Menopause Cool Off Mist

Menopause Cool Off Mist

From Essential Oil Blogging

In a 4 ounce bottle combine 1 ounce witch hazel with 9 drops each Lavender, Clary Sage, & Peppermint. Let sit for an hour, and then add 3 ounces distilled water.

Shake well prior to use, spray face*, arms & chest as needed for relief.

*Be sure to keep your eyes closed when misting the face.


Even though I’m making this for my mom, of course, I had to try this myself. I find it LOVELY. Super nice and cooling.

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Jen’s Pumpable Lotion Recipe

Jen's Pumpable Lotion

First of all, Pretend this is full. I went ahead and did 4 ounces instead of 2 ounces because I’m pretty sure I can’t get it mixed well if I only do 2 ounces.

INITIAL NOTE: PLEASE, if you choose not to use a preservative, make sure you either refrigerate for two weeks MAX OR use all 4 ounces in one week.

Also, ALL items in contact with lotion should be sterilized before work begins.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Kitchen Scale
Small saucepan with 1″ water
Pyrex/Glass Measuring Cup
Measuring Cup of your choice
64g Fresh Distilled Water
19-20g Hydrosol (I used Chamomile)
5g Stearic Acid
4g Emulsifying Wax (NOT BEESWAX)
21g Grapeseed Oil
PLUS 1 ml Optiphen (Preservative I’m comfortable using to prevent nasty skin infections/rashes. I choose to use a preservative because 99.6% of my recipe is natural, I can live with 0.6% that prevents me from harmful bacteria. You may choose to not use a preservative. See note above.)
15 Drops Essential Oil (I used 7 drops lavender and 8 drops Roman Chamomile)

DIRECTIONS:

In Pyrex/Glass measuring cup, measure stearic acid, emulsifying wax, and grapeseed oil. Tare between each ingredient for measuring purposes.

Place pyrex/glass measuring cup with previous ingredients in a small saucepan with 1″ water and heat over medium-low heat until emulsifying wax and stearic acid is completely melted.

While waiting for the previous items to melt, measure out distilled water and hydrosol. Heat in microwave for a few seconds just to bring up the temperature of the water. For this recipe in MY microwave, 45 seconds is plenty.

Once oil, stearic acid, and emulsifying wax is melted, pour warm water/hydrosol mixture into the oil phase. Using a candy thermometer, verify temperature is under 140 degrees before adding 1ml Optiphen and 15 drops essential oils.

Using a immersion blender/stick blender, place the blender in the bottom of the pyrex/glass measuring glass and lift up slightly to burp. Return to the bottom of the glass and continue blending for 1 minute. If making a much larger amount (say 32 ounces), you’ll need to blend for at least 2-3 minutes.

While lotion is still warm, pour into your containers. I’m showing you a picture of a previous project because I didn’t have another 4 ounce container as I thought. Let cool completely before covering with lid.

For more information on the rules of lotion making, please google the following: Gift Series – Lotion Tutorial (from scratch) Soap Queen

This will give you excellent information on percentages for creating your OWN lotion recipe. Let me know if you try this one!

Don’t forget, ANY hydrosol and ANY essential oils can be used as long as, In this Recipe, you only use 15 drops.

Homemade Chamomile, Ginger, & Honey Cough Drops

Chamomile, Ginger, & Honey Cough Drops

INGREDIENTS

1/4 Cup Double-Strength Brewed Chamomile Tea
1 Teaspoon Ginger Extract, or brew some fresh ginger along with your chamomile tea
1/4 Cup Raw Honey
1/2 Cup Sugar
Powdered Sugar for dusting

DIRECTIONS

In a small saucepan, add all ingredients except powered sugar and set heat to medium. Stir until sugars dissolve. Using a candy thermometer, slowly bring the mixture to 300 degrees, also known as Hard Crack stage in candy making.

This will take about 20 minutes, but it will scorch just as quickly if left unattended or forgotten. Also note, it will foam quite a bit, so make sure your saucepan has tall walls.

Once it reaches Hard Crack stage, remove from heat and let set for a few minutes until the foam has decreased. Pour into small silicone molds and let harden completely. You can speed up this process by placing in the refrigerator.

Once hardened, remove from molds and dust with powdered sugar to prevent them from sticking together.

I store mine in the fridge and they will last about 2 weeks.

DIY Bath Fizzies!

DIY Bath Fizzies

INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Citric Acid
2 Cups Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
Essential Oil (I used Calming the Child as my daughter loves these)
1/4 Cup Witch Hazel
Food Coloring (optional)

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, sift Baking Soda, Citric Acid, and Arrowroot Powder and whisk until combined. Set aside.

In a small spray bottle (about 3-4 ounces), add 1/4 cup witch hazel and 3-4 drops of food coloring if using.

In a medium bowl, add 1 cup of your powdered ingredients and whisk in 12 drops of your essential oil. Spray powder 3-5 times and whisk. Continue this process until you can take a handful of the mixture and squeeze in your fist so that it holds it’s shape once opened. Be very careful to not to get it too wet. If you do, your bath fizzies will “melt” after un-molding.

Once the powder holds it’s shape, tightly pack into a heavy-weight silicone mold being mindful to make sure the edges are really pressed down so they don’t fall apart once dry. DO NOT use a flimsy silicone mold. See that pink one up there? It’s REALLY thin…and well…let’s just say those were a major fail.

Let set out for 2-4 hours until completely dry. You can even leave them molded overnight if wanted. Remove from molds and store in an air-tight container or zip-lock bag until ready to use.

Yields about 12 large bath fizzies.

DIY Bath Fizzies

Pain Relief Massage Candle

Pain Relief Massage Candle

INGREDIENTS
65 grams soy wax
10 grams shea butter or mango butter
45 drops essential oils (2% dilution)

I did 8 drops Roman Chamomile, 8 drops Black Pepper, 8 drops Clove, 8 drops Lavender, 8 drops Self Esteem Synergy, & 5 drops Cinnamon Leaf.

DIRECTIONS
Use a kitchen scale to measure soy wax and shea butter and tare (zero) in between. Add to a small saucepan and heat on low heat just until melted. Remove from heat and add essential oils.

Pour into 4 oz tin container and add wick. You may have to trim it to make it stand up on it’s own. Theoretically, you should tie it to something and let it hang straight down, but I’m a rebel.

TO USE
Light candle for about 10-15 minutes until some wax melts. Blow out candle and wait 1-2 minutes before using melted wax to massage into the skin as you would a massage oil.

Beeswax Lip Balm (Similar to Burt’s Bees)

Beeswax Lip Balm

INGREDIENTS

1 Tablespoon Beeswax
1 Teaspoon Cocoa Butter
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
0.25 Teaspoon Vitamin E oil
0.5 Teaspoons Alkanet Root Powder (Optional)
8 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

DIRECTIONS

Add first three ingredients to a double-boiler. Heat on medium heat until melted, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and add Vitamin E oil and ALkanet Root Powder if using, and Peppermint Oil. Mix until combined.

Pour into containers.

Yields about 6 Lip Balm Tubes (0.15 oz).