Now then fellow bloggers. I hope that you are all enjoying the glorious weather! It’s amazing. I can’t wait to finish up and have an ice cream in the sunshine :)I’m also really looking forward to giving another herb walk tomorrow. The walk is based in Grimsby, everyone meets opposite the Vansen Centre on Bradley Road at 1pm. It is £5 with under 16’s attending for free but this also includes sampling a herbal tea and tasting several tinctures of plants that you will discover on the walk. Children and pet’s are welcome. You get a couple of hours out exploring ancient woodland and discovering wild foods and medicines, how to harvest them, what you can do with them and how to use them 🙂 Great fun.
Anyway… enough about the herb walk… I am continuing my series of how to make herbal preparations/remedies. Last week I showed you all how to make a tincture. This week I am going to show you how to make one from scratch. Creams are lovely. Once you know how to make them you can adapt the ingredients to suit whatever health requirement you need. I make creams from scratch for several of my patients. This includes a refreshing, cooling and anti-inflammatory face cream, a cream to reduce spots and pimples, one for eczema and a cream for people who enjoy the outdoors to help with bites, stings, cuts and scrapes.
The difference between a cream and a lotion is the water content. The more water is added to the recipe the more runny the cream will become. Creams are made from blending oils and waters together. They are described as Phase 1 and Phase 2 in most recipes. Creams are not for internal use but are for direct application onto the skin.
Here I have chosen to make a Green Tea lotion to show you all how to make one yourself. I have listed the ingredients for you in the proportions that I have used. This will make over a kilogram of cream so please make sure that you have enough pots and/or jars to put it in once it is complete. I have decided to use green tea as it is a source of natural antioxidants (which is great for the skin) and it contains caffeine which has been used by models to reduce the appearance of cellulite. (With the weather being so nice it would be great to get my legs out in confidence).
Water phase (Phase 1):
50g Green Tea cut herb
800ml Spring water
Oil phase (Phase 2):
20ml Coconut oil
125ml Olive oil
100ml Grapeseed oil
10 drops Geranium essential oil
30 drops Black pepper essential oil
40 drops Bay leaf essential oil
50ttp Eucalyptus essential oil
Here is the procedure that I used to make over a kilogram of green tea lotion:
This is the water phase of the cream or lotion. The key to getting the oils and water to emulsify is to have them both at the same temperature. Therefore I make a herbal infusion in the saucepan and melt the oils together in a glass bowel on top of the saucepan.
Once you have realised how satisfying it is to make creams you will happily experiment. I have citrus body lotions, conditioners, bath melts, intensive hair repair oil melts, face creams, eye creams, foot creams and many more in my household. I find it is fun to do with my daughter (when I am not making medicine for patients but creams for personal use). Experiment adding herbs to the oil mixture, the water mixture, try floral waters, try different essential oils, invest in Vitamin E oil which is excellent for skin and another great preservative.
To make a cream, omit the olive oil and reduce the water by 300ml.
This recipe can be reduced down to make a smaller batch or multiplied up to make a larger batch. You can even make a non fragranced batch and scent it with essential oils in smaller batches as you use it.
If you don’t want to make your own herbal creams and lotions I will happily make them for you. I can tailor the creams to your specifications or your health needs.
If you live in Grimsby and Cleethorpes I can offer one to one sessions in your home showing you how to make creams and lotions. There is also the possibility of workshops in the near future.