Let’s Make Lotion
With all the chemicals in commercial lotions these days, I’m truly grateful for this method I adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s lovely book, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. My skin loves this herbal lotion, and I love knowing exactly what’s in it.
My Comfrey-Calendula Lotion starts with herb-infused olive oil. Pick fresh comfrey leaves and flowers and calendula blossoms on a sunny day, chop and pack lightly into a canning jar.
Add olive oil to cover. Place jar in crock pot, add hot water around jar and let slowly heat for 12-24 hours. Here’s a pic of that set-up in my blog entry, “Plantain, the First-Aid Weed:”
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ih81WF88TEE/UBrYpm0BW4I/AAAAAAAAACs/Rm3WVW0IdEc/s1600/P1010312.JPG. Strain the oil. Discard the herbs.
Place 4 oz. infused oil, 1/2 oz. beeswax and the contents of a few vitamin E capsules in a Mason jar in a small saucepan; add water around jar. Stir over low heat until beeswax melts. Pour into blender; let cool slightly. Add a few drops essential oils and flower essences if you like. Stir together rose water and aloe vera gel to make 1/4 cup and pour slowly into blender with motor running. Blend until just thickened. Pour into clean jar and store in refrigerator.
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