Is baby oil food grade

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I use mineral oil when I make cutting boards because it makes it pop. But I have not been finding any. Would baby oil be a good or decent replacement? Is there any other oils that would work, maybe even better than mineral oil?

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Baby oil is just mineral oil with fragrance added - so you're not going to kill anyone, but there may be a smell..

I normally use Olive Oil on cutting boards.


Over the years, my family has used a lot of oils on butcher blocks on bbq trailers and prep tables. We only use "food grade" mineral oil. There are no additives whatsoever, as with regular mineral oil and baby oil. It's clean, filtered, scent-free and resists bacteria. We use it on wood and metal surfaces, including knives and cleavers. Plus, it's only about $17/gallon on Amazon. That works out much cheaper than small bottles of "cutting board oil", which is the same oil. Just don't use cooking oils or olive oil. They turn bad in the wood, smell bad and start bacteria growth. Wipe the board with plenty of oil and let sit overnight to soak in and always do BOTH sides of the board (very important). Oiling top only can cause warping. Many wipe the oil on boards with their clean bare hand. No waste and it's great for the skin.


You should be able to find food quality mineral oil online fairly easily in most locations.

Baby oil is probably okay, but I would shy away from the scented stuff. (Should be able to get unscented baby oil).

Mineral Oil is also typically available from pharmacies/chemists where it will probably be called paraffin oil.

If you can't find online, or at a chemist, you can (I have been told with nothing to back this up), buy bulk quantities of mineral oil from farming supplies stores, where it is sold as a laxative. If I was going down this path I'd make sure there was MSDS available to verify it was 100% mineral oil with no additives.


I probably wouldn't use baby oil. It's filled with other ingredients that's may not age well, or mix well with cooking foods. If you can find a pharmacy they'll be bound to have both oils.

I for one am a monster that slices onions on a woodcutting board, but I'm not such a crazed individual that I want my onions to taste like babies.


I use baby oil that can be purchased at dollar stores to treat cutting boards. No scent whatsoever. If it is made for babies, you know it is safe, since babies put their mouth on everything.

If you’re looking for alternatives, you might find suitable ones in the cookware sections of shops.

I wouldn’t use baby oil as it’s not intended to sit on a wooden surface for a long time, so might not last as well.

I’ve got a light wax with a pleasant orange scent (doesn’t taint food!) which is intended for chopping boards and wooden surfaces. I found it in the kitchenware section of a department store. It’s called “town talk wooden surface wax”, and - if you happen to be in the U.K. - I found it in John Lewis.

I’ve also got some “Catskills butchers block oil” which describes itself as a “pure mixture of mineral oils and vitamin E”, again intended for kitchen use and food safe. Again, came from a kitchenware shop.

I use them on anything which comes into contact with food or small children, though I prefer the wax, I find it easier to use and a nicer smell.

The only reason vege and olive oils don't go rancid for they regularly wash and re-oil these surfaces... If they stop then it will go nasty. This is to say that you're micro-dosing bacteria and fungi when you use these organic oils as they're breeding on the surface, just not visually large enough colonies between abrasions.


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Mineral Oil Vs.

Baby Oil

Mineral oil and baby oil are petroleum distillation byproducts.

Imagine rubbing petroleum byproducts on your baby's skin. That is exactly what you do every time you use baby oil. Baby oil and mineral oil are mixtures of petroleum distillation byproducts. Although refined to meet specifications for use in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and even food, mineral oil and baby oil are hydrocarbon compounds derived from petrochemicals.


Mineral oil is a hydrocarbon compound also known as paraffin oil, liquid petrolatum, white mineral oil and Nujol. The only difference between baby oil and mineral oil in general is that baby oil has added fragrance.

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Medical Uses

Mineral oil can be taken as a laxative in two ways: as a liquid by mouth on an empty stomach at bedtime or as a rectal enema. When taken as a laxative, mineral oil coats the surface of your intestines preventing your body from absorbing water. The extra water causes your stool to swell and soften, and stimulates your intestines to have a bowel movement. Mineral oil also lubricates your intestines, easing the passage of your stool.
As a moisturizer, mineral oil and baby oil coat the external surface of your skin, forming a barrier to help prevent the evaporation of water, as well as lubricating the outer layer. Massaging your baby's skin with mineral or baby oil also enhances parent-baby bonding. Certain precautions need to be taken when using mineral or baby oil for medical purposes. Mineral oil taken within two hours of other medicines, vitamins or foods can interfere with their absorption into the body. When taken with stool softeners, the mineral oil can be absorbed into your body instead of simply coating the intestines, which could prove harmful.

