Last year, I was introduced to essential oils. I love hearing about new ways to keep yourself healthy that are more along the lines of natural care. I realize that medicines are quite often plant based and come from natural sources but I try to use things that are less processed and closer to their original form. I have no problems taking medication but have found they don’t always work as intended and anything you ingest can have unwanted side effects. I hope to minimize those side affects as much as I can. So even though I was excited to learn about essential oils, I was skeptical and I don’t take them internally except when I use them for oil pulling but I spit them out after I am done.
People are using essential oils for all kinds of things and taking them internally, some without problems. I am not here to say one way or the other if this is a good idea, I just don’t personally like taking them internally. They will absorb through the skin when I use them on my body and have found several uses for them. I am not a certified aroma therapist, nor am I an educated holistic medicine practitioner. I am here to tell you about the body butter I make for several friends using essential oils and they are reporting good relief of their symptoms of psoriasis.
I was inspired to make body butter because in the winter my skin is so dry and I thought it might be a nice thing to learn to make. I was approached and asked if there was anything I could make that might be helpful for someone who had psoriasis. Of course that means, I had to look it up and see what I could find. I am curious about many things, so that’s the fun part for me. These are some of the sites I visited to come up with the list of ingredients that I personally use to make my body butter. I have only been doing this since the beginning of the year so I am sure it will evolve over time.
A few sites with instructions on how to make body butter :
Keep looking there are many more sites.
There are lots of you tube videos on how to make body butter. In this one in particular, she used a microwave instead of a double boiler technique :
Sites with information on essential oils:
You get the idea there is a lot of information out there. Many of these sites will try to sell you something. I haven’t tried a lot of different products except for Doterra and Native American Nutritionals. These are the companies I use to buy my oils. I get the other things I need from trusty old Amazon.
Steps I Follow To Make My Body Butter:
I weigh out the 1- shea butter , 2- mango or coconut butter ( I prefer mango butter. I don’t always want to smell like a chocolate bar, but I have used both), 3 – coconut oil and 4- one cup of light oil – I use sweet almond oil . All four of these in equal parts. The batch you see pictured is 4 oz of all.
I add a few tbsp of vegetable glycerin
I melt them together on low heat in a double boiler type situation. Since, I use a kitchen aide mixer to whip it up. I place the metal bowl in the bottom half of my vegetable steamer on a very low flame and melt it til all the lumps are gone. I found out leaving even a few small specks seem to make it lumpy when I was done.
After it is melted, I put it in the frig and set a timer for 20 minutes. When the timer is up I take it out and it should still be liquid and then I add the essential oils and whip it for a few minutes. The oils I use include.
Lavender 15 – 20 drops
geranium 15 – 20 drops
helichrysum 10 drops
frankincense 15 drops
juniper 5 drops
patchouli 15 drops
roman chamomile 10 drops
wild orange 20 drops
I have read other people add bergamot, myrrh, sandalwood, birch bark, sage, melaleuca, ylang ylang.
I am sure there are many others.
After that, I place it back in the refrigerator and I just take it out every ten minutes and whip it up for a little bit until it gets to be soft set. At that point, I take it out and whip it for 10 – 15 minutes until its it nice and fluffy. It takes about an hour total to soft set, more or less depending on how much you make. I found taking it out in frequent intervals to whip it up kept it from forming little lumps. I like it to be smooth and really light. In the summer I had to put it the frig to set and it was less fluffy but at room temperature its a nice consistency.
Last step – bottle it and use it.
A few last thoughts: I used this last winter and it did not seem to keep my dry legs as moist as I would of liked so I am going to try not using coconut oil when I make some for myself next time and maybe try avocado oil. Another thing I like to do is add nice smelling floral fragrance for me, like gardenia or rose. I bought some oils that I can use but they are not made by an essential oil company and I do not use them in making body butter for people with psoriasis. I have seen people add peppermint at Christmas for a festive scent as well. Experiment and have fun – you can do this
As with any product you use that may or may not have medicinal properties, check with your Doctor before using it and if you have sensitive skin use it on a a small area and try it out first to make sure you are not allergic to it.
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