:: Update ::

Since originally writing this post, a few things have changed. For one, Jude is now a rambunctious 2 year old who is into everything and learning fast!  He has grown out of the majority of his eczema with flare-ups typically happening in the colder/drier seasons. 

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I no longer use the Purpose soap. We use a goats’ milk soap with oatmeal and lavender made by Zum. It is great for ultra-sensitive skin, has no dyes or harsh chemicals, and the oatmeal and lavender together are great for all skin types. You can check it out here

Because Jude’s eczema is more seasonal now, we aren’t applying the original oils as often. I pull them out only when the flare-ups are ongoing. If his skin (specifically his cheeks and the back of his neck) begins to get scaly or develops open cracks, we apply a healthy layer of Aquaphor for babies on those spots at night over the oil blend. 

Hopefully these new changes that we’ve made are helpful to you and yours. This is the most read post on my blog, and I want to make sure that all the info is up-to-date! Thanks for reading, weighing in, and sharing! 



I hated hearing the diagnosis from my pediatrician: eczema. 

My son’s smooth, beautiful skin was red, itchy, and scaly. It was the worst on his scalp and shoulders.

When I asked my pediatrician how I could fix it, he gave me a list of things to do, starting with natural everything. My sons’ ultra-sensitive skin should stay away from dyes, perfumes, chemicals, and anything else that could irritate it. He told me to buy a non-soap soap called “Purpose” as well as a Neutrogena hand cream that was thick and had very little in it that could irritate Jude’s skin.

Once I made the switch to these two things, I noticed an improvement in Jude’s skin within a week. It was less red and the scaly patches were not as noticeable.

But it was still there.

It wouldn’t go away.

Cue call to my doTerra-toting mom friends. 

I asked them if there was anything else that I could do to help out my sons’ skin. Could essential oils be the fix that I was looking for?

Let me give you a resounding YES!!

I continued to use the Purpose soap since any other soap (even the dermatologist recommended ones) irritated his skin almost immediately. But instead of the hand cream, I switched to sweet almond oil (thanks for the recommendation Amy Stanfield!) which is designed for use on skin. It was scent free, organic, and filled with Vitamin E. I also tried out a couple different oils to find the right blend for Jude’s skin. In the end, a combination of Frankincense and Lavender with that sweet almond oil was all it took. (I used doTerra at first and now use Young Living)

His skin cleared up within a couple days.

Because of his ultra-sensitive skin, and based on the recommendation of his pediatrician, we give Jude a bath every couple of days. (Unless he’s super dirty, obviously. We aren’t cavemen!) By doing this, we aren’t drying out his skin. I also put the almond oil on him every day before bed. I used the essential oils right after every bath and directly on the areas that he would have a small breakout.

Those little patches disappeared.

His skin stopped being red.

He stopped itching.

Nowadays, I only put the essential oils on his feet at night and after baths, but I use the almond oil and Purpose soap religiously. He doesn’t break out unless I don’t follow that routine.

It’s crazy.

I knew that it would make a difference, but I didn’t know how much of a difference. It’s like a miracle.

I have had other friends struggle with eczema on their babys’ skin, and I always tell them to use the Purpose and almond oil regardless. Then I tell them to find an essential oil pro who can educate them on what is right for their kid.

Essential oils are not one-size-fits-all.

You may have to try variations of what worked for someone else, or you may have to try something completely different.

I am becoming a believer in the ability to heal ailments with essential oils. I think they have the ability to do amazing things. But that doesn’t discredit what medical professionals can do as well. I wouldn’t have known about the soap without my pediatrician telling me to use it. I wouldn’t have known how to start down the road to treating my son’s skin correctly without his guidance.

I just took it one step farther than he did.

Jude’s Eczema Oil Blend

  • 2-3 drops lavender
  • 2-3 drops frankincense
  • Fill small roller with these oils and then fill remaining container with Sweet Almond Oil (Whole Foods)
  • Apply to affected areas until they go away. Also apply to bottoms of feet.

{{If you want to read how essential oils healed a severe burn, read here!}}

{Photo Credit :  Harris III}

  • Amanda DeBuc

    I was wondering what type of roller you are referencing here and where to get one?

    May 29th, 2015 17:11
    • Kate

      Hey Amanda! I use small rollers that I bought on Amazon. They are about an ounce, glass, and come with a small black roller and cap. I bought them a while back and they came in a pack of about 20. Here is the link. I use them all the time!!

      Sorry for the slow response too. Just had a baby on May 28th and have been trying to get back into my normal routines. 🙂

      June 11th, 2015 14:34
  • Elizabeth Bachmann

    Hey Kate! I was wondering how old your baby was when you used this blend? My babe has eczema and I will probably try this blend of oils. Thanks!

