April 3

How to Make Homemade Calamine Lotion

How To


Calamine lotion has been used in treating many things ranging from nasty sunburn to poison ivy to itchy bug bites.

It’s amazingly useful for anyone but particularly those who like to discover the outdoors, or kids that like to bushwhack through whatever they can.

A little jar of calamine can be a life-saver and while store-bought calamine lotion doesn’t have the poor chemical ratings of other over-the-counter lotions, reproducing it at home costs a fraction of the price once you’ve got the right ingredients.

Ingredients and its health Constituents

Bentonite clay, baking soda, sea salt, essential oils, glycerin (optional), pink kaolin clay (optional).

Bentonite clay

Bentonite clay is been used in a lot of dermatologic formulas and is presently being studied for use in battlefield wound dressings since it seems to help the wound heal better and faster.

It also acts as a shield against urushiol, which is an oily organic substance found in plants such as poison ivy and poison oak.

If you happen to come in contact with poison ivy or something of the like, applying bentonite clay afterward will draw out the oil, thanks to its outstanding way of binding elements.

Baking soda

Baking soda is alkaline in nature, which means it’s the opposite of acidic. When suffering from a bug bite or something of the like, Adding baking soda neutralizes the acid and thus soothes the uncomfortable itchiness and irritation.

Calcium hydroxide is what is been used in store-bought calamine, but baking soda is much more common and does essentially the same thing.

Tea tree/essential oil

Essential oils serve more than just make things smell good. They are also vital and are great for soothing itchy and inflamed skin.

Sea salt

Sea salt sloughs away dying or dead skin cells and can help relieve inflammation, irritation, and any kind of infuriating itchiness.

Pink Kaolin clay (optional)

Kaolin clay is great for persons with sensitive skin and is a very mild exfoliator.

It does not draw toxins out with the same potency as bentonite clay, although it does help, so it is used it here mainly to add the pink color to calamine without iron oxide, and to make the cream much more effective.

Glycerin (optional)

Glycerin makes the calamine a little smoother and milder, as it traps in moisture and also draws moisture to your skin.


You will need:

  • 1/4 cup of fresh water (roughly),
  • 4 teaspoons of bentonite clay
  • 4 teaspoons of baking soda,
  • a half-1 tablespoon of sea salt.
  • 10-15 drops of tea tree or another essential oil, such as lavender or chamomile, or a combination
  • a half teaspoon of glycerin (optional) and
  • 2-3 teaspoons of pink kaolin clay (optional)


In a small bowl or container, whisk together the baking soda, salt, bentonite clay, and the kaolin clay if been used.

Add water, stirring continually, until a paste starts to form. Continue to add water until preferred consistency is reached.

Add in your essential oils at this point, and the glycerin if been used. Stir until thoroughly mixed, and store in a glass jar with a tight-fitting cover.

You can save this in the refrigerator for up to a week, but an easier way is to simply keep a jar of the dry ingredients mixed together on hand.

Then, when required, take a small spoonful of the powder and just add enough of the liquids to make your lotion as wanted.

The next time you notice yourself covered in itchy bug bites or a bad rash, apply your homemade calamine lotion as you would store-bought.

The relief it carries, and the peace of mind, is well worth the little bit of energy it takes to make.

You can include any essential oils that are known to be good for skin care like eucalyptus, lavender, chamomile, and tea tree. Feel free to make up a combination or you can stick to using one.


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