Your sweet little babe has just came fresh from the bathtub all wrapped in a fluffy towel. Perfectly kissable, snuggly and smiley. Then you reach for the baby oil or lotion to put on your baby’s beautiful fresh bathed skin. Have you stopped to look at the ingredients?
What is in baby oil? Fragrance, sometimes alcohol and all sorts of parabens and chemicals that would do just the opposite of making your baby’s skin soft and nourished. So what else could you use on your sweet babe after a bath?
How about an easy to create herbal oil for your babe that is sure to help hydrate and nourish your baby instead. Here is a wonderful fragrant oil that I love to use on our babes at home. It’s simple, organic and gives me piece of mind that what I am putting on my baby is safe and nourishing.
Herbal Baby Oil
You will need:
- About 4-6oz of organic apricot or avocado oil
- 2 2oz or 1 4oz glass amber bottle with a dropper for storage
1 part dried organic chamomile flowers
- 1 part dried organic lavender flowers
- 1 part organic dried calendula flowers
- 1 drop of organic lavender essential oil (optional)
- First set up your double broiler and set to a medium-low heat.
- In the top part of your double broiler add in your oil and flowers. Here you can be as flexible as possible. I love more chamomile and lavender in the oil for my babes but calendula provides wonderful medicinal benefits for the skin. You can play with the amount of flowers that you desire here but just make sure they are completely covered and wet with oil. Do not exceed flower to oil ratio or your herbs will have a chance of burning or frying.
- Let your herbs sit in the oil on a low heat for anywhere from 1-2 hours. The oil should start smelling very fragrant when it is about ready. Be sure to stir your herbs now and then and make sure that the lower half of your double broiler does not completely evaporate. Fill will more water if you need.
- Once your oil is fragrant you can strain it through a mesh strainer into a easily pourable jar. Use the back of a spoon to squeeze out the access oil around the herbs. This is the best oil so you want to make sure you get as much as you can.
- Let the oil cool and store in glass bottles with dropper. This oil will store for a tleast a couple of months in a cool dark place.