DIY Neem balm for eczema has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help in treating symptoms of eczema-like dry, flaky, chapped, and rough skin. This neem balm or cream helps to calm and soothe itchy, red, and irritated skin caused by eczema. DIY neem balm/salve moisturizes and nourishes the skin by penetrating deeply into the skin.
In this post, you will get the benefits of all the ingredients used in making neem balm or salve for eczema and a recipe for how to make the neem balm.
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Benefits Of DIY Neem Balm For Eczema
DIY Neem balm or salve for eczema is made of mainly neem oil, and other ingredients like avocado oil, coconut oil, castor oil, shea butter, lavender essential oil, and tea tree essential oil.
This neem cream or balm helps in treating wounds, irritated skin caused by eczema and has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. Let’s see how these ingredients are helpful in healing eczema.
Avocado oil has antioxidants and healing properties that help reduce irritation, and moisturize flaky as well as dry skin caused by eczema and psoriasis. Avocado oil is rich in vitamin E and potassium which help to nourish and moisturize the skin.
Avocado oil is rich in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties which help to heal and calm the inflammation, redness, and dryness of skin related to eczema and psoriasis. Due to the high content of fatty acids, avocado oil accelerates wound healing by regenerating new skin cells. (Source)
Neem Oil is extracted from the seed of the tropical neem tree, Indian Lilac. Neem oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E which help to moisturize dry and flaky skin caused by eczema by deeply penetrating into the skin.
Neem oil helps to soothe and calm red, irritated, and sore skin due to its antibacterial, anti-viral, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. According to a study, neem oil helps to reduce the pain caused by itching, inflammation, and dry, cracked skin caused by eczema and thus, it helps to restore the skin, acting as a barrier against further infection.
The lauric acid in coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-viral properties which help to eliminate the further infection caused by eczema. It has anti-inflammatory properties which help soothe skin, reduce the risk of infection and even ease irritation.
According to a study, a topical application of virgin coconut oil helps to increase the hydration level in the skin and moisturizes the skin deeply in children suffering from eczema problems.
Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid and its anti-inflammatory properties will help soothe itchy, red, and irritated skin caused by eczema and will also help to reduce the swelling of the skin. It helps to moisturize the dry skin and regenerates new skin cells that lead to faster wound healing.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of shea butter help to keep the skin healthy. She butter helps to moisturize the dry and flaky skin caused by eczema because of its super moisturizing abilities. It penetrates deeply into the skin and helps to heal and soothe the wound caused by eczema and psoriasis. (Source)
Lavender Essential Oil
The lavender essential oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties and can hence reduce inflammation and control eczema to an extent. Lavender essential oil helps reduce redness and irritation by exfoliating dead skin cells from your skin. (Source)
Tea tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. (Source) These properties of tea tree oil help in reducing irritation, itching, and fighting infectious germs.
It helps in preventing and reducing infection from spreading, soothing skin, and protecting it from free radicals caused by eczema. (Source)
Beeswax makes your skin soft and hydrated. It works as a moisturizer if used with shea butter and helps to create a moisture barrier and hydrate dry, flaky, and chapped skin.
Recipe For DIY Neem Balm For Eczema
- 20g avocado oil (Buy From Here)
- 15g neem oil (Buy From Here)
- 10g coconut oil (Buy From Here)
- 5g castor oil (Buy From Here)
- 5g beeswax (Buy From Here)
- 5g shea butter (Buy From Here)
- 7 drops lavender essential oil (Buy From Here)
- 7 drops tea tree essential oil (Buy From Here)
- Prepare a double-boiler system by adding about 1 inch of water in a wide, flat-bottomed sauté pan. Put the pan on the stove and set the stove on low heat.
- Weigh all the ingredients except essential oils into a small heat-resistant glass container.
- Place the glass container in your prepared double boiler system to melt everything through.
- As soon as everything becomes a liquid give it a quick stir, remove from heat, and immediately add essential oils in the mixture, mix well and pour it into your container.
- Allow your neem balm or salve to set for several hours.
- Apply whenever needed.
2. You can store this cream for 4-6 months(depending on the weather) and keep it away from direct sunlight.