DIY Diaper Rash Cream with Beeswax & Calendula

DIY diaper rash cream - Dr. Axe

Making your own diaper rash cream is easy and is also really important to the health of your baby! While it’s easy to pick up products like Desitin and Boudreaux’s Butt Paste as a diaper rash treatment, many diaper rash creams and ointments contain chemical-containing emulsifiers that can enter the body through the skin. Additionally, parabens as well as animal-based lanolin are often found in lotions and creams and should be best avoided.

The good news is that a DIY diaper rash cream is so simple to make and can provide the highest quality natural skin care ingredients while soothing your baby’s skin. Learn how to make this wonderful DIY diaper rash cream and be well on way to a healthier baby!


How to Create a DIY Diaper Rash Cream

Let’s start by mixing the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler, or you can use a glass bowl and place it in a saucepan with an inch or two of water. Shea butter is the perfect ingredient for diaper rash ointment since it’s antifungal and anti-inflammatory, which helps fight off yeast. Shea butter also promotes cell regeneration and improved collagen production, which can help heal diaper rashes quickly and safely.

It’s no surprise that skin-improving coconut oil is in this recipe since it can help to soothe swelling and burning as well as reduce redness and itching. And let’s not forget natural beeswax, made from honeybees, is amazing for moisturizing while preventing bacteria. Bring the water to a boil to melt the ingredients.

Next, remove from heat and add the zinc oxide, witch hazel, and calendula. Zinc oxide is a very effective treatment for diaper rashes because it repels moisture, keeping it away from your baby’s bottom. When you mix the powder with the warm shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax, it will blend in helping create a smooth textured cream.

Witch hazel is like a skin astringent that can help reduce acne. It makes sense that it would be great for diaper rash and irritation. It provides the comfort of minimizing redness and swelling, while reducing irritation, which your baby will appreciate! Calendula is pretty amazing, too. Calendula contains anti-inflammatory linoleic acid, which helps reduce further irritation from diaper rash as well as possibly preventing it in the first place.

Stir in the remaining ingredients as they start to cool. Continue stirring until well blended. As it continues cooling, pour the mixture into a container with a tight-fitting lid. You can store it for 2–3 months and use, as needed, with the comfort of knowing that your baby is getting the best, chemical-free care possible.

 


DIY Diaper Rash Cream with Beeswax & Calendula

Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 15–20 applications

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup shea butter
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons beeswax pastilles
  • 4–6 drops calendula
  • 2 tablespoons zinc oxide powder
  • ½ teaspoon witch hazel (alcohol-free)

Directions:

  1. Mix the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler, or you can use a glass bowl and place it in a saucepan with an inch or two of water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil to melt the ingredients.
  3. Remove from heat and add the zinc oxide, witch hazel and calendula.
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients as they start to cool. Continue stirring until well blended.
  5. As it continues cooling, pour the mixture into a container with a tight-fitting lid.
  6. You can store it for 2–3 months and use, as needed,

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12 Comments

  1. Anna on

    Maybe update the recipe–This is not cloth diaper friendly. Omit the beeswax and make it vegan and cloth diaper friendly!! Coconut oil based diaper salves are better and they melt at 76•F.

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  2. Aunt Johnnie on

    What if you don’t have weeks to wait to make the Calendula oil? Could you please recommend a source as therapeutic grade Calendula is hard to find. Thank you for all of the valuable information provided on your web site and through you Essential Oil Transformation program.

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  3. Gayle on

    I never thought I would be posting a comment, but wanted to say that this stuff isn’t just for babies! If you’re preparing for a colonoscopy, meaning you have to drink a lot of the prescribed prep, which can really…shall we say…get things moving in a hurry, this cream will literally save your butt!

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  4. Cyle on

    What method do I need to use to sterilize the container? I’m planning on using a mason jar. Do I need to use traditional sterilization process that one would use for canning?

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    • C S on

      What are the percentages of ingredients in your recipes for exzema, rash, dry skin, etc.? Ingredients all make sense, but want to ascertain amounts for a sensitive system. Many thanks!

      Reply
  5. CV on

    All of these ingredients are chemicals, this is not “chemical free,” everything on this earth is a chemical. This is a good recipe but it shouldn’t advertised falsely.

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