Food Uses

Mineral oil is used in small amounts as a lubricant or releasing agent in baking pans and trays. Baby oil, because of the added fragrance, would not be used for this purpose. Mineral oil can be found in food from trace residue on those cooking surfaces or from the surfaces of knives used to cut bread dough. Mineral oil is also used directly on foods, such as a coating for fruit or in foods as a fat substitute. Because mineral oil can interfere with absorption of foods and nutrients when taken internally, the use of mineral oil in foods specifically intended for children carries some risk.

Chemical Properties

Both mineral oil and baby oil appear as a clear, oily liquid. Mineral oil is odorless, while baby oil has a fragrance added to match a specific standard desired by the manufacturer. Both are insoluble in water and have an extremely high boiling point, about 500 to 625 degrees Fahrenheit. Both are stable under ordinary room temperature conditions.


Mineral oil and baby oil have potentially negative health effects. Inhalation can irritate the respiratory tract leading to coughing, shortness of breath, and if aspirated into the lungs, can cause chemical pneumonia. Toxic levels taken internally can result in nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramping. If this occurs, it is important not to induce vomiting, but rather give the victim large quantities of water to help dilute the effects.
Prolonged contact with the skin can cause irritation. Fumes can irritate eyes. People with pre-existing skin disorders or impaired lung function might be hypersensitive to these potentially irritating effects.
Although mineral oil can be used as a laxative, it is not recommended for extended use. Mineral oil blocks nutrient and vitamin absorption and can build up in tissues. Some common side effects of using mineral oil as a laxative include loss of normal bowel response, nausea and cramps. Other, less common side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, and anal leakage of oil.

Oil allergy: causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment

  • General information
  • Causes of oil intolerance
  • Who is at risk
  • Oil allergy: symptoms
  • Types of oil allergy
  • 9003 Diagnosis of oil Oil allergy: treatment

General information

Oil allergy is a common pathology that significantly impairs the quality of human life. Oils are used for cooking, cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. There are natural vegetable oils and synthetic products, and all of them are actively used for various household purposes. With an allergy, the body perceives the oil as a dangerous substance, so it begins to produce antibodies against its components. A person develops an acute intolerance to this product. When even a small amount of oil enters the body orally or through the skin, inflammatory processes begin to occur in the body, falsely signaling the presence of an infection or other foreign body in the blood. The mechanism of development of an allergic reaction lies in the features of the functioning of the immune system. nine0021

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An immune system that is too weak or unstable is easily disrupted and becomes hypersensitive to any stimuli. As a rule, an allergy to oil occurs in infancy, when the body's defense mechanisms are not yet sufficiently formed.

Causes of oil intolerance

There are a huge number of oils, and they all differ in their individual composition. Most foods contain fatty acids and vitamins, but butter also contains milk protein. If a person is diagnosed with an allergy to oil, the foremost task of the doctor is to determine the causes that provoked the pathology. An allergic reaction can cause almost any component that is part of the product. Moreover, in most cases, hypersensitivity extends to several types of oils and other substances containing a specific allergen. So, with intolerance to fatty acids, a person develops an allergy to butter, beeswax, peanut butter. When it comes to hypersensitivity to milk proteins, the body shows an abnormal reaction not only to butter, but also to other dairy products. nine0021

Oil allergies are often caused by a hereditary predisposition. In this case, the child is born with a congenital disease, the mechanisms of which are embedded in his genes. The tendency to allergic manifestations is not always transmitted from parents to children. Even if grandparents and other family members suffer from pathology, it is likely that the child will develop it.

Who is at risk

An allergy to oil can manifest itself at any age, and it is quite difficult to prevent its development. However, in some cases, the risk of pathology increases significantly. nine0021

