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I love fragrant body lotions–give me a “$3 Off Ulta Coupon” and twenty minutes of free time and I’ll come back 40 minutes later and 40 dollars broker purchasing my next “Perfect Body Lotion.” Typically the lotion smells really great in its bottle but the chemicals and subsequent skin irritation leave me with buyer’s remorse.

Coconut oil (the regular solid oil typically used for cooking) is forging a trend in homeopathic remedies with uses ranging from eye-make up remover to body lotion. Its greasy, solid texture out of the jar can be a bit much  and I never knew how to incorporate its goodness into lotion. The Blissful Bee, a great blog of homemade lifestyle and beauty tips,  led me to create a non-irritating, lightly fragrant, and seriously softening body lotion. Bliss!

In addition to leaving my skin unbelievably soft, this lotion is customizable depending on your mood using essential oils. Lavender helps me relax while geranium is comforting and flowery. With spring on the way and persistent grey weather, today I chose Aura Cacia’s Geranium and Doterra’s Balance Grounding Blend oils.

Using essential oils lightly fragrances the lotion and since I am using all natural ingredients the lotion doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin! Beautiful!

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Photo Courtesy of our budding 9 year old photographer!

What you Need: 

  • 2 cups of Unscented body lotion as your base (Target’s Up & Up lotion works great!)
  • 1 cup of melted organic coconut oil (Any generic brand at the grocery store)
  • 1 tsp of each essential oil (I used 1 tsp of Geranium and 1/2 tsp of Balance)
  • Hand Mixer
  • Unique vessel for your lotion (former candle holder jars work great too!)

Directions:

  • Melt your 1/2 cup of coconut oil for 30 seconds
  • While it’s melted, add it to your 2 cups of lotion in a large glass bowl
  • Whip using a hand-mixer until smooth
  • Add your essential oils and whip again with your hand mixer
  • Add to your pretty vessel and enjoy!

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Driving in the car our 9 year old spontaneously quips, “Momma I hope that you don’t turn into a meditation teacher.” What?!  Having no idea why she would ask me this in the first place, she told me that I would constantly be asking her “if and why” she was mad. Really? At 9, she’s pretty good about vocalizing her radically shifting emotions just fine on her own…honed meditative powers aren’t really necessary to decipher her ups and downs.

She is onto something, however. I am halfway through a 15-week meditation class at the local community center. My intention is Connecting with my Inner Joy. And that Joy is a bit hard to find. I feel it, lurking in my solar plexus, and at times it radiates a bit paler yellow than I’d like to admit…but it’s there. This class is taught by a Shaman named Melissa who is a patient and gentle soul healer. My therapist told me she may be the best thing to have happened to me. There are times I shake my head, sadly wondering why I require so many pillars…my meditation Shaman, my therapist, but then I look at the life they are supporting me to create and figure I’ll keep forging my path.

Through meditation class I met a homemade herbalist who invited a handful of women to learn the art of tinctures and concocting homeopathic medicines from weeds, herbs, and plants. How energizing to learn how to heal our bodies and offer natural, holistic remedies for anxiety, ointments for cuts, or simply crunchy toppings for salads…So today starts my path toward micro greens. I logged onto Johnny’s Seeds and sprung for 4 ounces of two varieties of micro salad greens: mild and spicy. Spicy micro greens? I’m sold!  Addy recently sprouted a six inch Oak tree from a silent, unassuming acorn.  Our future homegrown botanist with her daily water spritzes and overseeing eyes will introduce us  to our very own square foot of organic farming. We’ll see where these next weeks of germination takes us.

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