When a van load of pastie Northerners head south midwinter…. beware. I attempted making homemade sunscreen inspired by MommyPotomus (I will share my version once I know if it actually works!) Yah, I am all about the belief of positive thinking but I am thinking it may take more than that to keep this crew of blondies from burning…… and while I am excited about the homemade version I am not exactly cashing in the bank on it. We’ll see what happens!
So for our first line of defense (besides bringing some bought stuff with) is to also bring a healing salve lotion. I had JUST enough calendula left over from the garden last year to make this, and was so pumped. I have already been using it like crazy for lip balm and am happy to report that it works great for that! It also is supposed to be awesome on burns, stings, etc… (all things I am not sure what we may encounter on our adventure.) I improvised this recipe from the Paleo Mama, based on what I already had on hand. I am excited to try her version of it when I run out and see how the two compare!
Here is what I did:
1/4 cup almond oil infused with calendula
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax
15 drops lavender oil
15 drops tea tree oil
(links are where I’ve purchased… through Amazon, they are affiliate links.)
There are a few different ways to do it, but I prefer this easy method… place your crushed flower petals in a jar and pour your oil over until completely covered. Cover the jar and leave on a sunny windowsill for 2-4 weeks. After you will strain out the petals with a fine strainer or cheesecloth….. and viola! I love these diy sealable tea bags as I also use them to mix my own herbal teas, less mess and no straining involved if you decide to put your herbs/petals in these. Next year my calendula patch will be much much bigger! I used up the last of it with this salve. If you haven’t tried growing it before, it is so easy and fun! I will do a blog post on it as soon as I get a chance. You can also purchase it here from Mountain Rose Herbs.
To make lotion:
In a double boiler melt the beeswax and coconut oil. Add the almond oil and essential oils. Mix well and pour into a half pint jar. Enjoy!! Let me know if you try this… I am finding myself SO addicted to creating all things natural lately……. especially since creating the Handmade Beauty Natural You course….. my head won’t stop spinning with ideas, I can NOT wait to get back in the garden and growing more oooh-lala for my soul and body
I hope you have an awesome weekend! We are under civil emergency here with yet ANOTHER blizzard. But no worries, the wood is finally tucked in the basement, the freezers are chuck full, and we are all here warm and cozy and with absolutely NO plans to go anywhere until the plows are back on the road. (I honestly love winter…… and no, I’m not asking the hubb’s opinion here as our tractor, plow, and four-wheel drive are all outta commision right now….. luckily I’ve got him and lottsa boys to get me shoveled out when I need it)