Post by Contributing Writer, Stacy
Mother’s day is the perfect time of year for making (and giving) homemade herbal gifts.
Today I’d like to share two simple recipes that are sure to pamper the mother in your life.
Coconut Oil Hand Cream
(Inspired by the Coconut Oil Hand Cream recipe in How to Make Your Own Organic Cosmetics by Gill Farrer-Halls)
Great for extra dry skin. Nice to rub on after washing dishes or digging in the yard.
5 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 1/2 tablespoon almond oil
15 drops lemon essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
1 – 2 tablespoons grated beeswax (less for softer cream, more for firmer cream)
Fill the bottom of a double boiler with water and bring to the boil. In the top, combine to beeswax, coconut oil and almond oil. Allow to melt and stir to combine. Add the essential oils and stir again.
Pour into container and allow to cool completely before closing.
Makes approximately 3 1/2 ounces.
Notes: I have successfully made this recipe without a double boiler and just used a heavy saucepan. It needs to be on very low heat.
When grating beeswax, be sure to use a grater you no longer need for cheese! The beeswax is next to impossible to wash off (I keep one that is especially for beeswax).
If you are unhappy with the consistency of the cream, re-melt and add more beeswax. If making in warmer weather, use extra beeswax, since the coconut oil liquefies when the temperature is above 76 degrees.
Easy Lavender Soap Balls
(adapted from Herbal Treasures by Phyllis V. Shaudys)
These soap balls are so simple to make; even the kids can help! They have a definite “rustic” look, which makes it easy to hide mistakes.
1 Tablespoon dried lavender
1/3 cup water
2 large bars natural soap, grated
Lavender essential oil, 5 drops
Place lavender flowers in saucepan. Boil 1/3 cup of water and pour over lavender flowers. Let steep for 15 minutes.
Grate soap into large bowl.
After 15 minutes, re-heat lavender/water mix and add 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Pour over the grated soap.
Knead the soap mixture until the lavender is evenly dispersed.
Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on waxed papers and air dry for 2 to 5 days.
Makes approximately 16 balls.
Some other herbal gifts that are easy to make:
What types of gifts do you like to make (or receive) for Mother’s day?
Stacy is wife to a preacher and mom to three busy children. She strives to live a healthy, happy life with God at the helm. Stacy writes about finding peace and joy at home, on her blog: Delighting in the Days.