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Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

21st April 2015

Katie at Wellness Mama shares her favourite recipe for creating your own calendula nappy cream, proven to soothe sore skin. It can even be used effectively on rashes or for healing postpartum.

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

21st April 2015

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

21st April 2015

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup coconut oil; 1 tablespoon calendula flowers; 1 tablespoon chamomile flowers; 1/4 cup shea butter
Optional: 1 tsp arrowroot or zinc oxide powder or more to thicken if needed- these will add additional drying power for really bad rashes

WHAT TO DO
Heat a couple inches of water over medium high heat in a double boiler or small sauce pan. Melt the coconut oil in a glass bowl or double boiler top above the boiling water. Add the calendula and chamomile flowers and keep the heat going on low/medium for at least an hour or until coconut oil has started to turn yellow and smells of chamomile and calendula. Make sure to check the water level often and make sure it hasn’t gotten too hot or evaporated off.
Carefully strain the flowers out, reserving as much of the coconut oil as possible. A fine mesh metal strainer is best for this. Make sure all visible pieces of the flower have been removed.
Using a fork, mash the infused coconut oil with the shea butter and arrowroot or zinc oxide if using until it forms a thick paste. I have a small food processor I use just for making products and it makes an airy, velvety cream.
Store in a small glass jar and apply as needed. A little goes a really long way! It can also be used for adult yeast infections or for healing of the perineum postpartum.

With thanks to Katie at wellnessmama.com.

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