Baby Bum Salve

Baby Bum SalveAs promised last week in my “Diaper Wipes and Solution” post, I’ll be sharing my diaper rash ointment today. This stuff was a life saver several times for my baby. She had what some would consider as chronic diaper rash. It didn’t seem to matter what she ate…she always got a rash and they were super hard to get rid of.

When she got a diaper rash on her bum it was BaAaAd! All the store bought ointments and creams would sting and burn…I still remember the shrill screams from her poor helpless mouth when I tried different brands. All I wanted to do was help her bum feel better, not make it worse. It was heart wrenching!

I came up with this salve recipe after much trial and error and fell in love with it quickly. She didn’t scream when I put it on, in fact more often than not it would help ease the pain so she would quit crying all together.

It worked most of the time for her most severe rashes. One time it wasn’t working, my mother-in-law found us a cream at a pharmacy called Calmoseptine (I think) and that didn’t seem to irritate her and worked nicely to clear it up. We kept the tube around for emergencies, but used this salve for most of her rashes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 oz. beeswax
1 cup coconut oil
1 oz lanolin (optional)
1 tsp vitamin E oil
2 oz calendula infused oil (or just olive oil)
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
20 drops of melaleuca essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops of lemon essential oil

In order to make this recipe you’ll need a double boiler (I get real technical and use a pot and a metal bowl). Melt the beeswax, coconut oil and lanolin in your homemade or store bought double boiler, if you’re fancy like that. Remove from the heat. Add your calendula infused oil, vitamin E, and aloe. Let cool completely. Add your essential oils and mix well. Transfer to small jars and freeze what you aren’t using so it doesn’t go bad. There are not preservatives in this so, after you take it out of the freezer, you’ll need to use it withing 2 weeks.

I hope that this salve will be useful for someone out there. It made a huge difference for my sweet baby girl and her diaper rash issues.

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