Healing Body Butter

Healing Body Butter Loula Natural

Healing Body Butter

I have a scar in between my eyes and it is a constant reminder of a silly drunken debacle in my youth! I have made my peace with it with eft and have minimised it with a scar oil I make. I also have an intense reminder of my mastitis and abscess I had in my second pregnancy (big scar!). In my healing process I have a dermatitis on my finger tips (I think its also from the harsh soaps in the toilets here which I have stopped using)too which I would like to support. Now thanks with my two kiddies (actually just the final days of my second pregnancy, I got through my first pregnancy markfree!) I have some stretch marks. They are my stripes sure but I would also like to see if I can aid my body to heal from the inside and also from the outside!

From the inside I have (over the years) changed my lifestyle to reduce gluten and dairy, refined sugars, all processed foods, increased great fats like coconut oil, ghee and others, increased fermented foods (see my book Culture Your Life), use stress management methods (rainbow meditation, eft and Bach Flower Remedies). All of these changes have helped me to naturally balance my weight, improved my skin and digestive system and also helped balance my mood, hormones and energy levels. Read more about my journey here

So I have specifically chosen the ingredients of this body butter to help in these three causes;

Argan oil; Deeply nutritious oil from pressing the kernel of the fruit from the Argan tree. This tree only starts producing oil from fruit after it has matured to 30-50 years old (they do say beauty comes with age!). The tree’s are found in Morocco and the oil should be cold pressed. Therefore you would expect this oil to be expensive and always buy a 100% Argan oil. Since the trees live to be 150-200 years old it must be difficult to certify them as organic- so consider this when you see the label. It is most important that it is 100% Argan oil, sustainably produced and from Morocco. A little goes a long way and it is great for dry conditions especially flaky skin (like on my fingers) which works well for my scar too.

This Argan oil and this one are great 

Rosehip oil; Rosehip oil has been used for centuries to improve skin, from the ancient Egyptians to the Mayans. Benefits include corrects UV damage from the sun, reduces appearance of scars, burns and stretch marks (tick,tick), improves elasticity of skin- (which is what I am looking for to heal scars and stretch marks) Treats fine lines and wrinkles, hydrates dry skin, Great for eczema and psoriasis (contact dermatitis is a form of Eczema), Evens skin tone. All round brilliant for what I want this body butter to help from the outside.

This Rosehip oil is great

Shea Butter; Shea butter is also dense with nutrients, including vitamin A, E and phytonutrients which are the source its healing properties and make shea butter an anti-inflammatory. Benefits include treating blemishes, wrinkles, eczema and dermatitis, as well as burns and even stretch marks (tick, tick).  It works to moisturise and soothe all types of skin.

This Shea Butter is lovely

Cocoa Butter; Cocoa butter of course comes from the cacao bean which is found inside the cocoa pod that grows on from the cacao tree.  Like Cocoa itself, Cocoa butter is high in antioxidants which greatly enhance its skin rejuvenating qualities and help to reduce inflammation. The cocoa pod has about 30 to 40 cocoa seeds inside and are like a gourd. These seeds must be fermented in banana leaves (love that it is fermented of course), dried, roasted and pressed. All of this then allows the oil to be released. Benefits include reduces stretch marks, helps heal scars, the fatty acid content helps to hydrate the skin and can help in skin irritations such as eczema and dermatitis also helps to heal sensitive skin.

This Cocoa Butter is the one I use

I have also used some essential oils in this body butter to help increase its ability to regenerate and nourish skin cells. 

Frankincense; Apart from being one of my favourite scents on the plant, Frankincense has an air of magic surrounding it. The oil is extracted from the gum or resin from the Frankincense tree (Olibanum tree). It has natural bacterial balancing properties which helps the skin but also helps to preserve the body butter itself. Frankincense Oil promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. Herbal properties include; Carminative (which of course means it is anti-inflammatory and calming both physically and emotionally), Astringent ( which helps it to lift and contract thus strengthening skin tone), Cicatrisant (which makes it anti-ageing, it can makes the scars and after marks of boils, acne and chickenpox on the skin recover at a fast rate. This also includes the fading of stretch marks.). Not recommended in the first 2 trimesters in pregnancy it is used in perennial oils too both pre and post natally. See this post for some ideas about where to buy Frankincense.

Vanilla; The vanilla plant is a the plant is a perennial herbaceous climbing vine, a tropical orchid. The pods are the seeds from the plant. It has been used for centuries to help heal wounds. Vanilla extract is composed of  sugars, essential oils, vitamins and minerals. Containing high levels of antioxidants and, as a seed, many vitamins and minerals with  benefits for the skin rejuvenation and repair. Calming and soothing for physical and mental imbalances, Vanilla is also known as an anti-inflammatory. I use this extract. There are many other essential oils that can be used (lavender, geranium, neroli) however I want to keep this butter simple and I absolutely LOVE the combination of these two scents. 

