Friday, October 4, 2013

Emu Oil & Beeswax Skin Repair


You know me, when I find a natural product that I like and discover it actually works, I have to figure out a way to make a similar version in my own kitchen.  Well, it happened again! I received a skin repair cream that was formulated to address the symptoms of eczema and super dry skin. This particular product contains pure emu oil, shea butter, organic olive oil, beeswax and some skin soothing essential oils.  I ended up using all of the container and was pleased with the results. It is this time of year when the weather turns colder that my hands really start to suffer.  I get painful cracks around my cuticles and fingertips.  So far this year, I have not experienced it yet.  This product also makes a wonderful lip balm too for parched chapped lips.

I used all the same ingredients that the original product had, except I added in helichrysum for its ability to promote cell regeneration and swapped the lemon for lemongrass.  I like lemongrass because it is an Aldehyde and is anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious. Goddess knows that when you have cracks in your hands you need to protect them!

So lets get started making your own Emu Oil & Beeswax Skin Repair!!!

The star of the show is Emu Oil.  Although very expensive, this all natural anti-inflammatory oil that is rendered from emu skin has proven to aid in the relief of trouble skin.  Some arthritis suffers swear by its ability to reduce stiff joints and pain.  I just know it works on my dry skin!


I also used Mountain Rose Herbs Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  It has a wonderful conditioning effect on the skin!


Another key player is Mountain Rose Herbs Certified Organic Blue Chamomile Essential Oil.  This is another expensive oil, but a little goes a long way! This blue essential oil has a high amount of azulene which has anti-inflammatory and super skin healing properties.  It is a must have for those with tricky skin problems. Because of its high levels of sesquiterpene hydrocarbons, it works to calm down the skin which is super important in cases of eczema!


Of course I had to add in some Certified Organic Lavender essential oil too.  The one I buy from Mountain Rose Herbs comes from Bulgaria.  Lavender essential oil is an ester and is wonderful at soothing and calming down irritated skin.  It is also an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic oil too.


My recipes makes 45 grams, or enough to fill up a 1 ounce container and a 1/2 ounce container.  Keep one for yourself and give one to a friend.


Emu Oil & Beeswax Skin Repair
17 grams Emu Oil
12 grams Shea Butter
10 grams Olive Oil
6 grams Beeswax
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
4 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
3 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil
5 drops German Blue Chamomile Essential Oil

Add the Shea butter, olive oil and beeswax into a small pyrex glass measuring cup.  Place in a simmering pot of water.  Allow the wax and oils to melt completely.  Turn off the heat but keep the measuring cup in the hot water.  Stir in the emu oil and allow it to melt into the oil/wax mixture.  Remove the cup from the hot water.  Stir in the essential oils.


I don't like to heat the emu oil up very high.  I think it is best to add it after the heat has been turned off. You will notice it will start to solidify the mixture, but continue stirring to remelt.


After you have removed the melted wax and oils, add in the essential oils.  The photo above shows me adding in the German Blue Chamomile essential Oil.  The high amount of azulene makes it a beautiful blue.  You can also substitute Tanacetum annuum which is another sesquiterpne hydrocarbon essential oil that is blue and has similar properties to Blue Chamomile.


Pour the warm mixture into your clean containers. Place the lid on and allow to solidify.

Enjoy!!!

Shannon

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