Today I’m 36 weeks, hooray!
Yesterday I made an herbal concoction for my baby’s butt! I’m really excited to do this project because I will be receiving my organic cloth cotton/hemp blend wipes shortly in the mail and I can’t wait to get this recipe made up and put in the freezer for safekeeping until baby comes.
There are way too many wipes and products out there that have irritants and harsh chemicals, and I’m not willing to put that on my baby’s skin, so I thought I’d make my own. I dropped by Rebecca’s Apothecary here in Boulder and they were fantastically friendly and helpful. If you’re not in the Colorado area, you can also shop online. I picked up some aloe and witch hazel, as well as some herbs (Lavender, Rose, Chamomile, Calendula) to infuse the wipe spray with some goodness that is excellent for baby’s skin.
Lavender not only has a lovely smell, but it’s anti-inflammatory and disinfecting. It heals and is good for all sorts of skin conditions such as rashes, psoriasis, burns, acne, etc. Rose water is great for softening, toning, soothing and cooling, and balancing pH of skin. Chamomile and Calendula have similar qualities to their counterparts, but also speed up healing and act as an antiseptic. Witch hazel is a powerful healer, and also helps keep your baby’s bottom in a good balance of moisturized but dry, as well as sanitized. Aloe is widely known for being soothing and calming to the skin.
This is an awesome recipe shared with me by someone in-store who got it from a coworker, who posted it on their blog here. It was modified a little based on my own needs. Here’s the how-to!
EarthenMama’s Gentle, Sanitizing DIY Wipes Spray for Baby
- infuser or tea pot
- strainer and straining bag/mesh
- 3 glass pump spray bottles
- measuring cup
- measuring spoons
- glass pyrex or other container to mix up ingredients
- funner or pitcher to pour ingredients into bottles
- cheese cloth or strainer bag
- 6oz distilled or filtered water
- dry herbs of your choice (I’m using chamomile, rose, lavender, and calendula)
- pressed aloe (liquid, not gel)
- witch hazel extract
- lavender essential oil
- olive oil (or good quality base oil of choice)
Clean all supplies thoroughly with a chemical-free dish soap.
Boil water and scoop out 2 tbs of your preferred herb blend. I am using Rose, Lavender, Chamomile, and Calendula. Place herbs into teapot (you can place into mesh ball for easier straining) and pour hot water over the herbs. Cover and set aside and let steep for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes has passed, strain the herbs through the strainer and/or straining bag. It’s important not to have any bits strain through with the infusion as they could make the mixture spoil sooner.
Add the 4oz of aloe, 2oz of witch hazel, 3 tbsp of oil, and 12 drops of lavender oil to the infusion and mix well with a spoon.
Use a funnel or container with a spout to pour the mixture into your glass bottles. *Do not fill bottles all the way, water expands when frozen.*
That’s that! If you’re still expecting baby, you can do what I did and place the tops on and place the bottles in the freezer. If you’re ready to use them now, place one in your nursery and the rest in the fridge. I haven’t used these yet and won’t for a little while so I can’t tell you the shelf life but the oil, witch hazel should act as safe preservatives (and are good for your little one’s skin). Shake before spraying on a wipe to make sure consistency is even. It should smell lavandery-fresh!
If you try this recipe, let me know how you and your little one liked it! I would love to hear your feedback!