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DIY Petroleum Free Jelly
Petroleum free ‘jelly’ is super easy to make and only requires two ingredients. This ointment is often used to repair dry cracked skin and minor wounds, seal in moisture, and prevent or treat diaper rash. Homesteaders also use it for a wide variety of livestock applications. The regular stuff isn’t expensive and is available at your grocery or drug store. So why would you start making your own substitute?
Here’s Why I Started Making My Own Petroleum Free Jelly
I recently started making my own ointment to replace store bought petroleum jelly for several reasons.
- Decrease my use of petroleum products
- Use all natural ingredients
- Concerned about using a petroleum product on my skin
- Increase my self-reliance
I know that I can’t cut petroleum products out of my life completely. We still have a car that runs on gas and purchase products with plastic containers. (I’m working on the plastic, ahem.) However, my family is trying to cut back on our petroleum use and increase our sustainability.
Is There Anything Wrong With Petroleum Jelly?
Repeated use of petroleum jelly may cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin. It should not be used internally and some people have concerns about the safety of using it topically. If you are interested in reading about the potential issues of petroleum jelly, this article is a good place to start. I encourage you to research the scientific information and make your own decisions.
Full disclosure…I am not super concerned about using petroleum jelly on my skin occasionally. However, I prefer to use non-petroleum products when possible. I like using renewable products like beeswax and vegetable oils (in glass bottles) to make my own skin care products. Because I need to purchase these ingredients, I’m not being completely self-reliant.
Read the full article on The New Homesteader’s Almanac