    July 22nd, 2015 22:16
    • Kate

      He was probably around 4-5 months old. He’s almost 2 now, so I’m not totally sure when exactly we started using it. He eventually grew out of the worst of the eczema, so we just spot treat it in the winter when it’s dry.

      August 7th, 2015 11:02
  • Carmen

    Have you tried the V-6 oil by young living? Wondering if that would work in place of the almond oil?

    August 28th, 2015 7:33
    • Kate

      I haven’t.

      October 6th, 2015 20:28
    • wendy

      im sure it would…read what oils are in it 🙂

      November 3rd, 2015 19:44
  • Adele

    Do you know about Gentle baby oil blend? My sister got it for me and I am not sure if I should use it for my 4 months old son who has eczema.. Thanks!

    September 8th, 2015 5:25
    • Kate

      I have the Gentle Baby blend and I love it! I don’t know if it works for eczema…I’ve never used it for that. But it does have a lot of great oils that help with healing skin. Make sure that if you do use it, dilute it and try it out on a test spot to see how he does with it. Sorry that it took so long to answer this post!

      October 6th, 2015 20:31
      • Sandy

        My son is 16 and has had eczema for the past year very bad. It is on his inner thighs, underarms, back and stomach. I have found nothing that works prescription and holistic….
        I have almond oil, frankinsence, and lavendar….what is the recipe for the mix?? and how often do you apply?

        December 1st, 2015 12:52
        • Kate

          Hey Sandy!

          So sorry to hear about your son…eczema sucks at all ages. My son is now 2 and we only need to apply his eczema blend during the harsher months in the winter when his skin dries out. For that I use a glass roller (you can buy them on Amazon and I have the link somewhere in this thread) and I fill it with 10 drops Frankincense, 10 drops Lavender, 7 drops Coriander and then I fill the roller bottle 50:50 with the oils. You can apply often with oils…every few hours if it’s really bad. What I would recommend for your son since he’s a little older is adding those oils to organic, raw shea butter. You can also buy some great shea butter on amazon. Mix about 1/2 cup of the shea butter with the oils and a little almond oil to get it smooth (I mix mine until it’s loose like lotion). You can apply this to your skin as well. I use a blend of citrus and lavender on myself and I love it! It’s thick and really does the job. Hope that this helps…if you have any other questions, please feel free to let me know and I will do my best to help!

          December 3rd, 2015 16:10
  • Janet

    Hi, I would check the ingredients in Purpose soap. I just did. Really bad toxic chemicals. Check them out with EWG website, Livestrong, Skin Deep, etc.

    December 18th, 2015 15:33
    • Kate

      I no longer use Purpose soap. We use Zum soap instead. Thanks for the head’s up though.

      December 25th, 2015 15:28
      • Elisa

        Have you heard of soap nuts? They are 100% natural and works great! I use them and makes a different on my daughter’s eczema breakouts. Definitely less. I buy them from Yoreganics. They have great customer service as well. But I found your blog b/c I was looking for EO’s recipe for it. I don’t know if you would think Coconut Oil will do the job instead of Almond oil?

        March 4th, 2016 22:02
        • Elisa

          Never mind on the oil question. I read your reply to another person regarding the oil. Sadly doTERRA doesn’t have Almond oil.

          March 4th, 2016 22:03
          • Kate

            Hey Elisa,

            doTERRA doesn’t sell almond oil, but most grocery stores and Amazon definitely do! I have used coconut oil in the past, but have found it to be a little too drying for my kids’ skin. I think there’s a link to the almond oil that I use, but if not, just jump on Amazon and type in sweet almond oil. Should pop up.

            March 4th, 2016 22:09
          • Sylvia

            You can purchase sweet almond oil from health food stores! 😊

            April 14th, 2017 2:08
          • Kate

            Yup! Or on Amazon. 😉

            April 25th, 2017 12:44
  • Dana

    Hi Kate,
    My baby is 4 months old now and she’s had severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) from head to ankle. She started with baby acne at almost two month then got really bad as each day pass by. Now her cheeks, chin, and around the ears are always inflamed and weeping. Her arms and thighs are pretty bad also. I used steroid cream and she’s been on antibiotics twice for three weeks total. Now her pediatrician prescribed mupirocin an antibiotic ointment that I applied to the inflamed parts alternating with the steroid cream. I’ve used olive oil and coconut oil in the beginning to treat her cradle cap. It didn’t cure it. The cradle cap just keeps coming back and the acne becomes eczema all over her face then spreads all over her body. She cries day and night because she’s so itchy. We had to swaddle her all the time to prevent her from rubbing and scratching which spreads and agitate her flares and inflammation more. I would bath her every couple days for 5-10 min and lather her in aquaphor and with mupirocin to weeping and crusty parts. All is these and my baby is still not getting better. I’m not sure if your baby had any part that was weeping or torn skin. Wondering if the oils will burn or not? How often do you apply the oils and can you apply the oils to skins that’s cut? As soon as her skin seems to dry and crust she rubs it raw again. Thanks you. Desperate mom willing to try anything now.

