Friday, November 2, 2012

Lotions and ligiments

Tingly Mint Lotion

Very soothing

1/2-cup mint water (see note below)
1/8 tsp. borax
1/2 c. sunflower oil
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. beeswax
3-4 drops peppermint oil (optional)

Mix together the mint water and the borax, stirring until well mixed. Set aside.

Mix together the sunflower oil, coconut oil, and beeswax in a glass measuring cup. Place the cup with the oils--beeswax mixture in a pan of water (about 1 to 2 inches of water), making a water bath. Heat over medium heat until the beeswax is melted (8 to 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.

When the wax is melted, bring the mint solution almost to boiling (put the glass cup with the mint water/borax in the microwave on High for 1 minute, or use a water bath on the stove top).

Remove the oils-beeswax mixture from the water bath. Slowly add mint water/borax to the mixture in the blender and whip.

Allow the lotion to cool completely. The consistency may seem a bit thin, but it will thicken as it cools. The lotion will be pale green in color. You may add the peppermint oil now if you wish.

Pour the lotion into a clean container with a lid. To use, massage a small amount into your skin.

Note: Mint water is made by boiling fresh or dried mint leaves in water and then letting the mixture cool. Strain off the mint leaves. I use 1-cup fresh mint (1/4 cup dried mint leaves) to 1-cup water.


Winter lotion:

Geranium oil is good for supporting balance and rejuvenating dry skin
conditions and for wrinkled and matured skin.

Myrrh is a gentle oil that is effective in replenishing moisture.

Vitamin E oil is an excellent antioxidant and helps to protect the
skin as well as a nice preservative.

* ½ cup distilled water
* ½ cup olive oil
* 1 TBS lecithin
* 6-8 drops of geranium oil
* 2-4 drops Myrrh oil
* 400 IU Vitamin E oil (1-2 open capsules)

Blend all ingredients in the blender either on whip or cream. You
will have a nice creamy firm lotion. Add more water to make a lighter
lotion. Store in the refrigerator in hot climates or store in a cool
place. Shake well before use.


Lavender orange hand cream

This easy recipe makes a rich hand cream:

3 tablespoons jojoba oil
1 tablespoon mango butter
1 tablespoon grated beeswax
1/4 cup rosewater (or filtered water)
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops sweet orange essential oil

Warm jojoba oil, mango butter and beeswax gently over low heat until beeswax melts. Remove from heat. Warm rosewater over low heat. Remove from heat. When both mixtures are lukewarm, slowly pour liquid into oil, beating steadily with a wire whisk or an electric beater set on the lowest speed until cool, thick and smooth. Stir in essential oils. Spoon cream into a clean jar and let cool before covering


Skin Softening Lotion

4 ounce cup or larger with a tight fitting seal
2 ounces of aloe vera
2 tablespoons Apricot kernel oil
-or high quality light oil
1/2 teaspoon fragrance oil
-such as Cucumber Melon, Watermelon or Citrus
Splash to go with the beautiful green color
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Add all the ingredients to the cup.

I usually mix mine right in the container with a fork or whisk. The lotion will go through a few changes before it is completely mixed. So pay close attention.

When you first mix the lotion will be thin, but keep mixing for at least 5 minutes. You can do a few minutes and come back if needed. At this point it will start to look a little more unblended but hold on..... that is the sign it's almost ready. All of the sudden the lotion will start to get a milky white appearance with it's beautiful light green hue and turn into a wonderfully well blend lotion that
will rival any stores- Yes, even Bath and Body Works! Once it is blended to this point you're done! Mine has not separated or lost it's creamy texture. The great thing is it takes only minutes to put
together. Your skin will beg for more!

The Aloe vera is softening to the skin to give it the moisture is needs. The oil brings more nourishment soaking into the skin and giving protection. The vitamin E oil not only aides in healing the skin but also acts a a preservative. The fragrance, well let's face it- that's for you because you like things that smell good. You'll wonder if you'll ever buy those sore brands again! Why, when you can get the same fragrance oils to use yourself! Enjoy!


Sore Muscle ligiment

Mix together 1/4 cup each of olive oil and spirits of camphor.

Use to massage sore muscles.


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