Epsom Salt Bath Bombs Recipe for Chronic Pain

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This Epsom salt bath bombs recipe is an easy and natural way to flush toxins from your body, reduce stress and ease muscle aches and pains. And, because an Epsom salt bath also helps to increase the body’s magnesium levels, you don’t have to be in pain to reap the benefits of this amazing salt.

Epsom Salt Bath Bombs Recipe for Chronic Pain! This Epsom salt bath bombs recipe is an easy and natural way to flush toxins from your body, reduce stress and ease muscle aches and pains. And, because an Epsom salt bath also helps to increase the body's magnesium levels, you don't have to be in pain to reap the benefits of this amazing salt. #epsomsalt #bathbombs #diy #chronicpain #health #wellness #painremedy

Recently I had the opportunity to give an app called Curable a test run. This app basically walks you through a series of articles and exercises, including meditation, with the idea that many of those suffering from chronic pain (such a fibromyalgia and migraines) are incorrectly receiving pain signals to their brain based on previous traumatic experiences – basically a pain response to fear, not an illness.

This theory in fact would explain why many chronic pain sufferers find that during periods of stress, their pain level increases. What Curable does is address pain through a mindbody approach and uses a combination of physical activities, meditation, writing and other exercises to address the pain response to fear. This works to then rewire how the brain thinks and can result in a drastic decrease in chronic daily pain.

Based on my own personal experiences with fibromyalgia, I’ve found that yes, the onset and even the intensity of my own pain can and does flare with stress. And practices such as meditation and other exercises to calm both my mind and body really can help to diminish that pain. Avoiding stress is another way.

Of course, as we all know, life happens. And avoiding stress isn’t always possible no matter how well we’ve trained our minds. This is where making Epsom salt bath bombs comes in! (Yay!)

Not only can creating something with your hands help to relieve everyday stressors (and it’s even more fun with a friend in tow.) But a long bath soaking in Epsom salts is a form of meditation in itself. Not to mention, just a twenty minute bath in Epsom salts will remove toxins and replenish magnesium levels – which are key in regulating and organizing many bodily functions as well as reducing pain levels and response.

Making Epsom salt bath bombs is a fun way to enjoy the benefits of Epsom salts. And because dry skin is typical of this time of year, I added some extra moisturizing butters to the recipe I’m sharing with you! (And just to ensure there’s no extra stress in the making of these darn things, I promise these are practically no fail!)

Keep reading to learn how to make my Epsom salt bath bombs recipe as well as to discover some of my other natural pain remedies.

Epsom Salt Bath Bombs Recipe for Chronic Pain! This Epsom salt bath bombs recipe is an easy and natural way to flush toxins from your body, reduce stress and ease muscle aches and pains. And, because an Epsom salt bath also helps to increase the body's magnesium levels, you don't have to be in pain to reap the benefits of this amazing salt. #epsomsalt #bathbombs #diy #chronicpain #health #wellness #painremedy

Epsom Salt Bath Bombs Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

10 oz. citric acid
16 oz. baking soda
8 oz. Epsom salt
2 oz. French green clay
2 oz. refined shea butter
2 oz. cocoa butter
.7 oz. sweet orange essential oil
.3 oz. peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the dry ingredients and combine in a large glass bowl or 8-cup Pyrex measuring cup. Mix together until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout. Set aside.

In a separate glass bowl or large container, weigh out and combine the cocoa and shea butters. Heat either in a double boiler or at 30% power in the microwave until melted. Once melted, remove from heat.

Now weigh and add the essential oils to the melted butters. Stir to incorporate.

Next, combine the dry and the liquid ingredients together, mixing well until all of the dry ingredients are coated and the consistency is like that of wet sand.

You’re now ready to pack your bath bomb molds!

To do this, pile each side of your bath bomb mold individually as high as possible without pressing the bath bomb ingredients into either side of the mold. Then, quickly and firmly press both sides of the bath bomb mold together. Twist gently to remove any excess. Some extra around the edges (like rings of a planet) are normal. Don’t twist too much or knock the sides off center of one another or the two halves will separate when unmolded.

Repeat with additional molds as needed until you’ve used all of the bath bomb mixture. (I was able to make four tennis ball shaped bath bombs and one golf ball shaped bath bomb with my Epsom salt bath bombs recipe.)

Set your Epsom salt bath bombs aside to dry overnight or up to two days depending on the humidity in your area. Then gently unmold each bath bomb, dusting off the excess around the bath bombs as needed. (This Epsom salt bath bomb recipe will work with silicone molds as well!)

Now simply wrap each of your Epsom salt bath bombs tightly in foodservice film until ready for use.

To use your Epsom salt bath bombs, simply drop a bath bomb into warm, running bath water. Enjoy the show, then slip in and relax! The shea and cocoa butters present in your new bath bombs will replenish moisture to dry skin, while the Epsom salt lends its own natural skin care benefits.

Marigold, Ginger & Citrus Bath Bombs with Epsom Salt via Buck Naked Soap Company! These hand-packed bath bombs are the ultimate in fizzy luxury! Each has been designed to create a mood and set the tone for an amazing bathing experience.

If you’re not quite ready to dive into making my Epsom salt bath bombs recipe yourself, you can purchase handmade bath bombs with Epsom salt from a number of amazing bath and beauty artisans on Etsy here. (Pictured is a Marigold Ginger & Citrus Bath Bomb with Epsom salt from Buck Naked Soap Company.)

Curious about the French green clay? You can learn more about French green clay and its properties when used in skin care here. (Plus there’s another great natural skin care recipe to try!)

More Natural Pain Remedy Options

Looking for other natural pain remedies? I highly recommend Genexa Arnica Advantage: Organic Pain Relief as a natural, non-habit forming homeopathic supplement. (You can find great products on natural homeopathic products like this one at Thrive Market which is where I shop for mine.)

This natural cayenne pain relief salve recipe is wonderful for treating pain caused by arthritis, sore muscles, stiffness and swelling. Plus there are free printable labels for your final product!

Alternately you may also want to consider one of my other topical pain relief remedies:

For more natural remedies be sure to follow my Natural Home Remedies and Herbal Health Care Pinterest board. Or follow my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board for more homemade skin care recipes.

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Essential Oil Anti-Acne Roller Ball Recipe

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If you have a new teenager struggling with acne, or like me, you realized that acne doesn’t end with adulthood, then you must try this essential oil anti-acne roller ball recipe!

Essential Oil Anti-Acne Roller Ball Recipe! If you have a new teenager struggling with acne, or like me, you realized that acne doesn't end with adulthood, then you must try this essential oil anti-acne roller ball recipe! This amazing natural essential blend is perfect for spot treating acne. And, because it's formulated with black cumin seed oil in addition to an anti-acne blend of essential oils, it also targets inflammation to reduce swelling and promotes skin regeneration and health.

Natural Acne Remedy with Essential Oils

This amazing natural essential blend is perfect for spot treating acne. And, because it’s formulated with black cumin seed oil in addition to an anti-acne blend of essential oils, it also targets inflammation to reduce swelling and promotes skin regeneration and health.

You may recall me discussing black cumin seed oil previously on my recipe posts for making ginger mint soap or a soothing rosacea cream (via my guest post at The Nourished Life blog.)

While black cumin seed oil is a less commonly known carrier oil, it is a carrier oil worth taking the time to get to know. It has some really amazing benefits when used in skin care applications as it is rich in vitamins, minerals, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and amino acids.

Essential Oil Anti-Acne Roller Ball Recipe! If you have a new teenager struggling with acne, or like me, you realized that acne doesn't end with adulthood, then you must try this essential oil anti-acne roller ball recipe! This amazing natural essential blend is perfect for spot treating acne. And, because it's formulated with black cumin seed oil in addition to an anti-acne blend of essential oils, it also targets inflammation to reduce swelling and promotes skin regeneration and health.

As black cumin seed oil is also a moisturizing oil, I feel that this oil is especially suited for dry, maturing or combination skin prone to occasional acne breakouts. However, should you like to explore other options, I also like moringa oil, jojoba oil or camellia (tea seed) oil as a substitute.