    January 2nd, 2016 21:09
    • Aisha

      I am in a similar position dealing with my 4 month old’s eczema. She gets it all over but it’s worst on her scalp and diaper area. I’m trying lots of different things and so far they help a bit but nothing is getting rid of it. So I am now looking at my diet since I breastfeed and am starting to eliminate things, the first of which is dairy. I am also taking a nursing safe probiotic. You may want to look into causes of eczema to see if there are any changes you can make to stop the cycle. Also, earth mama angel baby nipple butter has helped with her scalp and I am going to try this EO blend with almond oil next. Good luck mama!

      March 27th, 2016 17:34
    • Tee

      I was in a similar situation with my son since he was as little as 2 months. He’s now almos 2 yo n still has eczema. But the inflammation has gone much better. I think with him it has got to do a lot with allergies. He has a lot of food allergies and I was nursing him until 17 months (which wasn’t good) as soon as I stopped nursing him, he got better as with the redness but the itchiness is still there.
      He was also on antibiotics couple of times in his 1st year…and I have a feeling the antibiotics must have played a havoc on his gut for him to have so many food allergies.
      Right now I am just using plain old Vaseline and aquaphor. I want to try the essential oils..but I am hesitant since he didn’t do well with the wash n cream I purchased which had all these essential oils in Shea butter.

      April 20th, 2016 12:15
  • Dana

    Repost I type wrong email address.
    Hi Kate,
    My baby is 4 months old now and she’s had severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) from head to ankle. She started with baby acne at almost two month then got really bad as each day pass by. Now her cheeks, chin, and around the ears are always inflamed and weeping. Her arms and thighs are pretty bad also. I used steroid cream and she’s been on antibiotics twice for three weeks total. Now her pediatrician prescribed mupirocin an antibiotic ointment that I applied to the inflamed parts alternating with the steroid cream. I’ve used olive oil and coconut oil in the beginning to treat her cradle cap. It didn’t cure it. The cradle cap just keeps coming back and the acne becomes eczema all over her face then spreads all over her body. She cries day and night because she’s so itchy. We had to swaddle her all the time to prevent her from rubbing and scratching which spreads and agitate her flares and inflammation more. I would bath her every couple days for 5-10 min and lather her in aquaphor and with mupirocin to weeping and crusty parts. All is these and my baby is still not getting better. I’m not sure if your baby had any part that was weeping or torn skin. Wondering if the oils will burn or not? How often do you apply the oils and can you apply the oils to skins that’s cut? As soon as her skin seems to dry and crust she rubs it raw again. Thanks you. Desperate mom willing to try anything now.

    January 3rd, 2016 14:55
    • Kate

      Hey Dana, I went ahead and emailed you on this. If you don’t get that email, please let me know.

      January 4th, 2016 12:47
      • Shil

        hi Kate,
        I am facing exactly same issue like Dana with my little one, who just turned 11 months today.
        Can you please help me with any specific essential oil mixed with carrier oil. As bub is not happy at all due to his eczema he keeps clinging on me all day & I don’t get time to prepare a cream with the combinations you have mentioned.


        February 4th, 2016 23:52
        • Kate


          In the post, I list out the oils and carrier oil that I used for my son. I would recommend Almond oil or jojoba oil as carrier since coconut oil has a tendency to dry out skin. Frankincense, lavender, coriander, and rose are great oils for skin issues, but be sure to use high-grade oils such as Doterra or Young Living. Hope that helps!

          February 9th, 2016 13:12
  • Christine

    Hi Kate,

    I have a 7 month old baby who suffers from eczema. I’m a first time mom and have been scouring the internet reading what other moms have to say. My pediatrician also gets weekly phone calls from me. I heard about essential oils from my mother-in-law and decided to google it, which is how I came upon your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. My sons eczema is worse on his head, neck, behind his knees and in the folds of his arms. I have used every cream and ointment out there. Although I wouldn’t call his eczema severe it’s bad enough that I have to put socks on his hands so he doesn’t draw blood and I keep socks on his feet because he uses his feet to scratch the back of his legs. He recently started getting it on his cheeks. He also has cradle cap which we were treating with coconut oil but that seems to cause the eczema to flare on his head. Sometimes I have no idea what causes him to flare, we use cotton everything, free and clear laundry detergents, I clean his room on a regular basis. I swear as soon as one area gets better another part flares up my husband calls it whac-a-mole. The doctor prescribed a topical solution called fluocinolone but I’m worried about potential side effects. I was wondering did you apply the oils to your sons head? Did you ever put the oils into his bath water? Once you started using the oils did you stop using any other creams or ointments?

