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Homemade Eczema Cream Recipe for Dry Winter Skin

Here is an easy and super-quick recipe for homemade eczema cream that will treat the symptoms and help comfort your skin. This is a great option to use for Natural Eczema Treatment.

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​Homemade Eczema Cream Recipe for Dry Winter Skin

​My youngest has always had sensitive skin from the moment she was born. It seems as soon as the weather turns in October, her skin becomes red, itchy and irritated and no matter how much over-the-counter cream I put on her body, it just doesn’t go away. I’ve even tried straight out of the bottle jojoba oil but that doesn’t work either.

​In worst cases, I’ve given her oatmeal baths, but as you can imagine, the cleanup from that is a nightmare unless you use something like this.

I love this homemade eczema cream because it’s so easy to make and actually works! I used to be putting creams and oils on my child twice a day and now she can go more than a day without putting more cream on.

​When my 5 year old starts having an eczema flare up, I can always tell because she is itching. Sometimes she itches so much that she ends up bleeding. Poor thing! So you can imagine as a mother I would do all my research and find something to help comfort my child.

eczema on leg

What is Eczema?

There are several types of eczema: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and stasis dermatitis.

Eczema is very common – over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema. Eczema flares often show up on the backs of the knees

It’s most common for babies and children to develop eczema on their face (especially the cheeks and chin), but it can appear anywhere on the body and symptoms may be different from one child to the next.

Having eczema means your immune system is working too hard. Your immune system normally protects you from things like infections and diseases and for some reason, when you have eczema, your immune system goes haywire. That makes your skin get all itchy and rashy.

DIY eczema cream

What are Symptoms of Eczema?

According to the National Eczema Association, Eczema is usually itchy. For many people, the itch is usually only mild, or moderate. But in some cases it can become much worse and you might develop extremely inflamed, irritated skin.

  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Very bad itching
  • Dark colored patches of skin
  • Rough, leathery or scaly patches of skin
  • Oozing or crusting
  • Areas of swelling

Sometimes the itch gets so bad that people scratch it until it bleeds, which can make your eczema worse. This is called the “itch-scratch cycle.”

Natural Remedies to Relieve Eczema

  • Cut down on bath frequency
  • Sometimes an elimination diet can help to figure out the root cause of the eczema and specific food allergies – start by cutting out dairy products
  • Try using a gentle, no-lather, fragrance-free cleanser
  • Use an unscented laundry detergent and try skipping fabric softener
  • Keeping skin moisturized
  • Eat Omega-3 foods
  • Get more vitamin D naturally
  • Use a humidifier during the dry winter months
  • Avoid getting too close to heaters and fireplaces.

What other natural ingredients can treat eczema?

Aloe Vera Gel is antibacterial, it helps heal wounds and promotes healing, making it a perfect for eczema.

Honey is antibacterial and moisturizing, which can be dabbed on eczema patches.

Tea Tree Oil is an incredible wound healer in diluted form. It can also help relieve skin dryness, itching and help prevent infections.

{ Read more about amazing Tea Tree Uses }

There are other essential oils that can help relieve some eczema symptoms:

  • Chamomile mimics hydrocortisone cream
  • Clove oil has anesthetic properties and helps with the itchy skin
  • Geranium contains ingredients that are anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial which can against bacteria
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How do you make this Homemade DIY Eczema Cream?

DIY homemade eczema cream is so crazy easy. You just need some oats, coconut oil, lavender oil (preferred but could use another oil like rosemary), and olive oil. That’s it!

colloidal oatmeal

Colloidal Oatmeal for Eczema

2015 study reports that colloidal oatmeal lotion had antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, resulting in improved:

  • skin dryness
  • scaling
  • roughness
  • itch intensity

Organic oatmeal reduces inflammation and is thought to have an antihistamine effect. According to a 2012 study, colloidal oatmeal can protect skin and soothe the itching and irritation from eczema.

coconut oil

​Coconut Oil for Eczema

Coconut oil has so many anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties it’s often found in beauty and personal care recipes. It can help soothe your skin when it’s itchy during a flare-up, and can also help reduce the inflammation. A 2014 study shows that applying virgin coconut oil to the skin for 8 weeks may improve skin hydration in children with eczema.

Scientists have learned that a specific omega-6 fatty acid found in coconut oil may be critical to maintaining healthy skin and preventing flare ups.

lavender oil

​Lavender Oil for Eczema

Lavender essential oil helps heal the red, dry skin associated with eczema by reducing the inflammation. Lavender oil is extremely soothing for skin conditions that involve rashes, itching, inflammation and dryness.

olive oil

​Olive Oil for Eczema

​Olive oil will help soothe the inflamed skin by nourishing and moisturizing the skin without triggering any allergic reactions.

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Homemade Eczema Cream Recipe

*Note – This recipe makes ONE 8oz jar of eczema cream.



  1. Finely grind the oats to a powder/flour consistency in a blender or food processor and set aside.
  2. Over a low heat, melt the coconut oil in a pan until it has a liquid consistency.
  3. Add coconut oil to blender with the oats and let sit until the mixure is opaque and fairly cooled (not hot).
  4. Add the essential oil.
  5. Add the olive oil into the mixture and blend.
  6. Once all ingredients are mixed well, pour in to a small storage container like a mason jar.
  7. Let it harden for several hours.
  8. This cream can be stored at room temperature for several months. If you live in a warm climate, you may want to store in the refrigerator in between baths.

To Use: I advise my daughter to use this after bathing on the affected area, but during the harsh winter months she often needs to use it before bed on her bad spots. It may seem a bit oily at first but it dries so quickly. She actually requests that I make this over store-bought creams.