It’s hot. There’s no denying the fact that we are well into summer, and we’re all feeling the heat. I’ve always wanted a cooling, TRULY natural baby powder that could help with runner’s chafing, baby diaper freshening, or just something to use when you get out of the shower. If you’re with me on that and you’ve avoided the chemical-laden stuff in the stores for as long as I have, I have a solution for you.
I’m a HUGE fan of Rosemary Gladstar, in case you haven’t been to any of my herbal or essential oil workshops where I talk about her books, expertise, and connection with Mountain Rose Herbs. I found a recipe in one of her books I have, and decided to give it a go. If you have rashes of any kind from this disastrous heat/humidity combo, or just want a nice, light powder, here’s my adaptation of her baby powder recipe. Please note: as with all skincare products, I highly recommend using organic sources, as your skin is the largest organ of your body.
½ cup arrowroot powder
½ cup white clay (also known as Kaolin powder clay)
1/16 cup comfrey root
1/16 cup slippery elm powder
1/16 cup dried lavender leaves
Place comfrey root and lavender leaves in a coffee grinder, and process until they are a powder-like consistency. Combine all ingredients in a leftover jar you have around the house, shake well to combine and cover with a lid. Keep it in a cabinet free from light and excessive humidity. Shake before using (as with many natural products), and use fearlessly! The lavender leaves will add healing properties, as well as a light, pleasant scent to the powder. Note that when you rinse your hands, your hands may feel a bit slippery—that’s the lovely elm powder doing its magick! ;-)
You can make this into a paste by adding a bit of water if you wish, but this is completely optional, and is based on your needs.