Have you ever heard of herbal baby powder? Would you consider making a healthy baby powder? Turns out making a DIY herbal baby powder is a lot easier than you may think!
Have you ever seen the legal commercials offering to take action on behalf of you if you have been diagnosed with cancer after having used baby powder? The fact that a baby powder is so closely linked with cancer is quite scary right? That is what I thought too!
My kids have all been different but oldest daughter as a baby always did better with diaper rashes with a dusting of baby powder, and my boys a diaper rash cream. After learning what a cancer causing thing baby powder is, I felt so guilty. And yes there are many healthy options on the shelf like Burt’s Bee’s baby powder, however in small town america those better options are not around and the junk kinds are. Luckily mother nature has a cure, and it’s easy to make!
Many people of era’s past used cornstarch instead of baby powder. However with corn being one of the highest chemically sprayed and genetically modified crops I always use caution when thinking about any corn-based products. On the other hand many herbal supplements can be found that have no chance of genetic tampering and can easily be bought and found organic.
Herbal baby powder
Making a healthy baby powder is super easy with only two roots.
Arrowroot powder- A healthy alternative to starches in cooking. Can be easily replace thickeners and other starches, like cornstarch.
Marshmallow Root powder- the plant that started all that we now know as marshmallows. Though they hardly resemble anything like the early editions. Marshmallows were once a concoction cocked up from the juices of the root and sweetened and given to those with coughs and digestive issues. Real marshmallow is a soothing plant with a high mucilage content. This makes it wonderful for treating all sorts of inflammation, to include irritation on tiny baby bums!
*Note* I also recommend adding essential oils, lavender and chamomile are a great choice. Much like in other baby DIY’s like the cloth diaper wipe solution, lavender and chamomile are helpful healing and calming additions on their own.
What you need
- Glass jar (preferably with holes in the lid reusing an old spice jar would be perfect!)
- Lavender essential oil
- Chamomile essential oil *optional*
- Arrowroot (I use this one, I buy in bulk and use it a lot)
- Marshmallow root powder
Let’s make it
- take 1 part or 1/2 C. of arrowroot powder
- take 1 part or 1/2 C. of marshmallow root powder
- 5-10 drops of lavender
- 5-10 drops of chamomile
mix that all together in a bowl, a whisk works well for this. And voila, just like that you have a healthy, DIY herbal baby power!
Once it’s mixed transfer it to your upcycled spice bottle (or whatever else you plan to use. Store the extra.
DIY herbal baby powder
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
- 1/2 cup marshmellow root powder
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5-10 drops chamomile essential oil *optional* good for sensitive skin
- whisk dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- Slowly add essential oil while whisking.
- Once it’s mixed transfer it to your recycled spice bottle (or whatever else you plan to use).
- Store the extra.
If ever I can swap something healthy out for something not, I rejoice. Seriously does it get any better than swapping out a something known to have cancer causing ingredients, for natural Mother Nature produced herbs, roots and oils?? DIY herbal baby powder, is so easy to make, it works so well and you can actually be proud of what’s in it. Hey, and not to mention you made it! Diaper rashes beware you are now armed with a soothing, natural baby powder ♡♡♡
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Beth is a mother of 6 living on a handful of acres in an old farmhouse in central Kansas. Beth has a background in the military and health and fitness however her passions come from her homestead life. Beth is an enthusiastic homeschooling mom, avid organic gardener, chicken & goat wrangler, who is obsessed with herbs and natural remedies and maintaining an all-around Do-It-Yourself lifestyle. Beth loves to share all she has learned about and sustainable living. While striving for a healthy, natural life, family-centered life.