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Booty Balm (AKA So-Simple, All-Natural Zinc Oxide Cream)

We've had a mini baby boom in my family this past year.  I have two new nephews and a to-be-adopted niece or nephew we haven't had the joy of meeting yet.  Up until now, my daughter was the last child born into the family.  She's 12.  The new babies were greeted with much excitement.

New babies bring new booties to be cared for.  All you parents out there know the miracle of zinc oxide creams.  I had stock in Desitin when my kids were babies.  If I had only known how easy and inexpensive it is to make my own zinc oxide cream!

Of course, this stuff isn't just great for baby butts, if you don't have any tiny bottoms in your household.  I love it for any type of skin irritation, especially SUNBURN.  Just a few weeks back Jonathan got a horrendous sunburn from a day at the beach.  A deep red, hot, you-know-it's-going-to-blister type of sunburn.  (I felt like an awful mom, even though he refused to wear a hat like I told him to.)

But a few applications of this stuff and in two days, no more sunburn.  No pain, no peeling, and Jon extolled the virtues of "that white stuff you made".  This is probably the most asked for product in my household, because it works on nearly everything.  

Zinc Oxide Cream
1 tablespoon shea butter
2 teaspoons sweet almond or similar oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E
2 tablespoons zinc oxide (powdered)
optional: 2-4 drops lavender, tea tree, or chamomile essential oil

Yield: about 2 ounces

First, measure your shea butter into a small bowl.  Heat slowly until it's melted.  (I used a microwave, stopping to stir every 20 seconds or so.  You could also use a small pan on the stove.)

Once the shea butter is melted, stir in sweet almond oil and vitamin E.

Next, add in the zinc oxide powder (I dump it all in at once) and start mixing.  You'll want to mix vigorously to get out all the clumps.  Your mixture should start to look creamy.

If you're using essential oils, add them in now.  Lavender is healing, chamomile is soothing, and tea tree is antiseptic.  You could add a mixture of the three if you like.

Pour the cream into a small container, before it sets up.  I usually like to use a small tupperware with a lid, but all I could find was this scoop.  It works too.  Use what you have on hand.

Let your cream set for a while.  It will thicken as it cools. 

Your finished cream will be the consistency of pudding, so its easy to spread over the skin.  If you'd like a thicker cream, you could also add a couple teaspoons of beeswax.  This would give you a consistency more like lip balm.  

This stuff is great on scrapes, rashes and irritations, burns, and chapped skin (including lips).  Make in small batches and keep some on hand for when skin issues arise.


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