I got this recipe from someone on one of my Facebook Fibro Support Groups last year. I wish I had her name so I could give her credit, with her permission of course. I never made lotion before until I tried this. It was easy and simple. The only 2 drawbacks:
1. Jojoba oil has become pretty expensive (but better than Grapeseed)
2. When you buy an immersion blender as I did, don’t go cheap-get one you can take apart to clean
Having trouble falling asleep? Try treating yourself to a calming homemade body lotion, filled with the soothing scents of lavender and chamomile. Put some of this on before bed, tuck a lavender sleep sachet under your pillow for good measure, and you’ll find yourself on the way to a much-needed good night’s rest (and you will have spared your skin many foreign chemicals.)
What you will need…
– A double boiler
– Immersion blender or food processor
– 3 ounces of solid coconut oil
– Cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer
– 6 ounces of liquid jojoba oil, infused
– Lavender or chamomile essential oil (optional)
– 1 ½ ounces grated beeswax
– 8 ounces of distilled water
– 5 teaspoons Chamomile flowers
– 5 teaspoons lavender buds
Infuse your oil
In a double boiler, place 5 teaspoons each of chamomile flowers and lavender buds (if using fresh herbs instead of dried double the amount.) Pour your jojoba oil over the herbs and bring the water to a gentle boil. Over continuous heat infuse your oil for about 2 hours, checking frequently to make sure they do not overheat and stirring on occasion. After it’s thoroughly infused, strain the oil through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer and toss the herbs. Bottle if you plan on using it later. You can substitute the jojoba with Grapeseed oil in a pinch.
Making lotion isn’t all that different from making mayonnaise, and while that’s a horrible comparison, I just mean it uses the same process of emulsifying water and oil to create a thick, smooth, substance. Note that temperature is of paramount importance-the ingredients must be cooled to the correct temperature otherwise the water and oil will remain separated. Jojoba oil has a longer shelf-life than other carrier oils do, and distilled water also helps shelf life. Keep it in a container with a tightly fitting lid for up to 2 months, or 3 if you refrigerate it. Remember though- it’s good that your lotion doesn’t last forever like the stuff sold in stores. That’s just not natural, or good for you.
You’re going to start by setting up a double boiler-this can be as simple as putting a smaller saucepan into a larger one filled about 2/3 of the way with water, or even a bowl resting over the water bath, just make sure you have a lid you can rest over the top. Combine 3 ounces of solid coconut oil with 6 ounces of your infused jojoba oil as well as 1 1/2 ounces of grated beeswax in the double boiler. Let them melt together and thoroughly blend.
Remove the top saucepan or bowl and let it cool to body temperature. Stir occasionally while it cools to keep the texture smooth. When the mixture is body temperature, heat 8 ounces of distilled water to body temperature and pour it into a tall container. Turn your immersion blender to low, and slowly, slowly, pour a thin stream of the oil into the water.
After a few minutes a sort of cream will begin to form, don’t panic if it looks like curdled milk at first, with a little more mixing it will smooth out. If you’re using essential oil, add it now a few drops at a time, until it’s as scented as you like. Apply this lotion before bedtime to relax and help you drift off, or anytime you need relief from stress.
Making your own lotion really isn’t all that hard once you’ve done it once or twice, and it’s terribly fun to say (when somebody asks what lotion you’re wearing) “well, actually, it’s just a little something I whipped up myself.” Feel free to swap out oils and herbs and come up with your own blend that helps get you through the day (or night)
This is so much more luxurious than any lotion I can find on the market. And as a chronic Migraine Sufferer I cannot tolerate any fake manufactured “Perfumed” products, but I can tolerate Therapeutic Essential Oils. This is very lightly scented and I’ve had no trouble with it. I love it. I will invest in a better immersion blender though. I grow my own Lavender so it’s very easy in the spring when it’s in bloom to snip off some branches and dry them in a dark back bedroom closet and then gently take off the blossoms and put them in a sachet I’ve purchased. I cannot do too much as if the scent is too overwhelming even though it’s natural it may cause a Migraine.
I hope you enjoy this luxurious lotion even if it doesn’t put you to sleep it is very good for the skin and is all natural.
Until next time sending you love, blessings prayers and hugs. Julie
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