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Skin takes a hard hit. It’s the body’s largest organ, soaking up all it’s exposed to. This lotion is a healthy and healing alternative to commercial lotions filled with harsh chemicals toxic to the body. Use this lotion sparingly. The recipe contains a few oils that serve as an SPF, perfect before and after sun exposure. I use on dry or damaged skin to hydrate and heal. Perfect for hands, feet, and legs. Rosehip seed oil is known as anti-aging, so make sure to apply to those areas with stretch marks, scares, skin damage, and wrinkles.

This recipe is based off Edible Achemy’s recipe for Herbal Healing Hand Balm. Edible Alchemy is a co-op in Pilsen, Chicago. Andrea leads most of the playshops including one on body care recipes. Andrea is extremely knowledgeable about different skin types and encourages individuals to play with ingredients in order to determine what is best for their specific needs. This should be kept in mind when making this recipe. Add or subtract as you wish by taking into consideration what affects the ingredients have on your skin type. This is especially important when choosing essential oils.

Check out Edible Alchemy’s website for info on attending playshops, purchasing bulk organic items, CSA shares, and more.

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Time: 15 minutes plus cooling time

       Ingredients for 5 Ounces

              • 2 tablespoons beeswax
              • 1 tablespoons Shea butter
              • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
              • 2 tablespoons olive oil
              • ½ tablespoon pumpkin seed extract
              • ½ tablespoon rose hip oil
              • ½ tablespoon lanolin
              • 10+ drops lavender essential oil

Melt beeswax in a double boiler or pot within a pot. Make sure to keep the heat on low, turning off heat if needed. Add Shea butter, lanolin, and coconut oil once beeswax is almost liquid. When thicker oils are melted, turn off heat and add olive oil. Stir till the mixture is uniform. Let cool for a few minutes. Add essential oil, pumpkin seed oil, and rosehip seed oil. Mix, and let rest till solid.

There are many health benefits associated with essential oil choices. Use this link as a reference as to what essential oils would be best for your needs.

Essential Oil for Beginners Part I

Essential Oil for Beginners Part II

Cost Break Down

  • ½lb beeswax – $11.00
  • 1lb Mountain Rose Herb Shea Butter – $14.00
  • 1 gallon unrefined Mountain Rose Herb coconut oil – $71.00
  • 1 OZ bottle NOW lavender essential oil – $7.99
  • 33.8 FL OZ organic olive oil – $20.00
  • 16 OZ Mountain Rose Herb rosehip seed oil – $37.00
  • 16 OZ Mountain Rose Herb pumpkin seed oil – $18.50
  • 7 OZ Lanoline – $10.00

TOTAL: 2 tablespoons coconut oil ($.56) + 1 tablespoons Shea Butter ($.44) + 2 tablespoons beeswax ($1.36) + 2 tablespoons olive oil ($.60) + ½ tablespoon rosehip seed oil ($.58) + ½ tablespoon pumpkin seed oil ($.29) + ½ tablespoon lanoline ($.36) + 10 drops lavender essential oil ($0.10) = $4.31 for 5 OZ

Vs.  Burt’s Bees Beeswax Hand Cream $9.00 for 2 OZ

Vs.  Estee Lauder Maximun Moisture Cream $44.00 for 1.7 OZ

Pumpkin seed oil does wonders for the skin. It contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that in combination protect the skin from breakouts, keep skin moisturized, allow for healing to occur, and slow the signs of aging.  It also protects against UV radiation! Pumpkin seed oil contains omega-6 fatty acids, which promote hair and skin growth. Pumpkin seed oil is used for healing both externally and internally.

Learn more about pumpkin seed oil for hair and skin here.

Learn more about the healing benefits of pumpkin seed oil when ingested here.

Rosehip seed oil is known for its anti-aging and scar softening abilities. It’s a lite oil easily absorbed by the skin. Rosehip seed oil has more fatty acids then pumpkin seed oil, making it even better for the skin and hair. Apply to sun damaged skin, scars, and stretch marks to soften.

Read more about the healing abilities of rosehip seed oil here and here.

Lanolin is oil from sheep’s wool. It locks in moisture and protects skin from the elements. It smells kind of funky, but it’s perfect for chapped and damaged skin.

Read more about why skin loves lanolin here and here.

Avoid Petroleum Based Lotions

Most cheap commercial lotions are petroleum based. Labeling can be misleading, as there are multiple names for petroleum. Alternative names are mineral oil, mineral Jelly, white oil, paraffin, Vaseline, wax oil, deobas, and prolatum oil. Petroleum by-products block the skin’s ability to breath and thus block the ability to eliminate toxins. Not only do these products block up the skin, they also contain toxic chemicals. These by-products have been proven to repel water, causing a drying effect instead of moisturizing. If you have used CarMax, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It feels good for a while, then your lips are dry and cracked worse then before. This stuff will accelerate your aging process, so be nice to your skin and stick to the rosehip seed oil.

Read more about the damaging affects of petroleum based lotions here and here.

I hope to motivate and excite others to take responsibility for their health and the health of the planet. It is empowering to take control!

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~ Terri

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