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DIY Lotion

Ok so I just realized I have gotten a little crazy with all the DIY stuff lately. But it has all worked out great, which is why I’m unstoppable, and I am here to tell you about DIY lotion!

Ischalyn with Moo & RooMy cute sister-in-law recently told me about coconut oil. She explained that if I whipped it up with my mixer, it would turn into lotion AND that it would double in size. Huh? That sounded WAY too easy. She suggested that I try it on Moo’s eczema since it was all natural and great for the skin. I figured it was definitely worth a shot since it would be cheaper than buying Moo’s prescription lotion or even her Aveeno baby. So I ended up with this jar of Spectrum Coconut Oil.

Spectrum Coconut Oil

When I opened the jar, the oil was surprisingly stiff and not very “oily” as I guessed it would be. But I went along with the plan. I spooned half of it into my mixing bowl, and mixed it for 7 minutes.

Whip it, whip it good!

 

When I was done, I plopped it into an old container and we use it daily. DIY Lotion- Coconut Oil

 

It does tend to be a little greasy but Moo’s skin soaks it right up. (Very similar to baby oil) It works just as well as other lotions for her eczema, and I have been putting it on her head at bed time and it has significantly helped her cradle cap.Moo is ready for bed

 

I hear there are lots of benefits to using coconut oil. Please share ideas with me in the comment section below!

*Also, does anyone know what causes eczema? No one in our family has it and I can only come up with one conclusion as to why Moo has it…Y’all ready for this?

Pregnant with Moo

 

That picture was taken the day before I went into labor with Moo. (I’m sure you’re thinking that I should be the one called, “Moo”) But I had an excessive amount of fluid during my pregnancy which is called Polyhydramnios. Now I’m no doctor, but did she get used to all the fluid and now her skin is constantly in search of moisturizer? Just a thought.

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  • Sissy April 22, 2013, 2:14 am

    It might be worth researching. No babies on your side ever had it to my knowledge. How bout Jessie’s side? If memory serves me correctly sunshine in small amts can help as well. You were all baby in that pic and yes I can tell that you had an excess of amniotic fluid.

    • Janna April 22, 2013, 2:24 pm

      Sissy, thanks for that reminder about the sun. I remember it helped her a lot last summer. Looking forward to getting out more this summer!

  • Julie Hansen April 22, 2013, 8:21 am

    Coconut oil has natural anti fungal properties, so it is great for your feet and nails, too. I have never tried whipping it up, and I am excited to try it. They say it is great as a conditioner for hair–takes away the frizz. But, you have to leave it in for one hour. I use it all the time in cooking. The paleo diet recommends it as one of the healthiest fats available.

    • Janna April 22, 2013, 2:25 pm

      Julie, I would love to know what your favorite recipe is to use coconut oil.

  • Christy April 22, 2013, 9:38 am

    Oh my, that is the cutest, roundest pregnant belly I have ever seen 🙂

    I really like the website earthclinic.com, and have found many uses for coconut oil there: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/coconut_oil.html (This is a brief synopsis of its benefits, but I generally search by ailments)

    I also meant to tell you on Friday, but we also use it as insect repellant (mixed with peppermint oil) and to polish furniture (I make our own, natural, safe, earth-friendly cleaning products). It smells great and works!

    Anywho’s, I just found this list of idea’s for other uses as well: http://healthimpactnews.com/2011/80-uses-for-coconut-oil/

    And I love your blog 🙂

    • Janna April 22, 2013, 2:28 pm

      Christy, thank you for all those links! I am going to check those out. And I love the insect repellant idea!

    • Janna April 22, 2013, 9:34 pm

      Christy, the second link you gave me is a hit! 80 uses for coconut oil- wow! Thank you for sharing!

  • Kikka Q April 22, 2013, 10:03 am

    We use whipped coconut oil as a diaper cream, face and body moisturizer, and my husband, Travis also shaves with it. He has very course facial hair and gets ingrown hairs easily, and the whipped coconut oil for shaving has really helped with that.

    Our daughter has terribly sensitive skin, and coconut oil has been a life saver for her. When she was a baby, I tried every diaper cream out there, including natural ones, and she would scream and scream. Coconut oil changed all that.

    As for your daughter’s eczema, it could be from something she’s eating. Eczema can be a result of a food allergy or intolerance. Several months ago we switched to a whole grain plant-based diet and have had amazing health results. There is a lot of info on the internet for treating eczema naturally by changing your diet. But the coconut oil is a great place to start!

    • Janna April 22, 2013, 2:32 pm

      Kikka, thank you for your comment! I have never heard of eczema being affected by a diet, but it makes total sense! I am going to be paying more attention to flare ups and try to make a connection.

  • Erika April 22, 2013, 1:57 pm

    I’ve heard coconut oil is amazing for all kinds of things from your hair, to your skin, and to your innards! 🙂 I want to whip mine up now!

    • Penelope April 24, 2013, 10:32 pm

      Yeah, coconut oil is really amazing not only for skin care but also for hair. I’m quite fond of it and all the natural and organic products.

      Thanks for the DIY Lotion instructions, Janna. I’ll put on my list of must-try DIY. 🙂

  • Sunshine April 30, 2013, 5:27 pm

    Thank you so much for this information! My 2 year old son Samuel has excema and it’s almost time to get more lotion. I am also looking for natural products. Random fact: vaccinated children are more likely to get it. Samuel has had his shots. I’m sure you’ve heard about genetically modified foods? If Samuel has those he itches but if I buy the organic kind he doesn’t. Wheat isn’t a GMO but it’s been bred to have more protein which makes us more sensitive to it. These are some reasons why our grandparents didn’t have as many people sensitive to food products like we do. The average child has 5 lbs of pesticides/ herbicides/synthetic fertilizer a year. Under Wikipedia and “Atopic Dermatitis” it lists foods that should be avoided. If I do give Samuel any of these items I choose organic. Cow’s milk is on the list of triggers but if you watch the movie, “Forks over Knives” you’ll learn that we don’t need it anyways. If certain food items are hard to give up at least reducing them will help! Your children look so happy and cute! This is a way cool website too! -Sunshine Dherin (but you knew me as ‘Sunny Meacham’)

    • Janna May 2, 2013, 9:51 pm

      Sunshine, thank you for sharing that with me! I have never heard of GMO’s. So is that like processed food?

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