Following is my essential oil anti-acne roller ball recipe. Plus be sure to check out my stimulating essential oil blend further down for those days you need a little pick me up. (Or check out my recipe for an aromatherapy roll for rest and relaxation here.)

Essential Oil Anti-Acne Roller Ball Recipe! If you have a new teenager struggling with acne, or like me, you realized that acne doesn't end with adulthood, then you must try this essential oil anti-acne roller ball recipe! This amazing natural essential blend is perfect for spot treating acne. And, because it's formulated with black cumin seed oil in addition to an anti-acne blend of essential oils, it also targets inflammation to reduce swelling and promotes skin regeneration and health.

Essential Oil Anti-Acne Roller Ball Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

10 mL black cumin seed oil
6 drops neem oil (optional)
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil
1 drop ylang ylang essential oil
1 drop bergamot essential oil
1 drop carrot seed essential oil
1 drop frankincense essential oil

Instructions:

Using a clean glass dropper or pipette, add the neem oil and each of the essential oils to a sterilized 10 mL glass roller bottle.

Next, fill the roller bottle up the bottom of the neck with black cumin seed oil. Then place the roller ball and lid onto the bottle and shake well to mix.

To use, roll directly onto affected area.

It is important to note that refrigeration (or a controlled temperature environment) is recommended for black cumin seed oil. However, if refrigeration is not your preference, I recommend adding a few drops of rosemary antioxidant (to help prevent rancidity) to this essential oil anti-acne roller ball recipe.

Stimulating Essential Oil Blend & Anti-Acne Essential Oil Blend Recipes for Roller Balls!

Essential Oil Stimulating Roller Ball Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

10 mL fractionated coconut oil
1 drop black pepper essential oil
2 drops frankincense essential oil
2 drops white fir essential oil
1 drop bergamot essential oil

Instructions:

Using a clean glass dropper or pipette, add each of the essential oils to a sterilized 10 mL glass roller bottle.

Next, fill the roller bottle up the bottom of the neck with fractionated coconut oil. Then place the roller ball and lid onto the bottle and shake well to mix.

To use, roll on behind your ears or onto pulse points.

New to Essential Oils?

If you’re new to using essential oils, the start up costs can be daunting. Therefore I recommend starting with Mountain Rose Herbs’ Classic Essential Oil Kit. This essential oil kit is perfect for beginners and features the world’s most renowned and popularly used essential oils in one convenient sampler. Also be sure to check out these four easy beginner essential oil skin care recipes to get you started using them!

Formulated using an organic liquid castile soap as a base, this activated charcoal facial cleanser gently cleanses delicate facial skin while cocoa butter, shea butter and rosehip seed oil nourish and moisturize skin. The addition of both birch tar essential oil and activated charcoal help to balance skin and help to prevent acne so you’re always blemish free.

If you enjoyed my essential oil anti-acne roller by recipe, then you may also like my anti-acne activated charcoal skin care recipes. This collection of natural skin care recipes includes everything from homemade soaps to scrubs that help to prevent and treat troublesome acne.

Sinus Relief Solid Essential Oil Stick Recipe via Everything Pretty! Make this sinus relief solid essential oil stick recipe to apply your oils easily and without making a mess. #essentialoils #sinusstick #homeremedy #coldremedy #allergies #colds #naturalremedy

You can also check out this amazing collection of essential oil recipes from Everything Pretty blog (including this sinus relief solid essential oil stick) for more DIY skin care, health and hair care ideas that use essential oils. (Alternately, you can purchase essential oil roll on acne treatments here.)

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Activated Charcoal Skin Care Recipes for Acne Prone Skin

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If you’ve ever struggled with acne, then these activated charcoal skin care recipes are a must for your next weekend DIY! From homemade soaps to facial scrubs, these natural activated charcoal skin care recipes will help to prevent troublesome acne so you can worry more about what’s for dinner and less about your next facial explosion.

10 Anti-Acne Activated Charcoal Skin Care Recipes! If you've ever struggled with acne, then these activated charcoal skin care recipes are a must for your next weekend DIY! From homemade soaps to facial scrubs, these natural activated charcoal skin care recipes will help to prevent troublesome acne so you can worry more about what's for dinner and less about your next facial explosion.

