Lavender Body Butter
1/2 C. Cocoa Butter
1/2 C. Coconut Oil
1/2 C. Jojoba, Sweet Almond, or Olive oil (can do any combination as well)
1/4 C. Shea Butter
1/4 C. Mango Butter
1 T. Beeswax pastilles
2 T. Arrowroot Powder
2 t. Vitamin E Oil
15 ish drops of Lavender essential oil (you can use more or less, whatever you prefer)
1. Double boil (or I just use two pots, one inside the other) the butters: cocoa, mango, and shea, and beeswax.
2. Once melted, add in the coconut oil until melted completely.
3. Remove from heat.
4. In another small bowl, mix slowly, the Jojoba/sweet almond/or olive oil, with the Arrowroot powder, vitamin e oil, and essential oil.
5. Once the powders are incorporated with the oils, mix the ingredients in the small bowl with the melted butters, beeswax, and coconut oil concoction (all ingredients by now).
6. Let cool. This takes an hour or more to cool. You could set it in an ice bath (double boiler style), or just let it cool on its own.
7. Once the ingredients have cooled enough (not hardened), they will start to turn white, this is when you want to whip them with a hand mixer. This step is not necessary, but it makes for a nice thick, creamy texture that spreads well.
For storing- the oils will harden if stored in a cool place. They get kind of hard here where I live in the winter because it gets so cold. That is okay, they will start to melt when in contact with body heat. If you live in a warm place, the body butter will be runnier in texture. This is okay as well.
STORAGE: It is important to keep this lotion in glass containers, as the essential oils will break down plastics. Ideally, the glass should be tinted to preserve the oils, but I do not have tinted, so I store mine in mason jars, and keep them out of the sunlight.
Directions for Use:
Use sparingly...a little goes a long way!
Because of the natural oils used in this recipe, it may feel greasy at first, but it will quickly soak in leaving skin silky, and soft!
For Eczema: Use at least twice a day...if not more!
Recipes to help heal the body.
Cabbage is known to heal stomach ulcers and prevent cancer!
1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
1 tablespoon oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small cabbage, chopped
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook, stirring, until ground beef is no longer pink and onion is tender.
Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.
Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8