Homemade Magnesium and Arnica Body Butter Recipe

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This homemade magnesium and arnica body butter recipe is scented with a delightful lavender and orange fragrance and is great for everyday aches, pains and bruises.

This homemade magnesium and arnica body butter recipe is scented with a delightful lavender and orange fragrance and is great for everyday aches, pains and bruises.

I created this body butter recipe with my grandmother in mind. My grandmother is now in her mid-80’s and her health has gotten worse recently. This of course means a lot of doctor visitors, getting blood drawn or being hooked up to IV’s and some hospital stays. Inevitably this has caused some pretty nasty bruising. In addition to the bruising, aches and pains are also more common. So for this recipe I combined magnesium hydroxide and arnica infused sweet almond oil into a wonderfully soothing and beautifully scented body butter.

Keep reading to learn more about why I chose these two key ingredients.

This homemade magnesium and arnica body butter recipe is scented with a delightful lavender and orange fragrance and is great for everyday aches, pains and bruises.

Did you know?

It’s common to have low levels of magnesium in your body. Unfortunately magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body and is necessary for over 300 reactions within your body. So low levels of magnesium can cause some health issues to arise. Fortunately, it’s easier to increase your magnesium levels than you might think. As magnesium has the ability to be absorbed through skin, a topical body butter is the perfect way to increase your magnesium intake.

So why is magnesium so important?

Magnesium is important for many reasons. It helps to increase rigidity and flexibility in your bones – which is especially important as you age – regulate and normalize blood pressure, increase bioavailability of calcium, prevent congestive heart failure, promote restful sleep, ease muscle cramps and spasms, decrease insulin resistance, end cluster and migraine headaches, enhance circulation, aid in weight loss and so many other common health ailments. More importantly it also helps to ease fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Which is something I can fully attest to. (Discover more benefits of magnesium here.)

With these things in mind and the more frequent medical care my grandmother needs, I thought that magnesium and arnica would make an incredibly suited body butter for my grandmother.

In addition, I also included neem oil in my homemade magnesium and arnica body butter recipe. Neem oil has analgesic properties and is also a strong anti-viral. I had used neem oil previously in a lavender body butter I’d made for my grandmother a few Christmases back for her shingles flare up. She indicated that the body butter I made her had helped her immensely, therefore I really wanted to include neem oil in this recipe as well. (And yes, neem oil smells pretty rank. But I pinky swear that the lavender and blood orange essential oils I use in my recipe to scent the body butter completely mask the smell. Plus they smell AMAZING together!)

Arnica is traditionally used as an external herbal medicine for bruises. It is approved by the German Commission E for topical use when applied for inflammation, bruises and joint pain.

Why arnica?

Arnica is traditionally used as an external herbal medicine for bruises. It is approved by the German Commission E for topical use when applied for inflammation, bruises and joint pain.

In anticipation of creating my homemade magnesium and arnica body butter recipe I infused arnica flowers in sweet almond oil for just over two months using the solar infusion method. (Herbs, oil and a sunny window.) If you don’t want to wait on a solar herbal oil infusion, you can speed up the process using heat. One way to do this is to make your herbal oil infusion using the crock pot oil infusion method.

To do this simply fill a mason jar with dried arnica flowers and cover with sweet almond oil. Next, place the mason jar in the crock pot half filled with water so that the jar is 3/4th of the way covered. (You can place a tea towel on the bottom of the crockpot with the mason jar on top if needed to keep the jar from moving around.) Turn the crock pot onto low heat and allow the arnica and oil filled mason jar to infuse for 10-12 hours. Remove the mason jar from the crockpot and strain the oil from the arnica flowers. Then transfer the oil into a glass amber bottle for storage.

Alternately, if you are pressed for time, you can also purchase solar infused arnica herbal oil from Mountain Rose Herbs here. While the arnica in this product is infused in olive oil, it is still a suitable substitution for sweet almond oil.

This homemade magnesium and arnica body butter recipe is scented with a delightful lavender and orange fragrance and is great for everyday aches, pains and bruises.

Magnesium and Arnica Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3 oz. refined shea butter
.25 oz. natural cocoa butter
.5 oz. arnica infused sweet almond oil
.2 oz. magnesium hydroxide powder
.1 oz. 100% natural neem oil
.1 oz. emulsifying wax
.1 oz. arrowroot powder
2 mL lavender essential oil
1.5 mL blood orange essential oil

Instructions:

My homemade magnesium and arnica body butter recipe yields one 4 oz. jar of product.

