What is better than a body butter that begins to melt as soon as it touches your skin, providing moisture and support throughout your day, helping to prevent chafing, itching and dryness, as well as supporting various “issues” when combined with appropriately chosen essential oils.
This body butter recipe is a combination of many recipes I have found (and used) over the years. I took all the best parts and found the combo that works well me.
I made this batch with essential oils that work together, to support healthy veins. I have horrible spider veins on my legs and this soothes those areas well.
- Double Boiler or Stainless Steel Pot with Glass Measuring Cup
- Heavy Duty Glass Bowl
- Hand or Stand Mixer
- Silicone Spatula
- Infrared Thermometer (or regular thermometer)
- Silicone Hot Pad (to keep the bowl in place while mixing)
- 2-3 cup Glass Bowl with a Lid (to store finished Body Butter)
- Gather all ingredients and tools. It is best to melt everything except the essential oils, in a double boiler. I don’t have a double boiler, so I use a glass measuring cup in a pot of water. This has always worked well for me.
- Measure and place all items in the “double boiler”. DO NOT ADD ESSENTIAL OILS AT THIS TIME. Heat until all ingredients are melted.
- Stir while ingredients melt.
- Once melted, pour mixture into a heavy-duty glass bowl.
- Allow mixture to cool until under 100 degrees, but making sure it stays liquid. Why under 100 degrees? Essential oils should never be heated above the distillation temp of the plant that the oil comes from. This varies for each plant. To be safe, I always wait to add them until the temp is under 100. This way, I am assured that I have not damaged the delicate constitutes within the oil and lose any the healing benefits.
- Once mixture has cooled to under 100 degrees, add essential oils. Swish mixture in the bowl. Do not stir with a utensil, as the essential oils may be wasted by sticking to the utensil. Divide the total drops between the oils you choose, as you see fit. I tend to divide differently with each batch, but I always prefere to use 4 drops of Copaiba.
- Place mixture in the refrigerator for a few hours, until solid.
- Once solid, remove from refrigerator, and whip with a hand or stand mixer until desired consistency. Place body butter into a glass container with a lid. Keep away from direct heat and sunshine. Depending upon room temperature, butter should stay good for a couple of months. As I use mine every day, it has always been used up within a month.
- Body Butter, stored on my bathroom sink counter.
This vein support body butter contains the following essential oils:
Why these particular essential oils?
My Essential Oil Desk Reference and Pocket Reference Books (these are written specifically for Young Living Oils) are my favorites.
I also use a Pocket Guide by Susan Worwood, Essential Aromatherapy. This was the first book I bought for essential oils, and I have been referring to it since approx. 1995.
I am not a doctor, and am not making any medical claims. The descriptions below are generalized. I feel very confident with each of these essential oils, and love to use them for my vein support body butter.
I ONLY use Young Living brand oils, because I know how they are grown, distilled, tested and packaged. This is why I am a member of Young Living. Plus, I get all the fabulous discounts!
Cypress: common uses include, circulation support, vein support, menopausal support, menstrual support, coughs, lung and respiratory support, fluid retention support, skin smoothness
Lemon: common uses include, skin support, help to detox, obesity support, support during cold and flu season
Helichrysm: common uses include, circulatory support, helps with scarring of the skin, bruise support, bronchial support, arthritis support, inflammation support
Geranium: common uses include, diuretic, regenerative support, circulatory support, menopause support, helps to balance the system, bruising support
Lemongrass: common uses include, general skin care support, skin smoothing support, diuretic support, calming effect on the skin, digestion support
Copaiba: common uses include, inflammatory support, skin support, insect bite relief, urinary support, respiratory support
Frankincense: common uses include, overall skin support, circulation support, antiseptic, support during cold and flu season, bronchial support
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