I am excited to share this recipe with you as it is one of my all time favorite DIY recipes. Not only is this lotion inexpensive to make, it makes the perfect base for all the lotions in your life. It is important to me and my family to live a less toxic life style. Between my mysterious illnesses and my daughters Autism and ADHD diagnosis' it is imperative that I not introduce anything that could wreak havoc on our health.
Our skin is our biggest organ and it absorbs everything! The lotions we choose for dry skin, oily skin, itchy skin, bumps, bruises, stinky feet, and more do not need to contain any one of the ingredients that can damage the immune system, confuse your hormone system, create allergies, or worse cause cancer. Unfortunately the products you purchase at the store are full of all kinds of nasty ingredients that do just that.
Great news though! Its super easy to make your own base that is not greasy and as moisturizing as you need it to be. Enhance the cream with any number of essential oils and you can achieve anything!
All you need is filtered or distilled water, a carrier oil, emulsifying wax pastilles, and your choice of essential oils, we prefer Young Living Essential Oils because of their growing practices and purity. This recipe can be made in the microwave or in a double broiler, your choice!
Carrier oils are plant based extracts from nuts or seeds and are different then essential oils. In fact you need a carrier oil when applying most essential oils so you don't cause irritation, especially important in kids, babies, and pets. Carrier oils very often have a very minimal smell and are often used in cooking. They have a thicker consistency, making them great to blend with essential oils. There are so many, how do you choose which one is best for you and your family?
Different carrier oils can help certain skin conditions and improve the look and feel of your skin. When used properly, they can aid in the control of oil production, hydrate skin and hair, and even provide anti-aging benefits.
Check out this quick list to decide what is best for you!
Great news though, you can totally use more then one carrier oil! I added a splash of Sunflower oil to the mixture because it is rich in Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that may be effective at reducing UV damage in skin. When applied topically it may help to nourish and protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals. I would love to tell you I have lived a perfectly healthy life...and if I had my medical state would definitely look a lot different.
Next, choose your container. While we melt, blend, and shake the ingredients in a mason jar, I would strongly suggest you pour the mixture in to your preferred container before it solidifies. Been there, done that and it is time consuming and messy.
With so many great options available, you can choose something fancy as a glass lotion dispenser to a silicone tube or even these travel safe containers from Target's discount section. I love making this recipe for teacher, friends, and family gifts. Smaller containers can easily be dressed up and personalized on a budget. I use www.avery.com to make my labels., you can even have them print the labels for you or choose to print them your self. Print either on one of their labels, sticker paper, or print on paper and cut out and tape to the container. No one needs store bought junk that will not only irritate your skin but migrate in to your blood stream wreaking havoc to your liver, gut, and more.
DIY 3 Ingredient Lotion
1/4 cup Emulsifying Wax Pastilles
1/4 cup carrier oil of choice
1.25 cups Hot (not boiling) water
30 drops (total) of Young Living Essential Oil of choice
1. Melt emulsifying wax pastilles in mason jar (roughly 30 seconds, stir and repeat) or use a double broiler. Mix with wooden stick, no plastic.
2. Add Carrier Oil and reheat to melt to a liquid (roughly 20 -30 seconds additional)
3. Add Hot, but not boiling water to mixture. Reaction is normal (changes to white instantly)
4. Add Young Living Essential Oils of choice (see below for our favorite combinations)
5. Cap and shake vigorously.
6. Pour in to containers and refrigerate to firm.
Counter safe for storage. Another reason I love this recipe, is that it won't melt in room temperature like body butter does.
Here are our Favorite Lotion Combinations:
Relax (perfect for a foot massage at bed time or as gift for teachers, etc)
20 Stress Away
Soothe (soothe the skin and emotions)
10 Roman Chamomile
Smoothe (smoothe the appearance of fine lines)
Ease (we use after work outs, growing discomfort, and even headaches)
Add & Melt Magnesium flakes to the base mixture
10 drops PanAway®
10 drops Valor®
10 drops Peppermint or Copaiba
Essential Oils for all skin types and sensitive skin: Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, Rose
Essential Oils for Oily or problem skin: Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Juniper, Tea Tree
Essential Oils for Dry skin: Clary Sage, Lavender, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
Essential Oils for Dry and Aging skin: Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender
What combination will you make first?
