Ordinary calamine lotions may contain worrisome chemicals like zinc carbonate, iron oxide and synthetic fragrance. Oftentimes, there are other added ingredients like parabens, alcohol, pramoxine HCl, polysorbate 80 and propylene glycol as well. YIKES!
It's absurdly easy to take the safer route and make your own calamine lotion! Only 5 ingredients provide the same effective and soothing relief from itching brought on by stings, bites, chickenpox, rashes, and skin irritations caused by plants like poison ivy, oak and sumac.
Safe for babies too!
Ingredients (makes 1/2 cup)
- 1 Tbsp bentonite clay
- 1 Tbsp baking soda
- 1 Tbsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
- 15 drops organic lavender essential oil
TIP: If you want pink calamine lotion, just add a couple teaspoons of pink kaolin clay to the mix.
NOTE: Use only non-metal bowls, utensils and storage containers for this project. Metal can react with the ingredients causing them to lose their effectiveness.
- Combine bentonite clay, baking soda, sea salt and apple cider vinegar with enough water to make a creamy paste.
- Add lavender essential oil and mix well.
- Store in a glass container with non-metal lid in the refrigerator for several weeks.
- Apply as needed.
What are some of your favorite itch remedies?