Homemade Anti-Itch Cream

Homemade Anti-Itch Cream - Like Calamine Lotion

With kids, skin irritations are a fact of life… especially during the summer when things like mosquito bites, poison ivy and other insect bites can cause skin problems.

I’ve also been hoping to eventually expose my kids to chicken pox (though I’m having trouble doing this as no one seems to get it anymore!) so I wanted to have a natural remedy for this on hand.

Even my skin occasionally gets irritated or itchy if I accidentally eat certain grains or food additives…

This homemade natural anti-itch cream is a wonderful remedy for skin irritations and itching. It contains all natural ingredients and can be mixed as needed for a soothing and effective remedy.

Anti-Itch Cream Ingredients:

What to Do:

  1. Mix zinc oxide, sea salt, baking soda, and bentonite clay in a small bowl or jar. Slowly add witch hazel, stirring constantly, until it reaches a creamy consistency. Add essential oil if using.
  2. Store in air tight jar and use within two weeks (one week if using water in place of witch hazel).

Long Lasting Option:

If you’d prefer not to have to make a small amount that must be used within two weeks, you can make a larger batch by mixing double or triple quantities of the dry ingredients and adding to the wet ingredients as needed for use.

I store the pre-mixed powder in an empty spice container (red jar above) and shake out into a small bowl and mix with witch hazel when I need to use it.

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  1. Oh my gosh! Just last night my husband returned from his deployment. He had a reaction to our soap (we use Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap) when he shaved his chest. He has sensitive skin and I guess the combination of our hard water and soap he hadn’t used in a while just made him itch like crazy. We tried every oil and lotion in the house. Vitamin E oil, coconut oil, shea butter, even aloe vera. Nothing lasted more than a few minutes. Finally I found some presciption Hydrocortisone cream and that worked for a few hours. I just hated to use it because he was obviously hugging me and our kids a lot. Thank you so much for putting this up! I’ll go make a batch now and let you know how it goes!

      • He is! I made it for him right after reading this and he said it worked just as well as the Hydrocortisone cream. Thank you so much!!!!

          • Works with poison ivy too! I’m not allergic, but the kids apparently are. Some had started creeping over the fence and they started pulling on it yesterday. Still had some cream leftover and it worked great!

          • Hello! I just have one question… If, for example my hands feel itchy from time to time, should I apply the cream on the whole hand? Or just on the spots where it itches?

      • Can I use this all over my baby for hives? We found out he was very allergic to our dog and although we rehomed her it’s going to take time to clear all her hair and dandruff from the house. He also struggles with severe eczema but it seems that is improving and it’s mainly just hives bothering him now. I’ve tried lots of things, store bought and homemade, and they help with the dryness he has but not the itchy red bumps. Thanks!

    • Comfrey is an awesome herb for irritations.

  2. Awesome recipe.. I’ll have to check it out. My sister keeps on having rashes for I’m not sure what reason. I hope this helps

    • My RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) started with rashes.

  3. I just found your site a couple days ago, and have been devouring all the information! I so appreciate the effort and research you’ve put into each and every one of your articles and recipes.
    I’ve had moderate eczema my whole life that I an usually keep under control with an allergen-free diet (gluten, dairy, egg, and soy) and healthy oils and butters (coconut, Shea, and jojoba). I’ve recently had the worst outbreak I have ever had, and have been dying from the itch. I’m going to make this!!! Any other ideas you may have for supplementation diet would be much appreciated!

  4. I just had a quick question… do you have to use bentonite clay or could you substitute french green clay?

      • Okay, thanks for getting back to me! Hope this will help my husband as we’ve tried dozens of things to no avail.
        Also, I love your site. I discovered it a few months ago and have really enjoyed going through all of your postings! Thanks again! 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for all your hard work and beautifully simple presentation of such helpful information! I am wondering about this recipe–what is the function of the zinc oxide? I know it says “optional” but I would like to know what bene
    fit I might be missing if I leave it out. Thanks!

