Every herbalist needs a good lavender lotion formula. It’s a go-to for all things healing and damaged skin. This basic recipe is a simple way to be sure that you always have a good, healing lavender lotion on hand. Lavender is great for general dry or damaged skin as an everyday lotion. It’s also soothing and mild enough to use with babies (though we recommend an infused olive oil for use in babies under 6 months). Because it contains antimicrobial benefits as well as anti-inflammatory benefits, it’s perfect for bug bites, scrapes, cuts, and everything else that comes along. The soothing aroma also helps to calm nerves as it heals the skin.
All you need:
- 7 ounces coconut oil
- 1 ounce shea butter (optional: In warm months, increase the thickness by using 2 ounces)
- 0.2 ounces dried lavender petals
- 75 drops lavender essential oil (your choice on the variety)
Combine the oil and dried petals in an oven proof bowl. Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Put the bowl in the oven and then turn it off. Leave to infuse for 2-3 hours. Remove from heat. Strain the lavender petals from the infused oil while it is still warm. Add the shea butter. Return to the oven to melt the shea if it does not melt while stirring with the coconut oil. (If the oven has cooled substantially, you may need to slightly warm the mixture.) Add the essential oils and spoon into sterile jars. Be sure to label the jars with the production date, the ingredients, and the suitable uses. Use within 6-8 months.
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