I have spent A LOT of money on diaper creams. I have always had to purchase one that was “cloth diaper safe”, and since they run approximately $10.00+ for a tube/jar, it can get costly. Therefore, I decided to make my own.
The ingredients you need are:
1/3 cup coconut oil (I use raw, organic coconut oil)
1/4 cup shea butter (sometimes I add more to help make it more paste-like)
1 tbsp calendula flowers
1 tbsp chamomile flowers
1 tsp arrowroot or zinc oxide powder (this is optional, but these powders add an additional drying power for really bad rashes)
To begin, you will need to heat up a couple inches of water in a small sauce pan. Melt your coconut oil in a double boiler top (or a class bowl will work) above the boiling water. Once the coconut oil is melted, add the calendula flowers and chamomile flowers. Keep the heat going on low/medium for at least an hour (or until the oil has started to turn yellow and smells like the calendula and chamomile). Remember to check the water level OFTEN! It evaporates off quickly so it’s important to keep an eye on it, and add more water as necessary!
Next, carefully strain the flowers out of the coconut oil, where there are no visible particles from the flowers left. Then use a small blender (I have even used a fork before) to blend together the coconut oil, shea butter, and arrowroot or zinc oxide powder (if you used this ingredient) together. You can add more of the arrowroot or zinc oxide powder if it needs to become more paste-like. Store in a glass jar with a lid and use as needed. I recommend using a liner in your diaper.
Why do I use these ingredients?
Coconut Oil, used alone, is effective for treating rashes because it is anti-fungal, and it soothes the skin. Calendula is known for speeding up the healing of skin, as well as having antibacterial properties.
Shea Butter, when raw, has yeast-killing and anti-fungal properties. Shea butter is extremely soft on the skin (one reason it’s used in so many lotions). Shea butter is high in vitamins A & E. Naturally, its anti-inflammatory.
Arrowroot (or zinc oxide) because it has a drying property, which helps in the healing process of a rash.