Adult Acne? No Thanks.

As if going through acne as a hormonal teenager wasn’t enough, it’s even less exciting to learn that yes, adults get acne too. Whether it’s caused by stress or ever changing hormones – women especially know how challenging this can be – acne can put a real damper on your self esteem. If you’re like me you’ve spent an insane amount of money trying to find that perfect miracle product that tackles outbreaks not just as they happen, but before they even begin. And unfortunately, you’ve likely found that some of those products actually make your face look more like a landmine exploded than the clear complexion you’re so desperately seeking.

At this point I’ve kind of given up trying to figure out why my chin becomes Mr. Hyde and am instead focusing on trying to woo it away from the dark side. As taking a preventative approach to acne breakouts seems to work more in my favor, I actually have fewer overall breakouts. And activated charcoal has been a key ingredient throughout it all.

Why Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal has long been my go to ingredient for clearer, healthier looking skin – even before the “big brands” started catching on. An incredibly mild exfoliant, activated charcoal helps to “detox” skin by drawing out dirt, toxins, oil and other impurities that can lead to acne breakouts. And as it’s suitable for even sensitive skin, pretty much everyone can take advantage of its skin care benefits.

Following is a collection of ten of my favorite activated charcoal skin care recipes that I’ve developed over the years. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Activated Charcoal Skin Care Recipes

This homemade chia & charcoal soap recipe is palm free and is made with chia seed oil, activated charcoal and Australian midnight black clay.

Chia + Charcoal Soap Recipe

This homemade chia & charcoal soap recipe is palm free and is made with chia seed oil, activated charcoal and Australian midnight black clay. Learn how to make it here.

Created as a dupe to the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask, this activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times.

Activated Charcoal Detox Mask Recipe

This activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times. Free of preservatives and made using all natural ingredients, this mask is made using kaolin clay, sea salt, mineral salt, calendula and activated charcoal. Learn how to make it here.

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

Ultimate Detox Salt Bar Recipe

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning. Learn how to make it here.

DIY Natural Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub and Cleanser Recipe for Acne Prone Skin

2-in-1 Activated Charcoal Face Scrub

This two-in-one cleanser and activated charcoal facial scrub recipe combines a gentle Castile based soap with natural carrier oils, activated charcoal and  acne fighting essential oils. Natural fine grain white sugar gently exfoliates facial skin to slough off dead skin cells while shea butter, castor and hazelnut oils clear away makeup and dirt. Learn how to make it here.

DIY Handmade Lavender and Tea Tree Soap Recipe with Activated Charcoal for Acne Prone Skin

Lavender + Tea Tree Soap Recipe

Classically scented with acne fighting lavender and tea tree essential oils, this homemade soap recipe also contains activated charcoal to help draw out dirt and other impurities that lead to breakouts. Learn how to make it here.

Handmade Natural DIY Carrot Complexion Soap Recipe

Natural Carrot Complexion Soap Recipe

This carrot complexion soap recipe was designed with clear skin in mind and is unscented so it’s suitable for even sensitive skin. Crafted using a combination of gentle clays, carrot powder, tomato powder and activated charcoal, this tri-color carrot complexion soap recipe is perfect your face and suitable for most skin types. Learn how to make it here.

Does acne prone skin have you down? If you're looking for brighter, clearer skin, my DIY natural exfoliate and detox skin polish may just be the answer to your skin care woes.

Exfoliate + Detox Skin Polish Recipe

This dry face polish is crafted from all dry ingredients for a long shelf life and to enable you to customize it with every use. Sugar, activated charcoal, bentonite clay, coconut milk powder, and powdered botanicals gently exfoliate skin and help to draw out impurities. Learn how to make it here.

Easy Homemade Activated Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe for Acne Prone or Combination Skin

Activated Charcoal Melt + Pour Soap Recipe

This quick and easy activated charcoal melt and pour soap recipe is made using a quality, all natural yogurt soap base. Four simple ingredients are then added to not only help control acne but to also soothe skin and promote healing. Learn how to make it here.

