The market for natural, gentle and organic products has always been healthy when it comes to babies. The idea of exposing those fresh, new little people to synthetic fragrances and chemicals just doesn’t feel OK to many people, so there is always a demand for natural baby products.
One of the most common health issues babies and toddlers struggle with is nappy rash, a painful and uncomfortable condition that can lead to infection in the most extreme of cases. Nappy rash happens when the wet (the number ones!) in a nappy interacts with the dry (the number twos!), a wet nappy alone will rarely lead to nappy rash so the key here is prevention, changing nappies regularly and at the first indication of a number two is essential, although there are still going to be times your baby or toddler gets a nappy rash and this is where a good barrier cream comes in.
Like lots of Mom’s I didn’t want to use the more medicated nappy creams as a first defense, I wanted a natural barrier cream that would help guard against nappy rash and treat any areas of soreness should they occur, I tried some of the leading natural brands and I really liked them, but then I realised the ingredients were just so simple and it was so easy to make that I may as well make it myself, this also gave me the freedom to adjust it to age and need. This balm goes on smoothly, it moisturizes the skin and creates a natural barrier against dampness. I used the ‘virgin’ recipe on my baby up to 3-6 months, but now he is a little older, I add Lavender, which will also help heal and sooth any rash he may have.
So, here is my simple, natural baby balm recipe….
- 100g Tin or Jar (I always make smaller batches of this as I don’t want it hanging around a long time)
- Bain Marie or Double Boiler – a big pan that will fit a jar or bowl inside.
This makes 100g, I have 100g tins I ordered from the Internet and it fills one of them comfortably. It will keep for up to 6 months if kept in a cool place, if it got very warm it may soften slightly, so don’t store near a radiator or sunny window.
Optional – recommend from 3-6 months plus.
- 10 drops of Lavender
- Melt the coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax in a bain marie.
- When they are fully melted, turn the heat off and wait for the mixture to begin to cool.
- Tip into the sterilised container safety (you can sterilise by placing in the oven or in boiling water).
- As the mixture cools gently stir in the essential oils.
- Leave to cool.
- When completely cool, rub on your baby’s bottom for a completely natural and effective barrier balm.
Castor oil is a thick oil but it doesn’t block pores, it also has a very mild anti-fungal property.
Olive Oil is great for broken or damaged skin as it very gentle. If you know your baby does not have a nut allergy you can substitute this for Almond Oil as they get older.
Coconut Oil is again very gentle but does have anti-bacterial properties.
Beeswax will thicken the balm and will create the ‘barrier’ for the skin.
Haile at Harebell & Betony xo
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