DIY Lavender Body Butter with Neem Oil

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This DIY lavender body butter with neem oil not only offers amazing skin protection and moisture, but it also helps to soothe shingles pain – phantom or otherwise. How do I know this? Because last Christmas I ended up with shingles. And I’m not elderly or immunocompromised. What I did have though, was a heck of a lot of stress.

DIY Lavender Body Butter with Neem Oil! This DIY lavender body butter with neem oil not only offers amazing skin protection and moisture, but it also helps to soothe shingles pain - phantom or otherwise - as well as common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Learn more about this amazing homemade body butter and homemade gift idea now at Soap Deli News blog. #diy #bodybutter #recipe #gift #lavender #neemoil #christmas #crafts #handmade #skincare #beauty

I honestly had considering writing a blog post about how not to get shingles over the holidays. Sort, of a soapmaker’s guide with quips and puns that relate back to our quirky habits. Some of which could lead to an unfortunate virus uprising.

Through various soapmaking groups I’ve learned that quite a few of us do our shopping for ingredients and supplies while intoxicated on a wee bit of wine. This inevitably means we spend more. And anyone who drinks alcohol semi-regularly can become B6 deficient. I know that a B6 deficiency is one of the underlying causes of a shingles outbreak. Because after a visit to the doctor they recommended I take 50mg of vitamin B6 twice a day for two months.

I also know that overspending can cause us stress. I mean, if it didn’t, there wouldn’t be all of those memes with the UPS guy and that note requesting he hold your packages until later should your husband happen to be home. Sure overspending or lack of money can be stressful. But a husband who is disappointed in you – that can be worse. And everyone knows one of the leading causes of breakups and divorce are money problems. And fights or break ups, well they’re going to be stressful too.

DIY Lavender Body Butter with Neem Oil! This DIY lavender body butter with neem oil not only offers amazing skin protection and moisture, but it also helps to soothe shingles pain - phantom or otherwise - as well as common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Learn more about this amazing homemade body butter and homemade gift idea now at Soap Deli News blog. #diy #bodybutter #recipe #gift #lavender #neemoil #christmas #crafts #handmade #skincare #beauty

So my best advice for you right now is to – well, obviously don’t stop drinking wine. Then we’d go batty for sure. But do be sure to keep your levels of B6 up during the entire holiday season. High amounts of B6 is found in foods like red meat and cashews. But supplements also do the trick.

In addition, I also highly recommend having your soapmaking supplies sent to a friend or neighbor’s house – even your place of employment if you don’t work from home. I mean it’s not really even a deception. You’re simply having those much needed supplies delivered elsewhere for safety reasons. A lot of packages do go missing this time of year. That he happened to miss seeing the orders coming or being unpacked, well, he probably just wasn’t paying attention. I mean there are plenty of other things men fail to notice on a daily basis when it comes to women. Or they simply forget. Or weren’t really listening to begin with.

But I digress. I first made a version of my DIY lavender body butter for my grandmother three years ago. Her all time favorite scent is lavender. And seeing as how its common for most of us to suffer from dry skin this time of year I thought a body butter was in order.

DIY Lavender Body Butter with Neem Oil! This DIY lavender body butter with neem oil not only offers amazing skin protection and moisture, but it also helps to soothe shingles pain - phantom or otherwise - as well as common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Learn more about this amazing homemade body butter and homemade gift idea now at Soap Deli News blog. #diy #bodybutter #recipe #gift #lavender #neemoil #christmas #crafts #handmade #skincare #beauty

Why Use a DIY Lavender Body Butter?

At that time I had just started experimenting a lot with neem oil. Long used in both Ayurvedic and Unani medicine, neem oil possesses powerful natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain killing) properties. It’s often used topically to ease the symptoms of rheumatism, eczema, ringworm, athlete’s foot, cold sores, psoriasis, warts, chronic syphilitic sores, infected burn wounds, and slow-healing skin ulcers. Additionally it has also been shown to help control various skin infections including scabies and candida.

On the other hand, lavender essential oil also possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties when used in skin care applications. As such it can help to ease pain, promote the healing of cuts and burns as well as reduce swelling and redness. When properly diluted, lavender essential oil eases everything from sore muscles, joint pain and rheumatism to sprains and backaches.

