Lanolin has been the recommended go-to nursing cream for many years. What you may not know is that lanolin is sebum that is extracted from a sheep’s sebaceous glands.
It isn’t something we would want to rub on our body or allow our babies to ingest, especially when there is a more natural way.
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This is a great homemade nipple cream recipe to help heal sore nipples during pregnancy.
Shelf Life: 6 months—1 year
Benefits: The olive oil and cocoa butter will help to keep your nipples moisturized, and is safe for babies’ consumption. The chamomile will help to soothe and heal irritated skin.
Tips and Tricks: Use a shallow container with a lid that is easy to remove. It will make things easier while holding your baby.
Variations: Feel free to switch olive oil to food grade avocado oil.
How to Use: Apply this balm to your nipples after every nursing session. Start using right away to help prevent irritated nipples.
Level of Difficulty: Medium
Watch the video below for a step-by-step tutorial for making this DIY homemade nursing balm recipe.
Homemade Nursing Balm
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter (food grade)
- 4 bags organic chamomile tea bags
TOOLS AND SUPPLIES
- Double boiler (or use a pot and metal bowl)
- Measuring Cup
- Rubber spatula
- Sanitized container with lid
Bring the water up to boil in a double boiler and then turn heat down to low and add oil and dried ingredients into the bowl. Allow mixture to infuse for 3-4 hours before removing from heat. Allow to cool, and then strain, reserving the oil and discarding the herbs, using cheesecloth or a mesh bag.
Once your oil has been infused, melt the cocoa butter and infused oil in a double boiler over medium heat.
Transfer the mixture into a container and allow to fully cool.
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