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Baby Oil Mysteries - What Are Its Ingredients?
What is the Hidden Answer?
This is a trick question, isn't it?
No, baby oil is not made from babies.
However, baby oils contain ingredients like some of those listed below that I have found in a different few brands of the product.
I remember when baby oil that was available at the supermarket was always 100% mineral oil, packaged differently from that avaiable in the pharmacy, and sold at a slightly higher price. Customers likely thought that it was a different, higher grade of product. At the same time, people occssionally purchased plain mineral oil from the pharmacy or used petroleum jelly instead of the baby oil available. Then, with industrial progress, other ingredients began to be added to the baby oils, as discussed below.
NOTE: The cosmetics-grade mineral oil and petrolatum/petroleum jelly that we buy in many types of storess have been called the "safest, most nonirritating" moisturizers in existence , according to the publications Cosmetics & Toiletries, January 2001, page 79; and Cosmetic Dermatology, September 2000, pages 44–46).
These elements keep some air from penetratikng the skin, but this is necessary for a portion of the healikng process from burns and chaffing - especailly in cases of dry skin. These elements of skin products have also proven effective in wound healing, according to Cosmetics & Toiletries, February 1998, pages 33–40.
In decades past on the farm in rural America, people sometimes used herbal remedies for diaper rash and dry skin. If nothing else was available, they even used lard, which worled just as well as oils and hand lotions today, although with less of a pleasant scent.
In some countries, whale oil is used for skin protection, especailly protection from high winds. In fact, the Indigenous peoples of Alaska and Northern Canada still use whale oil for these needs.
Skin Care Emergencies
Th subject of using whale oil for health and beauty applications reminds me that honey and sugar were used on the farm to heal wounds. In isolated areas of our country, these ngredients are likely still used in emergencies, coupled with standard First Aid techniques.
In urban areas, hospitals send wound treatment mobile units out into lower income neighborhoods to hlp residents with chronic wounds that are not healing. This is particularly true of those with diabetes and those who are elderly. A number of techniques and treatments are used, as needed, including hospital-grade honey and probably a variety of lotions and oils as well.
Honey is hydroscopic, meaning it attracts water or moisture and helps to seal a wouind. Many honeys are 80% sugar and 20% water. Honey is also antiseptic, killing bacteria. This leads me to think that honey was probably used at times to treat diaper rash.
All this reminds me to say that putting butter on a burn has no good effect at all and may do harm. For a 1st Degree burn, apply ice or cold water, or it will burn all the way to the bone. Afterward, maybe honey can help the burn to heal, but ask your doctor.
Manuka Honey For Healing
- How to Heal a Wound with Honey
American medicine has been considering using honey more frequently in the treatment of wounds. However, New Zealand already has used certain types of honey as a traditional treatment for some time. It is now even possible to use these honey varieties
Ingredients In Top Brands Of Baby Oil
Soft and Silk Baby Oil
Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Vitamin E, Acetate, Fragrance.
Johnson's Baby Oil, Lavender scent
Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Fragrance
Burt's Bee Baby Bee Oil
Ingredients: prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, tritium vulgare (wheat) germ oil, tocopheryl acetate, fragrance, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil
Buddha Baby Oil
Ingredients Prunus amygadulas dulcis (sweet almond) oil and Lavendula augustofolia (lavender) oil.
Baby Moon Oil
Ingredients: Lavender, tangerine and "other" essential oils, in sweet almond and olive oils.
A successful home recipe for Baby Oil from a friend
Apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, organic jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, lavender oil, mandarin orange oil..