Eczema Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is characterized by itchy patches of thick, red, scaly skin. This allergic skin condition tends to come and go, and it has a tendency to appear at the same time as seasonal or dietary allergy symptoms. Calendula-Goldenseal Spray Makes 1 cup Calendula and goldenseal impart antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits, while witch hazel relieves redness, itching, and scaling. This spray stays fresh for up to a year when kept in a cool, dark place. 1 ounce dried calendula 1 ounce dried goldenseal root ¼ cup jojoba oil ¾ cup witch hazel In a slow cooker, combine the calendula, goldenseal, and jojoba oil. Select the lowest heat setting, cover the slow cooker, and allow the herbs to steep in the oil for 3 to 5 hours. Turn off the heat and allow the infused oil to cool. Drape a piece of cheesecloth over a bowl. Pour in the infused oil, then wring the cheesecloth until no more oil comes out. Discard the spent herbs. Combine the infused oil and the witch hazel in a dark-colored glass bottle with a spray top. Shake gently. Apply 1 or 2 spritzes to the eczema. Massage the spray in, and allow it to absorb. Repeat two or three times per day until the eczema fades. Precautions Omit the goldenseal if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have high blood pressure. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Comfrey Salve Makes about 1 cup Comfrey has a soothing effect on irritated, itchy skin. It also helps soften rough areas and prevent cracking. Since comfrey stimulates cell regeneration, it speeds the healing process and can help repair damage caused by eczema. This salve lasts up to a year when stored in a cool, dark place. 2 ounces dried comfrey 1 cup light olive oil 1 ounce beeswax 20 drops vitamin E oil In a slow cooker, combine the comfrey and olive oil. Select the lowest heat setting, cover the slow cooker, and allow the herbs to steep in the oil for 3 to 5 hours. Turn off the heat and allow the infused oil to cool. Bring an inch or so of water to a simmer in the base of a double boiler. Reduce the heat to low. Drape a piece of cheesecloth over the upper part of the double boiler. Pour in the infused oil, wringing the cheesecloth until no more oil comes out. Discard the cheesecloth and spent herbs. Add the beeswax to the infused oil and place the double boiler on the base. Gently warm over low heat. When the beeswax melts completely, remove the pan from the heat. Allow the blend to cool slightly, then use a whisk to stir in the vitamin E oil. Quickly pour the salve into clean, dry jars or tins and allow it to cool completely before capping. Apply a pea-size amount to areas of eczema, using a little more or less as needed. Repeat two or three times per day until the eczema fades.