Calamine lotion becomes an absolute necessity when you are outdoors in the summer months. Of course, Grandma turned to the natural that I am, I wanted to make my own homemade calamine lotion!
Anyone who enjoys the outdoors knows all the kinds of bites you can expect to encounter in the wild. From the nasty sumac plant (Poison Ivy: see a cure here) to a cloud of mosquitoes, chiggers and spiders. Store-bought calamine lotion contains chemicals that I don’t want on my skin or my family’s. Just take a look at the commercial tube to realize the toxic ingredients used.
The ingredients in my homemade Calamine Lotion are safe and effective. In fact, you could even eat them without getting sick (but they really aren’t tasty so don’t eat them). here they are :
Make an All-Natural Calamine Lotion
- Bentonite clay : Added to oils reduces irritation of itching
- Baking soda : neutralizes acids and bases
- sea salt : Reduces inflammation and dries out oils
- Glycerine : gives a nice texture
- 1/8 cup water
- 4 teaspoons bentonite clay
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of glycerin (optional)
- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Stir in water until desired consistency is reached (you may need more or less water)
- Add the glycerin (it gives the lotion a smooth consistency, for better glide during application)
- Store in a small container and use as needed