I started using natural products and making my own after realizing that what’s readily available in my local stores tends to either irritate my skin, have ingredients that are suspect, or be out of my price range. This is the cream I use on my skin daily with excellent results. I have been known to skip the shea butter and use just coconut and olive oil. So if you don’t have access to it, don’t worry, just use 3 oz each of olive oil and coconut oil. The essential oils, as well as the coconut oil, in this recipe are my “go to” oils and are considered “cure-alls” when it comes to skin problems.
- 2 oz Olive Oil (extra virgin if available)
- 2 oz Coconut Oil (organic and virgin if available)
- 2 oz Shea Butter
- 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (I suggest Lavendula angustifolia*)
- 10 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
Melt all of the ingredients in a double boiler and mix thoroughly. Store in a container with a secure lid. In warmer temperatures this can be runny or even a liquid as olive oil and coconut oil have low melting points.
*Not all varieties of lavender are equally good at healing. Lavendula angustifolia is excellent for healing skin problems and is worth the extra money if that is your aim here. In small bottles, it can be quite reasonable. If you’re simply after the scent, Lavendula stoechas is generally less expensive and more fragrant.
Another combination of essential oils to aid arthritis pain would be: Bay Leaf, Lemon, and Tea Tree. Again, go with 10 drops of each.
Essential oils are generally much lighter in smell than perfume oils. So if you are concerned about the odor, it tends to fade fairly quickly once absorbed into your skin.
If you aren’t like me (prone to weighing ingredients for these things), 2 oz is approximately 2 Tbsp. For this recipe, that should be accurate enough. You definitely don’t want to put most essential oils on your skin without diluting them. Many are so concentrated that you can cause yourself some problems. Additionally, not all sellers have the same quality. I typically buy mine here. They aren’t FDA regulated, so if you plan on ingesting these for other purposes, find another supplier that is. For small recipes like this, 1/2 oz bottles of essential oils will last quite some time and be affordable. You can find shea butter here. 1/2 pound should suffice for several batches as that is 8 oz.
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