Little did I know that the combination of neem oil and lavender essential oil in my DIY lavender body butter would help to reduce my grandmother’s recurring phantom pain from shingles in addition to soothing and moisturizing dry, itchy skin. But that it did. So when I developed shingles the day after Christmas last year, I whipped up a batch for myself. During the onset of my shingles it certainly didn’t take the pain away completely. But it really helped to ease the pain so it was more bearable.

DIY Lavender Body Butter with Neem Oil! This DIY lavender body butter with neem oil not only offers amazing skin protection and moisture, but it also helps to soothe shingles pain - phantom or otherwise - as well as common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Learn more about this amazing homemade body butter and homemade gift idea now at Soap Deli News blog. #diy #bodybutter #recipe #gift #lavender #neemoil #christmas #crafts #handmade #skincare #beauty

I also found that applying heat went a long way towards helping ease the pain from shingles as well. So I used a heating pad during the actual breakout in addition to an ungodly amount of ibuprofen. Then, once there was no longer a mess of oozing gross blisters (for those of you who can remember having chicken pox – I was four and at best I remember one colloidal oatmeal bath and being told not to scratch) I used a combination of equal parts lavender, ginger and chili seed essential oils to warm my skin, increase circulation, ease pain and reduce inflammation. It also offered a lot of relief with the recurring phantom pain I experienced for about six months after the shingles had cleared up.

Following is the recipe for my DIY lavender body butter of awesome. Not only does it offer some amazing skin care benefits, but it’s also non-greasy. I hope you like the recipe. But what I really really hope, is that you never get shingles.

(One of my best friends and a recent breast cancer survivor just got shingles in her EAR! Yes. Her ear. It was not awesome and harder to treat. She also couldn’t hear out of that ear for about a week. While not a soapmaker, she is a jewelry artist and fellow wine drinker. She’s also going through a divorce so there’s no husband to worry her. However the advice on the B6 still stands.)

DIY Lavender Body Butter with Neem Oil! This DIY lavender body butter with neem oil not only offers amazing skin protection and moisture, but it also helps to soothe shingles pain - phantom or otherwise - as well as common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Learn more about this amazing homemade body butter and homemade gift idea now at Soap Deli News blog. #diy #bodybutter #recipe #gift #lavender #neemoil #christmas #crafts #handmade #skincare #beauty

DIY Lavender Body Butter with Neem Oil

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

3 oz. refined shea butter
.25 oz. refined/deodorized cocoa butter
.2 oz. baobab oil
.1 oz. lanolin
.1 oz. Cyclomethicone
.05 oz. arrowroot powder
.1 oz. lavender essential oil
1 ml pure 100% neem oil
1ml vitamin E oil
mica powder, to suit (for color if desired)

Instructions:

This recipe yields one 4 oz. container of my DIY lavender body butter with neem oil. You can easily double the recipe as needed to make extras for gifting.

Begin by using a reliable digital scale to weigh out the shea and cocoa butters. Combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat at 30% power until fully melted. (Alternately, you may also use a double boiler.)

Then weigh out the arrowroot powder and stir into the melted butters until the arrowroot powder has dissolved.

Next, weigh out the lanolin. Then stir into the liquified butters until melted.

Now weigh out and stir in the baobab oil, lavender essential oil and Cyclomethicone. Follow with the vitamin E and neem oils, using a fresh graduated plastic pipette for each to measure out and add these ingredients. Add a pinch or two of mica powder in your color of choice if desired, then mix well.

DIY Lavender Body Butter with Neem Oil! This DIY lavender body butter with neem oil not only offers amazing skin protection and moisture, but it also helps to soothe shingles pain - phantom or otherwise - as well as common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Learn more about this amazing homemade body butter and homemade gift idea now at Soap Deli News blog. #diy #bodybutter #recipe #gift #lavender #neemoil #christmas #crafts #handmade #skincare #beauty

Pour your DIY lavender body butter into a 4 oz. container of your choice or into two 2 oz. glass jars. (Pictured is a 2.3 oz. clear glass thick wall cosmetic jar from SKS Bottle & Packaging.) Then allow to solidify.

