Baby’s Balm is advertised as an herbal product that can be applied topically in order to help in providing relief from baby diaper rash and skin ailments in adults. The company behind the product is Mountain Rose Herbs.
Mountain Rose Herbs distributes herbal products developed by its own herbalists or by other producers. In addition, it also sells in bulk herbs and spices that are usually either certified organic or harvested using an environmental friendly technology. It has been on the market since the second half of the 1980’s and is based in Oregon. Mountain Rose Herbs is also a certified organic plants processor as per the US Department of Agriculture.
The manufacturer claims that Baby’s Balm has a soothing effect and it contains mostly organic herbs. Like all the salves produced by Mountain Rose Herbs, this one does not have synthetic flavors, coloring and other additives that may not be well tolerated by baby skin. The formula is supposed to help babies who have irritated skin in the diaper area. Baby’s Balm may also be used by adults for various skin irritations, like dry and sensitive skin in the winter season. The bottle is small (one or two ounces) so you can take it with outdoors.
Baby’s Balm Ingredients
Baby’s Balm contains the following ingredients: Calendula flowers, Plantain leaf, Chickweed. St. John’s Wort flowers, Myrrh gum, Golden seal root, Olive oil, and Beeswax.
Baby–s Balm is based on herbs that have been used in folk medicine for minor wounds, skin inflammations and skin disorders like eczema. One core ingredient is calendula, also known as pot marigold. Calendula is recommended by herbalists for healing wounds (but not open injuries), burns and sunburns as it has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Calendula ointments are usually recommended for itching and irritated skin; however, specialists say it should be used temporarily and the underlying cause of the skin disorder should be determined. The herb is considered safe, but it may interfere with conception and interact with various drugs, like sedatives taken before and after surgery, blood pressure drugs, and diabetes medication.
Another key ingredient is plantain which is recommended in the treatment of skin ailments. It contains chemical compounds that have astringent, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Plantain has not been sufficiently researched by scientists nonetheless it continues to be recommended by herbalists. Side effects have rarely been reported and most often referred to allergic reactions to plantain pollen.
The Baby’s Balm formulation is not evaluated by the FDA so its safety and quality cannot be guaranteed. The manufacturer does not mention side effects. In addition, it does not say much about for how long and in what amount it is safe to use the salve. The product is sold in bottles of 1 and 2 ounces.
- The cost per ounce ranges from $4 to $5.75 depending on the bottle size (one or two ounces), which would recommend Baby’s Balm as being affordable
- It contains herbs that have been used for a long time for treating skin irritations
- It does not contain synthetic additives
- Shipping expensive may be relatively high if you order from the manufacturer’s site
- The formula is not widely available in online shops
- Some herbs in the formula may interact with other drugs
Baby’s Balm is an herbal solution suitable for babies and adults according to the manufacturer. It has some online consumer reviews which are positive. However, since they are quite scarce, we believe they might just represent a marketing tool.
What we like about the product is that it is entirely natural so it might have fewer chances of causing irritations than creams containing parabens or other synthetic additives. Moreover, the list of ingredients (calendula, plantain) would also recommend it as an effective formulation.
In our view, parents should discuss with a doctor before using Baby’s Balm on baby skin. In addition, adults should also ask for professional advice if they suffer from certain illnesses (like diabetes and blood pressure) or take other medications. This is due to the fact that some herbs in this formula might interact with other drugs.