  1. Pregnancy. Often, with the onset of pregnancy, the body begins to react violently to various stimuli, to which it was previously neutral. This is caused by drastic hormonal changes and decreased immunity.
  2. Age up to 3 years. In babies, the immune system is weak and unstable, which often causes the development of its pathologies. If an allergy to oil occurs at such an early age, it often begins to disappear as they grow older, and by the school period it ceases to bother the child. nine0004
  3. Heredity. If at least one of the spouses suffers from allergies, there is a high probability of transmitting this pathology to the child at the gene level. In the presence of the disease in both parents, the risk of its development in the baby increases significantly. In this case, the mother and father do not have to be diagnosed with an allergy to oil. Pathology often develops, even if the parents suffer from another form of allergy (food, sun, etc.).
  4. Tendency to allergic manifestations. People who suffer from allergies to pollen, animal dander, and various types of food allergies are more likely to develop oil intolerance. The reason for this lies in the violation of the functional processes of immunity. nine0004
  5. Atopic dermatitis. The disease is characterized by a chronic course and is inherited. In atopic dermatitis, frequent skin reactions to various exogenous and endogenous irritants are noted. Oil is one of the most aggressive allergens, especially when it comes to essential oils. Therefore, allergy to oil in individuals with atopic dermatitis is quite common.

Oil allergy: symptoms

The nature and severity of the manifestations of an allergic reaction depends on the state of the immune system and the amount of the allergen that has entered the body. Symptoms of pathology in the acute stage occur almost instantly, a few minutes after contact with the irritant. In other cases, an allergic reaction develops a few hours after using the oil. Allergy symptoms are conventionally divided into three groups. nine0021

  1. Respiratory. The patient has shortness of breath in combination with a strong dry cough, a runny nose, itching in the nose, and sneezing develop. Similar symptoms are characterized by an allergy to an essential oil, in which the allergen enters the body by airborne droplets.
  2. Dermal. After contact with the oil, there is a burning sensation and itching, the affected area of ​​​​the body turns red, often even swells. With a strong allergic reaction, urticaria develops in the form of red, painful blisters. nine0004
  3. Gastrointestinal. In some cases, an allergy to oil manifests itself in the form of diarrhea, vomiting, pain in the abdomen. Usually, these symptoms occur when oil is taken orally with food (butter, sunflower) or for medicinal purposes (castor oil). People often mistake this bodily reaction for normal food poisoning and refuse to seek medical attention. However, with repeated use of the product, the situation repeats itself.

Respiratory, skin and digestive symptoms occur either singly or in combination. If any of the above signs of allergy appear, you should make an appointment with an allergist. If you neglect medical care, there is a high probability of developing complications in the form of Quincke's edema and anaphylactic shock. In the first case, an allergy to oil is characterized by severe swelling of the skin and mucous tissue, which often leads to suffocation. Anaphylactic shock is the most dangerous complication of allergies. The patient has a sharp drop in blood pressure, spasms of the respiratory tract, headache. The condition develops literally in a matter of minutes, in a short period of time leads to death. nine0021

Types of oil allergies

An oil allergy rarely involves intolerance to all existing oils, usually it refers to a specific product. Each oil is individual in its composition, each of them has its own characteristics and properties. Therefore, if an allergy is suspected, the doctor needs to find out to which oil the body has developed hypersensitivity. The nature of the treatment and its outcome depend on the result obtained. Let's look at the features of the course of the most common forms of oil allergy. nine0021

