When I started out researching cloth diapers, I had a lot to learn! One thing I found out quickly is that conventional diaper rash creams weren’t going to work for us. The creams traditionally used can actually be damaging to the absorbency of cloth. I also wanted to go as natural as possible, so I ended up using one of the organic brands of diaper rash creams that was safe for cloth diaper use.
When the babies were about 4-5 months old, I purchased my Young Living starter kit. I had just read an article possibly linking food allergies with the amount of antibiotics a child received prior to two years of age, and combined with that and other things I was learning, it was really important to me that I use as little “bad” chemicals and antibiotics as possible.
A few side notes: First, I know everything is a chemical. I just want the bad ones not to be near my little ones. So we clean with natural products, try to use as little store-bought products on them, etc as possible. Second, I am not saying that medication is a bad thing. However, I don’t want the doctor and antibiotics to be the FIRST place we turn to to prevent or heal illness. So we use other lines of defense first, and go to the doctor and take medicine when necessary.
Armed with my new starter kit, I set out to make my baby products more natural. I found a base recipe from www.keeperofthehome.org, and then added some oils that are great for skin. So here ya go- this whips up in about 10 minutes and makes 4 oz (so it lasts a while):
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Just put 1/8 cup (or 1/2 an ounce) beeswax and 2/3 cup (4 1/2 ounces) coconut oil into a glass bowl over a boiling pot (or in a fancy double boiler pot, but this works just as well!). When it’s fully melted, remove from the heat. Add 3/4 a teaspoon of non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide powder and blend until fully incorporated and no powder remains. Then add your preferred oils (see mine below), stir, and pour into a glass jar with a lid. That’s it! Done! It’s seriously 10 minutes.
I get all my stuff off of Amazon (and the oils from Young Living). Here are some helpful links:
(This beeswax and zinc oxide will last you till all your kids are out of diapers, or allow you to make batches for all your friends. And this is the big daddy of coconut oil- it’s huge!)
Notes: My preferred oils are melrose and lavender, and I use 6 drops of each. Melrose is made up of melaleuca oil (tea tree), nerolina (similar to tea tree), rosemary, and clove. It’s great for soothing the skin. I also use melrose in my baby lotion. Lavender oil relieves pain, itchiness, and has antiseptic, anti-fungal properties that are great for the skin.
If you want to know more about oils, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don’t claim to know it all, but I know people who know a lot. 🙂 You can sign-up as a wholesale member or buy retail from this link right here.
And a note about zinc oxide powder: this is the active ingredient in most diaper rash creams, however, if you aren’t comfortable with it, leave it out. If you do use it, be sure you get non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide powder. This has shown to be less absorbent in the skin (which is a good thing).
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