DIY Calamine Lotion

If you’ve ever had poison ivy, poison oak, hives, or any other kind of severe skin irritation that causes itching, you’ll know just how soothing calamine lotion can be. I always thought it was something specific, but it turns out the ingredients will probably be pretty familiar to you if you have a basic natural first aid arsenal.

Even if you’ve never made your own home remedy, this is still an easy remedy with simple ingredients that aren’t too hard to find if you know where to look. Kaolin or bentonite clay are normally available at a health food store, while glycerin and zinc oxide can be found at a soap making supplier, or simply online. They’re not too expensive, and they’re a great staple to have for DIY lotion, home remedies and beauty treatments.

Essential oils can also commonly be found at a health food store, or from a local supplier. A lot of essential oil companies have network marketers, like Young Living or DoTerra, so if you know anyone who posts constantly about essential oils, odds are they’ll happily sell you some. These also make great additions to your natural health arsenal and most essential oils have a variety of uses, particular lavender and tea tree.

Here’s what you need: 

1/4 cup zinc oxide
4 teaspoons pink Kaolin clay or bentonite clay
4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon glycerin
3-4 drops lavender, peppermint, camphor, tea tree, or other antibacterial essential oil (optional)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Make sure to be very careful not to inhale the zinc oxide; its safest to use a mask.
  2. Whisk everything together, blending until smooth.
  3. Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, or, to have on hand, blend the dry ingredients and keep together in the cupboard (out of reach of children), and when someone gets itchy skin, blend together with the water, glycerin, and essential oils to make the lotion.

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