Dangers of Talcum Powder

Find out why talcum powder is a bad choice for babies and get the formula for a lovely all-natural alternative here:

Talcum powder contains a substance similar in composition to asbestos, and some studies have linked the use of talcum powder to increased incidence of ovarian cancer. Accidentally inhaling it can lead to serious respiratory problems or even death.

It is never a good idea to allow your baby to inhale any powder, even the all-natural formula below, so be sure to place the shaker out of your baby’s reach.

Sweet Baby Powder
1/3 cup white cosmetic clay
1/3 cup powdered arrowroot
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon zinc oxide powder
1/2 teaspoon essential oil of lavender

1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and store in a lidded jar with a shaker insert (leftover herb jars with holed inner lids are perfect).

2. Makes a little more than a cup.

By the Care2 Staff.

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Watson J.
Watson J.2 years ago

It has been suggested that talcum powder might cause cancer in the ovaries if the powder particles (applied to the genital area or on sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms) were to travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovary. Several studies in women have looked at the possible link between talcum powder and cancer of the ovary. Findings are mixed, with some studies reporting a slightly increased risk and some reporting no increase.

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Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies3 years ago

Interesting and noted

Jennifer C.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks for the advice.

Lyssa C.
Lyssa C.4 years ago

Cheers :)

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thanks Annie.

Michele G.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks :)

Bon L.
Bon L.4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

c w.5 years ago

Is this the same for "natural" talc?