    • good question – wondering the same thing myself

    • Zinc oxide is a moisture barrier (for that reason it’s frequently an ingredient in diaper rash cream). It may also work as a sunscreen.

  6. We have some friends who know some friends who have chicken pox right now and we’re always on the fence when it comes to intentional exposure. The mom whose children have it is open to us coming for a play date because she knows–it took years for her kids to finally get it. Her oldest is 13. This week is our window. We’ll see how it goes.

    • Good luck! My kids are 2 and 4, so gonna wait a bit before I try that. May be pretty bad though since my husband never had it 🙁

  7. Hi– I have zinc oxide at home….and it says french milled on the outside. Do you know if that is non nano? It says high grade, cosmetic quality (that never means much to me), french process… I just wanted to check before I added it in. Thanks!

      • Thanks!

        • I have to get allergy tested and the week before you can not use any antihistamines or things like that. Benedryl pill or liquid, for up to a few days before, yes. Problem is, if one week is not bad enough, I have cancelled 2 times now and I am ready to go through the roof with the scratching and benedryl. I think I can make this and use it before they scratch me with the crazy nasty allergens test. I am sure I will even use it after. Because when I get the freak out allergy attack, even with the antihistamines in me. It’s then I start SLATHERING the cream on which only lasts a few seconds.
          Maybe this will what I am after. Thank you!!!! Shannon

  8. what purpose does the zinc oxide serve?

  9. Just a word of caution about intentionally exposing kids to chicken pox…It doesn’t guarantee you won’t get it again as an adult, plus there’s the possibility of shingles later in life (I know two people that got shingles at ages 25 and 26, so you don’t have to be elderly to get it! Just have a bout with a bad illness or a really stressful year while not eating very well will do it!) I had chicken pox as a kid and even got a titer blood test about 6 months ago that showed I had immunity to it, but at the end of march I came down with flu like symptoms and pain in my knees. After 3 days of it getting slowly worse, I broke out in raised, red, tender spots. Then my knees swelled up and I couldn’t bend them past maybe 10 degrees, nor could I straighten them, I could barely walk and had to cling to furniture to hobble to the bathroom. I went to the emergency room (at the recommendation of the urgent care I went to first) where I was given IV fluids for dehydration and told I had chicken pox and sent home.

    It took about 5 weeks and an 8 day step-down course of prednisone for the inflammation in my knees to recover fully from that, plus the prednisone caused anxiety and heart palpitations for about 3 of those 5 weeks.

    I realize this story may have the effect of encouraging some of you to expose your kids to chicken pox, as it will reduce the likelihood of getting it later (by a great deal) but just be aware that it is a double-edged sword.

    • I and siblings had chicken pox while living in Morocco when young and parents had to haul clean water for 50 miles for clean baths. I intentionally exposed my 3 boys and never regretted it. Eat well. Build immune system . I did not, will not vaccinate. ..shedding spreads shingles. among elderly and causing elementary age to get it…I would rather chicken pox than toxic chemicals and poisons injected. .I use and share organic (Young LivingI ) essential oils and also other natural means to protect and build. I had 1 quarter size patch (cultured) shingles on forehead near hairline 8 yrs ago and successfully used prayer, Oregano and Neem oil…amino acid Lysine internally fights herpes virus and works for both. Eucalyptus oil helps also.. and more…has helped others with worse outbreaks..
      Currently helping a friend with excessive itching from poison oak in cellulitis… thanks for suggestions on itching salve! I refuse to recommend hydrocortisone cream…undermines the hormonal system…

      • My husband (30 years old) just got shingles and a lot of others who are “too young” have got shingles around here. I’m thinking this is why as well. I also was trying to get my kids to get chicken pox but no luck lol. I am going to make up some of this lotion right now and try it on his shingles.

    • My daughter had the chicken pox twice before she was 13 and it was due to not having it bad enough the first go around so luckily she had it again when young instead of when she was older.

