The amount of oils my skin has absorbed throughout my life is way too high. I was constantly searching and experimenting with the best oils for eczema. Bottle after bottle, I tried.

Some worked, some didn’t. Not to mention the amount of money I spent.

But because I’ve already done the leg work for you, I want to share it with you. So you can save your time, and money and ultimately, heal!

1. Calendula

The scientific name isĀ Calendula officinalis which is a member of the daisy family. Calendula has been used as a medicinal plant for ages due to its anti-inflammatory benefits. Calendula is typically extracted from the leaves, petals, and seeds of the flower. It is also quite popular in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Western Medicine, it’s been used to treat ulcers, muscle spasms, and fevers.

So what are the benefits?

  1. Moisturizing
  2. Tones the skin
  3. Wound healing
  4. Anti-inflammatory
  5. Protect the skin barrier

Because of all these benefits, I had to include it in my list of the 4 best oils for eczema. I mainly use calendula in a salve format but looking to add the oil version to my toolkit.

2. Castor

Castor oil is made from the seeds of the castor bean plant. Its scientific name is Ricinus communis. This plant is mainly grown in Africa, South America, and India. Castor oil is a very thick oil compared to most. It kind of reminds me of honey but without the stickiness.

Research says that its benefits come down to the chemical structure. Almost 90% of its fatty acids profile is a specific and rare compound called ricinoleic acid. Along with that, castor oil includes flavonoids, phenolic compounds, amino acids, terpenoids, and phytosterols.

So what are the benefits?

  1. Antioxidant
  2. Antimicrobial
  3. Wound healing
  4. Hepatoprotective
  5. Anti-inflammatory

Castor oil has so many great benefits not only for the skin but for your liver and digestion. But I’ll keep covering castor oil in-depth in a later post.

3. Jojoba

One of my favorite oils I’ve used thorough both my eczema and topical steroid withdrawal journey is jojoba! I still use it today. That’s how much it’s helped me and hopefully, it helps you too.

Simmondsia chinensis, or its common name, jojoba, is a plant that is native to Southern Arizona, Southern California, and Northwestern Mexico. The liquid comes from the seed of the plant.

Jojoba oil contains mainly beneficial and healing ingredients in the oil alone. These are Vitamin E, Vitamin B complex, silicon, chromium, copper, and zinc. What gives its power to heal? The fact that it has a higher percentage of iodine, coming in at 82%.

So what are the benefits?

  1. Anti-fungal
  2. Moisturizes skin
  3. Doesn’t clog pores
  4. Anti-inflammatory
  5. Speeds healing process

4. Neem

Neem oil has been around for centuries, long enough to even appear in ancient Ayurvedic texts. In these texts, it describes it as a universal healer for all ailments.

This tree, Azadirachta indica, known as neem, has so many benefits that the twigs are used as toothbrushes, the leaves are used to treat skin issues, the flowers are used for aromatherapy, and the seed is used to extract the oil that we know of today.

So what are the benefits?

  1. Anti-septic
  2. Anti-fungal
  3. Heals wounds
  4. Anti-bacterial
  5. Helps inflamed skin

Are these really the best oils for eczema?

I know I’ve only listed four best oils for eczema but this is by no means the “be all end all” type of list. There are so many other great oils out there but we have to start somewhere.

You need to experiment because everyone’s skin and body are different.

Everyone will react differently to it as well.

We also have our own preferences.

I’ve tried all four and what has stuck around the longest is jojoba.

What else can I do other than using the best oils for eczema?

That’s the million-dollar question.

There are many things you can do!

The first place you need to work on is your nutrition. That’s if you haven’t already.

The foods we eat can help us tremendously on our healing journey. Whole foods nourish our body while processed foods rob us of minerals and vitamins.

Figuring out what is holding you back from healing can be overwhelming.

Another thing you could do is work with a Health Coach or a Certified Nutritional Practitioner like me. I’ve been living with eczema for the last 20 years and went through topical steroid withdrawal.

I understand what you are going through on a physical, mental, and emotional level.

I’ve walked your painful journey and healed myself. I want to help you too.

Sometimes, all you need is a little bit of guidance, coaching, and support.

If this resonates with you on some level, book a complimentary 30 min call with me on how I can help you!

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