Homemade Eczema Relief Salve

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If you’re reading this, then most likely either you, or someone you care about, struggle with the discomfort of itchy, scaly, annoying, and down right baffling, eczema. And like me, you’ve probably scoured the internet for answers only to find that there is no single cause for eczema, there is “no known cure,” and that the recommended treatment is steroid creams. This is frustrating, I know. And although I can’t tell you for certain what is causing your eczema, I can share with you my homemade eczema relief salve recipe, which I am confident will soothe your symptoms.

But first, since we’re all friends here, I want to share with you my personal history with eczema…

My eczema first appeared on the back of my knees and elbows when I was just a baby. It went away and then re-appeared in fourth grade on my hands and wrists. Then again, it subsided and didn’t re-appear until University where it would show up on my eye-lids, of all places, and around my nose, during exam time. After the stress of University was behind me, I thought that my eczema was gone for good…and then I got pregnant. After I had my daughter, I developed a myriad of allergies and weird hormonal changes which were accompanied by my old pal, eczema. This time, I developed dyshidrotic eczema, which appears as hundreds of small, itchy blisters, all over the palms of my hands, and seborrheic dermatitis which you can see, to this day, around my nose and chin, and is, what I like to call, my “eczema goatee.” Yes, nothing’s more attractive then an eczema goatee.

So there’s a little bit about my history with eczema, and although I sometimes can’t believe that I’m sharing this kind of personal information with the world (like my eczema goatee, for example)  I do it in hopes that someone will read it and be able to relate, and hopefully find what I’m about to tell you useful.

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What causes eczema?

Eczema is a broad term, and is generally used to describe a rash-like skin condition or atopic dermatitis.

Both internal and external factors can bring on eczema symptoms, which makes it difficult pinpoint the source. Eczema that is caused by external irritants is called contact dermatitis, and can be triggered by such things as detergents, pollen, temperature change, bacteria, viruses and fungi. Eczema can also be triggered by internal reactions that likely start in your gut and are often accompanied by other allergic responses such as hayfever and asthma.

Internal triggers may be linked to:

  • food allergies, commonly, dairy, nuts, eggs, soy and wheat
  • stress, which is not a cause but can make symptoms worse
  • hormonal changes (a big factor for me)
  • poor digestion
  • low stomach acid
  • a weak immune system
  • a family history of allergies and eczema

Your eczema is likely surfacing because something internally is off balance, and your skin is being affected because your system is trying to detoxify itself. Thus, addressing your overall health should be your primary concern!

Ask yourself this:

  • Am I eating a whole-foods/real-food diet?
  • Am I drinking plenty of water?
  • Am I getting daily exercise?
  • Are my relationships healthy and enjoyable? (remember, stress is a huge factor)
  • Is my job weighing down on me?
  • Do I get a good rest?
  • Do I regularly go poop? (this is important in order to detoxify and move waste through the body)
  • Do I use detergents in my laundry and cleaning products?

Now, trust me, I understand how difficult it is to pinpoint your flare-ups – I often feel like they’re coming out of no-where! But, there likely is a source, and paying attention to your overall health is the first step to addressing the cause. The truth is, you may need to make some major adjustments in your life if want to get to the bottom of your eczema. There is no easy or quick fix. 

The problem with steroid creams, which are almost always prescribed to eczema sufferers, is that they don’t get to the root of the problem. They are topically applied and trigger specific hormones in your body to inhibit the allergic response. Now don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful for western medicine, and have used steroid creams when my hands were so blistered and swollen that I couldn’t even bend my fingers, but I don’t think it is the solution. Becoming dependent on these creams comes with their side-affects, and like I said, getting to the root of the problem should be your primary concern.

For days when my eczema flares-up, I rely on my own Homemade Eczema Relief Salve.

This salve is NOT a cure, however, if you do get an unexpected flare-up, an external healing salve can help reduce the overall discomfort and appearance of eczema symptoms without the side-effects of steroid creams. 

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Salve vs. Cream

There are many DIY recipes on the internet for eczema “creams,” but I have yet to find one that is a true cream – most are actually salves. This eczema recipe is no exception, which is why I’ve named it appropriately.

So to clear things up, a salve is a fatty, semi-solid mixture which has an oil base. A salve generally consists of carrier oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and beeswax, with some essential oils.

A cream, on the other hand, is water-based, contains some oils, emulsifiers, and likely a preservative.

Homemade Eczema Relief Salve

Although the cause of my eczema is not entirely known, for the days when I have flare ups on my hands and face, I know for certain, that I can apply my homemade eczema relief salve and feel instant relief without having to turn to steroid creams.

This homemade eczema salve is not a cure, however, applying this cream to bumpy, flaky, and itchy affected areas, drastically minimizes the symptoms.

