Homemade Baby Lotion to Treat Eczema

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.

Baby Lotion For Eczema

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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28 thoughts on “Homemade Baby Lotion to Treat Eczema

  1. u have realy gone 2 d xtent 4 ur lovely baby girl :waytogo:
    its a great alternatv,the natural things instead of all d harmful chemicals.

  2. ur baby is too lucky to have u as her mother geeta.very nice tip. :waytogo: and i must add u have a lovely daughter :teddy: :teddy:

  3. aww cute baby!
    Though m jst a medical student nw nd not a specialist yet, one thing i hv seen during my posting in paediatrics, now a days eczema ( atopic dermatitis ) is rampant among small babies.reason cn b a lot of things like-pollution,pollen,dust,shampoos,soaps,mineral oils even detergent remnants in clothings,towels!so mk sure u wash her clothes wid xtra precaution.nd keep watch whether she develops rash n exposure to sun nd report it to ur doctor.and what can i say, just overwhelmed to see ur effort!thats why they say god cant be everywhr so he sent mothers on earth…natural remedies r always better than chemical drugs.
    Sorry for the longgg tedious reply.thanks for ur patience.i luv babies so couldnt help but replying dis post.
    Take care. :yes:
    p.s. chronic usage of steroid cream on skin,actualy makes skin drier.so make sure u use lotz of emolients or moisturisers,suitable for babies.

    1. GD, donno how i missed ur comment. :nonono:
      wat sorry for the long reply???? r u kidding? its gr8 having an opinion frm someone who knows the stuff scientifically. Thanx for the expert advice 🙂 :handshake:
      n eventhough i try to keep everything natural, I’ll make sure to seek medical advice as soon as the time requires. :thanks:

  4. aww that was such a sweet post Geeta. it was so emotional to read, and baby is choo chweeet. nice to know she is fine after so much you did for her :heart:

  5. i can imagine what you must have gone through with skin problems happening to your little girl.am so happy to see how you took care of the whole thing.ur a good mum.god bless u and ur bbay!!!!!shes adorable!and i have a thing for baby girls :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:

  6. awww! I’m sooo senti right now. Thank u all for ur encouragement and love for Rasika. :worship:
    It is the hardest thing to watch ur babies in trouble. I had to do something xtra for her coz i felt like it was my fault that i let her suffer, as i didn’t understand at times why she was crying evenafter being fed, rocking, singing n all. Poor thing just wanted to be scratched or sooth her skin. It wud hav been so graet if they cud talk as soon as they r born :))
    She is fine now and i hope her eczema is gone for good. Thanks for caring ladies. :thanks:
    May ur families be blessed with health an dhappiness!! :worship:

  7. Neeta she’s so cute. :)) :)) And it’s so sweet of you to make her a homemade cream for her eczema. My little girl had eczema too when she was a baby, which fortunately went away after some months.

  8. Hey Geeta….your baby is such a cute doll. I understand your concern Geeta since my son too suffered from atopic dermatitis rashes and the doctor asked us to stop all Johnson products for him. Please never think of using antibiotics for this condition because your baby will become immune to these antibiotics over a period of time. Just switch to coconut oil for massaging and when the baby grows to be around 1-1/2, all the rashes will clear up. I know it is frustrating to see all those rashes, but there is this cream called Momate and Atogla which are very beneficial and please do not take antibiotics as such. Please wait until your baby is a little older and then you will neither need topical medications neither any other form of treatment for this…… O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:)

  9. Geeta – Some suggestions for you:

    1. Massage with coconut oil 30 min BEFORE bath.
    2. Use lukewarm water and a glycerin-based soap for bath.
    3. If you don’t mind spending a bit extra, try Lush’s Dream Cream moisturizer.

    You are baby is supercute :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: and don’t bother with steroid creams or antibiotics if you can avoid them.

  10. Ida, Jomol and Radhika, thanks for all ur suggestions!
    Ida, ur daughter’s eczema went away at what age? thank god for that!!
    Jomol, i agree with you abt the use of steroid n antibio creams for babies or anybody for that matter.The creams u hv suggested, r they available in the medicals?
    Radhika, thanks for compli. Lush’s dream cream, where to get it?
    I’ll try all these combos suggested by u guys.
    luv ya all!

  11. You can get it at any Lush store – am not sure where you stay – they have stores in most cities. You can also order online at the Lush India website.

  12. Oh yeah, Geeta….these are easily available at medical stores and they will not harm your baby in the long run…since they will soothe and moisturize your baby’s skin and won’t get absorbed through teh skin into her system. Also, I should mention that Rads had sent me over some Lush soaps which also helped my son’s dermatitis rashes, Lush’s Angel’s delight and the other one was snow cup soap, use these instead of Johnson;s…and if you are using soap, stop it immediately and get Tedibar syndet soap. I hope this info helps, but you wont really have to worry for long Geeta….just 6 more months, and there wont be any rashes :))

  13. thanx radhika n jomol!
    jomol, its a relief to know that its not a long lasting problem. She’s already much better than before. Hows ur son’s dematitis?

  14. Thanks for writing such a wonderful post. I also deal in eczema and love to read the most latest and advanced things happening the skin care industry for eczema treatment etc. . I came across your blog through search and found it be very informative. I have subscribed to your blog and hope you will be posting more nice stuff on this subject over the coming days. Thank You

  15. Hi Geetha,
    My son is suffering from atopic eczema,
    It started at 5 months and has been on and off, the big rashes below his chin wont disappear,I have taken him to many docs and a peadiatric dermatologist too,
    But all in vane.few docs say its fungal appears at the folds of skin.few say eczema,I had used topgraph a mild steroid/corticosone cream after 3 montsh of on and off use.I gave up as steroid usage at long term at such young age aint good.
    Now sinc ei stopped all meds, I see he keeps getting patchy dry skin at fold of neck at shoulders and near arm pits.I am scared if it will spread.
    Ur post gave me ahope that it will reduce, but jhons baby cream is not good I heard.
    can i use the oil mixture and dilute it and apply.
    also which cream are you using as a moisturiser.they say eczema cant be cured but kept in control or at teenage it might go away.How is your daughter doing now.
    Pls help I know its an old post, anyoen with info.
    Please help.also all products put here are availabale in india right?

    as another person said, memostae is steriod is what google search gave me as info?

  16. Hi everyone,
    My one month baby is having small red bumps on his cheeks. Dr said it’s dermatitis & gave flutivate cream. Within 2-3 application it all cleared up. But after few days it came back. Am not using any cream as of now only dermadew soap. From your post n comments above I am thinking to go for tedybar soap & one lotion. Need to ask should I go for oilatum/cetaphil lotion or atogla cream? Which one is best? Can we use lotion on face?

  17. Hi all’. My son has eczema at 3 months old. We tryed all natural branded creams and lotions that were all quite expensive with no Luck , some did nothing while others made it worse. I have now tried oatmeal baths and also applying organic coconut oil and cold pressed olive oil. All clothes and sheets that were polyester have been discarded of and only have cotton clothing and bedding and wash all clothes with a non soap natural detergent. I make sure he doesn’t over heat either. Since trying these things, I am having success in treating it. I’ve seen a big reduction in the eczema it’s self. There is still some areas on dry sky but as for the redness, itchiness and flakeyness that is now under control and a thing of the past.

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