Baby powder is great when it comes to absorbing moisture and cutting down on friction. Most parents use it to help prevent rashes and other skin irritations like chafing. A baby’s skin is delicate and can be extra sensitive to the chemicals in commercial products.
We have previously written about the soothing qualities of many essential oils. It makes sense that a DIY baby powder with essential oil would certainly help keep baby’s skin soft, dry, and smooth.
Baby Powder with Essential Oil Highlights
Here are some of the benefits of the ingredients in this DIY recipe.
Roman Chamomile – an essential oil with a calming effect on the skin. For centuries, mothers have used chamomile to calm crying children. The chemical makeup contributes to the oil’s calming and soothing properties for the skin when applied topically. It is a very gentle essential oil, making it great for infants and children.
Lavender – this essential oil helps soothe occasional skin irritations. The aroma helps reduce anxious feelings.
Cornstarch– more than just a thickening agent for cooking. Cornstarch is also useful for many bodily issues. For this project, it helps soothe sensitive skin and relieve itching which can help relieve pain and discomfort. Many people use cornstarch in place of commercial body powder because it doesn’t contain talc. When possible, use organic corn starch as most corn is GMO (genetically modified organisms).
Arrowroot – a common ingredient in commercial body powders. It absorbs moisture without drying out the skin. The topical application helps dry blemishes, rashes, or other sores. In South America, arrowroot starch is used as a baby powder. Arrowroot helps control moisture.
Ground Oats – the use of oats in skincare has been documented as far back as 2000 BC. Oatmeal is ideal for sensitive skin and in treating a variety of skin disorders including itching associated with dry and irritated skin.
Baby Powder with Essential Oil Ingredients
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup Arrowroot powder (available at most health food stores)
- ¼ cup finely ground oats
- 1 drop Roman Chamomile oil
- 1–2 drops Lavender oil
Tip: If you don’t have finely ground oats, combine ingredients in blender and pulse until finely ground.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add essential oils to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Put ingredients in shaker style bottle.
Keep the mixture in a spice jar with sifter lid at the changing table for easy application.
As with any powder substance, use with caution when caring for a baby. Keep the powder away from the baby’s face. It is best, when applying powder, to sprinkle the powder on your hands away from the baby. Never apply powder directly on the baby.
Why Not Talc?
Talc is poisonous when inhaled or swallowed and can cause breathing problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges caution when it comes to using talc powder on babies. Talc and other powders can injure a baby’s lungs. Even small amounts of talc and other powders can irritate a baby’s tiny lungs.