I have a good friend who knows a lot about essential oils and their therapeutic/healing properties. She has taught me about them and last night I got some clove essential oil from her to make a natural teething remedy for my baby to complement the Baltic amber necklace. Yes, she is getting a tooth already. Sigh, time is flying! The natural teething cream is making a paste with raw organic shea butter, coconut oil, and a few drops of clove essential oil. Totally edible, natural, and nontoxic. I am excited about making it!
My friend also let me borrow a book that gives all kinds of information about essential oils. So informative! It is called Essential Oils Pocket Reference and you can find it here.
Keep reading to find out more about essential oils and the recipe to make body wash and hand soap at home.
I was reading the reference book last night and saw that you can use eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils to help with coughs. K has had a cough all week and so I gave him a couple of diluted drops of each of these essential oils and voilá!
No more cough! He hasn’t coughed once! I am definitely onto something here!
I am seriously thinking about requesting some more essential oils as birthday gifts from my husband. We have been using some really good ones for our homemade laundry detergent, cleaning solutions, and toiletries, but I never thought of using them medicinally!
I made homemade body wash for my children since I did some research and found out that many (most) baby washes contain either carcinogens or neurotoxins and I don’t want that near my littles.
I am sorry, but I didn’t save any of the research, except for these two articles (Article 1) and (Article 2), otherwise, I’d post it here for you to read. It isn’t hard to find all this information online, though.
I highly encourage you to educate yourself in this matter and make your own decisions. Mainly, staw away from ingredients such as pthalates, triclosan, parabens, artificial fragrances, methylene glycol, 1,4 dioxane, aluminum, sodium benzoate, etc.
To make the body wash like the one I have here at home, simply buy a bar of soap that is organic and that contains ingredients that you can recognize and understand. Dr. Bronner’s organic soap bars come in different “flavors.” You can get them in Peppermint, Hemp Rose, Lavender, Citrus, Tea Tree, Mild Baby, Eucalyptus, and Almond.
I got Dr. Bronner’s organic lavender bar. Kirk’s Coconut oil castille soap is also a great choice.
Grate it completely and put it in a pot with about 4 cups of filtered water.
Turn heat to low/medium. Stir until it has melted completely.
Add another 4 cups of filtered water and pour into a large glass container.
Let it sit overnight to “gel” (8-12 hours minimum, better if it’s 24 hours).
*This can also be used as a hand soap and in-sink dish soap (haven’t tried it in the dishwasher yet).
In the morning, assess its consistency. If it’s too thick, add more water, but don’t make it too runny. Once it reaches the consistency you like, pour it into smaller containers (with or without pumps). Add about 10 drops of your essential oil of choice (ask me how to order).
This solution separates, so it will need to be shaken before every use, so I suggest using smaller bottles. It will last you forever and ever! Be careful when using near the eyes as this isn’t a tear-free solution. My kids do just fine with it, though. We have never had a problem with it burning their eyes.
Reading up on what makes a solution tear-free and how much of a chemical change the ingredients need, I opted to use something that isn’t tear-free and be careful with it no going into their eyes. So far, so good. I don’t use soap on them every single day. I use it only when they need it. When they only need to get rinsed off, I add a few drops of coconut oil and jojoba oil in the bath water. FYI, Aveeno is also made by Johnson&Johnson. I cannot tell you how good (yet weird) it felt to pour our J&J baby washes down the toilet (literally)!
I also made whipped shea butter lotion for the family. It is absolute heaven! I even used it on my hair as a mask and it left my hair soft and shiny. Love it! I put on my littles and on myself. It is natural and safe. I love to make things for my family that are healthy for them.