I remember with my first baby encountering my very first diaper rash. It makes me laugh now, but at the time I was a panicky mess. It was so bad, and I had no clue what to do. However, along with my first baby came both my path to motherhood and my path to natural healing. Over the years I have learned to DIY most of my children’s necessities including this DIY diaper rash cream.
In short – This recipe is amazeballs. In fact, just last week one of my kids had a severe bout of acidic diarrhea, and after day-one, we had a terrible, out of control rash. That night I whipped up a jar of this butter and within a couple of uses it was clear skies. He continued with diarrhea for another three days but with absolutely no rash as I applied it with every diaper change. It’s like…
The ingredients used in this recipe are the cream of the corn. And in actuality, it isn’t a rash cream as much as a rash butter. There’s no water like most creams. Just nourishing butter, oils, waxes and clays. The ingredients and why I use them:
Shea butter is a common natural diaper rash cream ingredient because it is known for it’s soothing and emollient properties. It’s is antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Coconut oil is also antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory but it is more cleansing then emollient. It is added to the shea butter to soften up the recipe (making it easier to whip) while also providing these benefits.
Bentonite clay is an incredible detoxin. Its negative ionic charge causes it to draw out bacteria, toxins, and heavy metals from the body that are positively charged.
Beeswax is our barrier ingredient. It is amazing because it protects the skin without suffocating it like it’s synthetic counterpart, petroleum. It is antibacterial and reduces inflammation in the skin.
Tip: The easiest kind of beeswax to melt comes in pellets like this. If you can’t get your hands on these pellets, grate your beeswax first. The shavings will melt much faster then working with thick cuts off of a block.
Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils are an essential part of this recipe (I’m so funny). They both have a list of relevant benefits that could fill a blog post all on its own. The two primary reasons why these are MUST haves in this recipe are Lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties and Tea Tree Oil’s butt kicking antifungal/antibacterial super powers.
So let’s make us some butt butter!
Jessica’s All Natural Diaper Rash Butter
An all natural and extremely effective diaper rash butt butter recipe.
- 1/2 Cup Shea Butter
- 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 3 Tbsp Bentonite Clay
- 1 tsp Beeswax May substitute with Candelilla Wax if you have ethical issues with beeswax
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- First, add your coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax to a glass mason jar.
- Fill up your small sauce pan about half way with luke warm water, then immerse your mason jar in the water and turn the temperature up to medium-low.
- This will take a while so go make yourself busy while you wait! Clean, read, stuff your face with chocolate. Whatever you prefer. Stir it every few minutes to help melt the ingredients.
- Tip: Once the coconut oil and the shea butter have completed melted, you should be able to stir the beeswax around until it is fully melted.
- Cool the mixture in the fridge until it is cool enough to handle the jar with your bare hands comfortably. You need it to be under 120ºF/48ºC. If it’s not below this temperature the essential oils and preservative (if you are using one) will evaporate from the mixture.
- Mix in bentonite clay, essential oils and preservative (if you are using one) then transfer to a small mixing bowl, cover and let it sit several hours to solidify. (I always make this at night and just let it hang out while I catch my zzzz’s)
- Whip it! Whip until stiff peaks form.
Transfer into your small mason jar or heavy wall cosmetics jar.
Directions for Use:
- Apply it liberally with every diaper change while the baby is recovering from the diaper rash and one to two days after it has cleared to prevent a recurrence from yeast. Use clean hands and store in a cool, dry place with a lid.
I don’t recommend microwaving your butters, oils and waxes but if you’re in a crunch on time you can get them melted in under a minute.
Also, if you’re in a pinch you can expedite the time it takes for it to cool before whipping by just popping your mixture in the freezer for a few minutes. Don’t let it get too hard though or else you’ll get chunks. The chunks don’t effect the butter’s effectiveness, they just make it a little harder to spread.
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