    January 15th, 2016 12:45
    • Kate

      Hey! I’m so sorry that I’m just now seeing this…I’ve been having some email/site login issues for the past few weeks that have FINALLY been resolved!

      Okay, first of all, take a deep breath. 🙂 My son had mad cradle cap as well as the eczema. For the cradle cap, I learned very quickly to just leave it alone. Wash your child with soap only 1-2 times per week. (I recommend the Zum oatmeal and lavender soap, but for this I would recommend their Frankincense & Myrrh blend. Works wonders!) This helps with the drying out of the skin. Then I would recommend NOT using coconut oil since it has a tendency to dry out the skin, even though it’s a great oil. Instead, I use sweet almond oil, but you can also use jojoba oil as well. I DO put oils in the bath, and if you are trying to treat eczema that way, use 1-2 drops frankincense, 1-2 drops lavender, 1-2 drops coriander. But be sure to put a cup of epsom salts in the bath with the oils because it helps to keep the oils from just sitting on the surface of the water. (think separated Italian dressing) The only “ointment” that I use when things get really bad, is petroleum jelly, especially on his little cheeks.

      I want to make sure that I’m clear that there is a point where doctors can sometimes be a great option for severe cases of skin irritations. That being said, a doctor told me to bathe my son in a bath with bleach…which is insanity to me. I would NEVER do that! Part of this is just time and patience. Keep trying natural salves and soaps. Even Castille soap in the baby scent might be a good option for you. If you have any other questions, I should get to them a little faster than I did this one.

      Good luck!

      February 9th, 2016 13:07
  • Christin W.

    lavender and frankincense are great essential oils for eczema, and certainly a good reason to break the “no essential oils under 2 years of age” guideline, however ~ 4 to 6 drops in a “small” (I’m not sure if you mean 5mL or 10mL roller bottle?) is really too high of a dilution. I’m glad it worked out for your son, but for any parents who may be following your instructions now and in the future, it’s important to note that one drop of each oil in a 10mL roller bottle is more than sufficient. 2 drops in a 5mL bottle is too high a dilution for a child so young, and 6 drops in a 5mL roller bottle is bordering on a dangerously high dilution. these are safety precautions that pyramid-scheme essential oil companies, like doterra and young living, don’t teach their customer-“reps”. but it’s VERY important, especially for babies, whose organs are not fully developed yet.

    be well 🙂

    February 19th, 2016 22:56
    • Kate

      Thanks so much for this! I put together that first blend with the help of an oil “expert” who was with doTerra. She felt like the blend was diluted enough, but I understand that with little ones, you have to be extra careful and not overdo it. So thank you for that reminder.

      This was also well before Young Living came out with their own line that was just for kids, which I use all the time and highly recommend. And as with any form of oil usage, always check with a reputable and knowledgeable person who can help you use your oils to their fullest abilities.

      February 21st, 2016 13:29
      • Laura Ellen Christian

        Hi there,

        I’m reading through this to help our LO and was wondering why you switched from doTerra to Young Living. I currently use doTerra. Is it because of what you mention above, that Young Living has a kids line? Any other reason I should consider switching? I work in senior living and we use doTerra for our memory care neighborhoods, which is why I use it personally. Already have a wholesale account 🙂 But open to switching if there are other good reasons. Thanks!

        December 20th, 2016 9:35
        • Kate

          Hey! I actually use both, even though I have a wholesale account with Young Living. I like some of the blends doTerra has better than the YL, but I like some of the price points of Young Living better. I also love their kids line. I think as long as people are using top quality oils like DT or YL, that’s all that matters. No need to make a drastic change. But if you want, I would highly recommend their kids’ line as well as all of their Thieves products.They are game changers for us, and are a great addition to any DT oils. I also love DT’s on-guard, Breath, and Balance blend. If you have any other questions, just shoot!

          December 22nd, 2016 15:36
    • Sylvia

      Thank you for excellent info, Christi! Actually, as a Young Living consultant & distributor, I have received extensive training & detailed instructions on oil usage , blending, & application. It is an absolute necessity for us to , not only have that knowledge for ourselves but for those with whom we share about the amazing health benefits of truly therapeutic grade essential oils!

      April 14th, 2017 2:16
  • aarti

    Hey! Thanks for all the clear advice! Wanted to know how long the essential oil combo took before you would say the eczema cleared up?

    March 1st, 2016 1:39
    • Kate

      Hey! I used this combo for about 6 months, then I used it only during flare-ups which tended to happen in the colder months. My son is now 2 1/2, and I use it rarely. It’s been amazing to see the progression and watch it all clear up!

