It has already begun!
Once we get the wood-stove going, I start getting very dry skin – especially on my hands. So finding a moisturizer that really works is essential.
But commercial moisturizers have lots of yucky ingredients that I don’t want to put on my skin and often times don’t work, or make the dryness worse.
I’ve experimented before my making my own SPF lip balm, homemade deodorant, and natural hair detangler so I already had a lot of the ingredients laying around to make this moisturizer, and trust me, it’s amazing!
No more dry, cracked, painful skin! (That sounds like an infomercial but it’s totally true!)
The secret ingredient is the comfrey and calendula infused olive oil. Comfrey has been used in traditional medicine to support wound healing and can even help heal broken bones.
Calendula has also been used for centuries to treat inflammation, burns, bruises, and cuts, and minor infections. The combination of the comfrey and calendula oil infused oil and the butter make a great all-purpose skin healing lotion for winter. It’s so much better than just any regular lotion – try it and you’ll see for yourself!
Note: There is some controversy over whether comfrey is safe. I believe it is safe when used as intended (find out why here). However, if you want to be extra cautious, you can leave the comfrey out when you make the infused oil recipe.)
Calendula is generally considered safe but, if you want to skip the herbs all together and stick with regular olive oil, this recipe is still amazing for your skin! Talk with your healthcare provider about what is best for you.
DIY Homemade Healing Lotion
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter or shea butter
- 1/4 cup Comfrey and calendula infused olive oil (or just olive oil)
- 1 Tbsp beeswax
- 1/4 tsp vitamin e oil
- 15 drops lavender essential oil (I prefer to buy my essential oils here.)
Mix the cocoa butter, olive oil and beeswax in a double boiler over low heat, until melted.
Pour the melted lotion into a glass jar (a mason jar works well) and allow to cool.
Then add the vitamin E and essential oils and stir in with a spoon, popsicle stick, whatever you have. You can take it one step further and beat the lotion with a hand mixer to make this lotion more like a body butter, but I hate added work so I don’t bother. 🙂
How to Use It
The natural ingredients in this healing lotion help moisturize and protect the skin from dry and cold air. When I get dry hands, I just slather on a glob and keep working it in until it’s absorbed.
This lotion is my secret weapon for those really cold days when I have to do something outside that I can’t do while wearing gloves – like getting my kids buckled into their car seats!
I slather on some of this lotion for a little protection while I get everyone in the car. It’s not greasy so my hands don’t slip but my skin gets a bit of a barrier from the beeswax. Once I hop into the car I can rub the lotion in more and I’m good to go.
What else can I use it for?
- Windburned noses and cheeks
- Raw, cracked hands
- Garden hands
- Dry feet
- Bumps, bruises and boo-boos, especially when they come with dry skin!