Homemade Calamine Lotion

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Anyone who enjoys the outdoors knows how itchy you can get if you get into a nasty Poison Ivy patch or a swarm of Mosquitos. Calamine lotion is a necessity when you are out and about in the summer months. Of course, being the crunchy Mama that I am, I just had to make my own homemade calamine lotion! The store-bought Calamine contains chemicals that I do not want on my skin or on my family. Check out how it rates with the EWG Skindeep Database:

Homemade Calamine Lotion | Real Food RN

The ingredients in my homemade Calamine lotion are safe and effective. Actually, you can eat it and you would be okay (but really, it’s not tasty so don’t eat it). I’ll break it down for you.

  • Bentonite clay: helps bind to the oils from the Poison Ivy plant, thus reducing the itchy irritation
  • Baking soda: neutralizes acid and soothes
  • Sea salt: reduces inflammation and dries out the oils
  • Glycerine: gives it a nice glide

Thats the short and sweet of it.

What you need:

How to:

  • Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
  • Stir in the water until you get the desired consistency (you might need more or less water)
  • Add in the glycerine (it gives the lotion a smooth consistency, for glide)
  • Store in a small container and use as needed.
Homemade Calamine Lotion | Real Food RN
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