Natural Handmade Cold Process Soap Recipe - Lavender and Tea Tree Soap with Activated Charcoal and Algae

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe

This homemade activated charcoal soap helps to detox skin while also promoting skin health. In addition to a combination of acne fighting essential oils and activated charcoal, this natural soap recipe also contains spirulina Powder for its rich vitamin and mineral content. Learn how to make it here.

Formulated using an organic liquid castile soap as a base, this activated charcoal facial cleanser gently cleanses delicate facial skin while cocoa butter, shea butter and rosehip seed oil nourish and moisturize skin. The addition of both birch tar essential oil and activated charcoal help to balance skin and help to prevent acne so you’re always blemish free.

Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser Recipe

Formulated using an organic liquid Castile soap as a base, this activated charcoal facial cleanser gently cleanses delicate facial skin while cocoa butter, shea butter and rosehip seed oil nourish and moisturize skin. The addition of both birch tar essential oil and activated charcoal help to balance skin and help to prevent acne so you’re always blemish free. Learn how to make it here.

If you enjoyed these anti-acne activated charcoal skin care recipes, then be sure to follow DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest for even more great skin care recipes you can make at home.

Don’t have time to craft your own natural skin care products? Buy them instead from this wonderful collection of artisans specializing in handcrafted skin care.

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Aromatherapy Roll On Recipe for Rest & Relaxation (Plus How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep)

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Learn how to make your own aromatherapy roll on recipe for rest and relaxation! Plus other natural alternatives to help you get a restful night’s sleep.

DIY Aromatherapy Roll On For Rest and Relaxation! Learn how to make your own DIY aromatherapy roll on for rest and relaxation! Plus other useful natural alternatives that will help you get a good night's sleep. Find the recipe for this natural home remedy now at Soap Deli News blog and start down a new road of a life filled with restful sleep. It's also great when used in conjunction with yoga & meditation! #sleepaid #health #wellness #aromatherapy #sleep #holistic #essentialoils #homeremedies

Prescription Sleep Aids Can Be Scary

Whether it’s through pure exhaustion coupled with stress, insomnia or changing hormones, a question I often hear is “How do I get a good night’s sleep?” Automatically turning to big pharma for the answer can be quite terrifying these days. From drugs like Ambien that have side effects that include sleepwalking and even sleep-sex and other drugs such as trazodone, an anti-depressant often prescribed to help with sleep, has side effects that range from constipation to feeling like you threw one too many back the night before.

And of course none of these drugs actually help to root out just why we are having difficulty getting a good night’s rest. They simply offer a temporary solution that continue the cycle and can cause additional problems.

It’s no wonder that, as we become more aware of our health concerns and the potential dangers of slapping on a band-aid, that more and more people are seeking out natural solutions for their sleep issues. From smoking marijuana in addition to other natural supplements, as well as exercise, yoga and even meditation, there are natural sleep remedies that offer the benefit of better sleep without compromising your health.

It was only a year ago, when I was still working my day job prior to taking the leap into writing full time, that I actually ended up with TMJ from grinding my teeth so hard at night. So while I was sleeping, I wasn’t getting quality sleep and a big part of that was related to a high stress period in my life.

So I wasn’t at all surprised when last week, while having a conversation after my mammogram and checking out the difference between last year’s scans and this year’s with the new 3-D imaging, that our conversation naturally fell onto the topic of sleep during perimenopause and menopause.

I had been discussing my fibromyalgia with the mammography technologist and the improvements I’d made through holistic medicine. And it came around to how I handled not only sleeping through the night, but how I actually got a good night’s rest when my pain level would spike. In turn, she indicated that she also had trouble sleeping through the night since menopause hit and it led to an entire conversation on restful sleep. Or rather in our case, restless sleep.

She had been taking Benadryl at night in order to sleep. An option that’s considered safe for those not wanting to take something stronger and potentially scarier medications, some that come with the risk of addiction.

However, she was at the point that she was genuinely uncomfortable taking Benadryl every night. So we discussed the herbs and vitamin supplements I was taking and she was excited to look into more natural options.

What If I Don’t Want to Take Supplements?

