I keep a large jar of coconut oil for cooking and baking with, but I keep hearing more and more about how there are so many uses for coconut oil beyond just for culinary purposes. Then I came across this amazing illustration by Californian artist Yumi Sakugawa for WonderHowTo, and all I can say is wow! There are so many uses for coconut oil – 21 in fact – for using coconut oil around the home that I just hadn’t realised.
For example, did you know one of the many uses for coconut oil is as a natural and chemical free alternative to using WD40? I need to tell my dad this as you rarely see him without a can in his hand! You can also use it as a shaving cream; to condition your hair; to help heal newly tattooed skin; and as a chemical free polish for wooden furniture. It can even help get rid of head lice naturally.
21 Uses for Coconut Oil:
Are you as surprised at me at some of these uses for coconut oil?! If you’re on Pinterest this is definitely a good one to pin so you can always keep it close to hand!
If you’re looking for cheap coconut oil, the cheapest I found was this 500ml Lucy Bee extra virgin organic coconut oil* for £10 at Holland & Barrett. 500ml should last you for quite some time, as you only need a little at a time.
A quick note: despite the name, coconut oil is solid. I find the best way to scoop it out is to place a metal spoon in hot water, and then scoop out what you need. Then warming it in your hands is generally enough to liquify it if you’re using it for skincare purposes, otherwise you can scoop some out, place it in a bowl and microwave it in 10 second increments until it’s melted. In warm weather you might find it’s pliable enough not to require warming.
I am excited to share with you today this really easy and effective tutorial for homemade nappy rash cream, created for Moral Fibres readers by Summer, the blogger behind tortoise & lady grey.
Tortoise & lady grey is a really great blog that discusses all things sustainable and slow fashion and encourages readers to make their own clothes and natural beauty products with DIY tutorials. Here Summer shows you how to make your own natural nappy rash cream for babies:
As a mum with an interest in sustainability and natural health, I am constantly looking for ways that I can reduce the environmental impact of my family’s lifestyle, as well as minimise my toddler’s exposure to chemicals.
When my son was born I invested in a few natural products to help prevent nappy rash. I naively assumed that the products I had chosen – which used natural healing herbs such as calendula and pawpaw extract – would be petrochemical and fragrance-free. They were marketed as natural after all – why would you make a natural product that contained these harmful ingredients?
Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed when I read the ingredients list more closely and discovered I was wrong. I realised that if I wanted to guarantee that the nappy rash cream I used on my baby’s bottom was completely toxin free then I would need to make it myself. I was already dabbling in making natural beauty treatments for myself and had gone completely toxin free in my own beauty regime, so I knew I could experiment with my own recipe for nappy rash cream and come up with something that was better than the products I was being sold.
I am so pleased to share this recipe for homemade nappy rash cream with you so that you too can keep your baby’s bottom toxin free and use only nourishing natural ingredients.
1 small heat-proof glass bowl or small saucepan 1 medium saucepan 1 metal spoon for stirring 2-4 clean small glass jars baby food jars or slightly larger are perfect – the jars should be small enough that you can scrape your finger right to the bottom of the jar easily.
Heat the medium saucepan half-filled with water on the stove, and place the glass bowl (or small saucepan) filled with beeswax on the heating water as a double-boiler. Beeswax should not be heated directly on the stove or it will burn. Take care not to spill water into the melting beeswax.
Keep the stove on a medium to low heat to ensure that the water does not boil too vigorously. The beeswax will take about 20 minutes to melt.
Once melted, remove the bowl (or small saucepan) from the heat to allow the beeswax to cool for 5 minutes. If the beeswax looks like it is starting to solidify, you needn’t keep waiting the full 5 minutes.
Once the beeswax has cooled for this time, add the avocado and almond oil and then stir through the honey until it has completely dissolved.
Finally, add the 30 drops of tea tree oil.
Whilst the mixture is still liquid, pour into jars. You will have about 300ml of mixture, so the number of jars you fill will depend on their size.
Once in the jars, the mixture will begin to set. Sometimes the honey can settle to the bottom of the mixture, so you might like to stir each jar occasionally as the balm sets.
When the balm has completely cooled it will have a waxy cream-like consistency and will be easy to apply to your baby’s bottom after each nappy change.
Explanations You can find the ingredients for this recipe at health food shops or online. If you want to simplify the recipe, you can leave out the avocado oil and replace with almond oil instead. You could also substitute both oils for olive oil if you wish.
You can apply this homemade nappy rash cream liberally after each nappy change to prevent nappy rash. The beeswax provides a natural barrier to help protect your baby’s bottom, and the almond and avocado oil will nourish the skin. Tea tree oil and honey are both natural antiseptics with strong healing elements, and can help to heal mild nappy rash if it occurs. However, if the rash worsens or fails to heal, I would recommend seeking out a petrochemical-free pawpaw or calendula ointment. Naturally, if you are worried about the rash you should always seek medical advice.
Thanks very much Summer. I’m looking forward to trying this out – I think it would make a great balm for adult irritated skin too as well as babies bottoms!
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