Healthy Body Care #4: Make it Yourself

With a growing awareness of the questionable chemical concoctions manufacturers are allowed to sell to unassuming consumers, kitchen cosmetics are increasingly in vogue. While there are certain things that don’t translate well to homemade, there are plenty that you might find superior to their store bought counterparts.

Instead of relying upon synthetic chemicals to clean or soothe the skin, you can use natural ingredients that have been relied on for centuries. Things like extra virgin olive oil which attracts external moisture without clogging pores or compromising skin function, calendula which is an extremely gentle way to treat skin irritations and minor infections, and chamomile which is a useful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent.

Here are a few simple recipes to get you started.

Baby wipes: 1 1/2 – 2 cups distilled water,
1/4 cup Aloe Vera gel,
1 Tbsp. Calendula oil,
2 tsp. organic liquid soap,
2-3 drops tea tree oil,
2-3 drops lavender oil, roll of paper towels (cut in half to make short rolls), and 1 plastic container that the roll fits in Cut roll in half and remove center cardboard. 
In plastic container, mix liquid ingredients, and place half of roll in container (cut side down). 
Put on lid and tip upside down until paper towels are fully saturated. To use, pull out from center. Rash Soother: Protect skin and prevent rashes by rubbing a little olive oil on your baby’s bum after each changing. At the first signs of redness, bathe your baby in warm water with a little baking soda or apply a small amount of aloe vera gel

Oatmeal Baby Bath: 1 cup whole oats. Whirl in blender or food processor until they become powder. Mix as desired into bath water. The oatmeal softens the water and your baby’s skin (you may be tempted to try it yourself!)

Baby Oil: Almond oil, olive oil, apricot oil, or calendula oil.

As with any product, the first time you use something on your child, watch closely for any type of reaction. For more recipes and tips pick up a copy of Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home or visit

Published on: October 02, 2008
About the Author
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Christopher Gavigan is Chief Executive Officer of Healthy Child Healthy World. For more than a decade, he has dedicated himself to improving the lives of children and families. He holds degrees in environmental science and geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has extensive graduate training in child psychology and education.
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