I first learned about this fantastic diaper rash treatment from Jentry which I had the pleasure of meeting in person at the last year’s WEBMU in Hamburg. As mothers do, we were sitting at lunch after taking an amazing walking tour of the city and our conversation turned to potty talk. All the non-parents managed to tune out quickly and as I was talking about Mackenzie’s extremely sensitive skin, Jentry just rattled off this recipe. I was impressed and totally thankful once I got home and tried it out. Now that we’re using this spray in addition to the homemade baby wipes, any rashes that might develop are gone quickly.
Tea tree oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It has a wide variety of uses and should be used carefully around children younger than 2 years old. But in such small quantities as what is recommended here, you shouldn’t have any problems.
Lavender will cause a soothing effect to irritated skin and help speed up the healing process. I learned shortly after our car accident that I could have put a few drops of lavender oil on my arm near the incisions for the metal bracing plates and significantly sped up the healing time. Ah, live and learn.
Update April 2013: Once we started running a LOT, in training for our first marathon (and series of races leading up to the marathon), we discovered that this spray works great on adults too. Any area that is chafed or has a rash can be cured overnight (or close to it.) So if you’re a runner, make sure to keep a bottle of this handle for those long-distance runs.
Natural Diaper Rash Treatment
- 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 drops tea tree oil
- 3 drops lavender
Pour all the ingredients into a small spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Apply a few spritzes to baby bottom before putting on fresh diaper.52