nice and moisturized instead of dry and bumpy. I do not know for sure what is causing his eczema, but if it is from allergies (which I do suspect) then the Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oil combination is definitely helping! The Shea butter is adding lots of good moisture, so it may just be a combination of both.
 
I would love to hear from you if you’ve had experience with eczema and success or not. Hopefully I’ll have some more posts coming on things I’ve learned and experienced. If you are interested in learning more about essential oils and the amazing health benefits they have, shoot me a message!
 
*Pictures hopefully coming soon.*

1 Comment on Natural Eczema Relief

  1. My daughter also has eczema and it flared up when we moved from AK to UT. The Doctor told us that she was born with it but the change in climate was hard on her body. I actually used the steriod cream and it cleared up within a week and i was told to use lotion several times a day all over her body which seems to help but after reading this I have some questions about what you used. Does coconut leave a residue or oil on the clothes? With my husband in school our budget is very tight, how costly are essential oils? (I have lots of friends who love them, I have only used lavender)
    Thank you!

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