A potion is a magical medicine, created from mixing ingredients. In mythology and literature, a potion is usually made by a magician, dragon, fairy or witch and has magical properties. It is used for various motives including the healing, bewitching or poisoning of people. For example, love potions for those who wish to fall in love (or become deeply infatuated) with another.
Here are a few recipes:
HOMEMADE HEALING LOTION
1/4 cup cocoa butter or shea butter
1/4 cup Comfrey and calendula infused olive oil (or just olive oil)
1 Tbsp beeswax
1/4 tsp vitamin e oil
15 drops lavender essential oil (I prefer to buy my essential oils here.)
Mix the cocoa butter, olive oil and beeswax in a double boiler over low heat, until melted.
Pour the melted lotion into a glass jar (a mason jar works well) and allow to cool.
HOW TO USE IT
The natural ingredients in this healing lotion help moisturize and protect the skin from dry and cold air. When I get dry hands, I just slather on a glob and keep working it in until it’s absorbed.
What else can I use it for?
Windburned noses and cheeks
Raw, cracked hands
Bumps, bruises and boo-boos, especially when they come with dry skin!
Healing Herbal Hemp & Shea Lotion
1 tsp dried marshmallow root
1 tsp dried calendula petals
1 tsp dried comfrey leaf
1 tsp dried chamomile flowers
180mL | 6 fl oz boiling water
14g | 0.5oz Emulsimulse/Ritamulse (or other complete emulsifying wax—not beeswax!)
16g | 0.56oz shea butter
20g | 0.7oz unrefined hemp seed oil
2 tsp colloidal oatmeal
4g | 0.17oz raw honey
6g |0.21oz vegetable glycerin
1/4 tsp allantoin (optional)
5 drops lavender essential oil
Pour the boiling water over the marshmallow root, calendula petals, comfrey leaf, and chamomile flowers, and let steep for 10 minutes before straining (press the herbs with the back of a spoon to extract as much water as possible). If you’ve got a nice big tea strainer for making loose leaf tea, I’d definitely recommend using it here.Measure out 140mL (4.7 fl oz) of the herb water and discard the herbs.
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a wide, flat-bottomed sauté pan.
Combine the emulsifying wax with the shea butter and hemp seed oil in a small heat-resistant glass measuring cup. Place the measuring cup in your prepared water bath to melt everything through.
While the oils are melting, weigh the 140mL (4.7 fl oz) of herb water water, colloidal oatmeal, honey, vegetable glycerin, and allantoin into a small heat-resistant glass measuring cup and place that in your water bath as well.
Leave everything in the water bath for about 30 minutes.
After about 20–30 minutes the oil part should be completely melted and the water part should be thoroughly dissolved. Remove the water bath from the heat, and pour the water part into the oil part. Stir with a flexible silicone spatula to incorporate.
Grab your immersion blender and begin blending the lotion, starting with short bursts so the still-very-liquid lotion doesn’t whirl up and spray everywhere. Blend for about a minute, leave to cool for ten, blend for another minute or two, and repeat this blend-cool-blend cycle until the outside of the glass measuring cup is barely warm to the touch and the lotion is thick and creamy.
Whisk in the essential oils and your preservative, leave the lotion to cool completely, and decant the mixture to a pump-top bottle.
Because this cream contains water, you must include a broad-spectrum preservative to ward off microbial growth. This is non-optional. Even with a preservative this project is likely to eventually spoil as our kitchens are not sterile laboratories, so in the event you notice any change in colour, scent, or texture, chuck it out and make a fresh batch.
Nourishing Hand and Body Cream
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/8 cup shea butter
1/8 cup cocoa butter
1 Tbsp aloe vera juice
1 Tbsp liquid oil of choice (like sweet almond, jojoba, etc.)
5-10 drops essential oils
1. Heat the shea butter, coconut oil, and cocoa butter over low heat until melted.
2. Remove from heat.
3. Add the aloe vera juice, liquid oil, and essential oils and stir to combine well.
4. Store in container of your choice. I used small canning jars.
Try making your own potions and potions today! Grab your potion bottles here: