Thursday, October 31, 2013

Healing Coconut Oil Lotion

Awhile ago I posted the recipe for my homemade lotion that I use for the boys. I like using this lotion in the summer because it does not melt easily. Having a lotion that turns to liquid in the summer is a very bad idea with two toddlers in the house. In reality, any kind of lotion is a bad idea with two toddlers, though it is necessary. (Yes, I had to clean up lotion from all over a bedroom. Not fun.)

In the winter months, when the temperature in the house is in the low 70s, I can use a lotion that has more coconut oil since it will not melt. The more coconut oil, the better, since we have had recurrent MRSA skin infections in the past. In fact, I sometimes use coconut oil by itself. Coconut oil has been working to prevent the infections and works well as a moisturizer, but I wanted to amp it up a little bit. So I added a few more ingredients to make it even better.

Tea tree oil helps boost the germ-fighting of this lotion. Use with caution, as swallowing tea tree oil can cause serious health problems. Also, using tea tree oil without mixing it properly with a carrier oil can cause skin irritation. Tea tree oil should be 5% or less of any mixture. This is just under half an ounce (0.4 ounces, to be more precise) of tea tree oil or less for every 8 ounces of carrier oil. In teaspoons, this is 2.5 teaspoons of tea tree oil for 8 ounces of carrier oil. This recipe uses much less, so should not cause irritation for most people. Tea tree oil is poisonous for animals in even small amounts (used internally or topically), so keep this away from your pets. Click the link to read more about tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is fine when used properly, but can be left out if you have concerns about using it.

Vitamin E and Jojoba oils are beneficial to the skin. These oils are safe to use on the skin full strength.

Argan oil helps the skin to heal. We have had good success with using argan oil to treat eczema even when other oils and lotions did not help. Argan oil can be used full strength on the skin.

Recipe for Healing Coconut Oil Lotion

12 ounces softened coconut oil
2 Tbsp olive oil (or sweet almond oil)
1 tsp jojoba oil
1/2 - 1 tsp vitamin E oil
1/2 - 1 tsp argan oil
1/4 - 1/2 tsp tea tree oil

Soften the coconut oil over gentle heat if necessary.
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
Mixture can be whipped. I find it is easier to use if it is whipped, but works just as well if it is not.

We use this lotion once or twice a day, normally first thing in the morning and before bed.

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