Creating Aromatherapy Body Products

make body butter

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One of the best things when learning about essential oils is to use essential oils. When I first started studying aromatherapy, I couldn’t wait to run into the kitchen and apply my knowledge. I wanted to make everything so I could not only control the scent but also have things that were more natural. Essential oils are great in a diffuser, but I took a more hands-on approach.

You can create simple but personalized body products by adding essential oils to an already existing base, such as body lotion. I did make lotion from scratch once, and I emphasize the “once,” but it was too time consuming for me. Buying unscented lotion is much easier, leaving more time to design your blend. Essential oils are also a treat when added to melt and pour soaps, a project I find far less tricky than making lye soap, something I have also done once. You can see that adding essential oils to your beauty regime can be as easy or as difficult as you want to make it.

In the effortless category is scenting a shower gel. To combat stress, try this recipe:
Relaxing Shower Gel
3 drops Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) essential oil
3 drops Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium) essential oil
5 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil
3 drops Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) essential oil
2 ounces unscented shower gel
Mix essential oils in a dropper bottle. Pour shower gel into a 2 oz. flip-top bottle. Add essential oils. Replace lid and shake gently to mix.

On the side of “it takes some effort” is making a body butter. This formula from Learning Herbs can help you if you are ready to attempt a more challenging task:
Body Butter
The butters, oil and wax
3 ounces shea butter
2 ounces mango butter
1 ounce coconut oil
0.5 ounce beeswax
3 ounces infused oil
The water portion
2 ounces hydrosol
1 ounce aloe vera essential oils
1/4 teaspoon borax
Slowly melt the butters and wax in a double boiler or in a pan on very low heat. Once it has all melted, turn off the heat and slowly add the oil. When you add the oil you might notice parts of the liquid become solid again. Sometimes you can just give it a little stir and everything will melt again. If not, it may need a tiny bit more heat to be sure that it all melts together. Once the butters, wax and oil are combined you’ll need to pour it into the container you are going to mix it in. If you are using a blender pour the mixture in the blender and set it aside until it is at room temperature. If you are using a cake mixer or immersion blender place it in the bowl you will use to whip it up. While waiting for the butter mixture to cool, mix together the hydrosol, aloe vera, essential oils and the borax. Once the butter mixture has cooled use a blender or handheld mixer to begin to mix it. Slowly add the hydrosol, aloe vera, essential oils and borax mixture. When all the hydrosol mixture has been mixed in, it can be poured into jars and labeled.
They note that solid ingredients are measured by weight using a scale. Liquid ingredients are measured by volume using a measuring cup. My note is to use up to 150 drops of your chosen essential oil blend.

So, don’t keep your essential oils bottled up. Be creative and make stuff!

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