Recently I made a fresh batch of herbal baby powder as part of a friend’s baby shower gift.
Unfortunately, many conventional powders contain talc which can be very irritating to our mucous membranes, especially if inhaled.
Here’s what Dr. Weil has to say about talc in baby powder:
Talc is a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. The danger is that babies can easily inhale tiny particles of it that are light enough to be carried in the air. When inhaled, talc can dry an infant’s mucous membranes, adversely affect the baby’s breathing, and cause serious lung damage. Studies have shown that talc can lead to shortness of breath and wheezing in babies and can also lead to obstruction of the airways. Some babies have developed pneumonia and some have died as a result of respiratory failure from inhaling the powder. — Dr. Weil, found here.
Luckily, it’s easy to make homemade baby powder with ingredients that are more baby friendly. This recipe contains arrowroot powder and kaolin clay. Arrowroot powder is a lightweight powder made from the root of the arrowroot plant and helps to absorb moisture. Kaolin clay is one of the mildest clays and wonderful for people with sensitive skin. It is naturally absorbent and helps to stimulate circulation to this skin while gently cleansing. It does not draw oil from the skin so will not rob the skin of its own healing properties.
Chamomile and calendula powders are also included because they are gentle herbs that have traditionally been used to help soothe sensitive or irritated skin.
Not only is this powder a nice addition to your changing table, but it can be used on adult bodies, too, and would make a fine replacement for hair powder!
The proportions that I like best for this powder are:
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
- 1/2 cup kaolin clay
- 1/8 cup powdered chamomile and calendula
- 5-10 drops essential oil of lavender or chamomile (optional)
The herbal powders are somewhat optional, but are easy to add if you have them around. Just grind them into a fine powder in a coffee grinder (preferably one you have reserved for herbal or other DIY projects rather than your usual coffee grinder).
…and you’ll end up with a fine powder that is wonderfully soothing!
And if you don’t have time to make your own, please feel free to find some that I’ve made especially for you in my shop.
Shared on: Wildcrafting Wednesday
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