      March 3rd, 2016 11:24
      • Sylvia

        Kate, I must share with you & your readers of how your info on the oils you blended for your sweet boy’s eczema changed my life! I wa in agony, feeling like I had fallen into a cactus patch or tussled with a porcupine! My skin looked like scalding water had been splashed on my upper chest & neck!!! I was also stressed due to finding out my only sister needed surgery for cancer! I had tried Lavender, coconut oil, & fresh aloe gel in the past & got some relief but NOTHING like the recipe you shared! The relief was almost IMMEDIATE!!! Within a couple of days, the redness was, visibly, less! Thank you so much!!!

        April 14th, 2017 2:24
        • Kate

          Great!!! I tried so many remedies (over the counter and from EO know-it-alls), and this was the only thing that seemed to have instant and long-lasting relief. It’s the whole reason that I wrote this post…just wanting to put out something different that helped our family for the long haul. Yay for natural remedies!

          April 25th, 2017 12:47
  • Tessa

    Is the sweet almond oil considered the “carrier oil” for this blend, since you aren’t supposed to put essential oils directly onto a baby’s skin without one? Just wanted to get some clarification before I try it. Thanks!

    March 7th, 2016 12:44
    • Kate

      Yes! You can use a bunch of different carriers, but I have always loved sweet almond oil. You can pick it up at a grocery store or you can get it online on Amazon.

      March 9th, 2016 8:43
  • Margarita

    Hi Kate,
    I appreciate the information you have shared about your experience with your sons eczema. It appears that many children are victims of this skin issue. My grandson is one as well. I read through your protocol and I love the fact you chose to treat with a high quality, but certainly not cheap, essential oil. But what I do not understand is why you would use a petroleum based product whatsoever. Available and Vaseline are both petroleum based and are extremely toxic to our health. I do not know if maybe you just did not realize this or you are not bothered by it. I do not want to be too harsh but I am curious if you did know this about these products. I would like to see you recommend a healthier alternative such as calendula ointment in your recent update part so that babies can stop being slathered in these toxic products.

    March 8th, 2016 23:18
    • Kate

      Hey, thanks for checking out this post and thank you for your comments. In my original post, I also used Purpose soap, which I do not use anymore because of its toxicity. As for the vaseline and the aquaphor, I didn’t learn about their toxicity until later, but I only use them when the eczema resists the oils and natural remedies. It definitely works, but I make sure to use it sparingly. I recently made some homemade lotion for my littles using raw, organic shea butter, but my son ended up reacting to it and it dried out his skin like crazy! My daughter and I did not have that same reaction. SO if there was an alternative that I could offer, that would be it.

      I just want to take a second also to talk about toxicity. We hee and haw over how bad chemicals are to put ON our bodies, but we often shrug off the chemicals that we put IN our bodies. There are loads of chemicals in cheaply-made clothes, fast foods, and other places that are scary to think about. I am a fan of limiting exposure to those things whenever I can, but am also a realist in that I can’t eliminate it all. I choose my battles.

      Also, I write this blog as a mother who has had lots of trial and error and not as an all-out expert. I try to make that clear at every turn. I strive to put my kids’ health at the top and to do everything that I can to not overexpose them to all the junk out there!

      March 9th, 2016 8:53
  • Margarita

    Correction, I meant to say Aquaphor not available.

    March 8th, 2016 23:22
  • Clare

    Hi Kate,

    My 8 month old son has also been suffering form eczema since he was about 4 months. I ordered frankincense and lavender oils from Doterra and they arrived today! I’m really hoping that it works for my baby, it breaks my heart that he’s itchy all the time. I just want to double check if you used 10ml bottles? I want to make sure my oil mix isn’t too diluted or too strong. Is it safe to use multiple times a day? Also, do you have any suggestions on where I can find an essential oils expert to educate me further?
    Any advice is greatly appreciated, thanks!

    March 10th, 2016 15:42
    • Kate

      Hey Clare! Eczema is awful, but it is both treatable and can potentially go away as your child gets older, so that’s a plus! I used the 10ml bottles and didn’t have any trouble with them being too strong. I also would use it in the morning and then again in the evening. On top of just using the roller, I would also make sure that they were well-lathered in almond oil (a carrier oil), which helped during those really tough times like colder months. I learned later that easing up on the bathing helps as well. Basically anything that helps keep the skin from drying out.

      As far as an oils expert, there are a few online, but I would recommend going through doTERRA or Young Living. I have several friends in the holistic medicine world, and they were my go-to’s.

      Hope this helps and good luck!

