Years ago I began in earnest looking into a more natural way of caring not just for my dogs, but also for myself and husband. I owe my commitment to do so AND share with others to my dog Shadrach, an amazing Neo Mastiff. While he passed away in 2011, naturally here at home, I’ve continued to share on the body natural.
When I first began, I took it one step at a time first focusing on the needs of Shadrach. Then I learned that whatever I used in the house to clean, do laundry with, etc., was important to his overall health too. In addition I also learned that whatever we used on ourselves made an impact on his health as well. So I began making some of my own products. Others I purchased from Young Living – the primary company I began using because of Shadrach. On the left in this pic is my own body butter and on the right the air freshener I use in my bathrooms. Rather than go into all the why’s in this post, I’ll just link to the many previous posts where I’ve done that as well as a podcast (among many) that I’ve done on this topic. I’ll share the recipes of the two products above with you as well.
BODY BUTTER RECIPE
This is SO simple – which is why I do it lol. If you had seen my first attempts at making my own lotion/body butter you would’ve cringed. My sweet husband just grinned and used it. Yep, he’s that kind of guy. Anyway here you go. Adjust this as you see fit for your own uses. I just prefer to make several jars at once so I don’t have to make them all the time. Yeah, I like simple and easy stuff. Which is why I’m glad Young Living started making some of the stuff so I no longer have to like laundry soap.
I only use these dark blue jars, or you can use the amber ones. I get my jars and bottles from SpecialtyBottle.com but you can buy these in so many places these days. The reason for the dark jars is to protect the integrity of the essential oils. I also only use and refer to Young Living Essential Oils in all of my posts. I’ll share a link below where you can obtain these oils including at wholesale.
You’ll need a mixer, a large bowl (when using oils I always use glass bowls), coconut oil, shea butter, and your choice of essential oils (I’ll share the various ones I use).1 cup of shea butter and 2 cups of coconut oil. Melt together. Then place in the freezer until the oil is firm but not frozen or solid. Then remove from the freezer and add in your essential oils of preference. I use lavender, ylang ylang, frankincense, myrrh, elemi, and others. I don’t use the same ones every time either. I just choose what I’m in the mood for but always those that are good for skin – oregano wouldn’t be one I’d choose lol – ouch. In summer, adding in some peppermint is nice for cooling. I use the mixer starting out on a low setting until everything is blended then I go all the way up to the high setting. To get it all this creamy I mix it for a while. This last batch I actually set in the freezer, melted again a bit, then re-set back in the freezer again. THEN I blended and mixed it all for 5 minutes. It was the creamiest blend I’ve ever had so far. Pour the mixture into these jars and refrigerate. I only leave out the jar I’m going to use. I also add in the myrrh oil as it is like a fixative and will help preserve the mixture better. My husband LOVES this stuff!
AIR FRESHENER RECIPE
This is even simpler. You see the bottle in the pic above… it has an atomizer on it. I just add in whatever oils I want to scent my bathroom with, a drop or too of a natural emulsifier (I use Animal Scents shampoo by Young Living), 5-7 drops each of Purification blend, Thieves blend, lavender, peppermint and lately Citrus Fresh blend. Fill with purified water. Shake and spray as needed. I keep a bottle in each bathroom. That’s it! Simple without all the toxic side effects of conventional lotions and air fresheners. Yep, I’ll be adding in hopefully one of these posts per week in addition to my other weekly blog post. I’ll get more into fragrances in the next post.
Links to learn more:
If you want to know more about the amazing essential oils and other natural products they offer (including household, personal care, makeup, etc.,) and now to obtain them wholesale, check out this page on my website https://www.aspenbloompetcare.com/products/aromatherapy-for-dogs/to-order-or-join-young-living-essential-oils/
Until next time…
Have a PAWSitively, tail waggin, NATUROPATHICALLY healthy day!