I’ve used the same basic “recipe” for baby ointment on each of my babies these past few years. Occasionally, I have mixed in some extra herbs or essential oils for a specific need, but the base stays the same.
It is easier to mix up on warmer days, so I don’t have to take the extra step of softening the cold oils. So, it seems every spring, when the sunshine first arrives, I’m in the kitchen mixing up a batch of baby ointment!
This is perfect for giving as a homemade baby shower gift, too. Just package it up and label it for the new mama.
I’ve seen a lot of pseudo-natural Shea Butter products commercially available, but they often have extra chemical additives. I like the unrefined, organic Shea Butter from Mountain Rose Herbs.
We actually don’t need ointment very often, so I just make a small amount to keep in a jar in the diaper bag “just in case.” Feel free to double/quadruple this recipe if needed! It lasts a long time.
Homemade Natural Baby Ointment
2 Tbl. Shea Butter, slightly softened
1 Tbl. Coconut Oil, slightly softened
about 1 Tbl. Arrowroot Powder (or as much as needed)
Add softened Shea Butter and Coconut Oil to a mixing bowl. (You don’t want them liquified; if they are too liquid, cool in the fridge for a few minutes.)
Mix together with a hand mixer or a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, until combined. Gradually add in the arrowroot powder, and continue mixing, until it thickens into a fluffy ointment consistency (looks like frosting).
Makes about 1/4 Cup
Variations to stir in:
- Powdered, dried Plantain Leaves
- A few drops of Calendula Tincture
- A few drops of therapeutic-grade Essential Oils
Since it doesn’t contain zinc oxide, it is technically safe to use on cloth diapers. I have noticed, though, that the oils tend to build up on some fabrics, such as the velour diapers. You may want to put in a diaper liner or temporarily use disposables, if you prefer.