diy: natural homemade moisturizing lotion
Friday, 7 December 2012
since the birth of my son, i have been trying to be as natural as possible with all aspects of his life. non-medicated birth, exclusive breastfeeding, homemade purees... so i decided to continue and make a natural, homemade moisturizing lotion that could also be used as a diaper rash cream. after a bit of research, here is the recipe i came up with.
• all purpose moisturizer, makeup remover, after shave lotion, massage oil, deodorant
• acne, eczema, psoriasis, stretch mark & anti-aging treatment
• to help heal minor wounds, burns & cuts
• baby butt cream & cradle cap relief
• muscle pain, arthritis, insect bite & cough relief (add peppermint essential oil)
necessary ingredients: 1/2 cup shea butter (organic), 1/2 cup coconut oil (virgin, unrefined)
optional ingredients: 2 drops essential oil (i use eucalyptus), 1 tablespoon calendula oil
note: you can change the essential oil to modify the smell to your liking. the calendula oil is for added healing properties, you can leave it out or change it to another oil of your choosing. you can also increase the quantity to make the lotion creamier.
first, melt all ingredients on low heat
second, let cool until semi-hard
note: this step is important, otherwise the lotion will not whip. it may take some time, to speed things up put in the fridge
third, whip (:
note: the lotion will solidify since both coconut oil and shea butter are solids at room temperature. skin contact melts it instantly and the oils absorb quickly. the mixture is shelf stable.
how would you personalize this lotion?
• coconut oil - moisturizing, anti-inflammatory/aging/fungal/viral/bacterial, healing
• shea butter - moisturizing, anti-inflammatory/aging, healing
• calendula oil - moisturizing, anti-inflammatory/fungal
• eucalyptus oil - anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, deodorant, decongestant
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