If there's one thing all babies and mamas despise it's diaper rash. It can come at the worst times and it happens quicker than you can say "butt paste". I have had enough go-rounds with rashy bottoms to know that not all creams are created equal...and neither are all rashes.

I came up with this all natural diaper cream recipe after I read the label on some well known brands and said "oh hell no!" Most of those chemicals I wouldn't put on my own skin, let alone my babies' sensitive skin. So yeah, serious praises to the Creator for giving us a world full of natural healing compounds and such! This cream has  works with everything I've experienced- from chafing to redness to real serious yeasty rashes. I even use it on my own skin for itching, burning, bites, or plain ol' cheapness :)

You'll need:
1/4 c Pure Shea Butter (pure cocoa butter may work as a substitute)
2 1/2 tsp coconut oil
2 1/2 tsp sweet almond oil
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
2 oz calendula/marigold flowers
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 tsp oat flour(optional)
coffee filters or tea diffusers
small clean container with lid
Optional: essential oils (lavender, clary sage, sandalwood)

Note: Calendula/Marigold is a great help for all kinds of skin disorders. I purchased a pound of the flowers online and diffused about 2 ounces into a small bottle of olive oil. This mixture has kept very well in the fridge and I use it by the spoonful in recipes such as this. Oatmeal is also highly recommended for troubled skin, especially in children and babies.

Directions: In a double boiler (or saucepan) over medium/low heat, melt shea butter and oils together. Once melted, place flowers and oatmeal in a coffee filter and staple or tape closed. Place the packet in the pot of oils and allow to steep for 5-10 minutes. If the cream thickens, return to low heat until it is liquefied, being careful not to burn. Remove packet and add oat flour, if desired, stirring until it's well incorporated. Add essential oils of choice, being careful not to overdo it. Essential oils are very strong and can irritate sensitive skin so a drop or two is PLENTY! Pour the mixture into your clean container and allow it to set and you're all set! Enjoy never buying chemical filled cream for your babies bottom again :)

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