The 21st Century HerbalistDIY Lotion Making Month: Soothing Lavender & Chamomile Body LotionKatie Glenn

This week’s lotion recipe is a naturally fragranced lavender and chamomile lotion that is gentle enough to be used by those with sensitive skin, including small children and babies.

The Benefits Of Lavender And Chamomile
Both lavender and chamomile are known for their calming effects on the nervous system.  Lavender is also known for its ability to ease headaches and I’ve briefly mentioned the anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile before. This lotion is made with a floral water, which is made directly from both of these herbs and because of that, the lotion carries the medicinal benefits of the herbs.

Soothing Lavender & Chamomile Lotion Recipe

Base or Carrier Oils:

  • 5 tbsp. grapeseed oil + 1 tsp.
  • 2 tbsp. sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. beeswax

Waters:

How To Make Lotion From Scratch
In my week 1 video tutorial, “How To Make Lotion”, I walked you through the lotion making process using easy, step-by-step directions. Replace the base oils and waters shown in the video with the recipe above and follow the directions in the video.  From start to finish (not including time spent making a floral water), it takes me about 25 minutes to make a batch of lotion.

A Note On Containers
Over time light can degrade the quality of your homemade lotion (or any lotion for that matter), so try to select an opaque container. If you are using glass, try to find blue, green or brown colored glass.  Sometimes I can’t find a container and I’ll put the lotion in a mason jar (which has clear glass) then wrap it with a sheet of colorful paper to keep the light exposure to a minimum.  When I make lotion that will be given away as gifts, I use a small metal tins (like the one pictured above) to store the lotion. As one of my readers recently pointed out, you probably don’t want to use this type of container for long-term storage because it will eventually start to rust. I know that my friends can’t resist this particular lotion recipe and they slather it on generously, so it’s gone pretty quickly. That is the only time that I use tin containers, otherwise I stick to glass.  And don’t forget to label your lotion!  I like to draw pictures of the herbs that the lotion is made with but you should do whatever makes it feel special to you!

A Bedtime Ritual
You can use this lotion any time of day, but it can be especially calming at night. Keep it in a bottle next to your bed and take a few minutes to rub it into your hands and feet before going to sleep. The scent will cue your nerves and senses, letting them know it is time to be calm and relaxed. You can also make this part of your child’s night time routine. Once they’ve climbed into bed, have your child take deep, relaxing breaths with you, as you massage the lotion on their chest in soothing circular motions.

If you have any questions, just leave them in comments. Happy brewing!

Next Week: It’s the last week of “DIY Lotion Making Month” and I’m ending with a special HelloGiggles inspired lotion recipe!

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  1. I createdthis lotion and use it often. I love the soothing effects of its softness on my skin and the smell of the fragrance relaxing my mind. Thank you.

  2. Hi Katie!
    Thanks for the great recipe… I can’t wait to try it!
    I have a couple of quick questions:
    a. Do you know about how many ounces this recipe makes? (So I can have a properly sized container)
    b. If I don’t have sunflower oil, can I substitute olive oil without greatly altering the lotion’s effects? (Like you did in the DIY basic lotion making video)

    Thanks for the great info! XO.

    • Hi Hope!
      It makes about 6.5 to 8 ounces. If you don’t have sunflower oil, you can use olive oil or more grapeseed oil, either one will make a great lotion for you!
      Have good time! :)

      Katie Glenn | 3/27/2012 05:03 pm