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For great Baby Skin Care Recipes:
Goat's Milk and Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

(1) Melt 16 oz. of goat's milk melt and pour base
(2)Gind up 1/2 oz of oatmeal to a powder
(3) Add the oatmeal and stir. Wait 20 or 30 seconds - is the oatmeal sinking to the bottom of your bowl/Pyrex or is it staying suspended. If it is staying suspended, skip to step 8
(4) If the oatmeal is sinking, this simply means that your base is not thick enough to support the oatmeal. Either cover the bowl/Pyrex with saran wrap and wait for the base to cool, or stir the melted base until it is becomes thick enough to suspend the oatmeal.
(5) Pour your oatmeal soap into molds
(6) Spritz with alcohol(grain alcohol only) to finish the soap and break up any bubbles on the top of the soap
(7) Wait overnight (at least 8 hours) to pop the soap out of the molds. The alcohol should be evaporated by this time. Wrap with saran wrap and you're done!

Fragrant Baby Powder

½ pound cornstarch

¼ teaspoon lavender essential oil

Place cornstarch in a self-sealing plastic bag and add the essential oil drop by drop. Tightly close the bag and shake it to distribute the oil, breaking up any clumps through the bag. Let stand 4 days to distribute the essential oil. Use with every diaper change, or as needed. Potato starch or arrowroot powder can be used instead of cornstarch. Some herbalists use white clay, also called China clay, but this substance tends to clump when wet. Spice or salt shakers with large perforations in their lids make good powder containers.

Diaper Rash Salve

1 cup Baby Flower Oil (see below)

½ ounce beeswax

½ teaspoon lanolin (optional)

5 400­International Unit vitamin E capsules

2 1,000­International Unit Vitamin A (with added Vitamin D) capsules

Heat the Baby Flower Oil just enough so that you can melt the beeswax and lanolin in it. Pop the vitamin capsules with a pin and squeeze their contents into the oil. Stir well. While the mixture is still hot and liquid, pour it into wide-mouthed jars and let cool. (You can also use the refillable tubes sold in backpacking supply stores.) Apply with every diaper change, or as needed. Be aware, though, that lanolin causes a reaction on some people's skin. If you wish, you can test your baby beforehand by rubbing a tiny amount of pure lanolin on her skin. This salve can be used to treat abrasions anywhere on the body and to combatdiaper rash.

Infant bathing may be one case where less is actually more. According to Loyola University researchers, the average one-month-old baby is bathed four times each week and shampooed three times in the same period. Most babies need only an occasional bath in warm water with no soap or shampoo, unless you are treating a condition such as cradle cap. Following a bath, a gentle rubdown with a quality baby oil (preferably herbal) helps to replace lost skin oils. Mother Nature can also help you to protect your newborn's skin. The vernix caseosa, a whitish protective coating that covers the skin after birth, can have long-term beneficial properties: Natural childbirth advocates believe that if this coating is rubbed into the child's skin instead of being washed off (as is the practice at most hospitals), the child's chances of developing skin problems in the future will be reduced.

Baby Flower Oil

½ cup each lavender flowers, calendula flowers and elder flowers

3 cups apricot kernal/ olive oil

Chop dried herbs and place them in a clean glass jar. Cover herbs with almond oil and stir to remove air bubbles. Put the oil in a warm place (near a radiator or in the sun) for 2 to 3 days, then strain out herbs. If necessary, strain again using a coffee filter or fine strainer to remove the tiniest particles. Store in a cool place. Use as frequently as needed for skin treatment and massage.

Herbs can also be used to heal cradle cap, a thick, yellowish, crusty rash that forms on the scalp and sometimes the face of newborns. This rash is caused partly by an overproduction of oil. The standard medical treatment is cortisone cream, but most pediatricians would rather not use such strong steroids on babies. Instead, wash the scalp with a gentle baby shampoo to reduce excess oils, and treat daily with antiseptic and skin-healinglavender, tea tree and aloe vera.

Cradle Cap Remedy

¼ cup aloe vera

3 drops each lavender and tea tree essential oils

Combine ingredients in a bottle and shake well to blend. Apply directly onto the skin a few times daily.

~Lisa~ Pagan mama of three boys!

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