DIY Baby Powder Recipe
Medicated protecting powders are popular with all ages. Used for the treatment of diaper rash, to help prevent and heal chafed skin, and to help protect and heal irritated skin.
In this formula we have utilized the natural healing starch, arrowroot. The use of arrowroot powder has a long and storied past. It was used by North American Indians as a traditional medicine to treat wounds from poisoned arrows, hence its name. This natural starch is used in many culinary products, and is increasingly found in many high end and natural body and after bath powders.
Zinc oxide works as a mild astringent and has some antiseptic properties and is commonly used to prevent or to treat diaper rash by forming a protective barrier between the skin and the diaper.
Combine 2 cups of arrowroot powder with 1/4 cup of zinc oxide. That's it!
If you wish to add a few optional ingredients suitable for all ages, here are some suggestions: ground chamomile, ground lavender, ground oats, rice powder, and/or kaolin clay. These are all gentle enough for baby, but great for children and adults as well.
Ground chamomile and lavender can be used for their healing and calming properties. They have antiseptic and antibacterial components, as well as anti-inflammatory and sedative capabilities to soothe irritation.
Ground-grain oatmeal contains large amounts of silica, which benefits problem skin when used externally. Its anti-inflammatory properties helps soothe itching, dryness and irritation, such as diaper rash.
Rice powder has been used for centuries by Asian women for its healing and soothing of skin conditions. It contains anti-inflammatory and antipruritic (anti-itch) properties.
Kaolin clay will gently draw impurities from the skin without removing natural oils and helps keep sweat at bay.
Do NOT use cornstarch, as it grows yeast and can make a rash worse.
There are lots of variations that may be used, but these basics should get you started.
Do you have a favorite powder blend? If so, do share!
9/23/2013 07:50:02 pm
I really found that post very interesting. Its a brilliant idea actually to make baby powder from such non toxic materials. This will definitely gonna reduce the chances of skin rashes and all !!
6/6/2016 07:41:10 am
Thanks for the simple recipe and the info about corn starch. I wanted to know how I can incorporate kaolin clay with the arrowroot and zinc oxide powder. Can they be combined, and if so, what should be the ratio if it matters? I'm new at the d.i.y. thing thanks so much!
6/6/2016 08:02:38 am
You can absolutely add kaolin clay up to equal parts of the arrowroot powder. Good luck with your DIY experiments!
11/3/2017 08:04:35 pm
Is rice powder and ground oatmeal the same as rice flour and oat flour?
11/3/2017 08:55:48 pm
Yes, rice powder and rice flour are one in the same. Ground oats can also be used, as long as you grind them into a powder-like consistency. Depending on the speed and power of your food processor, this process should take 60 seconds or less.
2/13/2023 08:33:58 pm
Good afternoon. I have been looking for a natural 'talc' powder recipe so thank you.
2/13/2023 11:50:01 pm
Christina, you could add the essential oil, but it could be a bit harsh for a baby. Try it as is before adding an EO.
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