I also use it for scratches on her face, heat rashes, and basically any red marks anywhere on her body that are red, inflamed or itching. She's got sensitive skin so its a miracle cure & causes no reaction in her at all.
Just so you know how great this stuff is, here are a few other uses for Pawpaw Salves...
... abscesses and boils, bruises and burns, carbuncles and chafings, cuts and cysts, dry and cracked skin on hands and feet, gravel rash and heat rash, insect stings and mosquito bites, open wounds and pimples, scalds and sunburn, swelling associated with injury, splinters and thorns, tinea and whitlow, nappy rash and cracked nipples, temporary relief of the symptoms of dermatitis and eczema & temporary relief of the discomfort of haemorrhoids by local application.
BUT... there are a few brands out there that are not all natural or that contain petrochemicals or petroleum jelly (i.e. like vaseline). The 'red' branded Lucas PawPaw Ointment sadly has been found to contain petroleum jelly (which I didn't know till AFTER I bought some... grrrrrrrrr!)
Now, some people are fine using vaseline & the like, and that's fine with me. I just prefer not to as petro-chemicals actually dry out the skin which means you have to use more of the product more frequently. Plus I just do not feel right about lathering already sore, red, inflamed skin with something that is derived from petro-chemicals or left over chemicals from the petroleum industry. Logically, it just can not be good for your skin.
For example; use a petro-chemical / vaseline based lip balm for a day or two & notice how your lips feel & how often you apply it. Then use a completely natural alternative (I now make my own all natural products including a lovely skin slave myself so check my Online Store) and see how that goes. You'll notice a difference - your lips will be softer, more moisturised & retain that moisture for longer on the natural products.
In addition, ANYTHING that goes onto your skin is absorbed directly from your skin into the bloodstream.
That includes things like mono-fluor-phosphate (the type of fluoride in our water) and chlorine.
There has been talk that chemicals do not cross the blood/brain or skin barrier however that has been shown to be untrue. There are many studies showing that chemicals are readily absorbed into the skin and that in fact, that chemicals absorbed into the skin can penetrate the body faster than through the lungs!
It has really nothing to filter it like the digestive system (stomach, intestines, colon, liver, kidneys etc). In light of that fact alone, I prefer to be very careful what goes on my skin especially whilst I am breastfeeding.
As with all things, just make the choice that works for you and feels right.
Given I am not thrilled about putting petrol anywhere near my baby girl, I hunted around and found other alternatives that DON'T contain any chemicals of the petroleum variety.
Eco Mum Favourite Products
Here they are (and you can order them online via www.organicsaustraliaonline.com.au or get them from any good Health Food Store)
Made with 51mg/gram of fresh paw paw and the rest is made from vegetable waxes and oils.
More papaw per volume than other leading brands.
Ingredients: fermented fresh paw paw fruit, Rhus succedanea wax, glycerine, canola oil, hydrogenated castor oil, beeswax, corn starch.
Contains no parabens, no mineral oils, no GM products, certified organic and twice the amount of organic paw to that of leading brands.
Available in lots of different sizes and handy tubes for mess free handbags and nappy bags.
It also soothes burns, sunburn, rashes and skin irritations. Laboratory studies show it kills bacteria and fungus such as ringworm, athlete's foot. It is gentle enough to be applied as a tea to thrush in children's mouths.
Now that you know that what goes on your skin goes INTO your body, are there other items in your household you could look at switching out for something more natural?
What are they?
Love and PawPaw,
The Eco Mum xo
The significance of skin exposure ~ Boeniger MF.