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Published on January 14, 2020

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Essential Oils Recipes for Winter Skin

Snow, ice, wind and – dry skin. All come with the territory of winter, but these recipes from Avera Medical Group Integrative Medicine Clinic offer relief for at least one of the season’s mainstays.

Body butters lock in moisture by forming a protective barrier on your skin, so its stay hydrated much longer than with an average lotion. Each recipe can be made in a variety of “flavors” depending on what essential oils appeal most to you.

Natural Body Butter

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Shea butter
  • ½ cup cocoa butter
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup light oil such as almond, jojoba or olive oil
  • Optional: 10-30 drops of essential oils (See notes below on varieties you can try.)

Directions

  1. In a double boiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients except essential oils.
  2. Bring to medium heat and stir consistently until all ingredients are melted.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Add essential oils if using.
  4. Move to fridge and let cool another 1 hour or until starting to harden but still somewhat soft.
  5. Use a hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy.
  6. Return to fridge for 10-15 minutes to set.
  7. Store in a glass jar with a lid and use as you would regular lotions or body butter. If your home stays above 75 degrees, the body butter may soften and need to be kept at the fridge, but it will stay whipped at a temperature lower than 75 degrees.

Recommended Essential Oil Recipes

Note: Each “drop” refers to an essential oil

  • Citrus mango: 10 drops bergamot, 8 drops lemongrass, 2 drops cypress, 1 drop geranium or Ylang Ylang essential oil.
  • Soothing Lavender: 12 drops lavender, 12 drops orange, 2 drops of chamomile, and 2 drops Ylang Ylang.
  • Sensual Rose: 8 drops lavender, 8 drops rose, 2 drops clary sage, and 2 drops geranium.
  • Exotic Sandalwood: 10 drops sandalwood, 8 drops patchouli, 8 drops orange, 1 drop clove, 1 drop of ginger, and 1 drop of Ylang Ylang.

Note: If the smell is too strong, feel free to reduce the strength of the scent by decreasing the number of drops of essential oils. However, do not increase the amount drops.

Source: Avera Medical Group Integrative Medicine Clinic

Bath Oil

Note: For ingredients, see notes below for choices. Since the bath water will dilute the oils, you do not need to use a carrier oil in these recipes.

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle. Store it in a cool, dark place (But do not store in your bathroom cabinet - it's too warm and humid.)
  2. To use your aromatherapy bath oil, pour about a tablespoon into the bath after you've finished running the water.

Recommended Essential Oil Recipes

  • Sweet Dreams Oil: 20 drops lavender, 16 drops orange, 4 drops clary sage, 1 drop Ylang Ylang.
  • Sunshine Happiness: 10 drops bergamot, 10 drops orange, 5 drops geranium.
  • Soothing: 10 drops lavender, 5 drops frankincense, 1 drop cedar wood.

Source: Avera Medical Group Integrative Medicine Clinic

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