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      Aromatherapy & Do-It-Yourself Recipes

      Homemade Whipped Body Butter

      Homemade Whipped Body Butter

      This is a wonderfully simple recipe to create your own, luxurious and moisturizing whipped body butter for almost all skin types. We have tried this recipe and loved it from the first batch. Now, many of our customers have tried this recipe and we’re all hooked on this fun to create, all natural, four ingredient body butter. The final product has a natural cocoa scent from the cocoa butter wafers so if you decide to add essential oils or high quality fragrance oils, anything that goes good with chocolate is a go.

      Whipped Body Butter

      Shea Butter – 1/2 cup

      Coconut Oil – 1/2 cup

      Olive Oil – 1/2 cup

      Cocoa Butter Wafers – 1/2 cup

      Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils if desired - 10-30 drops

      2 – 8 oz jars & 1 - 4 oz jar or any combination for 20 oz

      Body Butter Instructions

      1. In a double boiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients except essential oils.
      2. Bring to medium heat and stir constantly until all ingredients are melted.
      3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Add essential oils if using.
      4. Move to fridge and let cool another hour or until starting to harden around the edges but still somewhat soft.
      5. Use a hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy.
      6. Return to the fridge for 10-15 minutes to set.
      7. Store in a jar with a lid and use as you would regular lotion or body butter. If your home stays above 75 degrees, it may soften and need to be kept at the fridge, but it will stay whipped at a temperature lower than that.
      8. Keep for yourself, or give away! Enjoy!

      This body butter is definitely more emollient and has a heavier texture than lotion does, but after a few minutes it will penetrate the skin and lose any greasy feel.

      Stored away from moisture and light this homemade body butter should last 6-8 months. Using a spoon or spatula to dip rather than your fingers will extend the life of the body butter.

       

      Source: wellnessmama.com

      A Guide to Basic Blending

      A Guide to Basic Blending

      When creating an essential oil blend, the oils are chosen first for their therapeutic effect and then consideration is given to creating the best aroma. This can be done using top, middle, and base notes.

      When you create a blend it is called synergy. This means that when certain oils are blended together they have a mutually enhancing effect upon one another so that the effect of the whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts.

      BLENDING 

      You can use up to 5 essential oils in a blend. Research has shown that you get better results using more than one essential oil at a time. 

      You can use up to 5% essential oil, but usually 3% is quite effective. Never use more than 2.5% on the face. Use only 1% in children and elderly. 

      When you are treating a localized area for a specific condition it may require a stronger formula. You can experiment with this, gradually increasing the strength until you get the desired response. Another alternative to increasing concentration is choosing alternative forms of absorption (topical and inhalation). 

      Once oils are blended they keep for 3-6 months, longer if using fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil. As long as they have their odour they are good. Oils will start to crystallize around the cap when they have expired and will go "flat". Always keep bottles covered and closed.

      BLENDING FORMULA

      This formula can be used to determine how many drops of essential oils are required to create any concentration of solution, based on the size of the bottle being used (in mls). 

      20 drops = 1 ml of essential oil

      Take 20 (drops) X size of bottle (example: 30mls)

      20 X 30 = 600

      To find 2.5% of 30mls: 2.5 X 600 divided by 100 = 15 drops

      RECIPES FOR ROLLER BOTTLES

      The recipes below are basic blends that have been tested and are safe for most people. Add the requested number of drops to each roller bottle then fill with a carrier oil of your choice (fractionated Coconut, Jojoba, Sweet Almond etc.), install the roller ball assembly, seal with the cap and shake to mix. 

       Immune Booster

      5 drops French Lavender
      3 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
      1 drop Vetivert
      1 drop Tea Tree

      Stress & Anxiety Ease

      3 drops Bergamot
      3 drops Sweet Orange
      4 drops French Lavender

      Sleep Blend
      7 drops French Lavender
      3 drops Roman Chamomile

      Cough & Cold Blend
      4 drops Eucalyptus
      2 drops Tea Tree
      2 drops Lemon
      1 drop White Thyme
      1 drop Cinnamon Bark

      Energise Blend
      4 drops Sweet Orange
      3 drops Lemon
      3 drops Grapefruit
      Tension Headache Blend

      4 drops Lavender
      3 drops Rosemary
      2 drops Peppermint
      1 drop Marjoram

      What's in Your Medicine Cabinet 1?

      What's in Your Medicine Cabinet 1?

      Did you know…

      Niaouli is the #1 essential oil for sinus congestion, exuding decongestant properties even stronger than Eucalyptus? High in oxides, Niaouli is a superb stimulant and expectorant making it  a must have for cough and cold season!

      Quick Recipe for Topical Application:

      In a 10 ml roller bottle, combine 10 drops of Niaouli with your favourite carrier oil creating a 5% solution.  Apply to the forehead and cheeks to alleviate sinus congestion.

      OR

      Create a synergistic blend using 4 drops of Niaouli, 3 drops of Eucalyptus and 3 drops of Lavender with your favourite carrier oil in a 10 ml roller bottle and BREATHE DEEPLY.