Make-Your-Own Calendula-Infused Diaper Rash Cream **cloth diaper safe**

Diaper rash is one of the many banes of a parent’s life. There is nothing worse than a child who is uncomfortable, in pain and is irritable because of a rash that just won’t seem to go away! And you sort-of, kinda, have-to keep a diaper on your child unless you want to follow them around with a rag, disinfectant, and a steam cleaner. I came up with this recipe to help my son with slight irritation to his nether region. To be honest I am still experimenting with what works best since there are so many wonderful plants and all-natural solutions that can help with diaper rash. I also use this cream on burns, skinned knees, etc. because it noticeably speeds up the healing process. While using this diaper rash cream, I have not had to use it more than 2 days in row; that is how quickly the rash symptoms subside.

Calendula-infused (cloth diaper safe) diaper rash cream

Step 1: Calendula-Infused Oil

The first step in this recipe requires a bit of time. Although it is definitely worth the effort to make this salve with calendula-infused oil. Calendula is a part of the marigold family and one of those magic plants that serves so many beneficial purposes! Among them is its amazing properties to heal skin blemishes and rashes and promote cell regeneration. It is an extremely gentle plant and is proven to be safe to use on babies and children.

I found dried calendula flowers at a local holistic healthcare and tea shop. You can also find them easily enough online. Once you have your dried flowers, gather a mason jar, your carrier oil and a plastic lid. Note: there are several ways to infuse oil quickly (check out the site above for a slow-cooker method!). Place the flowers about a third of the way full of a pint-sized mason jar and fill with a carrier oil (sweet almond oil, safflower oil, jojoba oil). I personally use safflower oil because that is what I had on hand. I like the old-fashioned solar method to infuse oils. I let the mason jar sit in a south-facing window for 2-3 weeks and give it a good shake every couple of days. The heat from the sun speeds the infusion process.

When the infusion has reached its desired strength, strain the calendula flowers through a cheesecloth, squeezing every last drop out. Now you’re ready to make the hand salve. If you don’t have the time or desire to make your own oil, you can definitely purchase calendula-oil to use in this recipe.

Step 2: Gather the Right Ingredients

The next step is to make sure you have the right ingredients on hand to make the diaper rash cream. I explain below what you will need and why it is important to your baby’s skin.

  1. Beeswax – What a wonder beeswax is to skin! It creates a natural barrier on our skin that helps to lock in the other active ingredients so they can do their job, without clogging the pores. Even cooler than that is beeswax has natural antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that offer a heavy duty fight against diaper rash.

  2. Shea butter – Another natural miracle to our skin! Shea butter has minerals that are naturally nourishing and moisturizing yet helps to deflect the absorption of pee or poo into the skin. Shea butter helps to promote cell regeneration so healthy skin cells can emerge more quickly. Beyond moisturizing, shea butter offers natural anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal benefits.

  3. Coconut oil – I know coconut oil is the big trend. And for good reason! It is freakin’ Ah-mazing. Coconut oil naturally has vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that offer anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial protection. It is an extremely important component of the all-natural skincare toolkit.

  4. Arrowroot powder – I added arrowroot powder to help reduce the greasiness that can sometimes be associated with homemade skin products. It also promotes healing.

  5. Essential oils – I will always caution safety when using essential oils. Even more so when using on children. Essential oils are extremely potent and should be used with knowledge and the rule of thumb that less is more. For this recipe, I used lavender and tea tree essential oils. Please note my child is over a year old. When he was younger I would only use lavender and chamomile (in small amounts) which are commonly approved for babies younger than a year. Lavender has well-known antibacterial and moisturizing skin benefits; as well being relaxing. Tea tree essential oil is a powerful disinfectant and contains anti-fungal & anti-bacterial properties that expedite healing.

  6. Ground oatmeal – I left this out of this recipe because I did not like the grainy texture but it is a great addition since it helps remove unwanted oils and dirt from pores and helps to create a barrier on the skin. If using, grind in coffee grinder or blender until like a powder; add 3 tablespoons to the mixture.

Step 3: Putting it all Together

Equipment:

  1. Double boiler or Pyrex glass measuring cup (2-cups or bigger)

  2. 1/4 measuring cup

  3. tablespoon

  4. wooden spoon, designated for creating skin products

  5. 2 quarter pint Mason jars with plastic lids

Ingredient Amounts:

  1. 1/4 cup calendula-infused oil

  2. 1/4 cup shea butter

  3. 1/4 cup coconut oil

  4. 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles

  5. 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

  6. 12-15 drops lavender essential oil

  7. 10 drops tea tree oil (or chamomile)

Instructions:

  1. Melt coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax over medium-high heat. Break-up larger chunks of the shea butter with the spoon. Stir constantly until the the shea butter and beeswax pastilles are melted.

  2. Add the calendula oil once it is all melted together and remove from heat. Let it cool slightly but not hardened.

  3. Combine the essential oils in a container, swirl until blended, and add to the cooling mixture.

  4. Whisk with mixer or in KitchenAid stand until light and fluffy. Pour into mason jars. Store extra in refrigerator.

Apply as often as necessary and keep in the refrigerator to maintain freshness and consistency when not using. **Be sure to use a clean finger EVERY TIME you apply the cream so as to not contaminate the cream.** The diaper rash cream will last 3-4 months. I hope this helps your little baby bottoms be healthy and happy!

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