You go to change your baby’s diaper and there it is…an ugly, bright red, angry, and bumpy rash.
If you are a first-time mother, you probably freak out right away (I know that I did). Second-time mothers, you’ve been there and done this (so to say). Either way, you know that immediate action needs to take place, as your poor little baby is most certainly in pain.
You have more than likely encountered the very common…diaper rash. Diaper rash can occur due to a number of things…
Irritation/rubbing due to the diaper
Too frequent (prolonged) contact with urine or feces
Contact allergy (i.e. allergic to the diaper &/or wipes)
Anyway you slice it, diaper rashes are not fun for baby (nor parents). If you could only treat diaper rash AND prevent it from occurring through natural, healthy, *real* means… You Can!
Of course, if you have concerns with numbers 3-6 in the list above, you may want to visit your doctor/homeopathic/naturopathic for advice. What I can tell you is that the ingredients in my Soothing Tooshie Salve will not only soothe your baby’s sweet little tooshie, but they will also help prevent diaper rash from reoccurring!
DIY SOOTHING TOOSHIE SALVE
- Double-boiler (like THIS or just make your own with a pot and glass bowl, which you can see in this blog post)
- Kitchen Scale (this is BY FAR my favorite kitchen scale (very affordable and Amazon Prime); read more about it in this post that I wrote)
- Glass jar(s) &/or tins for salve (simply recycle an old glass jar at least 8 oz in size)
- Combine all of your ingredients in your simmering double-boiler, EXCEPT the Vitamin E and Essential Oils.
- Melt everything down. The beeswax will be the last to melt. I often use a metal stirring rod to mix it around and encourage melting.
- Remove from heat and wipe down the HOT outside to remove moisture…you don’t want that going into your jar(s). Now add the Vitamin E and Essential Oils
- You can use whatever oils you prefer, but I will say that Tea Tree Oil has antibacterial properties (which is excellent for a baby’s sweet bottom) and Lavender is quite calming, so those are my favorites.
- Carefully pour mixture into your clean, sanitized containers.
- Let cool for a while (at least 30 minutes), but you’ll be surprised at how quickly this actually cools (it’s the beeswax)!
- Done! You now have an amazingly soothing, handcrafted, effective, and healing salve for your little one.
*T=tablespoon and t=teaspoon
This works on rough spots for YOUR BODY, too! Elbows, heels, toes, hands… they soak this stuff up. I even use it on my lips. It’s quite lovely in texture and promotes healing (of course) for chapped – anything!
Can I Use Other Oils?
Sure, of course. I selected the carrier oils above because of their inherently excellent healing qualities and because of the consistency they give to the finished product (learn more about carrier oils in this post and this post written a while back). Now, that said…if you want to use almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, etc., you can do that. Just be aware that when you change the ratios of the above recipe, you may change the end-product consistency.
For example, if you take out the cocoa butter (which will harden at room temperature) and replace it with jojoba oil, you will have a more liquidy product. If you increase the cocoa butter and leave out the avocado oil, you will have a more dense, solid product. Play around and find a good balance for you.
One thing to always keep in mind is that you must use excellent carrier oils – organic, raw, unrefined, pure ingredients are crucial.
Where Can I Get Those Containers?
Not feeling particularly DIYish?
Simply not enough hours in the day? Pinning more than you could ever tackle these days? No worries. I have got you covered.
Please, head on over to my Pronounce Skincare Shop where I sell this salve.
While you are there, please look around at all of my other skincare creations. I love making them for my family and for you!