In this salve, I use several ingredients which specifically help soothe eczema symptoms: 

  • Calendula-infused oil, which is made of castor oilsunflower oil, and dried calendula flowers. Castor and sunflower oil are great for targeting eczema and will effectively get rid of dead skin cells and help ease irritation. Calendula is used for it’s healing properties. I’m lucky that calendula grows like a weed in our yard, but you can also order dried, calendula flowers here. Learn more about calendula and how to make a calendula tincture, here.
  • Coconut oil is a popular natural remedy for eczema symptoms. A study published in the International Journal of Dermatology has confirmed the natural healing properties of virgin coconut oil in treating atopic dermatitis, a.k.a, eczema.
  • Neem oil is derived from the neem tree in India. When applied to the skin, it is highly moisturizing, is anti-inflammatory, analgesic ( a pain killer), and  anti-bacterial. Neem oil is powerful in small quantities, and has a strong odour, which is why only a small amount is added to this eczema relief salve.
  • Essential oils also play a big role in this salve. I use german chamomile, tea tree, lavender and bergamot, for their anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and healing properties. Check the Modern Hippie Shop for Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. 


How it’s made

The first step to making this salve is to make your calendula-infused oil. This can take about 2-6 weeks (or longer for a more potent oil), if you’re using a cold process method. Or, you can use the slow cooker, and have infused oils infused within 8-12 hours.

To do this, fill a jar with dried, calendula petals. Pour equal parts sunflower oil and castor oil over the petals until they are fully submerged, cover with a lid and leave them to infuse using either the solar or slow cooker method.

Learn how to infuse oils via the solar and slow cooker method here!

How to Infuse Oil with Herbs and Flowers

Once you have your calendula-infused oil, you can start assembling the salve.


I highly recommend investing in a kitchen scale if you don’t already have one. They make life so much more easy when making homemade salves and lotions and give the most consistent and accurate results.

Measure out all of the ingredients, except the essential oils, into a glass, jar. Place the jar in a pan of simmering water in order to create a double-boiler effect – this will prevent the oils from burning.

Once the oils, butters and wax has melted, remove from heat and add the essential oils. Stir to combine and leave to sit at room temperature until the oils have solidified into a salve.

Use the salve on effected areas, as often as you’d like. It makes a great face moisturiser and lip balm too!

Please remember, this is not the cure, and only offers temporary symptom relief. It’s time for you to do some self-assessment and narrow down the potential internal and external triggers in order to prevent your eczema from appearing in the first place! Best of luck, and remember, you’re not alone!

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Homemade Eczema Relief Salve
  • 2 tbsp (30 g) shea butter
  • 2 tbsp (30 g) coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 g)caledula infused castor/sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp (5 g) neem oil
  • 1 tbsp (15 g) beeswax (grated or pastilles)
  • 10-15 drops each german chamomile, tea tree, lavender, bergamot
  1. Measure out all of the ingredients, except the essential oils, into a glass, jar. Place the jar in a pan of simmering water in order to create a double-boiler effect - this will prevent the oils from burning.
  2. Once the oils have melted, remove from heat and add the essential oils. Stir to combine, and leave to sit, covered, at room temperature, until the oils have solidified into a salve.
  3. Use the salve on effected areas, as often as you'd like. It makes a great face moisturiser and lip balm too!
I highly recommend investing in a kitchen scale if you don't already have one. They make life so much more easy when making homemade salves and lotions and give the most consistent and accurate results.

Don’t want to make it?

No worries, I’ll make it for you! I’ll make it for you! I sell this Eczema Relief Salve in my Modern Hippie Shop!


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38 comments on “Homemade Eczema Relief Salve

  1. My teenaged son has had eczama since he was a toddler. With doctors not giving much help to him over the years I have been making him a salve. I also infuse the oil with calendula petals, but I also add chamomile flowers to the oil, its a bit cheaper that way for us. And add lavender essential oil. I have read about also infusing the oil with nettle and plantain for itch, what are your thoughts on adding them?

    1. Hi Karen. I think a chamomile, nettle and plantain oil infusion would be a lovely substitute! I love all three of those plants for their healing and medicinal properties and I think they would make a great addition to this salve 🙂


      1. I infuse my oil with calendula flowers, chamomile flowers and burdock root. It really helps take the redness out of my lil ones affected areas.

  2. hi karen! thank you for sharing this recipe. dried calendula flowers is not available in our place. what can be a substitute to this? can i use calendula essential oil instead?thank you.

    1. Hi Jynnice,

      You can always order dried calendula from mountain rose herbs! Otherwise, yes, I imagine about 10 drops of calendula essential oil would be an ok substitute.


  3. Hello! I’m so excited to make this. My baby has had terrible itchy eczema from 3 months on. He’s 13 months old now. It’s all (or mostly) food related and we’re on a serious journey to healing but in the mean time I am hopeful this salve will offer some relief to his horrible itching. Question – is it safe for babies? I’ve read up a bit on neem, and feel at this potency, it would be safe. But I am wondering if you have any thoughts on this.

