By Gaye Levy
During much time, I have avoided learn how to make a body lotion. Most likely, this a commercial product that I bought a few years it was a sticky, smelly mass ago due. Just I do not understand the popularity of an item, and why should I bother.
Fast forward to today and wanted to reach a carrier of essential oils that complement the simple ointment to invent from coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax. An important reason was the opinion of readers who were allergic to bees. They wanted an elegant solution to make ointments and without beeswax.
I started looking into homemade lotions, but refused when I realized that lotions are made of water. This introduces the possibility of mold and it was just something he did not want to deal with. Furthermore, water can be dried when applied to skin emollients are added so often. These evaporate quickly and are back to the starting point.
Furthermore, body lotion is made of butters and oils. These penetrate the skin to nourish and conditions and provide an ideal support for essential oils.
With that knowledge in hand, she led me to the kitchen and made a little butter body. Actually, I’ve done a lot of body cream.
The recipes that I share below are for two versions. Body Butter can simply make it simple (simple, get it?) Or you can add your choice of essential oils. I always like to have some of the normal version on hand so I can add essential oils on an ad hoc basis, creating small batches of butter Earth observation for immediate use.
The second version is appropriately called miracle healing body butter and can be used as a substitute DIY Miracle Healing Salve . This is the balm always came first. It is really the Swiss Army knives of ointments why not make a cream version for the body as well?
How to make simple body cream
I’ll share a recipe small lots, but can be easily doubled or even tripled.
1/2 cup shea butter
1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup ( 2 ounces) of liquid carrier oil (almond, olive. fractionated coconut oil, jojoba, hemp, etc.)
60 drops of essential oil (optional)
1. Combine shea butter and coconut oil in a large cup Pyrex or mason jar and set it on the stove in a pot of boiling water. You can also use a double boiler, but this is much easier. Be sure to use a large glass so that the water does not splash and contaminate the oils.
2. Stir gently until melted.
3. When fully melted, remove the glass or pitcher of water bath and let stand for 5 minutes. During this time, the melted oil to cool sufficiently to prevent overheating of the liquid oils (and essential oils, if used).
4. Add the remaining oil already in liquid form. This is also when you are adding essential oils, if used.
5. Let cool. Butter / oil begin to harden a bit which is what you want.
Note :. I have mine in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to accelerate the process
6. Using a hand mixer (I used my stick mix ), whip until you have a nice fluffy. If cooled and semi-hardened as described above, this will take 5 to 15 minutes so be patient.
Note :. Another reason to use a large cup or jar to melt the oils is that the mixing process make a mess all over the place if there is enough headspace in the container
7. Transfer your body simply a scrupulously clean container and butter is. I used two glass jars and glass plastic jars (like these) successfully.
How do Miracle Healing Body Butter
Of course, if you prefer to use different essential oils, you can do that too. Just keep in mind that for this small batch, add about 60 drops in total, depending on the quality of their oils and desired dilution. It has been my experience that most oil quality, the less you will need.
Note: 60 drops is the same dilution used Miracle Healing Salve . Uses a total of 30 drops of essential oil per 4 oz bottle.
How to use body cream
This body cream is very emollient and initially may even appear greasy. Not to worry; it absorbs very quickly. I am currently using the version of Miracle Healing to rub on my legs before bedtime to prevent leg cramps. I’ve also used on cuts and scrapes on my skin and when itching gets. It also works well as a moisturizer on the face and feet.
also have a batch that was made using incense plus a combination of coconut, jojoba and hemp oils as liquid carrier. Increasingly, Frank, as it is called, is the first oil reached when I need something “cure”. A little goes a long way, especially when used in a body cream or ointment.
Further reading: 22 powerful uses of frankincense essential oil
The following will be a version to replace “birch” joint and muscle pain, and there is no reason to believe that this will not work as well as the ointment.
Further reading: Birch essential for arthritis Oil, muscle and joint pain
I have not been using this enough to get an idea of the life time, but since there is no water in the body creams DIY, my best guess is six months or more, depending on the ambient temperature where it is stored. If you are in a warm climate would certainly make small batches -. Only enough to last a month or two
All that being said, my guess is that it will go through this quickly and life will not be a problem.
few words about shea butter and other ingredients
Shea butter is a fat derived from the nut African shea tree . Usually it is whitish or ivory-what kind of strange. My order arrived in a plastic bag which I found strange, but so be it. Crude, unrefined shea butter contains vitamins A and E and essential fatty acids. It is commonly used as an ointment base and is considered anti-inflammatory.
As I mentioned, it is very emollient and is an excellent moisturizer. I read where others find they can get gritty when heated but I have not experienced that problem with the I use .
I will also say a few words about jojoba oil. For a long time, I thought that vitamin E was a preservative and was adding to my custom-made ointments. I later learned that was wrong; Vitamin E is an antioxidant. I no longer add to my ointments because I feel it is superfluous.
On the other hand, I began to learn about the oil jojoba . This deep golden oil that has become my friend and I add a dropper full of many homemade concoctions. Jojoba closely resembles the natural fat of the skin and is rich in vitamin E. (Which is why the extra addition of vitamin E is superfluous.)
Moreover, jojoba is very stable and comes with a almost indefinite shelf life, even without refrigeration. Add some homemade ointment or cream for the body is as safe, and so far, I’ve never had one of my custom made items go wrong.
The final word
If there is one word to describe this body cream compared with ointments and bars lotion, is “elegant.” While perfecting my technique for this article, consists of a dozen bottles, some plain and some with essential oils. I love this and I am using it for all sorts of things, from dry cuticles to itchy skin and minor scrapes and scratches. I even made a small jar for Shelly to keep in your pocket. Who says men do not like to have good hands, soft.
If you just start doing body creams, I suggest making a small batch and experimenting with different essential oils in the same way that you add SOs to other carrier oils. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and careful preparation!
Backdoor Survival Gaye began to share their distress and concern about the deterioration of our economy and its impact on ordinary people, middle class. She also wanted to be prepper first order and to share their knowledge as they learned along the way. She considers her sharing knowledge of their way to give back and, as always, natural glow very grateful for their contributions. To read more of Gaye Levy, check out his blog at http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/ . You can also visit her Facebook page or sign up to receive email updates by clicking Backdoor Updates survival .