If you prefer to avoid supplements altogether, then it is first important to consider whether your body is deficient in any vitamins and minerals that can affect your sleep. You’ll also need to root out the cause and determine if it can be tackled without herbs or supplements. (A holistic counselor can be extremely beneficial in this case.)

If it can, then exercise, yoga and meditation are great options. You can also use aromatherapy for an extra little push. However, if you find you do need something more to get you through a particularly stressful period, I do share some of the herbal supplements I’ve tried with success further down.

Learn How to Make an Aromatherapy Roll On

However, I’d first like to share a simple aromatherapy roll on recipe that can help to promote rest and relaxation. Because an aromatherapy roll on isn’t a product that is taken internally, you can easily combo this aromatherapeutic sleep remedy with other natural remedies that work for you.

DIY Aromatherapy Roll On For Rest and Relaxation! Learn how to make your own DIY aromatherapy roll on for rest and relaxation! Plus other useful natural alternatives that will help you get a good night's sleep. Find the recipe for this natural home remedy now at Soap Deli News blog and start down a new road of a life filled with restful sleep. It's also great when used in conjunction with yoga & meditation! #sleepaid #health #wellness #aromatherapy #sleep #holistic #essentialoils #homeremedies

Aromatherapy Roll On Recipe for Rest & Relaxation

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1.5 mL lavender essential oil
1 mL mandarin essential oil
1.5 mL bergamot essential oil
.5 mL ylang ylang essential oil
20 mL clear jojoba oil

Instructions:

To make your aromatherapy roll on recipe for rest and relaxation, begin by measuring out 20 mL of clear jojoba oil in a small glass scientific beaker.

Next, measure out the essential oils using a fresh graduated transfer pipette for each essential oil. Combine with the jojoba oil and mix.

Now use another graduated transfer pipette to fill a glass roll on bottle(s.) I used 10 mL glass roll on bottles with metal balls and silver polypro caps. (You can find these bottles along with a great collection of other glass roll on bottles in various sizes at SKS Bottle & Packaging.)

To use, apply your aromatherapy roll on to the crown of your head, on your temples, between your eyebrows or behind your earlobes. Other essential oils that help to promote sleep include Roman chamomile and marjoram essential oils.

Herbal Alternatives for a Restful Sleep

Natural herbal and vitamin supplements that I recommend include Gaia Herbs SleepThru Liquid Phyto-Capsules, Gaia Herbs Valerian Root, and for stress, Primal Calm Stress Relief Formula by Primal Blueprint.

If you also suffer from chronic pain that affects your sleep, you may find that herb blends that strengthen healthy inflammatory responses such as Gaia Herbs Mushrooms & Herbs Reishi and Turmeric Supplements and Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Pain P.M. especially beneficial.

As quality organic herbs and supplements can be difficult to purchase regularly on a tight budget, I shop through Thrive Market for the best prices on not only my herbal supplements but also on organic dry food staples, homeopathic medicines and even skin care products. (When you sign up for Thrive Market you also get 25% off your first order with free shipping on all orders $49 or more.)

If you enjoyed this article and my aromatherapy roll on recipe for sleep and relaxation, then you may enjoy some of my other recipes for making natural lavender bergamot deodorant (with magnesium,) lavender body butter (with neem oil) and a turmeric ginger ACV tonic.

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This article is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice and is provided for informational purposes only. Information on products mentioned are based on my own personal experience and have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult a physician prior to making any changes that may impact your health.

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 has been shown to have 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, studies have also demonstrated that lavender essential oil also possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. When used in skin care applications, lavender can help to ease pain, promote the healing of cuts and burns as well as promote the reduction swelling and redness. When properly diluted, lavender essential oil can soothe 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.

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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.)

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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.

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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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If you like my recipe for making DIY lavender body butter, then you may also like my recipe for making an arnica pain relief salve. This natural remedy for muscle pain and inflammation offers relief from occasional pain due to bumps, bruises and sore muscles or as a result of chronic conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel. Learn more about arnica as well as how to make this amazing salve here.

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This article is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice and is provided for informational purposes only. Information on products mentioned are based on my own personal experience and have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult a physician prior to making any changes that may impact your health.