Using a digital scale, weigh out the shea butter, cocoa butter and emulsifying wax into a medium sized Pyrex glass measuring cup. Heat at 40% power in the microwave until melted. (Alternately, you can use a double boiler.)

Now weigh out the neem oil and arnica infused sweet almond oil and stir into the melted butters and wax.

Next, using a graduated transfer pipette, measure out the lavender essential oil and stir into your body butter ingredients. Do the same with the blood orange essential oil, using a fresh pipette to avoid cross contamination.

Now weigh out the arrowroot powder and magnesium hydroxide powder and whisk into the body butter until it is thoroughly combined.

Pour your magnesium and arnica body butter into a clean, sterilized 4 oz. glass salve jar. Allow to cool completely.

Once your body butter has cooled and completely solidified, screw on the cap and label as desired.

If you are making my magnesium and arnica body butter recipe to sell, you’ll need to label your jars appropriately to meet state and federal laws. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

This natural lavender cream deodorant recipe with bentonite clay is made without irritating baking soda and it really works! Plus discover three other fantastic uses for this cream deodorant for whole body care!

For more ways to increase your magnesium intake, also be sure to check out my Natural Lavender Cream Deodorant Recipe with Bentonite Clay.

In addition, you may also like my Natural Home Remedies and Herbal Health Care board on Pinterest as well as my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board.

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Natural Burn Relief Spray Recipe

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This natural burn relief spray recipe was created for a friend with breast cancer to help soothe the pain caused by radiation treatment and promote healing. However, you'll find this burn relief spray also works great on run of the mill sunburns.

This natural burn relief spray recipe was created for my dear friend, Bambi Godkin, who is currently fighting breast cancer, to help soothe the pain caused by radiation treatment and promote healing. However, you’ll find this burn relief spray also works great on just straight forward, run of the mill sunburns.

Like my healing neem butter recipe, which I also created for Bambi, my natural burn relief spray recipe also includes both arnica infused oil and neem oil. Arnica, like neem oil, not only has analgesic properties, but it also helps with inflammation. Arnica infused oil is commonly used in products to help relieve pain caused by sprains, bruises and other injuries. However, keep in mind it should not be used in open wounds.

This natural burn relief spray recipe was created for a friend with breast cancer to help soothe the pain caused by radiation treatment and promote healing. However, you'll find this burn relief spray also works great on run of the mill sunburns.

Natural Burn Relief Spray Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2.75 oz. arnica infused fractionated coconut oil
.8 oz. shea nut oil
.1 oz. 100% neem oil
.1 oz. vitamin E oil
23 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops tea tree oil
8 drops peppermint essential oil
6 drops patchouli essential oil

Instructions:

To make this natural burn relief spray, you’ll begin by making your Arnica infused oil. I infused mine in fractionated coconut oil to keep this natural burn relief spray recipe from feeling greasy. Simply fill the bottom half of a mason jar with Arnica flowers then cover with fractionated coconut oil. Seal and store in a cool, dark location, turning occasionally for several weeks. Or you can speed up the process by gently heating the fractionated coconut oil and Arnica flowers in a double boiler for an extended time on the stove over low to medium-low heat. Then strain with cheesecloth before use. (See how it’s done in this post on how to make a homemade chamomile balm.) Alternately, you can also purchase Arnica Herbal Oil which is made with Arnica infused olive oil and a touch of vitamin E.

Using a digital scale weigh out the arnica infused oil, shea nut oil, neem oil and vitamin E into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Stir to combine.

Next, use a graduated transfer pipette to add the essential oils. Mix again to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated, then use a funnel to pour into a 4 oz. glass bottle.

Screw on a fingertip mister, then label as desired for personal use or gifting.

To use, simply spray onto affected area and gently massage into skin.

Last year my good friend, Bambi, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery just after Christmas and will be undergoing radiation in the next few weeks. I have set up a GoFundMe page here to help with her expenses. I hope you will take the time to read about her story and show your support. And please, don't forget to get your yearly mammogram!

If you’d like to learn more about my friend Bambi – who is also an artisan and educator – you can find more information on her condition as well as treatment updates on her GoFundMe page here. You also have the option to donate to her medical fund or to share her story.

All money raised for Bambi will go directly towards her paying for her medical bills and medication as well as to pay for basic living expenses including her mortgage, utilities and food during the times she misses work without compensation. Medical bills alone are expected to exceed $12K after insurance.

