When it comes to the vast majority of my DIY endeavors (especially the ones that are supposed to solve some sort of ailment), I’m my one and only guinea pig. That’s hardly surprising, I suppose, as I am both cheap and very accessible! Sometimes my friends and family volunteer, which is especially useful as it gives me the opportunity to solve problems that I don’t personally have. I suffered from eczema as a child, but it’s cleared up as I’ve grown up (yay!). My dad and a few friends, however, are still arguing with their eczema, and with my growing reputation for being an apothecary, a few people came to me looking for an eczema salve.
What I devised is wonderfully simple—just a handful of ingredients, and you can pare it down to just one if you like. What more could you want? The base is shea butter. Shea butter was the first ingredient I fell for in my long, hard fall into natural butters and oils. At first it was my be-all-and-end-all ingredient, but it was also pretty much my only ingredient, and as with most first loves, I eventually moved on to other things (though it still holds a place in my heart and ingredients cupboard). I now use shea butter mostly for soap making as I find it very greasy for use in body butters. Shea, however, is amazing when it comes to eczema.
I gave my dad a small pot of shea butter, and his eczema cleared up completely in a month or so. Of course, I can’t claim that it was just the shea butter, but obviously it wasn’t hurting things. Then a coworker asked for something for some eczema, so this time I blended some shea with essential oils of cedarwood, helichrysum, and geranium, said to help with eczema. His cleared up straight away, and then he passed the leftovers on to two friends, and it cleared up their eczema as well! With four test subjects, this is either a very unlikely coincidence, or it really helps with eczema.
Smoosh everything together (you’ll likely have to soften the shea a bit in the microwave). Apply twice daily to the effected area until it clears up. Cool!