Did you know that you can make your own diaper rash remedies and ointments that are gentle, toxin free, and easy to make? You'll save money, gain peace of mind, and your baby's bum will thank you for it! Get ready to say goodbye to diaper rash the natural way.
Some of the most natural ways of dealing with diaper rash is with prevention. Keep those tushies dry! Frequent diaper changes, and even cloth diapering can go a long way in preventing diaper rash. But some babies can be prone to diaper rash, or their causes are something deeper or more internal such as rashes that are diet related or chronic conditions. Regardless of the cause it's great to have some really natural and soothing remedies up your sleeve.
I massage it into my skin after a shower. I cook veggies with it. I have even gotten rid of rashes on my dog with it.
Coconut oil is extremely moisturizing, and it has the perfect texture for holding other ingredients such as essential oils. It melts to liquid when warmed, but at room temperature maintains a butter like consistency. And it has antimicrobial properties making it perfect for healing many kinds of rashes.
In a nutshell, you can easily use coconut oil in it's bare form as a diaper rash cream. I recommend using a unprocessed raw coconut oil for the best results.
Mix all the ingredients together well. Transfer to a jar or bottle to use for applying to baby to ease a red bottom or diaper rash.
Calendula Ointment Recipes
Easy Calendula Oil Recipe
This calendula infused oil is great for creating homemade baby wipes solution
too. For a super healing and soothing solution swap this infused oil for the oil in your wipes solution recipe. Besides smoothing the oil onto baby's bottom, you can also use this oil as a skin oil or more medicinal uses such as cradle cap and eczema.
To create this calendula infused oil you will only need a few ingredients. For one, you'll need to choose which kind of oil to infuse. I like to use 100% organic olive oil, or avacado oil. Some other good choices are almond oil or apricot oil.
Then of course you'll need to get your hands on some calendula. You can find some at your local natural food or health store, or try a search online. Mountain Rose Herbs sells dried calendula flowers and powder as well as other calendula products.
Place some calendula into a mason jar or container and fill with your choice of oil. The oil becomes infused over time. All you need to do at this point is let it sit. Every day or so turn the jar upside down and right side up again to stir things around. In 2-3 weeks the oil will be infused with the healing properties of calendula.
Once enough time has passed, strain the herbs out with a mesh colander or some cheese cloth. I like to transfer my infusions into a easy to use container like a bottle with a dripper or a spray bottle.
Calendula Ointment Recipe
A perfect way to meld both calendula and coconut oil!
The ingredients are:
I like to make my lotions either in a mason jar placed in a pot of simmering water, or in a stainless steel bowl used as a double boiler (set on top of a pot of simmering water). Melt the coconut oil and beeswax in a small pan stirring frequently. Add the calendula petals to the warm mixture. Remove from heat and let the calendula steep in the mixture while it cools down. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into another container. As it cools to room temperature it will thicken to the consistency of an ointment or body butter.
Soothing Diaper Rash Salve
This ointment is very healing. It is naturally antibacterial with tea tree oil and orange oil, yet soothing and healing with the addition of lavender oil.
As in the recipe above, in a mason jar over simmering water or in a double boiler, warm the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax until they are melted together, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils. Transfer to a clean container and let cool to room temperature. At cooling the mixture will thicken to the a salve perfect for smearing on red tushies.
Did you know that there is a houseplant that is just about the ultimate in convenient soothing and healing relief, that is easy to keep, and useful in many ways? It's the aloe plant!
Aloe is so useful in healing skin conditions like rashes, dry skin and even abrasions. And the wonderful thing about it is you can keep one on a window sill or even close to your baby's changing table. When the need arises simply break off a piece of one of the leaves, open it up and wipe the pure aloe jelly and juices straight onto the afflicted areas.
Consider giving your baby a healing bath as a soothing or preventative measure for diaper rash and eczema. I would recommend forgoing traditional soaps for a healing bath. What makes for a great healing soak in the tub? Oatmeal! Fill your tub with warm, tepid water and add oatmeal to a small cloth baggy or baby sock. Drop the baggy in the tub while it is filling. You could also choose to add essential oils to the bath as well, however sparingly. I would recommend a few drops of lavender to the bath.