Easy Aromatherapy Lotion Recipe
I was torn on what title to give this recipe because this recipe isn't made from scratch, and I'm not trying to be misleading. Making lotion from scratch is a bit complex (but definitely worth the effort), and I wanted to offer a recipe that beginners could enjoy making. So, we begin by working with an unscented lotion base and add essential oils. Very easy!
To learn more about making lotions from scratch, I recommend reading Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions: 101 Natural Formulas to Revitalize & Nourish Your Skin by Donna Maria Coles Johnson.
- 8 fl.oz. unscented hand or body lotion (sellers of natural products and aromatherapy products sometimes sell lotion bases)
- 10 drops Patchouli
- 20 drops Sandalwood
- 5 drops Carrot Seed
The best way to blend the essential oils into the lotion is to pour the lotion into a bowl, add the oils and then mix very well. Once mixed, add the lotion back to the bottle using a funnel. Patchouli, sandalwood and carrot seed oils help aid dry skin. The patchouli and sandalwood oils have a lovely rich scent when blended together. The carrot seed oil is wonderful for the skin, but is a little harsh in aroma.
Be sure to research and heed the safety precautions for each essential oil that you use. Avoid essential oils that can cause skin irritation or that are contraindicated for any issues that you have.
Use as you would use other hand and body lotions. Discontinue use immediately if you experience any irritation and discomfort.
General Safety Information
These recipes are offered for educational purposes only. Before using any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young. Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications.