DIY Balm-Lotion-Cream for you and baby.
Making things for yourself can seem tough and time-consuming but in this era knowing the integrity of the products being put on or in yourself and our families will always out way the cons. The corporations behind products in the market today sacrifice safety and quality for a higher profit. I’ve also seen companies put out a seemly “healthy and organic” product, then once they develop an audience they change the ingredients behind the guise of “same great product, new and improved look” all while introducing an undesirable ingredients. The only way to know what goes into our bodies is by making it ourselves the way its was before the industrial uprise as much as possible.
So I put together a few things I make for my family that is easy to do yourself.
Baby Balm (Good enough for the whole family!)
This cream/lotion/balm has been an absolute miracle for my family. I use it on a daily basis as a lotion and diaper cream for the little one. I’ve used it on bites, capped nipples, dry skin and I even melted it, soak it in gauze and used it to heal an open wound. It’s just plain incredible. All the ingredient you should be able to find in your kitchen, order it online or go to any health food store.
This cream uses Organic, Raw, Gluten free Natural Herbs, plant oils and is 100% safe. Safe enough to eat, so its great for breastfeeding Mommies.
I created the balm with infused oil from different types of herbs in the beginning of the process. By all means you can skip that step and have a basic cream with no extracts in it. I personal infused the oils first so that this cream will be more of a medicine then just a moisturizer.
Herbal Infused Oil Base
You will need-
- A medium to large jar (I use an old 2 lb honey jar)
- 1-2 oz of each herb you want to include (List Below)
- Organic-Gluten free-Cold Press-Extra Virgin Oil **Avoid oils with soy, canola (rapeseed),or any type of vegetable oil ** ( I use a combination of Coconut Oil that still contents lauric acid and Olive oil.)
“Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil is the 12-carbon Lauric Acid. When coconut oil is enzymatically digested, it also forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin. Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.”
I make a cold-infusion to keep the integrity of the healing properties of the oil and herbs intact. Check out this link for more info!
- Fill the jar with Coconut oil. You can put a good amount of Olive oil as well to benefit from its healing qualities, I did about a 4:1 ratio.
- Fill the jar with 1-2 tablespoons of each of the 7 herbs. The amount of each herb will correlate with how many different herbs you wish to put. The less types you put in the more of each you’ll need to use. I filled the jar to a little less than half the jar, you can place more for a stronger brew. Make sure all the herb are fully submerged, place by a sunny window.
- Let it sit for 2-3 weeks (I waited about a full month).
The herbs I use (below) in my cream I also used for my Sitz Bath and make a healing tea for myself. I bought about 2-3 oz of each herb below. Get it dried or you can dried them yourself before adding them to oil.
- Marshmallow root
- Comfrey Leaf Not to be internally ingested, used for new cell growth.
- Raspberry Leaf
- Plantain Leaf is the one yard weed you don’t want to kill!
Other Herbs you can use-
- Shepherds purse
- Uva Ursi
- Calendula Flower
Making the Infusion into cream
You will need–
- Jar with a lid for your finished lotion
- Non-metal spoon
- Pot for boiling water
- Your Infusion or your plain oil from earlier
- Organic Raw Cocoa Butter
I use Cocoa Butter because I find the consistency a lot better than shea butter with leaves a more sticky after feel. You can also make white chocolate deserts with the leftovers. 🙂
- Strain your infusion with a cheesecloth into a container and put to the side. (I leave a bit of oil still in the jar and refill the jar with fresh oil and top off with more herbs each time I drain it for a new batch of cream or start fresh each time)
- Take your jar and add an equal or less amount (compared to the infusion) of cocoa butter and melt it in boiling water. I use about a 2:1 ratio sometimes even less cocoa of a more creamier effect.
- Once Cocoa Butter is fully melted, remove from boiling water, then add in Infusion (or plain oil if you decide not to do an infusion).
- Place the jar back into the boiling water and stir the contents inside the jar for 15-20 seconds then remove from water to cool. (I find skipping this step causes a noticeable separation between the oil and butter when in solid form, flash heating helps it blend together with out killing the beneficial properties.)
- Place the jar with its lid into fridge for further cooling till solid.
This cream is a base cream. I also take this finish cream and add essential oils (like spearmint or peppermint for sore muscles) or spices (like turmeric, cinnamon or cayenne pepper).
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