Natural Nappy Rash Cream Is Essential.
There is no skin as silky soft and smooth as a baby’s skin, specifically their adorable bottoms! But with the constant wet and friction of nappies on their bums they are prone to skin irritations like nappy rash. Babies skin is sensitive and readily absorbs substances through its surface. The absorption rate of chemicals through the skin of babies is considerably higher than that of adults. For this reason you want to use something as natural and pure as possible, while still effective in combatting, soothing and healing skin irritations. A natural nappy rash remedy is essential .
What Causes Nappy Rash?
Common nappy rash is generally caused by bacterial growth on babies skin, stimulated by exposure to the acidic PH levels in wet or soiled nappies, together with the constant friction of the nappy against the skin. Read more about causes of nappy rash. Rebalancing the skin PH and stimulating healing is often recommended for mild cases. Both of these objectives can be achieved naturally.
In the case of mild nappy rash, rebalancing skin PH can be achieved by adding a small amount of baking soda to baby’s bath water. Learn more about the benefits and uses of baking soda. In the case of more serious nappy rash, where open wounds have formed, it is recommended you consult the advice of a medical practitioner.
Natural Nappy Rash Remedy To Stimulate Healing.
With only 3 natural, food grade ingredients this recipe for a natural nappy rash remedy gets a double thumbs up on safety with the lowest risk of allergic reactions. Shea butter or cocoa butter, bentonite clay and olive oil is all you need.
The common natural nappy rash remedy is calendula cream. But this study shows the best natural nappy rash remedy was clay based, at 6 times more effective than calendula creams. Here’s what we use in our natural nappy rash cream …
Shea butter vs cocoa butter
Shea butter and cocoa butter can be used interchangeably for this recipe. Both are natural fats, high in immune boosting properties and incredibly moisturizing. Cocoa butter has a delicious chocolatey smell whereas shea butter has a more neutral to nutty aroma. Cocoa butter is slightly oilier than shea butter but equally as effective. Whichever you choose make sure it is food grade. Cosmetic grades of each do exist and will be cheaper but processing standards and contamination controls are not as high. Read more about the properties and uses of shea butter as well as the uses of cocoa butter to help you decide which is better.
Why bentonite clay?
Bentonite clay has long been hailed as a wonder clay for its healing and detoxifying properties, effectively absorbing toxins. It is a great base within a cream for many mild skin irritations, inflammation or insect bites. Combined with the soothing qualities of shea or cocoa butter it is a perfect ingredient in a nappy rash cream. Again, ensure you are purchasing a food grade or pharmaceutical grade version so you are reassured there is minimal risk of contamination within the clay. Learn more about the properties and uses of bentonite clay
How To Make A Natural Nappy Rash Remedy
- 1/4 cup food grade shea butter or cocoa butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons food grade or pharmaceutical grade bentonite clay
Most recipes include coconut oil instead of olive oil. Olive oil is more moisturizing than coconut oil but not as good at forming a barrier. The practicalities of using olive oil far out way any additional benefits of coconut oil, which melts at room temperature. Since you need to be able to apply a nappy rash remedy at all hours of the day and night, at fluctuating temperatures it can be a bit inconvenient to have a cream that hardens easily in cooler temperatures. Since the cocoa butter and shea butters also have a barrier quality, switching the coconut oil to olive oil does not diminish the overall effectiveness.
- Melt the butter in a double boiler
- Add the oil and stir until evenly mixed
- Remove from heat and place in a glass, ceramic or plastic bowl. Using a plastic or wooden spoon add the bentonite clay and mix until smooth.
- Store in a glass or plastic jar.
Notes On Using Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay is the only clay known to have a magnetic charge. It is this magnetic charge that is attributed to its incredible detoxifying and healing properties. Contact with metal utensils, pots or tins will diminish the effectiveness of the clay. Always use inert utensils and vessels (wood, plastic or glass) when handling bentonite clay.
Enjoy that adorable, rash-free, soft baby bum!
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