  10. Hi there.. does the cream need to stay wet like a poultice? If not, how long do you leave it on the skin?

    • I find it works best to let it dry on the skin and then brush the excess off..

      • thanks so much! I like the way the salt feels on the skin.. kinda itches it for you as you are wiping it on haha!

  11. So I am wondering about the bentonite if there is a difference between types. My husband drills water wells and they buy the stuff in 50lb. bags, I know people have used it to put in the bottom of their ponds to stop the water from leaching out. Is this the same stuff or is there a cosmetic type?

    • I’d make sure it is food grade before using on the skin…

  12. hi! i made up a batch of this (minus the zinc oxide, i don’t have any on hand) and i’m finding that if the bites are “scratched open” (which really doesn’t take much scratching) this cream really stings! i assume it’s from the salt and/or baking soda. i’m wondering if these 2 things can be left out? and/or what is their function in this cream? would the cream still help with the itch without these 2 ingredients?

    • They are both just alkalizing but they can be left out…

    • Hi, I also made it with soda and salt and it kind of burned on my skin. Made a new batch with 1 Ts benonite, 1.5 of zinc oxide, 1 Ts kaolin clay, 1 Ts of glycerin,5 drops lavender, 5 drops of chamomile, 1 drop peppermint, added witch hazel to make a light creamy texture. OMG feels so good on my skin. It has really cleared my acne. I’m 50 years old and have been fighting acne. Have since gone to gluten free and dairy. But this cream the only thing that really helped clear up acne.

    • It’s more likely the witch hazel causing the sting. It’s antiseptic/antimicrobial like alcohol, including stinging when used on open wounds.

  13. Would this work as an after shave cream? I use aloe vera gel but it still doesn’t completely take the itch away from my horribly sensitive skin.

  14. Homeopathic remedies, Sulphur and Merzereum.

  15. is this safe for elderly diabetics with kidney failiure?

  16. Hi! My 7 year old came home from her dad’s house with a rash on her face and neck last night, it doesn’t look like anything bacterial or viral, it looks more like an allergic reaction. I gave her benadryl last night and she woke up with it this morning still. I just made up a batch of this recipe (already had all the ingredients on hand, thanks to your toothpaste and sunscreen recipes) How long should I leave it on? She’s telling me it stings.

    • IF it stings, I’d wipe it off. Could she have eaten something that she isn’t used to?

  17. Sorry, but this was horrible! Is the 10 drops of peppermint a misprint? I nearly burnt the skin off of my hands when I applied this. I may try it again without the peppermint.

    • The peppermint is supposed to cool the skin down, but can be a bit aggresive on sensitive skin. I would try levander oil instead, especially when the cream is used on small kids. It calms down irritated skin and has perfect healing abilities.

      • 10 drops of lavender is going to be just as caustic to the skin. And 10 drops of essential oil for a little over 1 ounce of liquid is just over 2% dilution which SHOULD be fine for most people, even with sensitive skin, but is still fairly strong. And fairly single note; I’d do 3 drops peppermint, 3 drops bergamot, and 2 drops chamomile for this myself.

  18. I was wondering if you could make this a bit thinner with the witch hazel? My husband has poison ivy on his chest and as it dried I guess there was a lot of pulling feeling because of the hair. I was also going to ask as he woke up to a pile of dried mix on the bed. I did read thru the comments though that you can brush off the dry stuff. Thanks

  19. i live in the south and i had just went camping and these red dots started forming when i was sleeping and they itch like crazy but there not bug bits do u have a clue. (P.S I’m going to try this)

    • If you have small red “bites” all over you got attacked by chiggers that are well known in the south. You need something on the order of Oragel to dab on them to stop the horrid itching. Calamine Lotion only works as soon as you put it on then the itch starts all over. The histimine in the bite causes the itching that can be so bad it will drive you insane. HOT HOT shower to release the histimine in the bite and then oragel with a high consentration of benzocaine (20%) numbs the bite and relieves the itch for a bit. Walmart carries ChiggerX which is 10% benzo. So the oragel is higher in anti itch.

