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Homemade Baby Lotion to Treat Eczema
To all the mothers out there who strive to provide better for their children, sharing my own recipe for a baby lotion to treat eczema.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition also known as atopic dermatitis. Symptoms include itchy, flaky, swollen and irritated skin. Though it’s not a life-threatening condition, it can be extremely unpleasant, especially for children and more so for you when you watch your children suffer with any kind of discomfort.
How Did I Come Up With This D-I-Y Baby Lotion?
My baby girl, Rasika, is now 10 months old. She developed eczema when she was around 3 months old. I did not know the skin rashes and dryness she had was due to the eczema. We just tried some home-remedies like using sesame oil, almond oil for her bath massages thinking that its just a skin irritation. We stopped using the bathing paste of gram dal and turmeric for a while. When nothing helped, we took her to the doctor and he prescribed 1% hydrocortisone cream for her. That helped for a while, but the eczema returned after stopping it. So, her pediatrician suggested more of hydrocortisone along with some antibiotic cream to be used for a month and if that also didn’t help, then she told she would have to take medicines internally.
The very thought of putting the antibiotics in my tiny baby’s body scared me and I decided to avoid it at any cost. I continued her on hydrocortisone treatment and started searching for something more natural for her condition. I tried many concoctions of mild herbs, but finally only one seemed to make a good amount of difference in her.
Recipe for Eczema Baby Lotion:
1) Johnson’s baby lotion – 200 ml bottle – as a base.
2) Chammomile flowers, crushed or dried herb powder – sorry, I don’t know what it is called in Hindi, but it is pretty easy to get these days. I think Organic India has the Chammomile Tea, just one tea bag is enough to start with. Himalaya should have it too.
3) Tulsi/Holy Basil leaves.
5) Neem leaves.
4) Lavender essential oil 3-4 drops.
5) Oilve oil – just enough to soak the chamomile, tulsi and neem.
Significance of the Ingredients Used
1) Chammomile – If you have no known allergies to chamomile or other plants in that family, you can use chamomile cream as a form of alternative medicine. According to the Mayo Clinic, when applied topically, chamomile can act as a soothing agent that temporarily relieves symptoms of eczema. Chamomile creams have a similar effect on eczema as creams containing .25 percent hydrocortisone.
Safety – For some users, when taken orally, chamomile and products with chamomile extract have led to severe allergic reactions, including: difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat and anaphylaxis. Documented allergic skin reactions have also included dermatitis and eczema. If you have eczema and know you’re allergic to herbs in the asteraceae family, you should avoid using chamomile products as it may actually exacerbate your eczema.
Initially, it seemed like a risky ingredient, but I decided to give it a try rather than reaching out for antibiotics and it turned out to be perfect.
2) Tulsi/Holy Basil – Washing your face with tulsi water or simply applying the paste of leaves of Tulsi on infected area of the skin in case of skin diseases or consuming Tulsi leaves, keeps your skin free from all infections. You can take your daily bath by mixing it with water. It cures skin disorders internally and externally, without any side effects. This property mainly comes from its essential oils, which are highly antibiotic, disinfectant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in nature. Leaves or oil extracted from it on the body keeps mosquitoes and other insects away. External application on the skin also removes extra oil from the skin surface. Camphene in it, gives a soothing cooling effect.
3) Neem – Neem acts as anti bacterial, anti parasitic, anti fungal, anti protozoal and anti viral thus helps in protection from all the microorganisms. Its tropical application makes us relieved from acne, eczema and even ringworms.
It seems like such a limitation listing the benefits of herbs like neem and tulsi in juts a few words.
4) Lavender essential oil – You may apply the pure essential oil in ‘neat form’ directly to the affected area without dilution for a simple Lavender oil eczema treatment. Do this a few times a day until healed completely and symptoms subside. This works well for small areas on the skin. You can also make a homemade spray using 1 cup of distilled or tap water to 10 drops of essential oil. Use sweet Lavender oil and not that produced from Spike Lavender or Lavandin oil. Place in a spray bottle and shake well prior to spraying your skin since oil and water don’t stay mixed and tend to separate. Oral use in children is not recommended. May be used topically in diluted concentrations to treat skin infections and injuries, such as minor cuts and scrapes. Never use lavender on an open wound; seek immediate medical attention.
5) Olive oil – For its moisturizing and healing properties.
How to Proceed?
1) Heat up about 4 tbsp of olive oil in a metal pan, just hot enough, not boiling. Transfer into a glass jar.
2) Soak chamomile (I used dried herb 2 tablespoons), tulsi and neem leaves about 10 counts each (number is flexible) in the heated olive oil. Let the concoction sit for good 2-3 days in a cool, dark place. The solution changes the color to muddy green.
3) Take out some amount of Johnson’s Baby Lotion from the bottle to make the space for the olive oil concoction.
4) Strain the olive oil leaving the herbs out, but squeeze and press the herbs well in the oil to get all the goodies inside the oil.
5) Mix the olive oil concoction into the baby lotion bottle, add 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil and shake well till everything is mixed properly.
Your baby lotion is ready to use!! The consistency will be a little runny because of the olive oil and the lotion’s original pink color also will change a bit, but that does not matter. One important step – just take a deep sniff of this final lotion and you’ll faint with pleasure ;-), kidding, but it really does smell heavenly.
I use plain extra virgin olive oil for Rasika’s bath massage and if the skin feels dry after the bath, massage again with this lotion. Then massage again at her bedtime. I suppose its okay to use 2 times or even more in winter. Her redness had not gone immediately, but along with the cortisone cream, it was gone in about a week. Then, I stopped using the cortisone and now just using this lotion. Not just babies, but adults should have some positive effect too. One could make the concoction quite stronger for adults and also use essential oils.
That’s my baby. All clean and clear now ! Lots of kisses!!!!!
Love you all,
Have a good health!
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