I want to share a body lotion that you can use to support your overall well-being. The essential oils in this blend can care for skin, keep circulation strong, support immunity, help you feel vital and focused, soothe sore muscles, and they have so many emotional benefits as well.
This recipe is from The Heart of Aromatherapy with Andrea Butje. I really love her book; it is so inspiring. I've been using essential oils for few years now and really appreciate the way she wrote the book. Both beginners and those with more experience can gain a lot from reading it. This beautiful book is filled with a bunch of awesome recipes that are easy to make and a joy to use. I also love that the author writes about the character of each of the oils used in this book.
This is so helpful for those learning to work with and getting to know essential oils, as each oil really has its own personality. Andrea covers so
much, but it's easy to understand and fun to make the recipes. You really need to get yourself a copy of her book!
Recipe: Perfect Body Lotion
1 oz (28 g) unscented natural lotion (I use the Spa hand and body lotion from doTERRA)
3 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis camphor)
5 drops Wild Orange (Citrus sinensis)
2 drops Geranium (Pelargonium × asperum)
2 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass jar. Put the lotion in the jar, and blend in the essential oil drops with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel or wooden spoon.
This recipe is for a small amount, only 1 oz (28 g) of lotion, so you can decide whether you like it before making more. If you want to increase the recipe, feel free! To make 8 oz (224 g) of lotion, just multiply the essential oil drop counts by 8:
- 24 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis camphor)
40 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
16 drops Geranium (Pelargonium × asperum)
16 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
Let’s talk about the “character” of each of the oils in this lotion:
Rosemary Essential Oil is said to affect the immune system, respiratory system, and nervous system, as well as having other benefits and uses.
In addition to its many physical properties, rosemary is also said to have an effect on the memory, opening the conscious mind and assisting in learning.
Rosemary’s Primary Benefits:
- Supports healthy digestion
- Supports healthy respiratory function
- Helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue
- Emotional benefits
Emotionally and spiritually, rosemary is said to positively affect mental expansion, clarity, and insight, which can be especially useful during
transition and change.
This powerful oil helps us to process what's happening around us and within us consciously, instead of burying it with distractions. In doing so, it can create both a sense of trust in the process of life, as well as confidence in our ability to navigate it with ease.
Note: Avoid using rosemary during pregnancy or if you have epilepsy. It may cause issues if you have high blood pressure.
Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use, and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization.
Keep out of eyes,ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Sweet Orange-Wild Orange Essential Oil: Wild Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis) is one of my absolute favorites! It's not as frequently used, and although regular orange oil can be readily found, wild orange is said to have more and stronger properties. Its aroma is obviously citrusy, but very sweet too.
I love to use it in my car (I have a little plugin diffuser) diffused in a room, or even a drop in a water bottle or smoothie.
It's most commonly used for digestive and immune support, as well as skin health. You need to be careful with topical use on the skin, though, since it can make you photosensitive. But I think of all its uses, the emotional impact it has on the mind and heart are probably the most popular.
Sweet/Wild Orange’s Primary Benefits:
- Powerful cleanser and purifying agent
- Protects against seasonal and environmental threats
- High in antioxidants, which are essential to overall health
- Uplifting to the mind and body
Energetically, wild orange is very uplifting to the mind and emotions. This can translate to an increase in physical energy or an elevated mood.
It's often said to be an oil of abundance and possibility, opening a person's mind and heart to the potential that surrounds them, and their ability to accept the goodness life is offering.
This can affect a person on many levels, from helping you to release patterns of scarcity, money blocks, fear, and not enough-ness to stimulating your creativity, vision, and widening your perspective. It can also help a person tap into their own playfulness and sense of humor, so that challenges can be approached without the heaviness that often impacts our ability to navigate them. And it helps you tap into your authentic self and come to learn that you are, in fact, enough.
Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium graveolens) is a beautiful, floral essential oil often referred to as the poor man's rose oil for its similar properties and uses. Its sweet, rose-like aroma is long-lasting and potent. You need only a small amount or you'll smell it for days. It's traditionally used for healthy skin (repair or rejuvenation), and it’s widely known for its emotional support. It commonly promotes peace and a decrease in stress, especially in regards to releasing negativity; it’s also great for tension and overall well-being.
Geranium’s Primary Benefits:
- Promotes clear, healthy skin
- Helps calm nerves and lessen stress
- Promotes healthy hair
- Emotional benefits
Energetically, it's said to help a person regain their trust in the world and in others. This heart-center oil helps us to heal, tear down barriers, release anger, and manage overwhelming emotions. It might be good for a person who has been deeply hurt in the past and/or who struggles to open up or express their emotions.
Cardamom Essential Oil (Elettaria cardamomum) is actually from the ginger family. It is steam-distilled from the seeds after they've undergone a
long drying process (over 3 months!) to get the best levels of chemical constituents possible. Although it can be sourced from many locations around the world, Guatemala is widely known to have the best growing conditions to produce the most potent oil. When I first smelled cardamom oil, I can't say I was impressed.
It has a sweet, spice-like aroma, like ethnic food, which isn't to say it's bad; it just reminds me more of a good restaurant than a favorite essential oil. Something important to note about cardamom is that it’s generally gentler and safer for children than other oils. Because many digestive or respiratory oils — such as Eucalyptus or Peppermint — are often avoided with younger kids, it can be hard to find suitable solutions.
But cardamom can actually be a great substitute for many digestive and respiratory needs. I would still dilute, partially because little bodies don't need big drops.
Cardamom’s Primary Benefits:
- Eases indigestion and maintains an optimal gastrointestinal balance
- Promotes clear breathing and respiratory health
- Calms stomach upset and uplifts mood
- Flavorful spice for cooking and baking
Emotionally and spiritually, cardamom essential oil is often used for issues centering around anger or frustration. This could include blame, frustration, judging others, rage, outbursts, etc. It's said to help you step back from a situation to see it more clearly from a less attached perspective. It might also help you to make changes that require you to be honest with yourself and take responsibility for things you have either created or have the power to change.
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