In addition to the online fundraiser via GoFundMe, Martin’s Downtown in downtown Roanoke, VA has graciously agreed to allow us to host a benefit show for Bambi on March 6, 2016 from 4pm-10pm. (Learn more about the venue here.) Several wonderful bands are donating their time. They include My Radio, The Floorboards, Tobacco ApacheEmpty Bottles and solo singer/songwriter Joy Truskowski. (Learn more about the bands here.)

The benefit show will also include a silent auction with a chance to bid a fantastic collection of goods and services donated by local business owners. Current silent auction items include a room rental at Beliveau Estate Winery in Blacksburg (which normally rents for $250), a $75 gift certificate toNina’s Lil Bakery, a $40 gift certificate to River and Rail restaurant, a one hour pedicure from Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa, a gift certificate to Shishka Mediterranean Grill & Hookah Bar, two 1-hour massages from Willow Branch Massage Therapy on Grandin Rd. in Roanoke, a pedicure from Polished by Claire V, a sightseeing cruise from Virginia Dare in Smith Mountain Lake, a designer haircut from Oliver’s Twist in Old Southwest Roanoke, four guitar lessons from Fret Mill Music in downtown Roanoke, a $50 gift certificate to Lucky Restaurant in downtown Roanoke and a $50 gift certificate to Fortunato Restaurant in downtown Roanoke. There will also be a suggested $10 donation at the door with all proceeds going directly to Bambi for medical needs. (Please contact me via the event website if your business would like to donate an item or service.)

You can find the event page for the benefit show on Facebook here. Updates to auction items being offered and additional information will continue to be added closer to the event date and can by found at the event website here along with additional venue and band information.

Regardless of whether you are able to make a monetary donation or will be able to attend the benefit show, I’d be extremely grateful if you could share this post, Bambi’s GoFundMe page and the Facebook event with others.

This natural burn relief spray recipe was created for a friend with breast cancer to help soothe the pain caused by radiation treatment and promote healing. However, you'll find this burn relief spray also works great on run of the mill sunburns.

If you liked my natural burn relief spray recipe, you can find more of my homemade bath and body recipes by following me on Pinterest. You can also find me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Healing Neem Butter Recipe

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This healing neem butter recipe is wonderful for helping to heal minor wounds and abrasions as well as to help minimize scarring.

This healing neem butter recipe is wonderful for helping to heal minor (closed) wounds and abrasions as well as to help minimize scarring. Created for my dear friend, Bambi, who is currently fighting breast cancer, this neem butter recipe was formulated to help with the final healing stages from her surgery, once the incision is mostly healed, to further speed the healing process, reduce scarring and minimize pain.

Unlike my other neem oil recipes, I created a soothing neem butter balm that melts immediately into skin that may be sensitive due to pain. Not only does the butter texture of this healing neem butter recipe mean that very little pressure is needed for application, but it also includes arnica infused oil. Arnica, like neem oil, not only has analgesic properties, but it also helps with inflammation as well. It’s been found to relieve pain caused by sprains, bruises and other injuries. However, it should not be used in open wounds.

This healing neem butter recipe is wonderful for helping to heal minor (closed) wounds and abrasions as well as to help minimize scarring. Created for my dear friend, Bambi, who is currently fighting breast cancer, this neem butter recipe was formulated to help with the final healing stages from her surgery, once the incision is mostly healed, to further speed the healing process, reduce scarring and minimize pain.

Healing Neem Butter Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.05 oz. cocoa butter
1.6 oz. shea butter
.6 oz. Arnica infused fractionated coconut oil
.4 oz. 100% neem oil
18 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops tea tree oil
1 mL vitamin E oil, optional

Instructions:

Begin by making your Arnica infused oil. I infused mine in fractionated coconut oil to keep this healing neem butter from feeling greasy. Simply fill the bottom half of a mason jar with Arnica flowers then cover with fractionated coconut oil. Seal and store in a cool, dark location, turning occasionally for several weeks. Or you can speed up the process by gently heating the fractionated coconut oil and Arnica flowers in a double boiler for an extended time on the stove over low to medium-low heat. Then strain with cheesecloth before use. (See how it’s done in this post on how to make a homemade chamomile balm.) Alternately, you can also purchase Arnica Herbal Oil which is made with Arnica infused olive oil and a touch of vitamin E.

