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This is my 3 year old's back. He also has it behind his knees. My daughter has it REALLY bad on her hands. We just have eczema all over the place here
About the Ingredients
-Coconut Oil- Has lots of good fats, chock full of Vitamin E and also has antifungal, antimicrobial and antibiotic properties
-Shea Butter- Another good fat, incredibly moisturizing and has great healing properties.
-Lanolin- Is a breathable barrier. It protects and absorbs all at the same time. It helps moisturize from the outside and helps the skin moisturize itself from the inside.
-Lavender Essential Oil- Antiseptic, Antifungal and antibacterial. They help to speed healing and prevent or reduce scarring of the skin.
-Tea Tree Essential Oil- Antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic. Helps prevent infections often common with scratching.
Awesome right? I decided to make my own recipe up and see how it turned out!
1/2 Cup Shea Butter
3/4 Cup Coconut Oil
40 drops Lavender Essential Oil
10-15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
Double Boiler (or makeshift one)
Container to store the cream in. I used a mason jar.
Start by using a double boiler and melt down the coconut oil, shea butter and lanolin
(I started with 1/2 cup each here, but it wasn't solidifying, so I had to remelt and add more coconut)
Once melted add in your essential oils and take off the heat.
Let cool a little bit, it will start to solidify, take the hand mixer to it, it will start to turn a whitish color and will 'whip' up pretty nice.
Let sit 10 more minutes and whip it again. Do this a couple more times until it's not solidifying anymore (once it's at room temperature it should be at it's ultimate solid state). It should be at a lotion/cream consistency.
Put in your container. You can store it at room temperature OR in the fridge. If you keep your house warmer than 70, I recommend the fridge. Mine is on the counter now, but in the summer we keep it 76-78 in the house, so I'll keep it in the fridge then.
It looks like butter, but DON'T eat it (although it won't harm you if you do)
It melts pretty quickly so put it on immediately (I couldn't even get a picture before it melted down my finger!)
Use Once or Twice a day!
It smells so awesome though and my son's back is already less red in just 3 days!
It is also Cloth Diaper Safe and would make a WONDERFUL diaper rash cream. I also rub it on my hands nightly as well and then rub off the excess in a towel.
It is a bit greasy (although it absorbs in pretty quickly), so probably not great to slather the whole body in. BUT I've never had issues with coconut oil staining (or essential oils either), so if it does get on your clothes, the stains should come out!
I hope it works as well for you as it has been for us so far!!