This week my blog is a bit late due to a couple of things. First, my husband who works over the road for a couple of months at a time came in for a few days. Second, my fourteenth Grandbaby Gracie Nicole was born. Just these two events are enough for me to put everything else on hold for a couple of days.
It’s times like these that I enjoy working from home. I have the ability to be flexible in these types of situations. I recently read an article on the cord blood of newborn babies. It told how they tested over hundreds of cord blood from newborns for toxins and most had over 200+ toxins in the cord blood right after birth. This tells us that the baby is affected by everything the mother eats, drinks, breathes as well as products she uses. Products that are personal use, household cleaners, outdoor products have an effect of some sort on the life in the womb.
I have been doing some research on different products such as shampoo and learned that even baby shampoo has dangerous chemicals that we bathe our babies in. I have already started making my own personal care products such as shampoos, body wash, skincare and even cosmetics with much success. So this week I wanted to make a diaper cream that would be safe for a newborn baby.
This is a recipe that I put together and I will explain why I chose each ingredient below the recipe.
Baby Bum Ointment
1/4 c. Shea butter
1/4 c. Coconut oil
1 T. Beeswax pastilles
2 T. Zinc oxide powder
1 T. Bentonite clay
4-6 d. Calendula oil
2-4 d. Chamomile e.o. (Optional)
Melt together shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler. Remove from heat and add rest of ingredients. Stir well as it cools. Pour into container and continue stirring a few more times.
TIP: Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Use with clean hands to avoid contaminating cream and it should last about 3 months.
Bentonite clay-Not only does this clay work in removing toxins from the skin but it has also been known to heal 93% lesions from diaper rash within the first six hours of use.
Beeswax-Forms a protective barrier on the skin while reducing dryness.
Calendula oil-An anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral that reduces pain and speeds up healing of ulcers, wounds and hemorrhoids.
Chamomile e.o.-(Optional) If you like e.o.’s chamomile is a good one since it has antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties.
Coconut oil- Antibacterial, antifungal and moisturizes the most sensitive skin. Helps eliminate yeast and heals damaged tissues and a great immunity booster.
Lavender e.o.-(Optional) Another great e.o. is lavender since it inhibits bacteria, reduces scarring, relieves pain, speeds the healing process and has a calming effect.
Shea butter-Is full of vitamins A and E and saturated fatty acids. It also has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that fight off yeast.
Zinc Oxide (non-nano) Zinc oxide protects the skin with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial substances. It also aids in new tissue growth and heals skin rashes, abrasions and burns.
NOTE: Be cautious not to inhale zinc oxide, wear a mask while mixing. Once in a cream or lotion it is safe, non-nano particles will not absorb into the bloodstream.
If your baby has an allergy to zinc oxide or you have trouble finding it, you can leave it out. This is still a powerful ointment for rash prevention and healing.