My youngest son, almost two and a half, has suffered from eczema for most of his life. It's usually only in small patches on a few areas of his body, and seems to either go away or get worse as the seasons change. Recently, as this spring has been warming up, I've noticed that my son's skin looked about as bad as ever, and was really itching him. His skin was bumpy and scaly and had scabs all over from scratching.
I've been wanting to find a cure for him, but not wanting to do anything harsh such as highly medicated (and expensive) creams. After talking to a friend I decided to give tea tree oil a try. I took an empty jar and put a few tablespoons of olive oil in it, and added a few drops of the tea tree oil. Then once or twice a day I rub a small amount all over my son like lotion. Surprisingly, the oil gets absorbed by the skin right away and doesn't leave a greasy feeling. And amazingly, within a week my son's skin was SO much better. It's been about four weeks since we started doing this, and even though I don't always remember to use the oil every day, I'd say my son's skin is about 95 - 99% better.
I think I paid around $7 for a 1-ounce bottle of tea tree oil. Since it is highly concentrated, one bottle should last me quite some time. And since I already buy olive oil in bulk at Costco, using a few extra tablespoons a week is no big deal. So not only have I found an effective solution for my son's problem, but it was natural AND frugal.