Baby’s need very few products and they should be as simple as possible. And you don’t have to be a chemist to create luxurious, natural baby care products that are natural & safe.
I am going to walk you through this easy alternative to the Baby Powder products that are found on the grocery store shelves. Many of those powders contain TALC (talcum powder) which you may already have heard bad things about. For the last 30 years, scientists have closely scrutinized talc particles and found dangerous similarities to asbestos.
Since I want this to be a fun upbeat recipe, I won’t dwell on the facts about Talc here. For those who want to read more about this harmful mineral and the products that contain talc, I have included a helpful link http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/cosmetics/talc.htm
What you will need :
* 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
* 8 drops of organic lavender oil ( if you purchase a 5 ml bottle it will contain approx 100 drops )
* Optional : White Clay , sometimes called Kaolin Clay or White Cosmetic Clay
* A Container (an old spice container with holes on the top for “shaking out the powder” or a wide mouth jar with a powder puff for dabbing the powder onto your baby’s bottom)
About the Ingredients :
You may notice that I did not include Cornstarch. If you look at the ingredients in the Natural Baby Powders in your health food store, you would notice that they all contain Cornstarch as their main ingredient. While this is much preferred over Talc, it can aggravate a diaper rash (cornstarch “feeds” yeast rashes). If you can’t find arrowroot powder in your store, then substitute Cornstarch but discontinue use if your baby develops a yeast rash.
White clay is very fine and light and is wonderful to include. If you do add it in then use 1/4 cup and reduce the arrowroot powder to 1/4 cup. If you don’t know where to find a good quality White Clay then email me or leave a comment on our Facebook page.
Recipe for Baby Powder :
* Measure the 1/2 cup powder (arrowroot and/or white clay) into a bowl
* Sprinkle 8 Lavender drops over the mixture of the ‘powders’ and blend in with your finger tips or mix well with a fork
* Sift together and then pour into your container.
How To Use
Herbal baby powder can absorb excess moisture and help to prevent diaper rash. Powder lightly at every diaper change, paying special attention to the creases in those cute chubby thighs. I do not recommend using any powder for babies under 3 months, because they could breath in powder particles. Even though it’s all natural, you still want to be careful with newborns.
Added Tip : Children who wear disposable diapers are more likely than children who wear cloth diapers to suffer diaper rash. Diaper wipes can also cause skin irritation.