I know that sounds daunting, but really it’s quite simple. First, why would you want to make your own diaper ointment? For sooooo many reasons. First of all, even some of the more expensive ‘natural’ brands of diaper ointments have toxic ingredients. Dioxin is one to be wary of. Even some of the ‘essential’ oils can be toxic. For example, most lavender essential oils in diaper rash ointment is actually lavandin, which causes skin sensitivities and allergic reactions!
Here, your butt is all red and irritated. Lets just rub something on it that can cause, well, more irritation and redness!
Another reason to make your own?
If you’re able to find a good diaper cream (Wild Carrots brand?) It’s gonna cost ya. Which is fine if you don’t mind dishin out the cash.
I cannot afford to pay $10 for things to wipe on my kids butt.
Instead, I use ingredients that I have in the house for multiple different purposes. Realistically these items cost well over $10 for all of them, but I’m using a fraction for this particular recipe, and I have these ingredients for several different uses.
First start by washing the area in warm water, skip the soap for now, as this can be irritating. Let air dry (place them on a towel you don’t mind getting tinkled on!) then apply your homemade diaper ointment!
So here’s what ya need
Jojoba oil or grapeseed, sweet almond, avocado or coconut oil. I like jojoba for this as it is light and great for sensitive skin.
The oil helps soothe and heal the effected area.
organic arrowroot or organic corn starch (I prefer arrowroot) Arrowroot powder is silkier and I just don’t like buying corn products for the most part.
Arrowroot powder helps the area dry and keeps the skin from rubbing together and causing further irritation.
Medicinal/therapeutic Grade Essential oils I personally used lavender and roman chamomile for their ability to soothe and heal skin. You could also use a small amount of tea tree (organic THERAPEUTIC ONLY!) bergamot, geranium, myrrh, frankincense, helichrysum, rose or rosewood would do well too.
In a small glass container, mix arrowroot with jojoba until a thick paste is formed. Add up to 10 drops of essential oils to mix. apply to effected area several times a day until cleared up.
If symptoms worsen, do not wash with water and soap as this will irritate area more! Simply wipe with a cotton cloth soaked in jojoba oil! Allow to air out until redness lightens!
This recipe was made and tried out on my son Kai, his rash was sooo bad and it cleared up within hours. There’s no sign he even had one!
You could also use this salve for burns and other skin irritations! You’re always safe to use small amounts of therapeutic grade lavender as this is best for all skin types.
* If you’re pressed for time or on a budget and cannot purchase the ingredients for this initially, private convo me on my etsy site and I’ll make you a 2oz tin for $5 plus $2 shipping. You can choose your scent of choice!