Make Your Own Organic Skin Cream


Life and Adventures at Diamond W RanchWith 13 inches of snow on the ground here in Northeast Kansas, my outside activities have been limited to lugging hay bales to hungry critters and sledding with Kate. Not that those things aren’t fun, but I’ll admit inside is a little more hospitable right now. So today I decided to make some homemade herbal skin cream.

Kate (our 6-year-old daughter) suffers from eczema. She gets those nasty, itchy patches of red, flaky skin in the creases of her elbows and behind her knees, and also scattered all over her body. In the cold, dry air of winter it has really made her miserable. The doctor has prescribed topical steroid-based ointment and an oral steroid that work well, but I really don’t like having to give those to her much. Over the counter lotions are OK, but I wanted to make something all-natural that wasn’t laden with chemicals and such.

I found a recipe on a blog for an eczema cream, and so I tweaked it to my liking and will share it here. The ingredients are simple and easy to find. I purchased the coconut oil at Sam’s Club and the lavender and tea tree essential oils at a local health-food store. Why these ingredients? Glad you asked!

Lavender essential oil, organic coconut oil and tea tree essential oil are the only ingredients. 

Coconut oil is known for its uses in cooking as an alternative to higher fat/cholesterol oils. It has saturated fat, but these are mostly in the form of medium chain triglycerides. These short-segmented healthy fats are something the body loves. It is great for quick energy, the fat is not stored in the body, and it actually speeds up metabolism. It does not impart much of a coconut flavor or smell to food.

This oil is quite versatile. Coconut oil is also great for the skin! It is a natural skin conditioner and helps clear away dirt and bacteria. It can help with acne breakouts with its natural antibacterial properties. It has a host of other benefits for the skin including soothing bug bites, speeding healing, softening wrinkles, as an antioxidant, and many more! In addition, it is relatively inexpensive and easy to find (I got mine at Sam’s Club for less than $9). So, this was the oil I chose to be the base of my skin cream.

2/17/2014 12:51:48 PM

Hi, Jackqueline! I'm Mary from Old Dog New Tricks on the Capper's site. I picked up this blog on Capper's Farmer FB page, and intend to try it. I've used coconut oil a lot, and my suggestion is that you warm it just a little, perhaps in the jar, before using it, to save wear on your mixer. Especially if one uses a hand mixer. Or, you could just wait until summer and it will melt in your cupboard! Anyway, good blog!

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