Lanolin, not only for breasts!

Lanolin, commonly purchased at most stores under the brand name Lansinoh in a purple tube, isn’t only for sore nipples caused by breastfeeding. You can also use this valuable natural ointment on babys buttocks and diapering area. Although if you are using cloth, you may want to use a liner or chemical free sposie like Seventh Generation or Gdiaper since Lanolin is naturally water resistant which would cause a little problem in your cloth.

My daughter has had a few doozie rashes from daycare (they don’t like cloth dipes unfortunately), and the best quickest treatment I have found for it, is a small amount of lanolin softened between my fingers and applied to the rash. Rashes that have been pretty red, and  some even had some bumps/blisters have literally healed overnight in our personal experience.

Some Fun Facts about Lanolin (also known as: REFINED- crude wool grease, raw wool wax, neutral wool fat ):

It is secreted by the sebaceous glands in sheep skin, making it a naturally occurring substance from a renewable source. Its prime function is to coat and soften the wool fibres, protecting both skin and fleece against exposure to the elements.

Once processed/refined, it is extremely versatile in uses!

It can absorb up to 300% of water.

Is useful as a water repellant, commonly used as an effective natural conditioning and repelling treatment for wool diaper covers.

Adds protective and moisturizing attributes to cosmetics, toiletries and OTC pharmaceuticals.

Wool wax is a natural susbstance, designed by nature to soften both skin and wool fibres, and to protect them against adverse weather conditions.

In addition to the chemical similarity between lanolin and human skin lipids, other physical similarities have been discovered, such as multilamellar structures. These molecular aggregations strongly resemble the liquid crystal structures occurring in skin lipids.

Superb skin protection!

Excellent for use in protecting and healing sore, blistered nipples while breastfeeding, and other skin ailments. Effective and safe for baby! Doesn’t have to be removed from nipples before breastfeeding! SAFE!

As well as being well tolerated by the body – it is approved for uses in ophthalmic emollients and as a food additive in chewing gum bases – lanolin is also of medical interest.

It can act as a carrier for pharmaceutically active ingredients that have to be transported into deeper layers of the skin. In burns dressings, lanolin supports the wound healing process and enhances dermal repair.

The use of lanolin acids in topical products for cutaneous infections (e.g. acne) and deodorising toiletries ultimately underlines the versatility of lanolin and its derivatives.

Besides emollient and moisturising characteristics, lanolin’s protective function includes antimicrobial and disinfectant activity on human skin.

Lanolin is widely used in:

  • ointment bases, burns dressings and wound sprays
    • as an emulsifier, stabiliser and emollient
    • to support the wound healing process
    • to deliver active ingredients through the skin (trans-dermal);
  • pigmented medications (e.g. zinc oxide), as a dispersing agent;
  • topical products for cutaneous infections (e.g. acne) and in deodorising toiletries, as an anti-microbial and disinfectant.
    • ophthalmic ointments, as an emollient with high physiological compatibility and low irritation potential;
    • suppositories substantial base, as a carrier for active ingredients;
    • surgical adhesive tapes, as an impregnating agent, plasticiser and skin-suited stack enhancer;
    • chewing gum bases as a food additive (physiologically compatible emollient);
    • pre-blended combinations for specific purposes, such as absorption bases.

To make a salve with lanolin: 1 part beeswax, 4 parts lanolin, 1 part vegetable/nut oil. Melt over low heat in a double boiler, stir until blended. Once blended, add any additives you wish (i.e., herbal infused oil, vit. E, essential oils, etc.).

This post is not medical advice and is not a substitute for seeing your health care provider. 

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Homemade Baby Powder Recipe

Even the best diapering can still result with baby’s bottom being irritated. Cloth diapers is the best way to go for diapering and often more helpful in avoiding irritation. Cloth is breathable, chemical free and healthier for baby and the enviroment. Most powders and creams in the stores are full of ingredients that aren’t very healthy and the quality of these products is also lost. It’s important to remember the Integumentary system or “skin” is the largest organ in the body. It’s our defense barrier between the outside and is also a filtering system for substances entering and exiting the body. Our bodies do not like chemicals and our babies especially have delicate skin needs. Consider a quick and easy way to whip up a more friendly solution to diaper irritation. Home made Baby Powder Recipe A talc-free powder with some of nature’s finest herbs for gently soothing and to help heal irritated skin. 1 cup arrowroot powder 1 tbsp. dried ground chamomile 1 tbsp. dried ground lavender Combine all ingredients until evenly blended. Consider recycling a jar and poking holes to make a shaker. Use as needed externally applied to baby’s bottom when diapering. Arrowroot powder gently helps soothe and dry damp areas, lavender and chamomile are soothing, healing, and help prevent bacterial growth. A good old fashioned rolled oats bath can be calming is also helpful in soothing your baby’s skin. Put a cup of rolled (not instant) oatmeal in an old stocking or cheesecloth. Tie it up so you don’t end up with oatmeal mush all over your tub and add to hot bath water. Allow the water to cool down to an appropriate temperature before placing baby in the bath. Always double check the bath water with a thermometer insure it is safe and will not burn your loved one. Wishing your baby a happy bottom! Have fun making this simple, healthier, friendly alternative to talc baby powder! Just a friendly reminder to always remember to change your baby frequently to help prevent irritation from urine and stool. This post is not medical advice and is not a substitute for seeing your health care provider. Many diaper rashes are not serious, however rashes including those in the diaper area can signal a more serious condition. For really bad or unusual rashes or rashes that perisist without getting better, a visit to your doctor is highly recommended and should be considered.