Have you ever read the ingredients label on the back of your lotions? Or any of your skincare products for that matter? It's terrifying!! Your skin is the largest organ of your body and absorbs all the ingredients that come into contact with it. All that work to try and relieve pain, soften skin, moisturize, etc. and yet what we're really doing is adding chemicals into our bloodstream.
I started researching different recipes to make my own lotion, both for personal use and for the benefits of my patients. After MANY trial and errors and altering recipes to fit my needs, I have finally come up with a beautiful recipe that is easy to make and feels fantastic on your skin. This recipe also has the added benefit of relieving pain, inflammation, and swelling while smelling fantastic!!
As requested, here is the recipe and directions to make my homemade pain-relieving lotion:
1 Tbsp All Natural Emulsifying Wax (pastilles)
2 Tbsp Shea Butter (I prefer to use cold-pressed unrefined organic)
1/2 cup liquid oil (I use Arnica oil to further benefit pain relief. Any type of liquid oil would work, sweet almond, olive, apricot kernel, avocado, hazelnut, etc. Avoid coconut oil since it changes consistency with temperature and fractionated coconut oil just simply does not work)
Your favorite essential oils (make sure these are not synthetic in any way, otherwise you're adding chemicals into your lotion)
2/3 cup Water
Boil water in either a double boiler or a stainless steel medium-sized bowl put into a large pan with enough water to warm the bottom of the bowl. Measure out the wax, shea butter, and liquid oil into the bowl and allow to melt together. Once melted, add your favorite essential oils (I do 10 drops of peppermint, 10 drops of lavender, and 10 drops of rosemary for a nice pain/inflammation relief concoction). Mix melted oils together and remove from heat.
Add 2/3 cup hot water (make sure it's the same temperature as the oil. I use 2/3 cup of the water from the pan that was used to warm the oils).
Mix the oil & water concoction together with a hand mixer or an emulsifier until a creamy color forms. This allows the water and oil to come together as one.
Place the bowl in the refrigerator to cool for 20 minutes. Remove and whip again with a hand mixer. Repeat this step until a lovely lotion consistency is reached.
If the oils separate in the end, do not fret!! All is not lost! Simply reheat the entire mix again until it is a liquid, then complete the cooling and mixing processes once more.
Apply to any areas that are sore or need moisturizing and enjoy the silky relief with the awareness of every divine ingredient of your product.
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