This calming homemade body lotion that is filled with the soothing scents of lavender and chamomile is a sure therapy for sweet sleep.
Put some of this on before bed, tuck a lavender sleep sachet beneath your pillow for good measure, and you’ll find yourself on the way to a much-wanted good night’s rest (and you will have saved your skin many foreign chemicals.)
Ingredients and Benefits
Beeswax, Coconut oil, Chamomile flowers, Lavender buds, Jojoba oil, Water, Essential oil (optional).
Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory properties and is wonderful for soothing and healing rough or damaged skin. Its soothing scent is almost divine, unmatched by essentially any other herb when it comes to helping you fall asleep.
Lavender has a lovely smell that reduces anxiety and helps you relax, while it also contains anti-inflammatory properties. Its scent has also been shown to boost mood, as well as induce drowsiness.
Jojoba oil keeps skin soft, elastic, and supple and is good for people with sensitive skin. It does not leave oily or greasy remains and has a longer shelf-life than some other carrier oils such as almond oil, which it can be substituted for.
Solid coconut oil
Also commended for softening skin and keeping it moisturized, coconut oil is solid when below 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Starting off with it as a solid makes the ointment whip up a little better and stabilize.
This aids stabilize the mixture as well and prevents separation. Secreted by busy worker bees constructing a honeycomb, beeswax contains lots of nutrients and provides a sort of protective barrier for your skin.
You will need:
- a double boiler,
- An immersion blender or food processor and
- 3 ounces of solid coconut oil.
- Cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer,
- 6 ounces of liquid jojoba oil, infused and
- a scale.
- Lavender or chamomile essential oil (optional) and
- 1 ½ ounces grated beeswax.
- 8 ounces of distilled water,
- 5 teaspoons Chamomile flowers and
- 5 teaspoons lavender buds.
Blend Your Oil
In a double boiler, put 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 mild boil.
Over continuous heat infuse your oil for around 2 hours, checking regularly 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 throw in the herbs.
Bottle it up if you plan on using it later. You can change the jojoba with grape-seed oil in a pinch.
Making cream isn’t all that different from making mayonnaise, and while that’s an awful comparison.
I just mean it uses the same procedures of emulsifying water and oil to create a thick, smooth, substance.
Note that temperature is of vital importance-the ingredients must be cooled to the correct temperature otherwise the water and oil will remain separated.
Jojoba oil has a longer lifespan than other carrier oils do, and distilled water also helps the lifespan.
Keep it in a container with a tightly fitting cover for up to 2 months, or 3 if you refrigerate it.
Remember though- it’s good that your cream doesn’t last forever like the stuff sold in stores. That’s just not natural, or good for your body.
You’re going to start by setting up a double boiler-this can be as easy as putting a smaller saucepan into a larger one filled about 2/3 of it with water, or even a bowl resting over the water bath, just make sure you have a cover you can rest over the top.
Mix 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 dissolve together and thoroughly blend.
Remove the top saucepan or bowl and allow it cool to body temperature. Stir occasionally while it cools to keep the texture smooth.
When the mixture is of body temperature, heat 8 ounces of distilled water to body temperature and pour it into a tall bowl.
Turn your immersion blender to low, and gently, 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 fear if it looks like curdled milk at first, with a little more stirring it will smooth out.
If you’re using essential oil, add it now a few drops at a time, until it’s as fragranced as you like. Apply this cream before bedtime to relax and help you drift off, or anytime you need relief from stress.
Making your own body cream really isn’t all that hard once you’ve done it once or twice, and it’s terribly fun to say (when asked what lotion you’re wearing) “well, actually, it’s just a little something I whipped up myself.”
Feel free to swap (experiment) out oils and herbs and come up with your desired blend that helps get you through the day (or night).