You can place your lavender body butter in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process. (When it’s warm out it tends to take a lot longer for this body butter to solidify if left on a kitchen countertop.)

To use simply apply a small amount to skin as desired and massage in.

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About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca Dawn Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can find more of her amazing skin care recipes at The Nourished Life blog as well as right here on Soap Deli News. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News blog here in order to receive email updates.

Comments

  1. Hi Rebecca this is a recipe I would very much make, would you please tell me about Neem oil what would be the quantity

  2. So sorry Neem oil is the last ingredient I just saw itthank you

  3. Rebecca, do you sell this body butter, or do you know someone who uses your recipe to sell it? I would like some for my bf who has shingles, and I don’t want to try and make it. Thanks so much!

  4. Sherry D'Ambrosio says:

    A word of caution. My brother and I suffer repeated bouts of shingles. Dermatologists have said this is unusal and probably indicates a weak link in our immune system. We keep an anti-viral prescription on hand and constantly search for ways to relieve pain and itching. Doctors and pharmacists are inconsistent in advice except this – do not touch the forming blisters as that may cause them to spread. (Trust me, it does.) So I would advise against massaging anything into the infection site. Use sterile cotton or gauze to dab on any creams or ointments and cover to prevent spreading. (Also makes it harder for you to scratch.) I usually coat an area of a sterile dressing with product then have it taped down across the area. As for applying heat, that will bring blistering to surface and could cause more scaring and nerve damage. For me, I strive to keep the inflammation down as soon as I experience the signaling “bite” and locate the reddening area. Have had success with applying a liconcaine patch (onhand due to my fibro) at first sign, In some cases the redness has retreated ad never blistered. Just my experience. Hope it helps someone.

    • Thanks for your advice. I wasn’t aware heat could make the blistering worse and my shingles never itched at all. I was told by both the urgent care doctor and the pharmacist that shingles is confined to a single nerve distribution and doesn’t spread through scratching EXCEPT in cases where the person is immunocompromised. Mine never spread outside of the nerve it followed and I wasn’t particularly careful. (I did massage in the cream!) Perhaps in your case it spread outside of the nerve path because you do have a weaker immune system. However you do absolutely want to keep it covered even if you aren’t immunocompromised while there are blisters (before they crust over) if you are interacting with the public as it can be spread to someone who’s never had chickenpox through the fluid. (In which case they develop chickenpox and not shingles.) Everyone I was working with at the time however had had chickenpox so it was a non-issue. And I wasn’t up to going out except for work. But like you said everyone is different (thus the disagreement among doctors and pharmacists) because one might not be aware they have a weak immune system. Have you found that the recurrence of your shingles is less severe each time or less severe than just the first outbreak? Thank goodness kids these days are getting the chickenpox vaccine and will probably never have to go through suffering with shingles.

      • I’ve been fairly lucky with recurring outbreaks. That is, I recognize it more quickly and therefore take action right away. First time it happened, I thought I’d been bitten by a spider. My blisters tend to come back in same area and usually I only have a few blisters now. My brother has it much worse with the greater part of his lower back scarred and permanent nerve damage. Friends who have had shingles in all cases reported that when they gave in to urge to scratch, they developed more blisters. I did get the vaccine after docs went from “won’t do any good after having an outbreak” to “could lessen duration.” Really recommend everyone get shingles shot. Will definitely check out the Neem oil now. Have been using lavender with marjoram for anti-infammatory properties. Thanks for sharing your experiences and recipes.

        • Thanks so much for following up with your feedback! It seems so few doctors discuss shingles with those in thirties and forties. And I’m glad to hear the severity of your shingles has lessened with it reoccurs. I originally had thought my shingles was acne from my hair conditioner, so I actually rubbed salt into my skin to dry them out. That was not a fun experience. Please let me know how the neem oil works for you. I love this oil for so many things though not the smell. As it is a carrier oil it can be used full strength but its scent is reminiscent of an unpleasant nutty garlic. I have used it on cold sores just when they start to appear or right at the tingle to have them gone by the next day. As shingles and cold sores are similar in nature, I’m sure you’ll find it beneficial at deterring recurring your shingles outbreaks as well.

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