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DIY Herbal Baby Powder | Not just for babies!
Baby powder has fallen out of favor in recent years due to it’s main ingredient, talc, being listed as a possible carcinogen. Many commercial baby powders contain synthetic fragrances that can irritate their sensitive skin.
Does this leave you wishing for an alternative?
Arrowroot and cornstarch are good substitutes. However, cornstarch is not recommended for yeast-related rashes as it could encourage growth of bacteria (as noted in Rosemary Gladstar’s, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, page 177).
I recently ran across a lovely recipe for herbal baby powder which I am very happy with. It includes calendula, chamomile, white clay and arrowroot, which work together to provide a soothing powder that also contains healing properties.
HOW TO MAKE HERBAL BABY POWDER | Ingredients:
2 tablespoons dried calendula petals
2 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers
½ cup white cosmetic clay (known as Kaolin clay)
½ cup arrowroot powder
5-10 drops Lavendar essential oil
•In a coffee grinder/blender, grind calendula & chamomile into a fine powder.
•Add the arrowroot & clay powder & blend to combine.
•Add the lavender oil & blend to distribute. If your baby has sensitive skin use only a few drops of essential oil to begin with, or leave out.
METHOD | Pour baby powder into a jar & poke holes in the lid so you can shake the powder out (or use an old baby powder container, or even some other container that has a lid with holes, maybe even a spice bottle!)
METHOD | I used a jar & poked holes in the lid with an ice pick. I was a little over-zealous & pushed too hard, making rather large holes. I stopped at two & it allows me to shake out just the right amount. An old spice bottle would have been so much easier!
•This was adapted from Herbal Crafts by Jessie Hawkins. I have enjoyed this book immensely & have a running list of projects I wanna make. I think it is out of print now, but can be bought used from amazon.com for less than $4. It has been an excellent addition to my DIY & herbal book collection.
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