For skin care, this is the magic combination! Super easy to make, this is a recipe to keep in your first aid kit year-round. In addition to eczema and diaper rash, the ointment is useful for general rashes and irritation, dry skin, and repairing burns or wounds that have begun to heal.
16 oz coconut oil
2 large handfuls Calendula petals
1 small handful Comfrey leaves
1 capsule vitamin E oil
A few drops lavender essential oil
Wire mesh strainer (or cheesecloth!)
Bowls of some kind to strain oil into
Jars/containers (re-used are fine!)
Step 1: Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler over medium-high heat, stir in herbs, and simmer VERY gently for 30 minutes.
Step 2: Remove from heat and strain through largish strainer to separate herbs from oil.
Step 3: Strain the oil again, if needed, through a finer mesh strainer or some folded cheesecloth to remove all herb residue from the oil.
Step 4: Add vitamin E and essential oil. Alternatives to lavender for skin care would include chamomile, petitgrain, and rosemary, among others.
Step 5: Pour into jars! Makes approximately 16 ounces of ointment. Don't panic; it takes awhile to set! Fine at room temperature, but store in refrigerator for maximum life.
A note regarding the ingredients I use: Whenever possible, I source organic or wildcrafted herbs - or better yet, herbs that I have collected myself! The fixed oils and butters get expensive fairly quickly, however, and I don't have the luxury of spending hundreds of dollars on organic oils (much as I would like to) - so I have linked to the highest-quality and most affordable oils I can find.
Coconut oil is especially good for skin care - very moisturizing without being overly greasy! You can find it in grocery and health food stores as well as many online retailers.
Both comfrey and calendula grow almost anywhere, can be harvested for a good stretch of the summer and fall, and store well. They are also inexpensive to purchase.
What do you use salves and ointments for, and what herbs or essential oils are your favorites for eczema?