If you’ve ever had children, you probably already know the headache of trying to find safe and natural products to use for your baby! After all, it is often difficult to find THE ideal product among the plethora of lotions or other moisturizing creams out there. But with castor oil for babies, it doesn’t have to be!
Keep reading to discover my simple recipe and tips that will allow you to create your own DIY castor oil-infused natural baby balm.
Castor Oil Uses for Babies: Sensitive skin!
Baby’s skin is more sensitive than that of an adult’s; that you probably already knew.
A baby’s epidermis is 20-30% thinner than an adult’s. So protecting and nourishing their skin is of utmost importance.
Why baby’s skin is at risk:
- Increased sensitivity to chemicals and sunlight (up to 4 years).
- Greater exposure to external aggressions (wind, temperature variations, friction).
- Reduced natural lubrication: poor thermal regulation, drying out, difficulty in removing toxins.
- Reduced melanin production: increased sensitivity to ultraviolet rays.
Special care must, therefore, be taken!
What Do Most Baby Products Contain?
Unfortunately too many chemicals. Some of the most frequent chemicals used in baby products include phthalate, paraben, formaldehyde, dioxane, and phenoxyethanol.
Although the long-term consequences of the use of some of these products are not yet known, others are scientifically recognized as dangerous for infants. This is the case with phenoxyethanol, for example.
In short, to take proper care of your baby’s skin, nothing will compare to using only 100% natural ingredients. This way, you are certain that what you are using on your baby’s skin (or on your own) is safe and healthy to use.
Choosing Natural Ingredients for Your Baby’s Skin
Choosing to use only natural ingredients can only mean one thing: Positive benefits! Most of the time you save money (because you take out the big brand marketing), and natural products are more versatile (you can create soaps, shampoos, lotions, scrubs, and more).
So I decided to go hunting for the right natural ingredients to use on your baby’s skin to avoid all these harmful synthetic products. Here is what I discovered:
Cocoa butter: naturally rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that will moisturize the skin.
Shea butter: natural source full of vitamins A and other nutrients, perfect to nourish baby’s skin.
Olive oil: to moisturize and protect the skin.
Castor oil! (obviously hehe): the virtues of castor oil for the skin are exceptional! All thanks to its rich composition of ricinoleic acid and other fatty acids. See where to buy castor oil.
Essential oils: for the good smell and to enjoy additional benefits.
You may have noticed, these ingredients are easily found! You probably already have a few tucked away at home. But if not, you can easily find them online. With these ingredients, you’ll be making your own DIY castor oil baby balm in no time!
So now let’s see exactly what this unique recipe is made of.
Easy Castor Oil Baby Balm Recipe
This recipe is easy to make and takes no more than 5 minutes. The best part about it? It’s made with love and with only wholesome, organic and natural products.
Simply combine the following ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon organic castor oil
- 55g of organic cocoa butter
- 55g organic Shea butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (add more for a softer texture)
- (optional) 10-12 drops of 2-3 essential oils of your choice (frankincense, myrrh, chamomile, rose, etc)
Mix the ingredients (except the essential oils) in a saucepan and melt slowly in a bain-marie. Melt until a homogeneous texture is obtained. Next, add the essential oils. Pour into a small container (glass if you have, it’s more sustainable and better) to preserve and reuse for later.
The mixture becomes compact after a few hours (be patient!) You can split it up into smaller batches to help the mixture dry quicker. To get such a texture, I recommend putting your preparation directly in the fridge.
If you prefer a more fluid texture, simply reheat it all and add more liquid (olive oil, castor oil or other oils).
How to Use and Apply Castor Oil for Babies
You can apply your homemade baby balm or apply castor oil directly on your baby’s skin and gently massage. Apply liberally over the whole body, taking special care to avoid the orifices.
Castor oil for babies will hydrate, nourish, protect and moisturize!
Enjoy a moment with your baby and massage the balm (or castor oil) all over. You may prefer to use the balm because castor oil on its own can be quite thick and viscous. I personally mix coconut oil and castor oil together to create a better paste to apply. I love it!
Castor oil is also effective for soothing diaper rash. It is also possible to use it against eczema or other skin problems.
You can, of course, use it for you, too! Once mixed, the preparation can be kept for months, though I’m sure it won’t last that long. 😉
Additional Baby Care Resources
Want to find more baby tips? I have two special friends/dads who share their experience on their French “Baby Dodo” blog specializing in baby sleep! Plenty of baby accessory reviews and product testing on sleep. Do not hesitate to go there! Their site is in French, but it’s nothing a little Google Translate can’t help with if you’re not a Francophone. 😉
For more about using natural baby products such as creams and lotions, see my friend Tiffany’s site–Elizabeth Parker Naturals–a single mom of two who ditched the big brand companies to create her own line of all-natural baby products.
Final Thoughts: Castor Oil for Babies
And you, have you already made a homemade balm? What do you use for your little one? Don’t hesitate to share with all the moms who follow this blog! For all other uses of castor oil, check out my articles under “Beauty” and “Health.”