My next natural baby body product creation is a Diaper Rash Cream. I learned this recipe again from Kathrin and Andrew over at For the Love of Body. The recipe is originally from Wellness Mama but has been altered.
- coconut oil (anti-fungal and anti-bacterial)
- dried chamomile flowers (anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-septic, vulnerary)
- dried calendula flowers (anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory)
- shea butter (vit A, E and D rich, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory)
- zinc oxide (forms a moisture barrier to protect baby’s bum from wetness) (watch to not inhale)
Start with a double boiler, if you don’t have one, you can use a stainless steel bowl on top of a medium sized pot.
The first step is to infuse the coconut oil with the flowers. To do this, place about a cup of coconut oil in the steel bowl. Bowl sits on top of the pot with water in it and heat is on low. Once the oil is melted, add the flowers (a tablespoon of each-you can also use one, or the other, or none) and infuse for the better part of an hour. There should be a beautiful flowery aroma by the end.
Put your Shea butter (half of what was called for coconut oil), in your tall and skinny mason jar. Be sure your immersion blender can fit in comfortably first.
When the oil is done, strain out the flowers and pour the oil into the mason jar.
Submerge blender and whip it up!
Add your zinc oxide, approx 5 teaspoons, but you can use as little or much as you’d like (I like a little more). Blend again.
Pour into little jars and pop in fridge. If it’s the summer, you may want to store in fridge so it remains firm. Otherwise it’s totally fine at room temp.
A little jar of this stuff lasts a good amount of time. I only went through one with my son! (Keep in mind he more often than not was diaper free while at home.)
Happy diapering and rash soothing…