      March 10th, 2016 15:55
  • Joe

    Hi Kate,

    My son is 10 months old. He’s had this two hive like rash on his cheeks for the last 5 months. We have seen multiple doctors. All say it is eczema. The rash goes away sometimes when we put on steroid creams but comes back after a couple of days after we stop. It’s red and flaky. It’s awful. I am tired of putting steroid cream on him. Other parts of his body healed with calendula cream but not his face. Your blog has so much information. You have made changes. Can you please post a update on the formula you are using. You are using a 10 ml roller. How many drops of lavender, frankincense and coriander? Or is it only lavender and frankincense? How much carrier oil? Are there any eczema blend available from doterra or young living?we have tried everything. Perhaps up to 30 different creams. Only calendula And olive oil helped. We recently been using baby cereve cream on his body and it works but not on his face. It’s been a losing battle since he’s been 3 weeks old. Please help.

    April 7th, 2016 9:30
    • Kate

      Hey Jon. So sorry that you are dealing with this. Eczema sucks. That being said, I definitely steered away from harsh steroid creams since they didn’t really seem to fix the problem long-term. They instead provide short-term relief.

      There are a couple of updates on the front end of this blog, but they deal mostly with the soap and carrier oils that I use. The actual recipe for the eczema roller stayed the same. I use a 10ml roller, put the drops of essential oils in (feel free to use just the frankincense and lavender if that’s what you have), and then I fill to the top with the sweet almond oil carrier. That’s pretty much it. I am not aware of any eczema specific blends from either Young Living or DoTerra.

      I recently found a local vendor here in Nashville that makes vegan and organic lotions and oils. They have a baby oil that I started using on my kids and it is amazing! I cannot say enough good things about them. Check out Blueberries & Lace Organics, and I would recommend everything on their site. Seriously.

      Hope this helps and definitely try out Blueberries & Lace!

      April 12th, 2016 11:06
  • K

    How often did you apply this? and just to the affected areas or everywhere?? Help please:) thanks!!

    June 15th, 2016 19:58
    • Kate

      I applied this as needed. In the winter I was a little more consistent in my application since my son’s skin would dry out so easily. I applied it to the areas that were most likely affected, even if they weren’t in a break out. This would help to prevent break out’s in the colder months. Hope this helps!

      June 17th, 2016 13:28
      • K

        It appears I don’t have the right combination of oils yet for my son….as it is getting worse/drying out the skin more!! Thanks though….I’ll try a different combination:)

        July 14th, 2016 21:12
  • Shawna

    I ordered the essentials oils today and I am praying this works for my gran-daughter. She has had severe excema since she was born and will be 4 this month. We have tried everything! I just want her to be free of this. I fear she will have scars and be made fun of because of her skin. She has such a HUGE personality and is so funny. I went with The Essential Oil Company, because I could just get a sample of the Frankincense Oil (5 drops for $3). I admit I am still skeptically. Thanks for the info though.

    June 22nd, 2016 9:39
  • Kelly

    Hi Kate… sorry, you have probably answered this many times prior! But I just can’t find exactly what I’m after… Our little girl (6 months) has eczema, but mostly just super dry all over, with flare up (itchy patches) on her cheeks and bottoms of legs. I have mixed up the oil blend and do think it’s working, I’m just wondering how often I can use it ie in the morning, following a bath at every change or all of the above!? Also, do I use the oil first and then still apply the moisteriser? Thanks so much, fingers crossed we have something that helps and we can lose the steroid cream altogether…Thanks again, Kelly

    September 17th, 2016 2:23
    • Kate

      Hey! So for dry skin, get your hands on some Jojoba or Almond oil. It’s got tons of Vitamin E, and works great for that. Coconut oil is fine, but can be drying which you don’t want. I would always apply the “moisturizer” oil first and then the blended essential oils after to the affected areas. I also don’t bathe my kids as often using soap (maybe use soap once a week unless they are filthy), which helps their skin produce natural oils. I use oatmeal an lavender Zum soap, which you can get on Amazon, and the oatmeal is great for dry skin and the lavender is healing. It’s a goat’s milk based soap, so no chemicals.
      I hope that helps! And hang in there…lots of times, kids’ skin issue clear up on their own over time.

      September 19th, 2016 13:16
      • Kelly

        Thanks so much for the reply Kate… I am trying some JoJoba oil as well as the oil blend, hopefully it will start to make a difference soon. Thanks for the tip on the coconut oil too, I did think the oils were helping but seemed to be drying her out so much, so this is obviously why! She doesn’t seem to have any eczema in her folds at all, they are actually the clearest parts on her body! Which makes me think it is mostly a dry skin issue, so fingers crossed the JoJoba can help as she is just so itchy… Thanks again, very much appreciated x

        September 27th, 2016 23:29
  • Heather

    Thanks a lot for such informative and colourful article! I like it and comments and discussion there is usefull !Bedt regards, keep writing please!)))

    October 15th, 2016 12:33
  • Elena Savvidou

    With consistent use foderma serum seems to help my toddlers sensitive eczema prone skin. Used foderma during a bad flare up and it seems to be relieving the rash steadily which is great because I’d rather not have to use more heavy products that have steroids such as hydrocortisone, though it works to relieve the rashes from the eczema and helps with the itching, it would be nice to cut down on the use of it and foderma serum seems like it will allow me to do so. Overall, so far I’m satisfied.