Recipe

Healing Body Butter
A healing mix of cocoa butter, shea butter, argan and rosehip oil. Using Frankincense and vanilla to calm, heal and rejuvenate scar tissue, stretch marks and dermatitis.
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  2. 1/2 cup shea butter
  3. 5mls 100% Argan oil
  4. 10mls Rosehip oil
  5. 10 drops Frankincense
  6. 20 Drops Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. I use my dehydrator to melt my cacao and shea butter.
  2. When liquid (30 mins or so) I added the other ingredients and emulsified the oils with the essential oils in my Kenwood mixer or food processor.
  3. Pour into a jar or tub (I reused a glass moisturiser jar I had already)
  4. Place in the fridge to cool.
  5. Use after shower or bath. Night or day
Notes
  1. It is gentle enough to use in the morning on your face (I have actually used it as a face moisturiser as well as on all my targeted areas).
  2. It is also rich enough to use at night before bed.
Loula Natural http://loulanatural.com/
I will let you know how I get on- here is my before picture on my scar and fingers before shot

 Other wonderful homemade lotions and potions;

Also try this diy miracle anti-aging skin cream from Mary Vance 

and this diy puffy eyes serum from Oh Lardy

Healing Body Butter Loula Natural Pin

 

 

Ask the Aromatherapist

ask the aromatherapist

Ask the Aromatherapist; Jenny Ostling

I have used Essential oils for years. I have made body/face oils, made my own after-sun, natural sunscreen, bath oils, scrubs and so on for my family and clients (just like ones you can find on Thank Your Body). I am a Naturopath but I am not an aromatherapist. I wanted to know more about aromatherapy, so sought advice from the therapists I know here in Hong Kong. If you want to use essential oils in your home then please seek advice from an aromatherapist close to you. 

Jenny Ostling

Name; Jenny Ostling

Area of Expertise; Professional Aromatherapist, Arvigo Therapist, prenatal massage therapist, specializing in female reproductive health.

 1372334049

What school of thought do you follow (english, french or german)?; I studied in the UK and in France and follow both uk and French methods.

How did you get into Aromatherapy?; I was introduced to aromatherapy, reiki and much more in my teens by my mother and dabbled in it as an amateur for many years before finally becoming a professional aromatherapist. I studied under Gabriel Mojay and Rhiannon Harris at the Institute of traditional herbal medicine and aromatherapy (ITHMA). 

How long have you been practicing?; I’ve been practicing professionally for over 8 years but have been using oils for over 20years. 

Favourite part of your job?; Favorite part of my job is working with people to find ways to get them back to homeostasis and balance within on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Favourite oil to use for yourself?;Fav oil..that’s a hard one, can I choose more than one?  Frankincense, petitgrain and ravensara! But the ones I reach for the most are frankincense and lavender

lavender

Oil you find you use the most on clients?; I use a blend called valor a lot on clients for grounding and relaxation at the beginning of treatments.

Oil you reach for on the bad days?;  Peppermint is a great oil to have for headachy or if you have a stomach issue bad days.

Which one do you wish you could have a bucket of?;  I wish I had a bucket of frankincense.

Favourite thing to make (household, cosmetic or food) with the oils?;  I love making face creams and oil blends with the oils. 

Can you recomend a good book for people starting out with oils?; For beginners a great book is The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood.

Can you recommend any brands that you like to buy?;  I love Young Living oils for two main reasons: they are amazing quality and the reason for that if believe is because they nurture the oils from seed all the way through to bottling so the healing intention was there from the beginning. I also use Kobashi essential oils from the uk. Both companies make organic or wild crafted oils only.

massage

Are there any safety considerations you would like to share?; Safety, yes absolutely. Always dilute oils in a base oil when using on young children and most oils should be diluted for adults too (there a few exceptions like lavender, tea tree but if in doubt dilute). Research or ask a professional if unsure about how to use an oil. There are oils that are safe for the skin and others that can irritate it so always look it up. Do not use oils internally (unless you really know what you are doing)! Keep oils stored in cool dark place and safely away from children. I keep mine in the fridge especially in hk summers. My Moto is: a little goes a long way.

 You can find Jenny at The Sanctuary, and here is her website; Jenny Ostling Holistic Therapies (those in Hong Kong can buy oils from her through her website) and facebook page. She does an amazing raindrop massage and is a very good healer (I have experienced this first hand!)

(all pictures from Jenny Ostling Holistic Therapies)

Here are a list of more books I trust on aromatherapy;

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health — Beauty — a Safe Home Environment by Valarie Ann Wormwood

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless

Healing Home Spa: Soothe Your Symptoms, Ease Your Pain, and Age-Proof Your Body with Pleasure by Valerie Cooksley

Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Patricia Davis

Links to Bloggers I Trust on Essential Oils; These Bloggers all sell Young Living oils or DoTerra too and have great information on the oils.

Homemade Mommy

Thank Your Body

Weed’em and Reap

Healthy Living How To

The Paleo Mom

The Crunchy Moose

Good Girl Gone Green

Life Sanity

Butter Believer

Don’t Mess With Mama

Cheerfully Imperfect

Mary Vance

Veggie Converter

Real Food RN

Conscientious Confusion

 

 ask the aromatherapist pin

X