How to Make Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions

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How to Make Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions
Make your own aromatherapy lotions to soothe dry skin (woman's hand rubbing lotion on leg image by Tracy Martinez from

Aromatherapy is the art of using scent to evoke certain feelings or reactions. For example, the scent of lavender is soothing and creates a calm feeling. Many retailers sell aromatherapy lotions, but you can make your own at home. This will not only save you money, since the ingredients will make multiple bottles of lotions and creams, but also will give you more control over what chemicals you are putting on your body. You will know that the product you are using is natural and is not harmful.

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Things you need

  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Patchouli oil
  • Sandalwood oil
  • Carrot seed oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Beeswax
  • Mint leaves
  • Unscented lotion
  • Borax
  • Double boiler
  • Pot
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Water
  • Jar

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  1. 1

    Spoon five tbsp of coconut oil into a double boiler and place over low heat. Stir the oil until it is completely melted.

  2. 2

    Add four tsp of almond oil to the coconut oil and combine it thoroughly with a spoon. Remove the double boiler from the heat source.

  3. 3

    Add 10 drops each of lavender and lemon essential oils. Mix together thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Pour the mixture into a jar and place a lid on it. Breathe in the essential oils while rubbing the cream into your hands.

  1. 1

    Pour eight oz. of unscented lotion into a bowl. Unscented lotion is available at craft and health food stores.

  2. 2

    Add 10 drops of patchouli oil, 20 drops of sandalwood oil and five drops of carrot seed oil to the lotion.

  3. 3

    Mix the oils into the lotion thoroughly with a spoon. When they are well blended, pour the lotion back into the bottle and use as you would any other lotion.

  1. 1

    Place 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove the pot from the heat and give the water time to cool.

  2. 2

    Strain the water to remove the mint leaves. Add 1/8 tsp of borax to the water and mix thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Combine 1/2 cup of sunflower oil, one tsp of coconut oil and one tsp of beeswax in a glass measuring cup.

  4. 4

    Fill a pan two inches deep with water and place on the stove. Place the measuring cup filled with the oil and beeswax mixture into the water and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes. Stir every few minutes while cooking until it is completely melted.

  5. 5

    Place the mint and borax mixture into a microwave on high heat for one minute. Add it to the sunflower oil mixture slowly, whipping it together with a whisk. Allow the lotion to cool completely before adding 3 to 4 drops of peppermint oil.

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