    1. Hi Sarah – this is absolutely safe for babies. I know many mom’s who’ve used it with success. Only a small amount is used in this recipe so it’s quite diluted. All the best!


  4. I’m so excited to make this for my daughter! She has been suffering from eczema since birth & I’ve been searching for the best, most safe way to treat it, and this looks the best so far!

    I’ve started collecting the ingredients for this salve, but I am wondering was size container do I need for one batch?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Lo, I’m excited for you to try this, too! A small, 4oz mason jar should do the trick…or anything that you have on hand that you can re-use.

      1. Excellent! My husband would tell you, I’m a jar hoarder, so hopefully I’ve got something in the collection that’d do ????

    1. Hi Kate! No cocoa butter isn’t a good substitute because it’s a lot firmer, which would make the salve too firm. If you’re set on using cocoa butter, I’d suggest using less beewax and a little more carrier oil (castor/sunflower).

  5. I noticed your ingredients on the one you sell contains castor oil, sunflower oil and essential oils. So does that mean you dont do the infusion part and instead just use calendula essential oil? I dont have calendula flowers and i would find it much easier to just use the oil. Will this still produce a good result?

    1. Hi Jade, yes I use calendula infused castor/sunflower oil and essential oils in the recipe I share and the one that I sell. If you don’t have calendula go ahead and use just the oil, it will still produce good results.

  6. Hi Carly!

    Just wondering where you purchase your ingredients from? I haven’t found a store that has all of the different oils and butters I need fort his.

    Thank you!!

  7. Hi Carly, I made this yesterday for my 4 months old baby who has severe dry skin and eczema. I tried on him today morning and evening after bath, but it seems to worsen his skin condition. Become drier and more red area, Do you think he has allergy/ not suit to any of the ingredients? I used shea butter, coconut oil, calendula infused in sweet almond oil, lavender essential oil, and vitamin E.

    I also found the calendula oil is very yellowish in color, and it tint my bedsheet, towel and his clothes even I’ve let the oil absorbed already. Just a question, maybe 1:1:1 ratio of the shea: coconut: calendula oil is too much for calendula? Can I adjust to reduce the calendula oil for next batch? Thanks Carly!

    1. Hi Mei! Yes, there is a good chance that your son could have an allergy to one of the ingredients! You may have to test them on an small area, like a spot on his back, one at a time, waiting 24 hours in between. I haven’t had any problem with the calendula staining anything, but if you’d like to adjust the ratio, go right ahead until you find something that works for you! That’s what DIY is all about 🙂

  8. Hello! I would like to ask, if i just use coconut oil, neem oil and beeswax plus all the essential oils will it work to become a balm too?

    1. If you’re tampering with the ratio of ingredients then I can’t guarantee how if will turn out. You may have to adjust the amount of beeswax so that it doesn’t turn out too firm.

  9. thank you for such a explanation , your page is really very pleasant to see and read, are you planning to make a video of how you making it?))

  10. Hey! Thank you for sharing
    I hv body psoriasis, i think this salve can help my skin problem too. Can I replace neem oil with hemp oil? Or what else u could recommend to replace it. Because i cant find neem oil in my country. Thanksss

    1. Hi Meilinda,
      There isn’t anything I’d recommend replacing the neem oil with. It’s a pretty key ingredient and there isn’t really anything like it. Try ordering a bottle online somewhere…where do you live? Perhaps I an send you a link.

  11. since I’m not making the calendula infused oil and instead just using the calendula oil I bought, how much of it would I add to my castor/sunflower oil to give me 2 tbsp that the recipe calls for? Thanks.

  12. my baby’s eczema is real bad all across her body at the moment. is it possible to use several different kinds of oils like avocado, and olive oil in equal parts to the oils you used but keep the ratio of oil to butter, etc the same? how can i incorporate other essential oils into the salve like hemp seed oil?thank you for this post, i’ll be trying this recipe but will be using caledula essential oil i think.

    1. Hi Joan,

      Yes, you can swap out oils as long as they are the same consistency. I’d stick to these essential oils, as they are the ones that are proven to help with eczema symptoms. Hemp seed oil is not an essential oil, it’s a carrier oil like olive oil or sunflower oil.

  13. Hi Carly – I have made this balm a few times now. I have modified it a bit by adding a spoonful of Manuka honey and a tsp of Vitamin E with fewer essential oils. This balm works better than any over the counter cream that I have tried up to this point. It is tricky to mix the ingredients together as the mixture cools so I have to monitor the hardening and frequently stir. I get a smoother, creamier consistency this way. I then pour into small jars and store the extras in the fridge until I am ready to use. So the ingredients were somewhat difficult to find and it takes some elbow grease, but is well worth the time. It’s amazing!

    Thank you so much!

  14. May God Bless you!! Can’t thank you enough for sharing this. This is heaven sent.. We were currently using a combination of Shea butter and coconut oil but that stopped working when it grew drier. This is amazing even though I do not have neem oil. Thank you.

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