It’s always fun to try and make something new! I love working with oils, butters and essential oils.
This recipe is super easy and not only is it fun to make, it’s really fun to use!
I have various soap moulds that I use, but I’m always on the look out for neat and unusual “moulds”. For instance, just before Valentine’s Day, I was in a dollar store and I noticed there were candies in a lovely heart shaped mould for $1.25. I didn’t care about the candies but SCORE on grabbing a few of those molds! I’ve used them for bath bombs and soaps and lotion bars. I love them!
You can always use empty yogurt containers or margarine containers… I can’t stomach the idea of margarine, personally… just using the type of container as an example. Here’s a tip: when using a mould that isn’t typically made for that purpose, chances are you’ll run into some issues getting your product out. If it seems like you’re going to run into any issues, simply pop it into the freezer for about a half hour or so. This allows the product inside to freeze and you can just pop it out easily.
So, what’s the recipe?
250 ml Shea or Mango Butter 250 ml Cocoa Butter 125 ml Beeswax Beads
Using your double boiler, allow your butters to gently melt. Once cool, you can use a wide variety of essential oils of your choice. Rule of thumb is to add about 1 to 1.5% essential oil to your mixture. Always wait for the mixture to cool before adding your EO, but not too long because sometimes the EO will cause your mixture to set or harden quickly! These make great gifts for anyone with dry skin, cracked heels or better yet, used as massage bars with your loved one!
Even as an aromatherapist, I personally chose not to use most essential oils during my pregnancy and very carefully while I was breastfeeding. Reason being, I wasn’t willing to risk anything that could potentially harm my baby.
Essential oils are an extremely concentrated, volatile liquid. What does this mean? If you think in terms of drinking an herbal tea, one drop of peppermint is the equivalent of about 30 cups of herbal tea. One drop! It takes approximately 5 pounds of peppermint leaves to make one ounce of EO or one acre to produce about 10 pounds EO!
Not only that, some essential oils are considered emmenagogues. What that means is that they cause stimulation of blood to the uterus. This can cause bleeding, uterine contractions and even miscarriage. Some essential oils are known to increase blood pressure. The number one reason to be super careful when using essential oils is that they do cross the placenta, straight to your growing fetus.
So, does this mean avoiding all essential oils during pregnancy? No, not necessarily. Some general rules and guidelines, that I like to follow are:
don’t use essential oils in the first trimester
do not ingest essential oils in any manner
always be sure to use good quality, reputable essential oils
be sure the essential oils are safe for use during pregnancy (check with reputable sources like http://roberttisserand.com/2011/07/lavender-oil-and-pregnancy/
always dilute your essential oil using a 1 -1.5% ratio
Essential oils are such an amazing, powerful tool. Use them wisely and you and your family will live better, naturally.
Debra, who has been working with us from nearly the beginning has absolutely fallen head over heels for our Muscle Mend essential oil blend. She sells a TON of it and buys a TON for herself and hubby as well. She said, Kathy, I don’t know what’s in it, but I swear it works so well!
There’s a saying in aromatherapy where if one oil is good, then a blend is tenfold, and in case that’s definitely true. The blend here is birch, eucalyptus globulus and radiata, marjoram, black pepper and nutmeg. Why though do these oils in combination work so well together?
Firstly, the main constituent of birch is Salicylic Acid and Methyl Salicylate. These two ingredients are in most sports creams because they are pain relievers and bring a natural warmth to the tissues. Eucalyptus globulus and radiata are both anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and decongestant. Basically, they help the muscles flush out and release any built up toxins. Marjoram is another powerful antispasmodic and is also a diuretic, helping to relieve the body of swelling as well as being a sedative to not only the mind but also the body. Black pepper is known to relieve rheumatism and arthritis and ease muscle spasms. And finally, nutmeg is believed to be useful for treating muscle aches and joint pain due to its sedative and anti-inflammatory qualities. Together, these oils have been combined to produce an effective blend of muscle relievers.
So, how do you use these oils? I would apply about 10 drops to a TBSP of your favourite carrier oil like our Almond Oil or Hemp Oil and simply massage into the sore area. Or, you could add 10 drops into a cup of Epsom salts and soak in the tub. If you have a really painful area, you could use your carrier oil/essential oil combination applied to the painful area and then apply a warm compress.
Good to know! Enjoy.