    • Chiggers. Clear nail polish will suffocate them.

      • If you look up chiggers you will find that them “burrowing in your skin” and being able to “suffocate” them are both old wives tales. We live in Texas and my 6 kids look like they have chicken pox during the summer from chiggers. We have found deodorant works better to prevent and treat the bites. Sounds crazy but works better than caladryl, chigger-x, and hydrocortisone, and we have tried EVERYTHING walmart etc. sells over the 10 years we’ve lived here. I am going to try this recipe though.

        • What ingredients are in this deodorant you use for chiggers?

  20. Can this be made into a lotion bar by adding beeswax? Or can you add zinc along with the clay into your lotion bar recipe? Would prefer an anti itch bar with beeswax (for barrier) so the good stuff gets sealed in. For us, creams are more difficult to use with small children.

  21. For those concerned with chicken pox, as far as I know, there’s a vaccine for that now, if you have no objections to vaccines. My son was exposed multiple times (he was a pre-vaccine baby), and developed an immunity without ever actually catching them. The doctor verified this after his step-brother caught them from their sister, but my son didn’t.

    I was glad to see the comment about substituting French green clay for the bentonite. It’s not available for consumer use here.

  22. My boyfriend and I got bit up like crazy by mosquitoes and there was no conventional anti-itch cream to be found in the house. It was eight at night and neither of us really wanted to go to the store, but we were kind of desperate. So I googled homemade anti-itch cream and found this and surprisingly had all the ingredients in my kitchen. Threw it together and it works beautifully! Thank you so much!

  23. My 13 month old keeps picking at his scabs and re opening his scrape on his ankle. If I substitute peppermint for lavender oil is this cream safe to put on his open wound (it’s not deep)? He won’t let it heal and he’s making it worse.

  24. I have struggled with the symptoms of allergies for decades. I will definitely be mixing up some of your remedy. In addition, I have to share a remedy I have accidently discovered for contact dermatitis from poison oak/ivy. I suffer from asthma and sinusitis caused by allergies to foods, animals, dust, tobacco smoke, etc. What has worked miracles for me is quercetin, derived from oak bark (to which I am allergic!). as my allergies have improved, I noticed a bonus: I now have almost NO reaction to poison ivy! It’s always been debilitating, and I still panic when exposed, but I get maybe a little itchy patch, and it’s gone within a day or two. I’m amazed!

  25. Can you use the alcohol free witch hazel? I have the Thayers Lavender Witch Hazel that is alcohol free. Does this make a difference or does the alcohol in normal witch hazel help with the anti-itching?

  26. I just found this recipe and am wanting to try it. I itch constantly, all over my body and it makes me crazy! I have a few questions before diving in. I would probably use it at least twice a day after bathing. Would I put my lotion (organic only) on first, and then a layer of the anti-itch remedy or visa versa? I seems as if this is kinda like a mask, leaving a dried flaky film that people have been “brushing off” after it dries. Could I mix the ingredients into my lotion? What ingredient make it anti-itch? The clay? Baking soda? I think the peppermint oil would help soothe it as well. At least the tingling feeling would overpower the itch, I hope. Thank you in advance for your input and expertise.

  27. Food for thought, on the topic of chickenpox… You may want to consider the idea of not exposing your children to chickenpox. Having the virus in your system can cause shingles later in life which could actually be more life threatening then getting chickenpox as an adult. With out being exposed to chickenpox you have no risk of getting shingles. And it seems like chickenpox is becoming less common where it might be possible to avoid it completely. I avoided it as a child and was given the vaccine when I was in high school. I am really glad my parents didn’t expose me because I don’t have to worry about the risk of shingles.

    • I agree with you Anja. I got chicken pox 1st time as an adult and with the medication i barely even got 6 bumps…Which isnt as horrible as i thought it would be in adulthood. But as you said, now i am open for shingles because the pox virus remains in your system. I got my kids vaccinated to save them that risk! Shingles is way worse than chickenpox!

