DIY Baby Balm


I've been making this baby balm basically since I started using essential oils. It was one of the first DIY products I made. I love how it is moisturizing and nontoxic for my babies! I just made a batch in preparation for my baby girl coming in September. Normally, I just pour the melted ingredients into a storage container and place in the refrigerator until I need it, but this time, I whipped it, to make it light, fluffy, luxurious, and easy to apply. The great thing about making these types of products yourself is that you can switch it up, try new things, and make it to how YOU like it!

When using essential oils on babies and children, you have to be careful of diluting them appropriately. The rule of thumb I learned when I first started using essential oils is one drop of essential oil to five drops of a carrier oil. I also almost always put essential oils on my son's feet. I do not know too much about reflexology, but I do know that the feet are the most porous part of the body for people of all ages! Below are examples of a dilution chart that breaks it down nicely based on a child's age and the reflexology of a baby's foot (that I found on www.google.com).


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I find that, with dilution, diluting more than is recommended will never hurt a child.

So what is in this baby balm?




Shea Butter (1)

Shea butter comes from the fat of the nut of the African Shea Tree (so use cautiously if you have any other tree nut allergies). It is often used as a moisturizer that helps with inflammation and many skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema, and sunburn. It is also used to reduce scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles. It is easily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy residue.

Cocoa Butter (2)

Cocoa butter has many beneficial properties. It is a type of vegetable fat that is extracted from cocoa beans. It is also edible, but high in calories! Cocoa butter helps with aging, reducing the appearance of scars, helping the quality of hair by strengthening, moisturizing, and improving general appearance, dandruff and hair loss, skin health, and inflammation. Cocoa butter provides a barrier for then skin through antioxidant molecules that protect the skin from irritants that may damage the skin. It helps with inflammation due to being a rich blend of fatty acids and antioxidants.It can provide soothing relief for psoriasis, eczema, rashes, or any other type of inflammation.

Coconut Oil (3)

Coconut oil is an effective moisturizer and is beneficial for dry skin.  It has antioxidant properties and can help with wrinkles and other effects of aging.

Sweet Almond Oil (4)

Almond oil also has properties beneficial to the skin, including anti-inflammatory. It can help with dry skin, improving complexion and tone, and smoothing and rejuvenating skin.

Essential Oils


* Lavender essential oil soothes and calms dry, irritated skin by aiding the body's natural response to irritation. 
It helps alleviate skin conditions and it helps smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin.
* Frankincense essential oil is known as a "holy anointing oil." But it has many great skin benefits. It helps support normal cellular function, and it helps smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin. Frankincense also helps aid the body's natural response to irritation.
* Myrrh essential oils helps aid the body's natural response to irritation. It also helps support normal cellular function as well as promoting the appearance of healthy-looking skin.
* Roman Chamomile helps aid the body's natural response to irritation. It helps alleviate skin conditions and it helps smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin.


Ingredients

* 1/4 cup cocoa butter
* 1/4 cup shea butter
* 2 TBSP Coconut Oil (I got mine from Costco)
* Essential Oils: 15 drops of each (Lavender, 
Frankincense, Myrrh, and Roman Chamomile)

Directions
* Using a double boiler, heat all the ingredients (minus the essential oils)

* Carefully stir until completely melted

* Remove from heat and add essential oils
* Pour into glass containers for storage

OR (for a light whipped texture)

* Place in refrigerator and let cool completely

* Using a mixer, whip until desired consistency (looks like whipped cream)

* Scoop into glass container for storage


In order to be compliant with Young Living and the FDA, I have left out the reference information regarding essential oils. If you have any questions, want to know more about the effects of essential oils, or want to know where I get my information about essential oils, please message me!
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