  1. Allergic to castor oil. Castor oil is widely used in cosmetology to strengthen hair and eyelashes, to combat baldness and dandruff. Also, the product helps to successfully remove warts and other neoplasms. The main component in the composition of the oil is ricinoleic acid, which can provoke a skin reaction in people prone to allergic manifestations. Allergy to castor oil is characterized exclusively by skin symptoms. Patients have swelling of the skin, redness, itching of inflamed areas. In rare cases, eyelashes and eyebrows may fall out. When oil is ingested, symptoms of diarrhea occur, which is not always caused by allergic processes, since castor oil provides a laxative effect. nine0004
  2. Allergic to coconut oil. Coconut oil intolerance is associated with a high content of fatty acids in the product. Allergies occur as a result of eating oil with food or using it as a cosmetic product. The symptoms of an allergic reaction depend on the method of application of the product. So, an allergy to coconut oil when used externally is manifested by a rash, swelling of the skin, severe itching of the affected areas. Eating the product provokes the development of such signs of allergy as diarrhea, vomiting, and cutting pains in the abdomen. nine0004
  3. Allergic to linseed oil. Despite the fact that flaxseed contains relatively few allergens, intolerance to oil from flaxseed is quite common. The product is eaten, it is considered a storehouse of substances useful for the body. However, for allergy sufferers, such a diet is treated with intestinal spasms, vomiting, tachycardia, and respiratory failure. It is contraindicated to use flaxseed oil with an allergy to mustard, so as not to activate the production of cross-antigen. An allergic reaction also occurs as a result of the external use of the product. In cosmetology, there are a huge number of recipes that include linseed oil. Allergy in this case is manifested by swelling of the skin, redness and itching. nine0004
  4. Allergic to black cumin oil. Black cumin oil has pronounced wound healing properties, it is successfully used for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and pathologies of the respiratory system. The product is effective both externally and internally. Allergy to black cumin oil develops in the form of gastrointestinal and respiratory manifestations. Upon contact with the allergen, attacks of vomiting and diarrhea occur, swelling appears on the mucous membrane of the mouth and nose. The severe stage of allergy is manifested by headache, shortness of breath, and heart rhythm disturbance. With external use of the drug, a rash occurs on certain parts of the body. nine0004
  5. Allergy to butter. Dairy intolerance is one of the most common forms of food allergy on the planet. Pathology is caused by the body's hypersensitivity to milk proteins. These proteins are found in cow's milk, which means they are stored in butter. Provocateurs of an allergic reaction are beta-lactoglobulin, casein and alpha-lactalbumin. Allergy to butter is most common among children of preschool and primary school age. Babies have colic, bloating, signs of allergic dermatitis. In the adult population, the pathology is characterized by nausea, diarrhea, flatulence, and headache. nine0004
  6. Allergic to Johnson's baby oil. Pediatricians strongly recommend Johnson's baby oil as a baby care product. According to doctors, it is great for massaging babies and treating areas prone to inflammatory processes. In fact, the situation is not so prosaic, since many babies are allergic to Johnson's baby oil after the first application. The answer lies in the composition of the product, which is not natural. The product is made on the basis of liquid paraffin with an admixture of fragrances, essential oils and isopropyl palmitate. The last component poses the greatest danger to the child's body. Isopropyl palmitate covers the skin with a thin film, clogging the pores. In addition, this substance is considered the strongest allergen, with which the child's immune system is simply unable to cope. An allergy to Johnson's baby is manifested by sneezing, conjunctivitis, local reddening of the skin with severe swelling. nine0004

Diagnosis of oil allergy

The symptoms of oil allergy are similar to those of other types of allergies, so it is quite difficult to diagnose the pathology on your own. It is recommended to make an appointment with an allergist or an allergist-immunologist who will examine and prescribe the necessary procedures. To diagnose the disease in allergology, several methods are used.

  1. Skin tests (allergy tests). The technique consists in exposing a small amount of the allergen directly to the skin. The doctor moistens a piece of cotton wool in the alleged allergen and applies such a compress to the body. In some cases, the allergen is applied directly to the skin in liquid form. If an inflammatory reaction is observed on the treated area, the patient is diagnosed with an allergy to oil. nine0004
  2. Immunoglobulin blood tests. The advantage of this method is safety, since it does not require exposure of the body to the allergen. If skin tests are performed only on patients over the age of 3 years, then blood tests are allowed even for infants. For the study, a sample of the patient's venous blood is taken, after which the doctor in the laboratory introduces the allergen into the biological fluid. To evaluate the result, a special reagent is used that combines with the allergen-antigen complexes. nine0004
  3. Provocative tests. This diagnostic method is used relatively rarely if the two previous methods were ineffective. It consists in taking blood and performing its analysis after the subcutaneous injection of the allergen into the body.

Oil Allergy: Treatment

The treatment of any allergic reactions is strict elimination therapy, which implies the complete rejection of the allergenic product. If the oil causes food allergies, it is recommended to replace it with safe alternatives. For people who are allergic to butter, it is preferable to use vegetable oils, animal fat, margarine for frying and baking. In case of an allergic reaction to cosmetic oils, it is recommended to refuse procedures with their use. nine0021

Various medications are used to relieve and prevent the symptoms of pathology. The patient is shown the following preparations:

  • enterosorbents - for the speedy removal of allergens from the body and elimination of gastrointestinal symptoms;
  • antihistamines - to stop and prevent the process of histamine production;
  • corticosteroids - to relieve itching and swelling of the skin, as well as mucous tissue;
  • topical vasoconstrictors - to relieve nasal congestion and signs of conjunctivitis. nine0004

Allergy to oil requires complex therapy for a long period. After the onset of remission, the patient is recommended to visit an allergist every six months for a preventive examination.

How to choose the oil for wood cutting boards?


  • What is wood cutting board oil for
  • What are cutting board oils
  • Basic requirements for cutting board oils
  • How to Oil a Cutting Board
  • How Often to Oil the Boards
  • Oils for Expressive Design
  • Where can I get quality oil?

