Winter is rough on my skin. The recipe below for my Creamy Healing Lotion has been wonderful with it’s super-charged herbal infused coconut oil and soothing almond oil.
Wondering how to infuse oil??
Here’s my quick method:
Pre-heat your oven to the lowest temp it can go. Mine goes down to 170 F.
I use a 1/2 gallon mason jar for my oil infusions. I fill a knee-high nylon stocking with the herbs listed below. Tie off the herb sock and place it in the jar. Cover the herbs with melted coconut oil. Place on a tray in your preheated oven for 2-8 hours. I’ve left the oil infusion on both ends of this time scale. What you’re looking for is a nice deep green color, which happens when all the good stuff from the herbs is transferred into the oil. Once your happy with the color, remove the herb sock. Toss the herbs, keep and wash the sock for next time. You can store the infused oil in a smaller jar, but cool it completely before capping it – this is REALLY important. You don’t want water from the condensation to get into your oil. Be sure to label your jar – also very important!! Store in a cool, dark, dry place.
Here’s the list for my Healing Oil:
1 part Calendula
1 part Chickweed
1 part Elderberry
1 part Plantain
1 part Lavender
Chickweed is an herbal medicine that is used for asthma, upset stomach, nosebleeds, and skin conditions, such as eczema and insect stings and bites. It has also been used as a food similar to other salad greens.
Lavender is an herbal medicine used for mood disturbances such as anxiety, nervousness, or insomnia, and for stomach complaints such as nervous stomach. It can be used in a bath for its calming effect or for helping to heal minor skin rashes like acne or eczema.
Hope you enjoy!
Creamy Healing Lotion
with an all-natural emulsifying agent
½ Cup (118g) distilled water (or magnesium oil – see below)
½ tsp Borax (4g)
¼ Cup (45g) coconut oil, infused with healing herbs (infused w/: calendula, chickweed, elderberry, lavender, plantain)
¼ Cup (45g) safflower oil (or olive oil, almond oil, hemp seed oil, apricot oil, etc.)
1 tbsp. (12g) shea butter
2 ½ tbsp. (25g) beeswax
1 tsp. (5g) vitamin E oil
8 tsp. (24g) cornstarch
25 drops (¼ tsp, ~1g) of essential oils (note that delicate skin can be sensitive to essential oils)
In a small saucepan, bring the ½ cup of distilled water to a boil and remove from heat. Add Borax, stir this in until it completely dissolves and set aside.
In a separate small saucepan place the infused coconut oil, safflower oil, shea butter, beeswax, vitamin E oil. Heat on low and stir until everything is dissolved into a liquid.
Scoop out a small amount of oil and mix it with the cornstarch to create a slurry, add slurry back into the oil/beeswax mixture. Keep on low heat until it combines, then remove from heat. It will fizz, but will settle down as you stir the mixture together and it cools.
Pour the mixture into a small stainless steel bowl, with high sides, which will allow the immersion blender to reach the ingredients and whip effectively. Allow to cool until the oils turn an opaque color, placing the bowl into the fridge for a few minutes to speed this process.
Once opaque, whip your oil ingredients with an immersion blender while slowly pouring in the water/borax solution. Whip all ingredients until blended into a thick consistency. Scoop into an airtight container. This recipe makes about 8 oz. of lotion and keeps for about 6 months.
To Make Magnesium Oil:
In a small saucepan, bring 3 Tbsp. of distilled water to a boil and remove from heat. Then add a heaping ½ C of Magnesium Chloride Flakes. Stir until the flakes have dissolved. This makes a bit more than ½ C of oil. You only need to add ½ C of the oil to the above recipe.
Borax as an Emulsifier
Borax or sodium borate is a naturally occurring alkaline mineral first discovered over 4000 years ago. It is found in large quantities in the Western United States as well as in the Tibet area of China. Borax alone will not emulsify. It must be used in conjunction with beeswax. Together the electricity from the friction of the two causes the reaction and yields an emulsion.
As we all know, water and oil don’t easily mix. Beeswax/borax emulsifier is an inexpensive, all natural emulsifier that works well. This is a link to a resource on a variety of emulsifying agents: http://allnaturalbeauty.us/emulsions.htm
And on the toxicity of Borax: http://www.crunchybetty.com/getting-to-the-bottom-of-borax-is-it-safe-or-not
I used cornstarch to decrease the greasiness of a lotion’s slip. Cornstarch can help make the final texture of your formula more pleasant. It should be added at a ratio of around 1 teaspoon per 1 – 2 ounces of main ingredient. To avoid lumps, mix cornstarch into a slurry with a little melted oil before adding it to the rest of the batch. You can also use Arrowroot Powder.