Learn how to make this homemade herbal diaper rash salve that works! Skip the chemicals and additives and make this easy diaper rash ointment using infused oil, beeswax, and natural herbs. You’ll feel great about using this all natural diaper rash treatment for baby.
Herbal Remedy for Diaper Rash
It seems as though everyone I know either has a child in diapers or is pregnant!
This course has been a wealth of knowledge for me, and the herbal recipes that are included all look amazing.
Trying to avoid all the nasty chemicals in traditional medicine is important for all of us, but especially for babies and children. For instance, regular diaper rash creams can sometimes contain questionable ingredients that you wouldn’t want to put on your sweet little one.
But, when I saw the recipe in my course for an herbal diaper rash salve, I knew that’s what I should make to share with all the beautiful new mamas surrounding me!
How to Make Herbal Diaper Rash Salve
The more I progress in my herbal studies the more I realize how important it is for you to have these oils at the ready.
Then, whenever you need to make a salve or cream with specific herbs, you can just reach for the oil that you need and whip it up in no time.
Related: How to Make an Herbal Salve
Here is what you will need to make this herbal diaper rash salve:
- 1 cup of infused calendula oil
- ¼ cup beewax
- 1 Tbsp marshmallow root
- 1 Tbsp chickweed
- 1 Tbsp comfrey root
- 1 tsp barberry root powder
- tins or jars to store the finished salve
The recipe in the course calls for sweet almond oil instead of the calendula infused oil like I used here, so you could use that instead.
I really think the the healing qualities of calendula are beneficial in this salve, however.
Calendula and comfrey root are some of the best healing herbs there are, actually promoting the growth of new skin cells. Marshmallow, chickweed, and barberry are all soothing for the skin and are antimicrobial.
Of course, all of these herbs are generally regarded as safe for use with babies and children, but please check with your pediatrician before use, and always do a test spot on the little ones hand or arm first to be sure there won’t be any sort of reaction.
Make the Calendula Infused Oil
The first step to making this salve is to make calendula infused oil.
If you don’t have access to calendula flowers, you can buy dried calendula from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Put the dried calendula flowers into a pint jar about 3/4 of the way full. Then fill the jar with a carrier oil (or a blend of oils) of your choice.
Olive oil is a great choice as a carrier oil and is easy to find. I often use a blend of about 50% olive oil, 25% melted coconut oil, and 25% sweet almond oil. Each oil has its own benefits and it’s really up to you which one you’d like to use.
Cap the jar with a lid and let the oil infuse for 2-4 weeks (or more) in a cool spot out of direct sunlight.
You can alternatively use the quick method for making infused oils by heating the oil and dried flowers in a pot on low heat for up to 12 hours, but the infused oil may not be as potent.
Make the Diaper Rash Salve
Put the calendula infused oil into a pot on low heat with the rest of the herbs. You do not want to cook the herbs, just warm the oil slowly and extract the herbal goodness.
Let that infuse for about 10 minutes, keeping it on low heat, then add in the beeswax.
Stir it around occasionally until the beeswax completely melts.
Then strain out the herbs through a cheesecloth into a glass (pyrex) measuring cup, or something similar.
Work quickly now as the beeswax will start to harden once it’s taken off the heat.
Then pour the strained oil/beeswax mixture into jars or tins for storage. I used three 4 oz sized tins.
Once the tins were full the salve looked to be a dark brown color from all of the herbal goodness.
As it cools the beeswax will solidify the salve and turn it a lighter color.
How to Use This Natural Diaper Rash Cream
This diaper rash cream recipe uses a higher ratio of beeswax to oil than my normal herbal salve recipe, and that’s because beeswax acts as a highly effective natural barrier for the baby’s bottom from diaper wetness.
Combine that with the healing herbs and you have one powerful, yet natural product that can heal and protect against diaper rash.
Simply apply the salve on the affected area at each diaper changing. If your little one is especially prone to diaper rash it can also be used as a preventative even when no rash is present.
This salve also works well for eczema and very dry and chapped skin! It’s somewhere in between a gentle herbal salve and a lotion bar, so it is extremely nourishing for the skin.
Homemade herbal products are not only cheaper than store bought, but fun to make. Plus, it’s nice to know exactly what you are using on yourself and your family, especially the little ones.
Learning about herbs is the first step in the process to you your own natural health, so I can’t recommend enough taking any of the Herbal Academy’s Herbal Courses.
I have absolutely loved my journey to herbal independence, and I think you will, too!
More Salve & Cream Recipes
Here are some other medicinal herbal salve and cream recipes you may like:
- Dandelion Salve
- Calendula Salve
- Comfrey Salve
- St. John’s Wort Salve
- Manuka Honey Salve with Propolis
- Calendula Cream
- Arnica and Yarrow Skin Cream
Herbal Diaper Rash Salve
Calendula Infused Oil
- Make the infused oil by adding the flowers to a pint-sized mason jar.
- Completely submerge the flowers with the carrier oil.
- Cover the jar and put in a cool and dark place for 2-4 weeks.
- Strain out the flowers, reserving the oil for your diaper rash salve.
Herbal Diaper Rash Salve
- Put the calendula infused oil into a pot on low heat with all of the herbs. Do not cook the herbs, just warm the oil slowly and extract the herbal goodness.
- Let that infuse for about 10 minutes, keeping it on low heat, then add in the beeswax. Stir it around occasionally until the beeswax completely melts.
- Strain out the herbs through a cheesecloth into a glass (pyrex) measuring cup, or something similar. Work quickly now as the beeswax will start to harden once it’s taken off the heat.
- Pour the strained oil/beeswax mixture into jars or tins for storage. I used three 4 oz. tins.
- Recipe times do not include calendula oil infusion time of 2-4 weeks.