Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DIY: Whipped Calm Down Lotion

This is a post I wrote this last summer for my other blog, Our Quarter Acre Homestead. I thought it would be fun to share it here as well.

When I first started researching recipes for this post I thought I would be writing about a sleepy time lotion to help my kids relax and get to sleep easier at night. Particularly the 3 year old who still gets up at night.

After looking through multiple recipes I started to notice that most of the ingredients were similar if not the same as ingredients I had found in lotions or supplements for children with hyperactivity or ADHD.

I have a 7 year old little boy who's pediatrician told me that he very likely has ADHD and would more then likely need to be on some sort of medication at some point. We decided not to have him tested and started looking into alternative ways to help him calm down and focus.

Some of the supplements we found that were recommended for him were Magnesium, fish oil, vetiver oil, lavender oil, cedar wood oil and a gluten free, diary free diet.

Two years ago we took him off of gluten and noticed a HUGE difference in his behavior. Even after having an allergist tell me there was no way that it would help. I am glad I decided to go with my instincts.

The recipe for this calm down lotion is simple and only takes a couple of minutes to make. It contains many of the things I was told to try out on him all in one lotion. We have been using it this week and his vacation Bible school teacher said she noticed a difference in his behavior on the days we started trying this lotion on him.

Calm Down Lotion

1/4 cup cocoa butter (were to buy)
1/4 cup coconut oil (were to buy)
2 tablespoon beeswax pastilles (were to buy)
20 drops lavender oil (were to buy)
12 drops vetiver oil (were to buy)
10 drops frankincense oil (were to buy)
1 dropper full Mega-mag (were to buy)

* I did not have vetiver oil buy itself so I used 30 drops of Attention Assist from Native American Nutritionals. 

*Other oils you could substitute to help promote focus would include Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang,  or Roman Chamomile.

To make the lotion put the cocoa butter, beeswax and coconut oil into a small pan and warm just until they are melted.

Once the oils are melted pour them into a bowl and let them sit on the counter for about 10 minutes to cool. Do not put your essential oils in until your melted oils are cool to the touch. Otherwise the essential oils will burn off and not work.

Adding the Mega-mag is a step I was not too sure about. Most recipes call for magnesium oil, but all I had was a bottle of Mega-mag oral supplement. So I decided to try using what I have. I wasn't sure how it would react since I think it is water based. I think without it the lotion would be thicker, but I wanted it in mine. If you can find magnesium oil you will probably be better off.

After you have added your essential oils and magnesium allow the mixture to cool completely. To the point were it starts to harden up again. To speed things up I usually put mine in the fridge for a couple of minutes. Just make sure if you do this that it doesn't get too hard or it will be very difficult to whip.

Once everything is cool put the lotion in a mixing bowl and use a whisk attachment to whatever mixer you are using and let it do it's work. It took a couple of minutes for mine to get fluffy.

To use this lotion take a small, pea sized amount and rub it on the bottom of your child's feet. I usually put it on my little guy in the mornings before he has to go to school. Please make sure not to use too much. This needs to be treated as a medication. Essential oils when not used correctly can be dangerous.

In fact, I would not recommend using this every single day. I would try every other day or 3 days on then 3 days off.

This lotion also would work well at night to help children, or adults, to relax and get a peaceful nights sleep.

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