Thanks to Christina Blume for this Frugal Baby Tip!
This is a wonderfully healing diaper rash balm for treatment and prevention of diaper rash. It is good for older bottoms as well for hemorrhoids, anal fissures, adult diaper rash from diarrhea and generally sore bums.
- 1 1/2 pints olive oil,
- 1/4 cup each of calendula flowers or petals, comfrey leaf, nettle leaf,
- 1 Tablespoon each of marshmallow root and comfrey root
- 2 tsp. powdered myrrh,
- 1 1/2 ounces beeswax,
- 1 teaspoon lavender essential oil (optional),
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E.
Do Not use aluminum pan. In enamel, glass or stainless steel pan - mix herbs and oil. If there is not enough oil to cover the herbs, add more. You can either simmer the herbs, double boiler style on top of the stove for 90 minutes or bake them in a 150 degree oven for several hours. You must use VERY LOW heat. Cooking too hot destroys the medicinal properties of the herbs. Then, with rubber gloves on, strain the mixture through a piece of muslin fabric or several layers of cheesecloth.
Wring it well to get most all of the oil. You need the gloves because the oil is hot. Put the herbs in your compost bin and wash and dry your pan.
From the strained oil, measure out 1 pint (16 ounces). Pout the oil into the cleaned pan and add the beeswax. Remember to use lowest possible heat setting. When the beeswax has melted remove from heat and allow to stand for 3-5 minutes to cool a bit. Then add 1 tsp. lavender essential oil and 1 tsp. vitamin E. You can use capsules if you poke the top and squirt them into the pan. Stir well and pour into clean glass jars and label.
The balm, if kept from sunlight and heat should last about 12 months. If you made more than you will use in that time, store the remainder in the refrigerator which will prolong the life by several months.