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What is better than a body butter that begins to melt as soon as it touches your skin? Providing moisture and support throughout your day. Helping to prevent chafing, itching and dryness. As well as supporting various “issues” when combined with appropriately chosen essential oils.
Let’s make some body butter:
- ½ cup Raw Unrefined Organic Shea Butter
- ½ cup Raw Organic Food Grade Cocoa Butter
- 1/8 cup Raw Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil
- 8 Cup Organic Sweet Almond Oil
- ¼ cup Organic Jojoba Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Vitamin E
- Approx. 30 drops total of Young Living Essential Oils:
- Stainless Steel Pot with Glass Measuring Cup
- Heavy Duty Glass Bowl
- Hand Mixer
- Silicone Spatula
- Heat Sensor
- Silicone Hot Pad to keep the bowl in place while mixing
- Glass Bowl with a Lid to store finished Body Butter
Gather all ingredients and tools. It is best to melt everything except the essential oils, in a double boiler. I don’t have a double boiler, so I use a glass measuring cup in a pot of water. This has always worked well for me.
Measure and place all items in the “double boiler”.
DO NOT ADD ESSENTIAL OILS AT THIS TIME.
Heat until all ingredients are melted. Stir while melting.
Once melted, pour mixture into a heavy-duty glass bowl.
Allow mixture to cool until under 100 degrees, but making sure it stays liquid.
Once mixture has cooled to under 100 degrees, add essential oils.
Why under 100 degrees? Essential oils should never be heated above the distillation temp of the plant that the oil comes from. This varies for each plant. To be safe, I always wait to add them until the temp is under 100. Eighty (80) degrees is what I shoot for. This way, I am assured that I have not damaged the delicate constituents within the oil and lose any of the healing benefits.
Swish mixture in the bowl. Do not stir with a utensil, as the essential oils may be wasted by sticking to the utensil. Divide the total drops between the oils listed, as you see fit. I tend to divide differently with each batch, always using 4 drops for Copaiba though.
Place mixture in the refrigerator for a few hours, until mixture is solid.
Once mixture is solid, remove from refrigerator, and whip with a hand mixer until desired consistency. Place mixture into a glass container with a lid. Keep away from direct heat and sunshine. Depending upon room temperature, mixture should stay good for a couple of months. As I use mine every day, it has always been used up within a month.
NOTE: To simply make a body butter without any added essential oils, simply follow the above instructions and omit the essential oil step.
Why did I choose these particular essential oils?
I use multiple reference books when deciding which essential oils to use. I love my Essential Oil Desk Reference and Pocket Reference Books (these are written specifically for Young Living Oils).
I also use a Pocket Guide by Susan Worwood, Essential Aromatherapy. This was the first book I bought for essential oils, and I have been referring to it since approx. 1995.
I need to be compliant and not make any medical claims (as I am not a doctor).
The descriptions below are generalized. I feel very confident with each of these essential oils and love to use them for my vein support body butter. I ONLY use Young Living brand as I know how they are grown, distilled, tested and packaged. And this is why I am a member of Young Living. Plus I get all the fabulous discounts … a plus!
Cypress: common uses include, circulation support, vein support, menopausal support, menstrual support, coughs, lung and respiratory support, fluid retention support, skin smoothness
Lemon: common uses include, skin support, help to detox, obesity support, support during cold and flu season
Helichrysm: common uses include, circulatory support, helps with scarring of the skin, bruise support, bronchial support, arthritis support, inflammation support
Geranium: common uses include, diuretic, regenerative support, circulatory support, menopause support, helps to balance the system, bruising support
Lemongrass: common uses include, general skin care support, skin smoothing support, diuretic support, calming effect on the skin, digestion support
Copaiba: common uses include, inflammatory support, skin support, use for insect bites, urinary support, respiratory support
Frankincense: common uses include, overall skin support, circulation support, antiseptic, support during cold and flu season, bronchial support
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