It has been awhile since I posted any of my daily natural and eco-friendly remedies- incorporating my homemade DIY products has become a part of my daily life that it is simply second nature to me and I do not think consciously even think about it sometimes. I have been making my own body moisturisers (click here ) for awhile now and it is only until now that I decided to take it one step further and turn into a soft, luscious body butter. If you have been following me on my other non-food Instagram account (@querencia_naturopathy), you may have seen my calendula and rose infused almond oil that I made several weeks ago.
In an up cycled glass jar, I simply added some organic calendula (Calendula officinalis) and dried rose petals into a jar before completely submerging them in organic sweet almond oil. No measurements are required- be intuitive! You honestly cannot go wrong with this. I also added a few springs of lavender from the garden a couple of weeks later, all in the meanwhile with the jar surrounded by the loving rose quartz and Winter sunlight.
1/2 cup organic coconut oil
1/2 cup organic shea butter
1/3 cup flower infused oil*
Essential oil if desired**
1 glass jar with lid
Bowl of hot water
- In a glass jar, add the coconut oil and shea butter. Place this jar in the bowl of hot water and allow the oil and butter to completely melt. Stir occasionally.
2. When the melted oil/butter combination is melted, add the flower-infused oil to the jar and mix well. Pour this mix into a clean bowl (ensure that a hand mixer can easily fit).
3. Chill the mix in the fridge for ten minutes until briefly solidified.
4. Using a hand mixer, whip the moisturiser until desired consistency.
5. Store in a glass jar.
☼ *The flower infused oil is not absolutely necessary as I imagine not everyone casually has calendula infused oil hanging around the home. ☺ Simply replace with plain jojoba oil or perhaps, rosehip oil.
☼ I used to love including aromatherapeutic essential oils into my products. Recently I realised just how much plant material is utilised into creating and manufacturing these volatile and intensive oils and have since been discouraged to continue supporting the industry until I can find a company that I can solely trust. Organic, sustainable (actual sustainable) and Therapeutic Goods Administration-approved. Not asking for much am I?
☼ In Australia, calendula and marigolds are clearly differentiated however please be mindful the names are interchangeably in other parts of the world. It is the Calendula officinalis that offers the anti-inflammatory and healing properties whereas the humble marigold (Tagetes) does not. In saying so, my Tagetes growing wildly in the garden and bring a colourful joy to the vegetable garden as well as offering pest-deterring properties.
☼ Sometimes I use a good quality jojoba oil in my body moisturisers however in this instance, I had run out. Jojoba oil is excellent for skin integrity and offers hydrating benefits.
☼ Measurements do not have to be exact however it is the coconut oil and shea butter that will offer the setting properties so that the product can be whipped.
Love and light,
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”- Dr. Seuss.