So how about it’s August and we left the windows open last night like we always do and now I’m sitting in my house with a sweatshirt on? In August?! The thermostat claims it’s 68 degrees in here, but the breeze blowing in the windows is a cool 48 (I WILL NOT CLOSE THE WINDOWS! IT’S AUGUST! … yes, the babies are well bundled. In August.)
Anyway, I wanted to share my experience with homemade calamine lotion with you since I made it in June and have been using it
for everything imaginable quite a bit since then.
So far I’ve used it on bug bites (I dabbed a bit on a ginormous mosquito bite and let it dry, then wiped it clean before bed. The bite was immediately no longer itchy and it was gone by morning. Magic. It also dried up a little patch of poison ivy rash in one day with one application. I used it on the start of some diaper rash for Jack and it cleared that up, too. (But don’t use it on diaper rash with open sores because the salt in the lotion will burn like crazy and make the baby even more miserable.)
The recipe says the lotion will keep for a week, which is good advice since it has water in it and water can support bacterial growth. I’ve been using the same batch all summer by keeping it in the fridge, where it dries out over time but still seems to be ok if I add a little more water and stir it up when I need it.
So there you have it! Homemade calamine lotion! Thwart itches and feel like Laura Ingalls Wilder while you’re at it!
Now does anyone have other fun uses for the pound of clay I have left? 🙂
*This is not a sponsored post, by the way – I’m just a satisfied customer.