I've been making healthy gummies for my daughter to give her a little something special with out exposing her to the sugary dye versions that they sell at the stores. Its always a bonus when I can sneak in something that helps support her immune system and aid in promoting a healthy nights sleep. Elderberry, Ningxia Red, and Tart cherry offers us all of that and they taste fantastic!
Here are the benefits of each of the ingredients and reasons why this recipe is so good!
Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitamin A and vitamin B and a large amount of vitamin C. They are also mildly laxative, a diuretic, and diaphoretic. Flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries. According to test tube studies these flavonoids include anthocyanins that are powerful antioxidants and protect cells against damage. (source)
I make my own Elderberry Syrup and many times have kits available for sale. The kits make it easy peasy for to boil, strain, add honey, and jar. The ingredients are all organic and my current recipe tastes amazing! You could use store purchased Elderberry, but be super mindful of any "extra" ingredients such as colors, dyes, flavorings, citric acid, etc.
Raw Honey: Honey had been shown to be anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Raw honey also promotes restorative sleep in two ways. By consuming honey before bedtime, it restocks the liver’s glycogen supply and prevents the brain from triggering a crisis search for fuel, which can wake you up. Secondly, eating raw honey fosters the release of melatonin in the brain by creating a small spike in insulin levels, which stimulates the release of tryptophan in the brain. Tryptophan converts to serotonin, which is then converted to melatonin. As honey is a proven natural sleep aid, it naturally lowers the risk of all these health problems. My favorite place to buy honey if from here. (source)
Tart cherries are loaded with nutrition. In particular, they contain various antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc. One cup contains 40% of the recommended intake of vitamin A, and 26% of the recommended vitamin C. Other nutrients within tart cherries include fiber, protein, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin K, folate, choline, vitamins B2, B3, B5 and B6, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese. They also contain trace amounts of vitamin B1 and sodium. This does add a tartness to your gummies, if its too much feel free to use another juice (preferably organic and not from concentrate.)
Sleep is important at any age, and one of the tart cherry benefits is sleepy. Tart cherry juice is rich in melatonin (a sleep-regulating phytochemical) and has been found to improve sleep, according to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2010. The results suggested that tart cherry juice has an effect similar to insomnia supplements such as valerian. Another study published in the European Journal of Nutrition in 2012 suggests that tart cherry juice concentrate consumption increases melatonin levels, which improves sleep duration and quality, and can therefore manage disturbed sleep. (source and here)
Gelatin is a clear, flavorless substance that comes from combining various parts of an animal, including connective tissue and bones. Gelatin powder has many benefits and one of them can help you sleep better. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50 to 70 million people in the U.S. suffer from a sleep disorder. The amino acid glycine is responsible for this effect. I purchased mine from amazon, make sure its unflavored!
NingXia Red® ingredients include juices and extracts from superfruits such as aronia, plum, blueberry, and pomegranate, plus a whole-fruit puree of exotic wolfberries. This delicious supplement packs a big punch, offering NingXia Red® benefits that include support for normal eye health, cellular function, and energy levels. Delivering not only wellness-supporting superfruits, NingXia Red® also offer your daily boost of pure essential oils! NingXia Red® juice includes therapeutic-grade Lemon, Yuzu, Tangerine, and Orange essential oils for a delicious, powerful blend, plus a sweet, balancing hint of pure vanilla extract. (source and www.seedtoseal.com)
So there you have it! These little gems should help the kiddos get the restorative sleep they need while receiving the immune boosting properties of NingXia Red and the elderberries. Winning! Here is how to make them….
I give my 7 year old 1 of the bigger sizes and 4-6 of the littles each day, sometimes more depending on exposure or how she is feeling. I add these to her lunch box each day as a "treat," and she loves it!
Enjoy and see you next time!
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