Just take a teaspoonful of coconut oil in the palm of one hand. It readily melts into liquid absorbing the body heat as soon as it comes in contact with skin. Once melted, you can apply it on the eczema affected skin exactly the way you apply lotions. You can gently massage it in without irritating the skin.
Coconut Oil Bandage
If the skin is too rough at places and is prone to break up, apply an oil bandage on the spot to soften the skin. Warm a tablespoon of coconut oil and dip a cotton pad in it. Place the oil-soaked pad over the rough spot and allow it to remain for 15-20 minutes. Afterward, sponge off excess oil with tissue paper. This is an excellent treatment during eczema flare-ups. It gives tremendous relief from night time itching too, so it is especially beneficial for children who find it hard to fall asleep.
Widespread eczema in older children and adults can be treated with a comforting warm water bath to which 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil can be added. You can also add a teaspoonful of skin-friendly essential oil like lavender or tea tree for a fragrant bath with additional therapeutic value. Let the bath water naturally dry on the skin, or sponge it off with a soft towel. This bath will leave the skin soft and supple, and provide restful sleep free of itching.
People with egg allergy often experience long-term remission when eggs in all forms are avoided. On the contrary, taking coconut oil seems to help, probably due to its immune-modulating action. Anyone, even children, can take 1-3 teaspoonfuls of coconut oil daily. Loose or frequent motions may be experienced initially, but will resolve once the body gets used to it.
Coconut Oil Massage
Eczema first appears in infants and young children as dry, flaky areas of skin with a reddish discoloration. A coconut oil massage before a bath can keep the skin condition from deteriorating further. You may even see a reduction in dry patches. Apply all over, with special attention to eczema prone areas like cheeks, neck, tummy, elbows, knees, hands and feet. Massage in the oil gently with a circular motion. Allow some time, 20-30 minutes maybe, for the oil to absorb. Wash the oil off with warm water.