Got A New Baby? Try Our Nursing Mother’s Nipple Balm Recipe!

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By using olive oil instead of the above oils, you greatly reduce the risk that your baby will have an allergic reaction. This recipe also uses cocoa butter, but if you prefer, you could also use mango butter or shea butter. Are you ready to get started?

Ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup of Calendula flowers
  • ¼ Cup of Chamomile flowers
  • 2 Tablespoons of marshmallow root
  • 1 Cup of olive oil

First, you will need to infuse the olive oil with some herbs. Your method of doing this will probably rely on how much time you have.

1. Solar Infusion: To use this method, put everything in a pint sized or larger Mason jar and leave in a location where the jar will get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Shake the jar once each day. This will take 4 weeks and only works in warm weather.

2. Time Infusion: This works exactly the same as the solar method, but it takes longer. Leave the jar on the kitchen counter and shake it once each day. The oil will be ready in 6 weeks.

3. Heat Infusion: When you need the oil ASAP, this is the method to use. Put all ingredients in a double boiler and heat on low for about 3 hours or until the oil changes color slightly. All of the above methods will work just fine, it’s simply how much time you have available.

Once you have the herbs infused into the oil, strain out the herbs, and put the oil in a clean jar. Now, put the cocoa butter (or whichever butter it is that you have decided to use) and ¼ cup of the infused oil into a double boiler. This recipe will leave you with leftover oil that you can use to make another batch of nipple balm or use in other recipes such as lotions and creams.

 

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Stir your oil and cocoa butter together over low heat just until the cocoa butter has melted completely and everything is well mixed. Pour into a jar or other container to store. This balm will never get completely hard, which makes it very easy to apply and gentle to the nipples. Feel free to use this balm as often as you need to get relief and make breastfeeding more enjoyable.

References:

www.anaphylaxis.org.uk

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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