Shea Lavender Diaper Rash Cream
Updated: Aug 31
If you are a parent, you can attest to how common and annoying diaper rashes can be! The most common cause of diaper rash is leaving a wet or dirty nappy on for too long. Chafing and rubbing, allergic reactions to diapers and lotions, use of antibiotics and starting to eat solid foods, as well as yeast or bacterial infections can also be the culprit of your baby’s diaper irritation. Traditional creams can contain mineral oil and petroleum products that create a physical barrier to the skin, clogging pores and preventing the baby’s skin from breathing. Given that the skin is an eliminatory organ responsible for eliminating toxins, using such products prevent the skin from doing what it needs to do to stay healthy. In order to lessen the toxic load and provide a healing solution to diaper rash, why not make your own nappy cream? There is so much peace of mind when making your own baby care products. It is easy, inexpensive (the recipe below cost less than $1 to make, and most importantly it works! All the ingredients have been chosen specifically for their medicinal properties and you will feel safe knowing you are not causing your baby any unnecessary irritation and inflammation with added preservatives and fragrance.
1/8 Cup Virgin Coconut oil 1/4 Cup of Raw Shea butter 3-4 Tablespoons Arrowroot flower 3-5 drops of Lavender essential oil Whip together using stand mixer or hand mixer.
How do these ingredients work to heal the skin?
Shea Butter - Anti-inflammatory properties, such as cinnamic acid and lupeol cinnamate reduces skin inflammations and possibly aids in preventing skin mutations. Coconut Oil- Anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties from medium chain fatty acids: capric, caprylic and lauric acid, protect against skin infections. This effect is even experienced when taken internally. Arrowroot starch - Seals in moisture and removes impurities. Assists in wound repair. Contains B vitamins, Iron, copper and Zinc which is essential for skin health. Lavender Essential oil- Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties make it a great addition for any skin inflammation cream.
When making your own creams and lotions, do not make more than a 1-3 month supply for sterile keeping, as well store it in a glass jar in a cool dry area. This cream can be used for any skin irritation and does not have to be limited to diaper rash. Use it as a general moisturizer for sensitive skin, as well as for eczema or any other dermatitis.