I recently decided to try my hand at making DIY bath and body recipes. I’ve never made anything of this nature before, so I admit I was a little nervous about it, but I quickly discovered that it’s a lot like cooking. Once you understand the science of the bases, the benefits of your ingredients, and how to combine them, you can let your creativity take over and make just about anything.
- 14 oz coconut oil
- 1 pint Dried Chamomile Flowers
- 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
- 2 tablespoons Witch Hazel
- 2 tablespoons Vitamin E Oil
- First, I scooped all of the oil into a small crock pot (I found a 14 ounce jar of coconut oil at my grocery store in the oil aisle that only set me back about five dollars).
- Then I added a jar of dried chamomile flowers that I had grown last year in the Evermine garden.
- I turned the pot on high and kept a close eye on it. After about 5 minutes the oil had melted and I was able to stir in the flowers.
- I decided to get creative at this point, and I looked through my bathroom cabinets for things that I could add to the mix: Aloe Vera gel (I wasn't sure how the gel and the oil would react together so I kept it light), Witch Hazel (a strong antioxidant and astringent that has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for many skin related ailments), and vitamin E oil (an anti-oxidant that is great for the skin).
- After another good stir I put the lid on and turned it down to the low setting. Set it and forget it!
- After about two hours the whole house smelled like the sweet aroma of chamomile tea, so I knew it had to be done steeping. I turned the crock pot off, and took the ceramic pot out of the crock to cool (don't forget to use pot holders and set it on a hot pad).
- After it was cool enough to touch, but still in liquid form (about 30- 45 min.), I poured the whole pot over a double layer of cheesecloth into a ceramic bowl. I gave the last remaining flowers in the cheesecloth a nice wring and squeeze to ensure I extracted every last drop.
- Then I poured the salve into some nice glass bottles. I found the bottles at Target ($3.99 for 6), and cleaned them using a lint free cloth and some rubbing alcohol.
After the salve had completely cooled and returned to solid form, I cleaned the outside of the glass jars with a little alcohol, and added my personalized labels.
I have been giving these away to all my girlfriends that come to visit. It literally has a thousand uses. Diaper cream was it’s original intention, but it can also be used for sunburns, eczema, scrapes and bruises, razor burn, chapped lips, cuticle cream… it’s like a cure-all!
Next time I might add a different herb, or maybe some essential oils!
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