homemade healing hand lotion

When I get a new item of clothing that I love I'll usually wear it to death in the first couple weeks of getting it.  If I really love it, I'll probably want to put it on before I'm even out of the store.  I'm realizing that this effect transfers over to other parts of my life too, because I just can't stop playing around with essential oils right now.   When I first got them I didn't even know you could make your own lotions and stuff, but now it's one of my favorite things to do!  The best part is that it's crazy easy.  This lotion was actually the first one I ever made after I saw a friend complaining about having really dry hands from the winter weather and working as a barista.  I looked up which essential oils would be good for that and found a few recipes for healing hand lotions that looked really simple to make and just dove on in.  Five minutes later: hand lotion.  So awesome.  

Anyway, I'm pretty stoked on essential oils and figuring out all the cool ways to use them, so if you totally couldn't care less feel free to skip past, but I love learning how to make new things that I didn't even know I could make, so I want to share those things with y'all.  I'm still playing around with them and have had some awesome success with them and I'll probably do a blog post about it later after I've had more experience, but for now I created a separate page sharing my current experiences if any of you don't want to wait for a blog post and want to learn more about what I've been using my oils lately!

1/2 cup coconut oil (best to use cold pressed, extra virgin, organic, unrefined)
4 drops YL Frankincense Essential Oil
2 drops YL Lavender Essential Oil
1 drop YL Lemon Essential Oil

Just drop everything in a mixer (or do it by hand) and whip for 5 minutes.  Transfer to a glass jar (citrus oils will eat away plastic containers), and you're done!  I made a second batch for Dan because he does a lot of dishes at work, so his hands are constantly getting wet and dry. Plus, we both rock climb, so we use chalk to keep our hands from getting sweaty and slippery while climbing, but that also dries out the hands too. 

Coconut oil will start to liquify in warmer temperatures so you might want to mix in something else that will keep your lotion from turning into oil, like Shea butter.  Also, depending on the coconut oil you get, you might get the coconut smell in there too.  When I first made lotion I used refined coconut oil and it didn't smell like coconut at all, but I've heard that unrefined is better for your skin, so it's your personal preference.  Some people also find that coconut oil doesn't moisturize as well as other oils, so play around and find out which will work best for your skin!

// With any health or body care routine, make sure to do your own research and consult with any healthcare professionals you feel will help you make a decision on how to best care for your body.  This is just my story, but make sure your story is informed and healthy for you! //