    November 28th, 2016 2:06
  • Dalila

    My daughter suffers from the occasional mild to moderate eczema rash. After switching to foderma serum, I noticed a significant improvement in her skin. Her skin is now completely clear, and has been for several months. Foderma serum seems to last a long time, as well.

    December 14th, 2016 12:53
    • Kate

      I’m all about people finding what works for them, but this post was about finding a more natural approach to battling eczema. I did a search of this product since I’ve never heard of it, and though I’m sure it may work for some, I’m assuming it’s chemical-based. I wasn’t able to find any info to say otherwise.

      That being said, I tend to stay away from chemicals, as they can be hard on baby’s skin, as well as adults, and can have harsh effects in the long run.

      December 18th, 2016 11:08
  • Christina

    My daughter is 4 months old and has cradle cap and eczema on her head. Poor little one scratches and causes bleeding and then her eczema weeps. She’s either wearing hats or mittens on her hands to prevent this.

    January 19th, 2017 13:57
    • Christina

      Is there any shampoos you recommend?

      January 19th, 2017 13:58
      • Kate

        Hey Christina,

        First off, stay away from all “soaps”. They are drying and harsh on the skin and hair. I would recommend the oatmeal and lavender goat’s milk soap from ZUM. (can be found on Amazon) The oatmeal is great for the cradle cap and the eczema since it’s natural and not drying. The lavender is the healing part of the soap is is gentle on baby skin. Don’t wash the hair too often as that can cause drying out and makes it all worse. A soft bristle brush on the head to brush her hair will help to loosen the cradle cap, but make sure to not pick at it. I promise that it will go away with time.

        I hope that info helps!

        January 23rd, 2017 9:30
  • Christina

    Thank you! Would you recommend lathering her with almond oil and then apply the oil blend? Also, can I apply the oil blend on her eczema that is weeping? Right now my doctor is having me apply hydrocortisone which I rather not and I want to find a natural alternative.

    January 23rd, 2017 23:36
    • Kate

      I try to mix the oils ahead of time (even if it’s in a small glass dish – essential oils eat plastic) and then I would put it on them. As far as the weeping eczema, I’m not sure to be honest. I know that you can apply lavender to open sores, but with the other oils in the blend, I would hesitate. I know that the best things to use on weeping sores is either colloidal silver (which doesn’t sting and is great for kids), and witch hazel (a natural antiseptic). There are some great resources by holistic doctors and people more qualified than me that you can find in a simple good search. One I would recommend is here. Just click the link.

      I hope that helps!

      January 25th, 2017 10:15
  • Iman

    Hi I have baby 4 month old she have Eczema on her face anything I can do to help I try everything.

    March 16th, 2017 17:40
    • Kate

      First of all, the essential oil mix that I put together in this post I used on spots on my sons’ face and it helped a ton!

      That being said, fewer baths which can dry out skin, and I love Zum Oatmeal & Lavender “soap” from Indigo Wild. It’s made with very few ingredients and the base is mostly oils and goat’s milk. I’ve used it for years on myself and my kids, and it’s been a game-changer. Also, don’t use over the counter lotions. They also can be drying on eczema skin because of the chemicals. Try using Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, or even Olive Oil as a moisturizer. I personally stay away from coconut oils because they dry out our skin.

      I hope that helps! Hang in there!

      March 22nd, 2017 8:58
  • NellyDoretha

    Both of my girls had bad eczema that started when they were about a month old. My first daughter’s cleared right up with hydrocortisone cream in a day, but my second’s was much more stubborn. We tried hydrocortisone for several days, emollient creams, special soaps. Nothing worked. Then after i bought foderma serum as a last-ditch effort to clear her skin up, and what a difference! It worked so well, and so fast. Within 24 hours there was a marked improvement in her skin and in her temperament. We use it now on both girls, and it’s great.

    April 1st, 2017 9:59
    • Kate

      Great! To each his own.

      I wrote this because though hydrocortisone worked, I had to apply it way more often than I was comfortable…especially on a new baby. By finding a more natural solution, it forced us to treat the bigger issues (too many chemicals) as a whole family and change up the bad stuff that affected us all. We are always looking for solutions to an issue, without actually figuring out how to change our environment to be better. When my second child was born, she showed signs right away of having eczema, but because we had a routine that worked well for us, she’s never had more than an ultra-dry-weather flare on occasion.

      April 2nd, 2017 15:15
  • Maria

    Thanks Kate for this amazing article. My son has eczema problem. I hope this treatment will out my son from eczema.