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  • What is wood cutting board oil for?
  • What are cutting board oils?0120
  • How often should the boards be treated?

Wooden cutting boards can last a long time if properly cared for. However, natural material requires special treatment and care. Using oil to treat a wooden cutting board, you protect it from moisture, prevent deformation and maintain its original appearance. It is easily absorbed, penetrates deep into the pores of the wood and leaves them open for natural “breathing” processes. nine0021

What is wood cutting board oil for

Cutting boards are in daily contact with sharp knives, water and various foods. They are made from an array of popular types of wood - beech, oak, maple, walnut, birch and cherry or exotic - jatoba and mango wood, including bars from the end surface. Regardless of the strength of the structure of the source material, cutting boards need special protection.

Oil treatment: nine0021

  • Prevents stains from coloring products and the absorption of odors. The coating effectively blocks the penetration of juices and liquids from fresh vegetables, herbs, meat, fish into the wood structure.
  • Creates a stable water-repellent effect, prevents overmoistening and cracking of wood when it dries. This is especially true during the heating season, when the air in the kitchen becomes dry.
  • Provides preventive protection against bacteria and fungus. The treated wood continues to "breathe", is protected from scratches and microcracks, which create favorable conditions for the development of microorganisms. nine0004

The oil creates a very thin and elastic vapor-permeable coating. At the same time, it reliably protects the wood.

What are cutting board oils

Various products are used for impregnation. Before you buy oil for a cutting board made of wood, you need to get acquainted with the features of each type.

Types of compositions:

  • Mineral oil is a safe refinery product. Most often, its medical analogue is used - pharmacy vaseline oil, which can be consumed orally, or cheaper lamp oil. Due to their low viscosity, they penetrate well into the tree, but they have a high consumption. nine0004
  • Natural edible oil. For processing boards, hemp, nut, olive oil is used. However, edible oils are prone to rancidity when exposed to air, producing an unpleasant odor and taste that will be transferred to the food.
  • Linseed oil and drying oil. Flaxseed oil is actively absorbed and does not go rancid, but polymerizes for a very long time. An externally dried coating may leave stains due to the fact that the composition has not dried inside. The surface is quickly worn out and scratched during intensive use. nine0004
  • Combination of vegetable oils and waxes. Thanks to their complete polymerization, they do not go rancid, and their high solid content ensures economical consumption. Waxes help to create a more resistant and durable coating with excellent dirt and water repellency.

When choosing a product, it is necessary to take into account its drying speed and durability. Edible oils, such as flaxseed, take a long time to polymerize. Drying takes up to three days for each layer, which may take up to 3-4. Mineral compositions dry up to 8 hours, it is necessary to apply from 2 to 5 layers. nine0021

Without additional waxing, both food-grade and synthetic mineral oil for wood cutting boards are not able to provide long-term protection to a cutting board. The coating requires regular and frequent renewal.

OSMO Wax Oil contains desiccants. It takes 8-10 hours to dry one layer. Thanks to wax, the coating retains its properties for several months even with intensive use of the board.

Basic requirements for board oils

Oil for processing a cutting board made of wood should create a reliable and safe coating for people.

Quality Ingredients:

  • Harmless. The treated surface may come into contact with raw and cooked food.
  • No smell after drying and no taste. Products do not acquire foreign tastes and odors.
  • Gives hydrophobic properties and facilitates the care of the finished product. The smooth surface is effortlessly cleaned of dirt and withstands mild detergents. nine0004

As a rule, both natural and synthetic products are safe for health. They have a high degree of purification, do not contain toxic impurities and additives.

How to oil a cutting board

Osmo oil is convenient and easy to work with. It is ready to use and requires only thorough mixing. You can process new boards before starting operation or restore those that were already in use.


The surface must first be cleaned of dirt and sanded with fine grit sandpaper P150-240 (depending on the type of wood). The oil is applied along the fibers in an even, thin layer using a flat brush, a small microfiber roller, or a soft, lint-free cloth. The excess is removed with a napkin to avoid streaks and stains.

A new board is impregnated twice. The second layer is applied after the first has dried. To renew the coating, it is enough to treat the surface cleaned of dirt once. nine0021

Oil must be applied on all sides. Impregnation on only one side can lead to deformation of the remaining surface of the product.

How often should boards be treated

The cover needs to be updated regularly. The frequency depends on the operating conditions of the board - intensity of use, humidity in the room, place and method of storage.

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