    • You can actually get shingles from the chicken pox vaccine. It’s a live attenuated vaccine, meaning weakened. But bc its a live virus, just like the regular chicken pox, it stays dormant and then flares into shingles. And getting chicken pox as an adult is usually more painful than as a child. It’s dangerous to a baby if an expectant mother gets it. I personally will hold off on vaccinating my kids for chicken pox but if my daughter hasn’t gotten it naturally then I would prefer she be vaccinated before becoming pregnant to minimize the risk of getting it while pregnant.

  28. Hi,
    I was looking up recipes for anti-itch cream because I have been using gold bond for a couple of years now and I just realized that it says don’t use more that 2-4 times a day. Also apparently it has toxic ingredients. This recipe is the first I cam across. What got my attention is where you said that you get itchy skin when you eat certain foods. For the past 2 years I have been itchy constantly.. except for maybe 10 minutes after shower. I have to use a lot of lotion and very often. I don’t have dry skin, but foods like wheat, all meats and fish.. and well most foods really..detergents., toughing other peoples skin… make me very itchy. I have been to the doctor many times and he says there is nothing I can do about it. I try to cut out the foods but even then I get itchy if any dust is around or have tight fabrics on, lay down in bed and so on. A lot of the time this really gets to me. It is not something I want to just get use to // I want to figure out how to stop it if possible. I have tried to do research but you are the first person I have came across that mentions a similar problem. HAve you been diagnosed with anything? I am trying to figure out what is wrong so I can get it treated. Do you have any tips on how to relieve it as well. This is seriously getting to me and changing me. I am very irritated emotionally from this. It effects my relationship in a negative way.

    • I”d look in to doing an autoimmune protocol. The Paleo Approach is a really comprehensive book with a specific plan for doing that and I’ve seen that help with skin issues a lot!

  29. Pity I found this tonight and have none of the stuff. But I will be stocking up on this for future reactions, since my anti-histamines do not work fast enough to stop the itching on my skin when it starts.

  30. This cream did not work for us very well at all!! My 2yo daughter had a rash for about a week all over her body. I think the glycerin in the calamine lotion was making another rash come out, but it help her sleep. I hate putting anything in or on her body that is made from chemicals (especially longer than a few days). So I tried this one. It was great that I had all the ingredients on hand (I already make homemade lotions, shampoo, and the like). After I make the cream, I quickly put a thin layer on my daughters tummy where the rash has been itching her the most. Within seconds, she started to yell and scream like I burnt her. I asked her what was wrong and she cried and said, “my belly, mom” and she got louder and cried more. so I ran over to wipe it off with a wet dish towel, but it only helped. I ran her upstairs to the tub and make a lukewarm tub with baking soda. That quickly helped! Thank goodness! My hubby has an itchy rash on his skin and he tried it too and said it crazy burned him too:(

    I really love Wellness Momma and your site has been a blessing to our family, but I think others should know that maybe they should try just a tiny bit at first, in case the rash or the child’s skin doesn’t go well with this cream.

    • Peppermint EO shouldn’t be used on children under 6. It’s simply too strong. It’s important to remember that just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s safe. All too often I see Eucalyptus and/or Peppermint EO used in vapor rub recipes intended for kids. Eucalyptus isn’t recommended for kids under 10. I’ve always used the rule of thumb for diluting of 1-2 drop per tsp of carrier oil for adults and 1 drop per Tbsp of carrier oil for children (with kids safe oils).

    • I am extremely allergic to poison oak-Wash with Fels Naptha Soap-it is a old fashioned soap that is avail in most gro stores be sure to scrape your nails across it to get the oil out from under the nails-best to shower when doing this with lukewarm not hot water=apply tea tree oil to rashes -recently found that Injury Oil (a blend of essential oils) worked even better to relieve itching -I guess you need to check for oils that may have allergic reactions-I also used lavender and balsum of peru (I read that some people are allergic to this oil but I was not and it smells delicious) This should help Suzanne

  31. Hi there, my 6 month old got chicken pox. He’s got eczema though, can I use this on him?

  32. Thank you for sharing so much information from all your research. I do have a question about the bentonite clay you recommended……on the package it says it contains Lead and not to use on children. So my question is what do you know about the Lead content in this product? I looked on Amazon.com and looked at other brands that didn’t have this statement about the Lead. Is it just the particular brand you’re recommending that has this of do they all lead in them? Thank you for your help.