Using a digital scale weigh out the cocoa and shea butter. Heat either in a double boiler or at reduced heat in a glass Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave until melted.

Now weigh out the prepared Arnica infused fractionated coconut oil and neem oil and stir into the melted butters.

Using a graduated transfer pipette, measure out and add the Vitamin E oil. (If you’re using the Arnica Herbal Oil you can omit the Vitamin E oil from this healing neem butter recipe.) Then use two new pipettes to add the drops of both essential oils. Stir well, then pour into your desired container and allow to solidify.

As this is a soft butter it may take 24-48 hours to reach its final consistency. You can put this in the refrigerator for several hours to overnight to speed up the process. You will need to store the final healing neem butter in a temperature controlled environment.

To use simply apply to affected area as needed at least twice daily or as needed.

This healing neem butter recipe is wonderful for helping to heal minor (closed) wounds and abrasions as well as to help minimize scarring. Created for my dear friend, Bambi, who is currently fighting breast cancer, this neem butter recipe was formulated to help with the final healing stages from her surgery, once the incision is mostly healed, to further speed the healing process, reduce scarring and minimize pain.

If you like this healing neem butter recipe, then you’ll also like my second recipe I created for Bambi for her upcoming radiation treatments for a natural burn relief spray. It also uses Arnica infused fractionated coconut oil but also includes shea nut oil and of course, neem oil.

And just as a reminder, PLEASE remember to get your mammograms, ladies! Bambi’s, breast cancer was detected at her first mammogram at age 40. Changes to breast tissue, however, were not detected by her GYN just prior to her preventative mammogram.

If you’d like to learn more about my friend Bambi – who is also an artisan and educator – you can find more information on her condition as well as treatment updates on her GoFundMe page here. You also have the option to donate to her medical fund or to share her story.

Last year my good friend, Bambi, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery just after Christmas and will be undergoing radiation in the next few weeks. I have set up a GoFundMe page here to help with her expenses. I hope you will take the time to read about her story and show your support. And please, don't forget to get your yearly mammogram!

All money raised for Bambi will go directly towards her paying for her medical bills and medication as well as to pay for basic living expenses including her mortgage, utilities and food during the times she misses work without compensation. Medical bills alone are expected to exceed $12K after insurance.

In addition to the online fundraiser via GoFundMe, Martin’s Downtown in downtown Roanoke, VA has graciously agreed to allow us to host a benefit show for Bambi on March 6, 2016 from 4pm-10pm. Several wonderful bands are donating their time. They include My Radio, The Floorboards, Tobacco Apache, Empty Bottles and solo singer/songwriter Joy Truskowski. These local bands not only make remarkable music, they are all also truly fantastic people.

The benefit show will also include a silent auction with a chance to bid on a $250 room rental at Beliveau Estate Winery in Blacksburg, a $75 gift certificate to Nina’s Lil Bakery, a $40 gift certificate to River and Rail restaurant, a one hour pedicure from Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa, a gift certificate to Shishka Mediterranean Grill & Hookah Bar, two 1-hour massages from Willow Branch Massage Therapy on Grandin Rd. in Roanoke, a pedicure from Polished by Claire V, a sightseeing cruise from Virginia Dare in Smith Mountain Lake, a designer haircut from Oliver’s Twist in Old Southwest Roanoke, four guitar lessons from Fret Mill Music in downtown Roanoke, a $50 gift certificate to Lucky Restaurant in downtown Roanoke and a $50 gift certificate to Fortunato Restaurant in downtown Roanoke, along with other various donations from wonderful area businesses. There will also be a $10 donation at the door with all proceeds going directly to Bambi for medical needs. (Please contact me via the event website if your business would like to donate an item or service.)

You can find the event page for the benefit show on Facebook here. Updates to auction items being offered and additional information will continue to be added closer to the event date. Or visit the event website here.

Regardless of whether you are able to make a monetary donation or will be able to attend the benefit show, I’d be extremely grateful if you could share this post, Bambi’s GoFundMe page and the Facebook event with others.

This healing neem butter recipe is wonderful for helping to heal minor (closed) wounds and abrasions as well as to help minimize scarring. Created for my dear friend, Bambi, who is currently fighting breast cancer, this neem butter recipe was formulated to help with the final healing stages from her surgery, once the incision is mostly healed, to further speed the healing process, reduce scarring and minimize pain.

To discover more of my homemade bath and body recipes and craft projects, be sure to follow me on Pinterest. You can also find me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.


Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.