I have a jar of herb-infused olive oil I made this past summer sitting on my counter in the kitchen.
It’s been beckoning me in the recent days…telling me it’s ready.
So, I’ve decided to set half of the oil in freshly, dried herbs with the addition of organically cultivated goldenseal root for a new batch of anti-microbial ointment I’ll make when my current stock is out.
With the other half of the oil, I am in the kitchen whipping up a quick batch of lotion!
For this lotion, I’ve set out with the intention of creating a richer formula to give our skin extra protection and moisture for winter.
- calendula flowers and comfrey leaves + roots from my home garden
- plantain harvested along a stream while visiting my sister in Colorado
- organically cultivated St. John’s wort + olive leaf I purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs
Moisturizing Winter Lotion
*Choose only organic ingredients. I have linked directly to the ingredients I personally use and recommend.
- 1 ounce kokum butter (I get my kokum butter here)
- 3 ounces herb-infused organic olive oil (click here to learn how to make herb-infused oil)
- 6 fluid ounces liquid of choice, i.e. aloe vera gel, calendula hydrosol, rose geranium hydrosol, lavender hydrosol, or a strong infusion of green tea
- 1/2 ounce organic vegetable glycerin OR raw, organic honey
- 1/2 ounce emulsifying wax
- 1/2 ounce stearic acid
- 0.1 ounce citric acid
- 0.1 ounce rosemary antioxidant (extract)
Essential Oil Blend
*For the highest medicinal value available choose the organic oils from Mountain Rose Herbs…this is the brand/company I trust to provide the ultimate in health + safety for myself, my family, and my friends.
- 30 drops geranium essential oils
- 15 drops frankincense essential oils
- 25 drops cedarwood essential oils
- 30 drops chamomile essential oils, (lavender is an excellent substitute)
- Using a kitchen scale, weigh all ingredients.
- In a small sauce pan, combine the kokum butter, herb oil, liquid of choice, glycerin (or honey), emulsifying wax, stearic acid, and citric acid.
- Heat mixture on the stove over low heat, until the mixture is well combined and completely melted. Stir frequently.
- Remove from stove.
- Using an immersion blender (or a wire whisk), stir intermittently until cool, creamy, and thick.
- Add in rosemary antioxidant (extract) and essential oils.
- Stir well.
- Pour into storage jars (I use these).
Please remember :: Making lotion at home in your kitchen requires the utmost in cleanliness in order to inhibit bacterial growth and prevent mold. This is why it is very important to use aloe vera gel, hydrosols, or purified/distilled water for the tea infusion in the recipe. Likewise, please be sure to use thoroughly cleaned utensils, pans, bowls, and counter surfaces throughout the process.
This lotion should last 4-6 month on the counter. There is no need for refrigeration. However, if you see mold growing, toss it out. Tip :: If you use more than one jar/container feel free to store them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them. And just so you know, I’ve never had any mold grow in mine — ever.
***I make this for my family and for my dear friend. Her daughter has eczema…and this is the only thing that helps!***