    • From what I’ve read, they all have trace amounts of lead but it is bound within the molecule and not released into the body.

  33. omg i love this i brought it to camp worked so good on my trip so many bug bites lol thanks

  34. I have a question on the bentotite clay…is it necessary and is there a substitute for this product? Thank you.

  35. Hi,
    I was wondering if you could use this recipie even after one week when you use water. I used this on my horse for 15 days and it still had the same effectiveness as on the first day. The only reason I stopped using it was because I ran out.

    I’m just checking because I want to make sure that by putting it on him I’m causing his skin irritation or something.

    Thanks for the wonderful post!

    Kira 🙂

  36. This is amazing. I made it exactly as written, with witch hazel. I used peppermint essential oil. It works so well on mosquito bites! Intense itching is gone almost immediately, and the relief lasts at least 4 hours. I did try it on my 7-year-old nephew’s bug bite, and he said it stung a little – he might have scratched the bite quite a bit so he had some open skin. Thank you for this recipe!

  37. Oh, I hope this works! I don’t know what bit me, but I’ve never had itching like this. Last night I was considering going to the Urgent Care, I’m not kidding!! I made up some of this just now, except for the zinc, which I don’t have. So far, so good……it’s messy, but who cares?

  38. What if baby is 7 months old? What can replace peppermint?

  39. I would recommend using less than the recommended amount of peppermint oil or none at all because I used all 10 drops, and it burned so much. My hands had skin irritations from the burn, and is only now starting to recover months later.

  40. For the long lasting recipe, do you add the EO (&witch hazel) when you’re ready to use? Or do you add the EO to the dry ingredients?

    If you add it when ready to use, how do I gauge how many drops?

    Thanks for all the AMAZING work you do!!!

  41. How many ounzes does this yield.

    For concerns about age of children for 6+ months I’ve learned that, first, peppermint EO is too strong for not mature skin so lavender is a good one. Second, you’ll need to put 3-5 drops of EO per ounze yielded, or .5%. For a one year old that has some skin stuff I’m making a batch with 3 drips lavender and 1 drop peppermint (or spearmint).

    Love reading these comments and I’m going to apply on a small area with baking soda and Luke warm water nearby just in case the combination has the same reaction that it had for Allie and her child.

    Any advice on any of the things I’m saying is would be appreciated

  42. You’d be amazed at how much a hot moist wash cloth can relieve itch. It’s my fall back for any skin condition (bug bite, rashes, infected scratches, inflamed nipples from breast feeding, swollen eyes, pink eye)…

    The other day the doctor recommended some zinc ointment for red spots on my daughters skin. I rubbed it on her back. What a MISTAKE. She was itching like horrible the next day. She scratched so much, her skin was red and inflamed, most likely from bacteria (she has really dry skin). So before bed, I wet a large cotton wash cloth, rung out all the water possible, folded it and placed it in the microwave for 25 seconds. It needs to be uncomfortably HOT (but not enough to burn). I tested on my skin first, and then placed it on her back. She didn’t like it at first (it will obviously feel a lot hotter on red skin) but then got used to it. I usually repeat, but since it was late, I only did it once. She slept well. The next day the swelling was gone, and the red spots had darkened (which means the skin was healing and the bacteria was dead).

    Now any time someone has swelling, bumps, etc… my kids recommend a hot wash cloth, lol.

