I am addicted to skin moisturizers. As soon as I finish washing my hands or taking a shower, I MUST put one on. My hands feel dry and almost seem to ache without it.
My addiction to skin moisturizers like lotion and body butter is probably because I was born and raised on the desert planes of Colorado. Static electricity is high and mold is practically non-existent in such an environment because dryness reins supreme. So, in an attempt to evade cracked skin and to encourage nourished, soft skin, lotion it is.
Unfortunately, many commercial lotions are chock full of super unhealthful ingredients which I really would rather not being absorbed into my body. As a result, I make my own lotion.
Homemade lotion is pretty versatile. In my recipe, I use herb-infused oil. Some good herbs to use when infusing oil are lavender and chamomile. You can Google “herbs that are good for skin” to find others.
Infusing oil is super easy. Just place some dried herbs in the bottom of a jar (such as a canning jar), pour the oil over them, and seal. Keep in a cool, dry place for a week or more (the longer is sits, the stronger the infusion). Strain before using.
Another good element to add to the recipe if you want to is one or more essential oils. Essential oils can increase the nutritive value of the lotion plus they make it smell good–just be sure to use therapeutic quality oils like Young Living’s.
Homemade Coconut Oil and Shea Body Butter
- Fill a saucepan about half full with water; bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low.
- Place a glass or stainless steel bowl over the saucepan. It should completely cover the opening of the pan to prevent any steam from getting into the lotion.
- Add all the ingredients except the optional essential oil to the bowl. Allow to melt, stirring occasionally, until a uniform liquid results.
- Add optional essential oil one drop at a time until desired scent is reached.
- Pour hot liquid carefully into sterilized jars (the short 8 ounce canning jars with a wide mouths work perfectly).
- Once the liquid has set and cooled to room temperature, you may need to stir it to keep it creamy.
2. A little of this body butter goes a long way! It is very moisturizing so using too much will make your hands feel greasy. It works great to keep skin soft and works at combating rough spots such as those that might be found on your elbows or feet.