Ever since the Little Guy was itty bitty, he has struggled with diaper rash. And that rash has struck whether he wore disposable diapers or cloth diapers. The only thing that would help it to go away was store-bought butt balms. However, I didn’t appreciate many of the ingredients in those rash ointments, not to mention a vast majority of them weren’t cloth diaper safe (they caused the cloth diapers to repel–definitely don’t want that!). Which led me to using natural, cloth diaper safe rash creams. Which worked well, but they were quite a bit more expensive.
So, to combat his diaper rash and to keep within budget, plus to know exactly what was going onto my little boy’s bum, I decided to start making my own.
The recipe that I developed had quite a bit of research go into it. Here is a break down of the individual ingredients and the benefits of each (and why I put them in the rash cream):
- Beeswax. Besides helping to thicken the cream, beeswax soothes irritated skin and resists bacteria. Beeswax (unlike microcrystalline or paraffin wax) is cloth diaper safe, but be sure it is unbleached/natural.
- Coconut oil. Coconut oil nourishes and soothes the skin. It also resists diaper rash-causing yeast like Candida.
- Shea butter. Shea butter consists of beneficial vegetable fats that improve circulation, promote cell regeneration, and helps mend cuts and rashes.
- Oatmeal. The proteins in oatmeal assist in preserving the skin’s natural barrier function, warding off anything on the outside from getting to the inside. Oatmeal also contains saponins which help to remove unwanted oils and dirt from the pores. The oatmeal also helps towards thickening up the cream a bit. Be sure to use old-fashioned (slow cook) oats.
- Lavender essential oil. Lavender is a classic, gentle essential oil that used in many skin products. Be sure to use a therapeutic-grade oil (not the super cheap version found at health stores; these have been adulterated and can cause harm rather than good). I much prefer the Young Living brand because their oils are pure.
This rash ointment is very simple, easy, and inexpensive to make. It is very healthful, full of all-natural ingredients, and, in my experience, very effective at healing up baby’s diaper rash (unfortunately, I can’t guarantee it’ll work on every baby as each one is different, so use at your own risk). Plus it is cloth diaper safe.
Oh, and before I delve into the recipe, here are a couple of diaper rash cream application tips:
- Using a dry cloth wipe or a clean wash cloth (or some other clean, dry cloth), gently pat your baby’s bum dry prior to applying the rash cream. Throw the cloth in the hamper afterwards.
- Only scoop the rash cream out with a clean finger. No “double dipping” as this will deposit germs into the cream, which can re-contaminate your child or cause the cream to go bad. No “double dipping” is especially important if you have more than one child whose bum you’re trying to heal.
- Use your ring finger to scoop up and apply the cream. I do this because I’m germophobic and don’t want to touch my child, the new diaper, or his clothes with a yucky finger. After applying the cream with my ring finger, I’m careful not to touch him with that finger, but am able to safely move him because my stronger fingers on that hand are still available to use.
- Immediately after applying the rash cream, place your wee one down in a safe place so you can go wash your hands.
Also, don’t forget to check out my recipe for Homemade All-natural Cloth Diaper Detergent!
Oatmeal Diaper Rash Cream
- In a medium glass bowl, add the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax. Place the bowl over a saucepan with some water (making a double boiler) or pop in the microwave. Heat until everything is liquified. Remove from heat.
- Allow the liquid to cool for about an hour. Meanwhile, prepare the oatmeal by running it through a coffee grinder or some other device to grind it into a fine powder.
- Once the liquid has cooled for about an hour, add in the ground oatmeal (it might bubble a little) and any essential oils. Whisk for 2 to 5 minutes manually or with an electric mixer to make sure everything successfully mixes and that the oatmeal doesn't settle to the bottom.
- Pour into an 8-ounce mason jar and allow to cool completely.
- To use, scoop some onto your finger and rub gently over affected areas; wash hands afterwards.