  43. Oops be sure to update your post by cautioning people to use only plastic, wood, glass or ceramic utensils, measuring devices and storage containers as bentonite clay pulls toxic heavy metals from metal utensils (ex. mercury, aluminum, etc.) and it will contaminate their anti-itch cream.
    Bentonite clay is a wonderful choice of ingredient for this cream as bentonite clay has a very strong negative ionic charge. This negative ionic charge attracts things that have a positive charge, such as heavy metals, toxins, harmful bacteria, pesticides, and other pathogens. By divine design, bentonite clay does not attach to anything beneficial in or on the body.

    • Again thank you so much for posting this as I have eczema and recently found some other supplements to take for detoxing of fluoride and to my surprise that my eczema has been going away and my skin is healing. The eczema was chronic and I was on a toxic an oral prescription medication for the last three years. I wanted so much to get off the medication but if I would miss a dosage within a couple days I would get a severe flair up of eczema and the rashes, dry cracked bleeding skin never would completely clear up. The medication just made it manageable. I was also periodically using a prescription steroidal cream on top of that when I would get a flair up. Since taking fulvic acid and treating my water (city) with filters on my faucets and shower and the drinking water with boron to eliminate the fluoride my eczema has been clearing and I took myself off the Rx about a month ago. My body has just kept healing quickly from the eczema. I have one rash on my wrist that has been more problematic then the other areas. It is healing but is the last area to do so and once in a while it is a little itchy. I don’t want to use the steroidal cream as I am trying to detox these substances out of my body and blood stream. I very seldom get an itchy spell anymore but once in a while on my wrist so I was glad to find your recipe and wow it was an instant relief. Thank you so much!

    • This sounds like a fantastic recommendation,,,,,,,i mean really ,,how can anybody automatically know every single precaution in life,,, if they have never experienced or heard of the RIGHT THING TO DO ! ! ! ya know ?

      So the key to good health I believe, is being as well informed as you could ever possibly be. So never be afraid to ask questions,,,,because the more questions you ask, the more educated you will become 🙂 No question is ever – is considered a stupid or dumb question – is it ? NO IT ISN’T 🙂 Education and information is the key 🙂

  44. Hi, good tip about bentonite clay and its ability to draw out heavy metals!
    Heres an alternative recipe,
    Calendula infused oil,
    Teatree oil
    Vitamin e,
    Aloe Vera,
    Lemon eucalyptus,
    Just a base design, from there you could also include bentonite clay and others,
    Peppermint is used to sooth the itch, Aloe or teatree will work with less sensation, also teatree, beeswax and other oils are natural preservatives. If your keen also mix in a bit of honey into mix.
    Also this one will asorb except for clays.
    Macadamia oil is a good oil to infuse the calendula but be wary of ppl with nut allergies or if you have one.

  45. I love your post and recipes. I do have a cautionary comment on the zinc oxide for the sunscreen.
    I read of a homeopathic store owner who sent several different samples of her DIY sunscreen to the lab for testing before it was offered to the public. The expected UV rating was extremely low compared to what she expected. Apparently, the zinc oxide tends to bond to itself and ends up leaving “voids” in the lotion, allowing exposure to UV rays.

    I read this article because I made the sunscreen recipe in your post and both me and my granddaughter burned as if we weren’t wearing anything.

  46. Could I use Aztec Healing clay instead of benzonite clay?

    I was searching for a natural remedy for the terrible rash (so itchy & red) that my natural deodorant has caused. It was caused by the baking soda, so this recipe would make it worse.
    What could I use to heal and sooth this rash? Had the rash for 8 days, haven’t used baking soda in those 8 days, but the rash is not clearing up AT ALL (maybe getting worse).

  48. I’ve had good luck spraying chigger “bites” with good old fashioned amber Listerine antiseptic and when it’s not handy, straight witch hazel works well until I can get to a good homemade anti itch cream on the bites. Until I learned about the true hazards of commercial ladies’ underarm deodorants, I used one of those on the bites. It worked well although it took longer, and it washed off in the shower.

  49. I don’t know if this has been answered yet but how long does this keep for in a mason type jar? Should it be refrigerated or does that not matter?