How To Make Baby Powder with All Natural Ingredients

by Andrea Butje on July 27, 2015

make baby powderMake baby powder at home and make baby smile!

Babies have some of the most sensitive skin. It can respond to the slightest irritation! That’s why it surprised me to learn that most baby powders in stores—even in health food stores—contain ingredients that can be irritating. Nothing but the purest ingredients should go on that sensitive skin!

So I like to make baby powder myself for friends who have kids. I use ingredients that are absorbent and nourishing at the same time

You’ll need a 2 oz (56 gm) glass jar (use PET plastic if it’s going in the diaper bag, so it won’t break if it gets tossed around) and a coffee grinder to make this baby powder.

The ingredients are:

  • 1 oz (28 gm) white clay
  • 1 tbsp (15 gm) dried German Chamomile flowers
  • 1 tsp (5 gm) kuzu root
  • 1 tsp (5 gm) vanilla bean powder

You can grind up all your ingredients at the same time. The main thing to pay attention to is the chamomile flowers. Be sure there are no stems on them (just the flowers), and you want them ground up into a very fine powder. (The clay, kuzu root, and vanilla bean should already be in powder form when you get them.) When the chamomile flowers are ground nice and fine, you’re done. Then just spoon your homemade baby powder into your jar.

To use it, just pinch a little powder in your fingers and sprinkle it on baby’s skin or in the diaper. This powder is safe for cloth diapers, as well as disposable ones.

If you’d rather use a powder shaker, you can get those online. (SKS Bottles is one source I like to use.)

I made a YouTube video of this recipe, so you can watch me make it. It really takes very little time! You can see the consistency of the powder and the kind of container I use on the video.

I prefer to reserve one coffee grinder for body products and another for coffee. It’s not a problem if you use yours for coffee—just clean it out first, and know that the aroma of your baby powder might include a hint of java. Otherwise, it will smell like vanilla and chamomile—warm and comforting!

If you enjoyed watching me make this blend on the video, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel. You’ll be notified every time I post a new aromatherapy video!

{ 0 comments }

How To Make a Cooling Body Mist for Summer

by Andrea Butje on July 20, 2015

cooling body mistI live in Florida. Summers can get very hot here, and I don’t like to spend all my time inside. I like to be outside—with the plants in my garden, taking walks, and just being in nature. Spending time in nature almost always makes me feel calmed and uplifted, and I love hot weather.

That being said, I have lots of friends who find the heat can get unbearable!

I started to make cooling body mists for my friends so they could spend more time outside and stay comfortable.

I have several recipes that are all easy to make, and I’d like to share two of my favorites. You’ll need a 2 oz (60 ml) glass spray bottle for each of these.

Peppermint and Geranium Cooling Hydrosol Body Mist

  • 1.5 oz (45 ml) Peppermint hydrosol (Mentha x piperita)
  • ½ oz (15 ml) Rose Geranium hydrosol (Pelargonium roseum x asperum)

Peppermint and Lavender Cooling Hydrosol Body Mist

  • 2 oz (60 ml) Peppermint hydrosol (Mentha x piperita)
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

If you make the Peppermint and Lavender Cooling Body Mist, just be sure to shake it up before using it, to disperse the essential oil through the hydrosol. That one is best used on the back of your neck. (The Peppermint and Geranium Cooling Body Mist will stay blended and doesn’t need to be shaken.)

One thing I love about these recipes is that they’re not just cooling right after you spritz them on. After they dry, they linger on your skin, leaving you with a cooling effect that you can especially feel anytime a breeze wafts by. It feels so nice on the back of your neck!

Hydrosols are aromatic waters with therapeutic properties. Peppermint hydrosol has an uplifting, energizing effect, and offers some of Peppermint’s famous ability to calm nausea. Aromatics International (where I like to get my hydrosols) says that Peppermint hydrosol is also a great insect repellent—and it’s true that bugs do not like Peppermint!

Adding Rose Geranium or Lavender brings a nice floral note to Peppermint’s bright tones, and is a great way to nourish your skin. These ingredients are also helpful for sunburns (soothing them, not preventing them), and relief from bites or stings.

Enjoy!

{ 2 comments }

Make Aromatherapy Blends Based on Plant Part

July 13, 2015

You can make Aromatherapy blends with oils from the same parts of different plants. What is your usual method for making Aromatherapy blends? What do you usually think about when choosing your essential oils? The most popular ways to blend are to consider what oils smell good together, and their therapeutic properties. This is a […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Make Itch Sticks for Natural Bug Bite Itch Relief

July 6, 2015

An itch stick with essential oils is effective, natural bug bite itch relief. Let’s say you forgot to make your summer batch of natural bug repellent. (I have a recipe for that here!) After you spend an evening outside with friends, you come back in covered in bites and spend the next few days trying […]

16 comments Read the full article →

Make Natural Bug Repellent and Get Through Summer Bite-Free

June 29, 2015

If bugs think you taste sweet, this natural bug repellent recipe is for you! Plants and bugs have a love-hate relationship. On one hand, plants need certain insects for pollination. On the other hand, some insects really cause the plant harm. Some plants are better than others at creating their own natural bug repellents. Like […]

28 comments Read the full article →

Aromahead’s June Newsletter

June 24, 2015

From Andrea: My Trip to Morocco A while back, I went to Morocco. I think my favorite part of the trip was taking photos to capture the incredible people, the spices, the food, and the color. It’s hard to convey the vibrant energy of Morocco in words, so I thought it would be fun to […]

0 comments Read the full article →