    April 13th, 2017 10:55
  • JJ

    So around 3 – 4 months my baby started having really bad ezcema across her forehead and especially on the skin on the sides of her face in front of her ears. I literally tried everything – Cetaphil, Cerave, Eucerin, Unpetroleum Jelly, Mustela, California Baby Ezcema Cream, Era-organic Honey Buns, Elizabeth Parker Ezcema Cream and I’m probably forgetting a couple in there. Nothing really worked to treat the flares although her skin was nice and soft.

    I kept doing research and stumbled across this blog post along with other posts about homemade ezcema creams. I liked how simple this was, and while I was a bit concerned with the strength of the dilution, decided to modify slightly and give it a shot. I used 2 drops of Bulgarian Lavendar + 1 drop of Serrata Frankincense in a 20 ML bottle of sweet almond oil. I let that soak in (I’ll apply at the beginning of her bedtime routine), then slather on CJ’s Butter with Lavendar & Tea Tree.

    Amazing! Part of it probably has to do with the fact that it has warmed up (she flares worse in the cold) but seriously, I put the oil on her flares spots and while it’s not as quick as hydrocortisone (it takes 2 – 3 applications to clear up a bad flare vs. 1 of hydrocortisone) I love that I’m not needing to use steroid creams on her! She’s 6 months old (today) and I’ve been using it for the past 2 weeks and it’s like night and day.

    Seriously, thank you so much! I did buy the Zum bar you recommended but hadn’t had a chance to use it yet so it’s literally just the oil that’s made all the difference (I was using the CJ’s butter on her face alone before the oil and while it helped, it didn’t completely clear it). I am SO so happy.

    I think the root cause is environmental allergies (dust, pollen, etc.) since I have the same and my skin dries out in the winter so unfortunately it’s not an easy fix (I did another Whole30 and cut dairy, soy, etc.) where I could avoid the trigger food. But I’m so grateful that I at least have a way to treat her flares that doesn’t include putting heavy steroids on her face (we were using a 2.5% cream).

    April 30th, 2017 9:47
  • Aasia

    Hey Kate!
    Thank you so much for this post. I have an 8 months old boy who had dry skin since he was born ( I have dry, sensitive skin) , we kept moisturizing it well with Aquaphor, Vasline ( both didn’t make much difference though, maybe due to petroleum in them) and Cetaphil cream. We changed detergent, clothing and all but at around 4 months he was very scratchy and we couldn’t stop him from doing that so it started bleeding and oozing under his knees, on thighs, belly and neck. It turned into dry eczema that is when his ped prescribed hydrocortisone. I didn’t want to use that but I had to, for 1.5 weeks with 1 week off and 1 on.
    At the same time I started using Vanicream for moisturizing with each diaper change and Sweet Almond oil twice a day. Sweet Almond oil really worked for him and we got it under control with occasional flareups due to heat when we are out.
    Being a desperate mom to help her son, I googled a lot the day I was told he had eczema. I have been reading about essential oils for eczema and last week I stumbled across your blog. Coming from a BTDT mom, I am convinced to try this simple recipe and hoping that it will work for us too.
    Your son is so adorable. =)

    Be blessed.

    September 12th, 2017 14:28
  • Melinda


    I have a 6 month old that we have been battling eczema flares for the last couple of months. I am going to try and use the essential oils because like many others I hate using the steroid creams he’s been prescribed.

    I purchased the roller balls that you had a link. They came 18 glass bottles that hold 10mL each. For a individual 10 mL roller ball you just used 2-3 drops of each lavender and frankincense, then filled the rest with the sweet almond oil? The reason I ask is in the comments you mention a recipe of lavender, frankincense, and coriander with significantly more drops. I was thinking this would be to use with multiple roller balls but I just wanted to make sure.

    Thank you for this post!

    October 30th, 2017 14:49
    • G Holland

      Hello, Kate! Thank you so much for your information as it is so valuable! Today has been an incredibly awful day as my 4 month old baby girl wanted to scratch her three eczema patches on her cheeks and forehead so badly and taking her hands off her face was a battle until I found your article. Luckily, I had sweet almond oil that I bought for other purposes about 5 months ago.
      I applied some of the oil on my baby’s red patches and she calmed down instantly… I am interesting in making the blend you used for your son but I’m confused about how many drops of lavender and frankincense to put. Your recipe calls for 3 drops of each oil but then you mentioned a higher quantity (10 drops) in your reply to one question someone asked. Could you please clarify this? Thank you in advance for your help!

      January 22nd, 2018 23:10
  • Fay De Belen

    Hi Kate! My soon to be 4 month old is also suffering from atopic dermatitis. We already tried different soaps, creams, lotions and different ways to get rid of it but still no success. I just want to ask if the essential oils that you have used can worked with a diffuser? Or should it be applied directly on the skin? Thanks in advance!

    January 26th, 2018 17:13

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