This DIY herbal baby oil is infused with skin nourishing oils like chamomile, lavender, and calendula to help keep your baby’s skin soft and safely smooth.
Why should you avoid conventional baby oil?
For starters, it’s usually just liquid petroleum oil with artificial fragrances. Most personal care products – including those for babies – contain endocrine disruptors. These can interfere with hormones and reproduction, and they may even cause serious neurological issues.
Your baby’s skin absorbs everything you put on it, so it’s important to be extremely selective about ingredients. The less is more approach is ideal. You don’t need a full set of lotions and potions for your baby. Herbalist Alia Einstein Diaz shares her simple recipe for the best soothing DIY baby oil.
Gardening is a family affair at our house. My four-year-old daughter helps me water and harvest a rainbow of yummy fruit and vegetables and then delights to help prepare them in the kitchen. On the other side of the yard we have the herb garden.
The kids are learning that Mother Nature gives us food to fill our bellies and herbs to make us feel better. Whether it’s a scraped knee, a tummy ache or a cold, the beautiful, fragrant herbs can help us heal it away.
One of our staple home remedies is a DIY herbal baby oil.
My son has dry, sensitive skin and tends to get eczema on his legs. We massage him with this homemade herbal baby oil after each bath, and it keeps his skin moist and healthy. We pick the skin-soothing plants, dry them and infuse them into oil. If you don’t have these herbs in your yard, you can easily buy them online or at your local health food store.
DIY Herbal Baby Oil Ingredients
- 1 ounce chamomile
- 1/2 ounce calendula flower
- 1/2 ounce comfrey leaf
- 1/2 liter almond oil or apricot kernel oil
How to make your own baby oil
There are different ways to infuse the herbs into the oil. The old-fashioned method is to mix the ingredients in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and let it sit in a sunny spot for 2 to 4 weeks.
Shake the jar every day and, after a few weeks, strain the oil with a cheese cloth. If you want you can add a few drops of an essential oil such as chamomile, lavender, or rose.
A faster method is to place the ingredients into the top of a double boiler or into a crock pot. Use very low heat to slowly warm the mixture since the herbs can burn easily and ruin your batch. You have to be especially careful if using a crock pot as they tend to get too hot even on the low setting. To play it safe, you can heat the ingredients for half an hour in the crock pot, turn it off for a half an hour, and then repeat.
Slowly warm the mixture for an hour or two, strain with a cheese cloth and, if you desire, add a few drops of essential oil. You can keep this DIY herbal baby oil handy in a glass jar or bottle and massage your little one with it after their bath or before bed.
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What’s the shelf life of the herbal baby oil?
Alia Einstein-Diez says
The shelf life depends on the type of oil that you choose to use. You can use your favorite type of oil for this recipe (organic is best), so check the label for the shelf life of the oil itself. Also, make sure to use dried herbs vs fresh herbs. Using fresh herbs introduces water into the mix, which will drastically reduce the shelf life and encourage mold to grow.