C. S. Lewis

"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad."

-C.S.Lewis


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Three Hand Cream Recipes

Making ones' own hand cream is so easy, so good for your hands. and if you are starving, you could eat it.
I used coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and dab of grapeseed oil as the main show. Then I "seasoned" the creams with cinnamon bark and clove, cinnamon bark and sweet orange, and peppermint and lavender essential oils.

First add the shea, cocoa and coconut oil together--just a dollup of each (real exact, I love it)--I use canning jars that are veeeery clean (you should sterilize them before starting).
Gently melt down the solid oils/butters in a water bath (or double boiler if you have one) on your stove--if you have canning racks use those to prevent the glass from stress.
Remove from the water bath once the solids are liquid, then add the grapeseed oil and essential oils. Stir. Cover tightly and put in the fridge to cool quickly. If you cool them quickly you will prevent the shea butter from getting grainy.

mad scientist
 Go easy on the cinnamon bark, by the by. It's antibacterial and antifungal and anti-inflammatory, however remember that burning sensation you got from eating hot cinnamon candies? Yeah, there is a reason for that and its not artificially inspired.
Clove is another powerhouse with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, and another thing to use lightly. But trust me, the first time you smell the clove you will instinctively only use a drop because if you use more it will knock you flat. But next time you get a bad bug bite, try knocking yourself flat by applying clove, rather than one of those other gels/creams which have eyewateringly painful smells.
Sweet orange is also anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and helps soothe muscles, increase circulation and ease stress. Most of that is from breathing it in while you rub in your handcream!
Lavender is just about the best thing ever--a gentle and versatile oil with a soothing smell. I use it in several of my homemade skin care products, and adore it. Peppermint is another favorite, I add it in for the smell and the effect is has soothing muscles. Breathing peppermint does a number of good things for you because it soothes your stomach and your stomachs emotions (yes, I know, but you've heard of butterflies, right?). Plus, like the others, it's also antimicrobial, which means it'll help keep your handcream healthy.

For information about coconut oil and cocoa butter I would encourage you to check out My New Roots, a blog by a nutritionist chef. And as usual, Crunchy Betty is a fabulous resource for researched homegrown skin care.

Oh...the recipes....
Cinnamon Clove Hand Cream
1T Coconut oil
1T Shea butter
1T Cocoa butter
1tsp Grapeseed oil
5 drops cinnamon bark EO
1 drop clove bud EO

Cinnamon Orange Hand Cream
1T Coconut oil
1T Shea butter
1T Cocoa butter
1tsp Grapeseed oil
5 drops cinnamon bark EO
5 drops sweet orange EO

Peppermint Lavender Hand Cream
1T Coconut oil
1T Shea butter
1T Cocoa butter
1tsp Grapeseed oil
5 drops Peppermint EO
5 drops Lavender EO




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