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Homemade Nappy Rash Cream

homemade Baby Bottom Balm

I am excited to share with you today this really easy and effective tutorial for homemade nappy rash cream.  It’s been created for Moral Fibres readers by Summer, the blogger behind tortoise & lady grey

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.  I’m also keen to minimise my toddler’s exposure to harsh chemicals.

When my son was born I invested in a few natural products to help prevent nappy rash.  Nappy rash can occur whether you use reusable nappies or disposable nappies, so I wanted to be prepared.

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.  As such, I had gone completely toxin-free in my own beauty regime.  Therefore, 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.

After some experimentation with different formulas, I finally landed on something that I was happy with.  I am so pleased to share this recipe for homemade nappy rash cream with you. You too can keep your baby’s bottom toxin-free and use only nourishing natural ingredients.

natural organic baby bottom balm

How to Make Homemade Nappy Rash Cream

Ingredients

Use organic if possible:
8 tbsp. of beeswax small pellets*
¾ cup of sweet almond oil*
¼ cup of avocado oil*
1 tbsp. of raw honey unpasteurised honey.  This looks cloudy and thick.
30 drops of tea tree essential oil*

Equipment

1 small heat-proof glass bowl or small saucepan
A 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.

Instructions

  1. Heat the medium saucepan half-filled with water on the stove.  Then 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Once the beeswax has cooled for this time, add the avocado and almond oil.  Then stir through the honey until it has completely dissolved.
  5. Finally, add the 30 drops of tea tree oil.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. When the balm has completely cooled it will have a waxy cream-like consistency.  It will be easy to apply to your baby’s bottom after each nappy change.
homemade nappy rash cream recipe

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 it 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.  Meanwhile, the almond and avocado oil will nourish the skin.  Tea tree oil and honey are both natural antiseptics.  They both have 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 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! And if you have any beeswax left over, then do try out my beeswax food wrap DIY.  It’s a great way to preserve food without plastic.

Health & Beauty, Life & Style

How To Reduce Plastic In the Bathroom

going plastic free in the bathroom

Today I have a fantastic guest post from Jai Richard, writer of the blog Tea for Bohemia on the steps she is taking to reduce plastic use in her bathroom.

Like many people, I strive to reduce the amount of plastic that enters my house.  I take my canvas bags to the supermarket.  I don’t buy bottled water. And, on occasion, I have been ridiculed for taking home and washing the plastic cutlery due to be disposed of at the end of a picnic. However, it was only relatively recently that I realised that plastic need not be an unavoidable fact of life should I wish to be clean and smell nice.

For the dedicated, the internet contains a wealth of recipes for cooking up your own soaps or how to boil linseeds to make hair gel. Fantastic! My bookmarks bar is filled with recipes and DIYs that I one day hope to get around to trying. 

However, in all honesty being between houses, with all my worldly possessions in storage, and living in a pimped-up cupboard under the stairs, there is a lot to be said for the convenience of simply being able to buy deodorant.  As such, I’ve focused on things you can buy rather than make to reduce your plastic load.  

reduce plastic use to go plastic free in the bathroom

Hare are my suggestions for plastic-free alternatives to everyday bathroom products to make your bathroom a happier place!