Pain Relief Lotion Bar
By Kim Cash on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:42pm
Lotion bars are one of my favorite natural beauty recipes to make. They are a simple way to moisturize andnourish the skin and they can be easily customized for a variety of uses. This variation is one of my favorites,especially for after athletic training or on sore muscles. It shouldn’t be used during pregnancy, but it is great at othertimes. I also make a diluted version by using half as much Menthol and Essential Oil and omitting the Arnica oilfor use on kids when they get growing pains.
These natural pain relief lotion bars smell excellent and work wonders on sore or tired muscles!
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter
1/3 cup beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency, which leaves lesslotion on the skin when used)
1 tablespoon of Menthol Crystals10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil1/2 tsp Arnica Oil (optional)
This recipe can be adjusted to make any quantity that you’d like. I made with 1/3 cup of each main ingredients,but this can adjusted up for down for bigger or smaller batches.
How to Make:
Combine all ingredients in a quart size glass mason jar and carefully place this jar in a small saucepan of wateron the stove.
Turn the burner on and bring water to a low simmer. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted andsmooth.
Remove from heat and stir in the menthol crystals and stir until dissolved.Add essential oils and arnica oil (optional) and stir until mixed.
Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the lotion bars to harden in. I used these silicon loafmolds, though any mold would work.
Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds. These could be made indifferent shaped molds or made in a square baking pan and then cut into actual bars.
How to Use:
Store in a cool or dry place for up to six months (I’ve even had some last as long as a year).
To apply to skin: hold bar in hand and carefully rub on dry skin. The heat of the skin will transfer some of thelotion bar to the skin. I store my lotion bars on a small plate on my dresser and bathroom counter. Add more orless menthol for a more or less potent bar.