Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Chemical Free Diaper Rash Cream {With Essential Oils}

My oldest daughter has really sensitive skin and lots of allergies, so ever since she was a baby, we have had to be careful about what we put on her skin. After talking with the dermatologist we switched to all fragrance free and really gentle cleansers, soaps, lotions, detergents...everything. But the more I've educated myself on chemicals, the more I have realized that those "gentle" products still have harmful and harsh chemicals in them! She is long since potty trained, but my youngest daughter came down with a bad diaper rash a couple of weeks ago out of the blue. This was the perfect opportunity for me to whip up some all natural diaper rash cream and try it out! I had these little jars from the Target dollar spot waiting in my bathroom closet and wasn't sure what to do with them, and when this happened, I knew exactly how to use one! 

What you'll need:
Glass container of some sort
Coconut oil
Essential oils (I used Young Living brand for this cream)
   *Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea tree oil)
Spoon for scooping and mixing 
First, take about 1/2 cup of organic, unrefined coconut oil and scoop it into your glass container. 
Microwave the oil for about 30 seconds-1 minute until it is a liquid.
Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and 5-7 drops of melaleuca essential oil and stir to combine with coconut oil. 
Pop in the freezer for about 10 minutes to solidify the cream again.
That's it! It took me 2 minutes and I had everything I needed on hand. 
So, the biggest question is does it work? I waited to write this blog post until I knew for sure. The answer is yes! 
This was the kind of rash that was angry red (no bumps or anything) and my daughter was crying out in pain with real tears when I would change her diaper. Saddest thing ever. I made up this cream and put it on her before bed that night (just a small scoop on my fingers-probably about a quarter sized amount). The next morning when she woke up, she still had some redness, but she didn't complain or cry out AT ALL when I changed her. I continued to use it each time I changed her diaper that day and by the end of the day it was completely gone and back to normal! I'll never use desitin again! 
Why does it work?! 
Lavender essential oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It is also very soothing and gentle on the skin. (Smells great, too!) 
Melaleuca is also anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-septic and has potent healing properties. 
Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that is also an antimicrobial agent. Put all 3 together and you have yourself a powerful, all natural healing cream! 
Luckily for me, my daughter has been potty training for the last few weeks and so we are out of diapers for now! I guess I will save the rest for when the new baby comes! 
Cost for making this yourself: 
$1.43 for 1/2 cup of coconut oil (I use Aldi brand) 
.90 for lavender oil (Young Living) 
.50 for melaleuca oil (Young Living )

$2.83 for 4 oz. of homemade, all natural diaper cream 
(This is a 48% savings from Desitin and would be even more for "all natural" ointments!) 
A little bit goes a long way so I expect this ONE batch would probably last throughout the diaper era for a kiddo! 
Have you tried a DIY diaper cream before? 
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