Free Herbal Body Lotion Recipes

by Angela Neal

High-quality herbal lotions and other skin care products tend be pricey because of that fact that they contain natural ingredients. If you purchase the ingredients you need to make the your herbal lotion and follow a simple recipe, you can make the lotion in your own kitchen. The best part is that you can add the exact ingredients that you want.

Lavender Lotion

For lotion that will moisturize your skin while helping it to heal, you will need to get some lavender essential oil. Lavender helps to balance the oil levels in your skin, so it would be beneficial for oily skin types as well as dry skin. It is also one of the more gentle essential oils and you shouldn't need to worry about using too much of it. Mix about eight drops with one cup of a mixture of cocoa butter and food-grade vegetable glycerin to get the creamy consistency of lotion. Take a few vitamin E gel capsules, pierce the outer coating and squeeze them into the mixture. Vitamin E is a natural preservative and will slow the growth of bacteria in your lotion. Mix it up well and store it in a sterilized container with a seal.

Wrinkle Reducer

To help with skin wrinkles and acne, mix some clary sage essential oil and geranium essential oil together in a fragrance-free lotion base, or use a mixture of cocoa butter and food-grade vegetable glycerin to create the lotion base. Geranium helps to get rid of acne because it is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, and clary sage hydrates the skin and smooths wrinkles and fine lines. Always use sterilized tools to mix your ingredients together and store it in a sterilized container with a seal. Do not touch the lotion with your skin before it goes into the storage container. You can also add the gel of a few vitamin E capsules as a natural preservative.

Soothing Aloe

Use a few drops of food-grade aloe, some food-grade vegetable glycerin and some shea butter to create a light, soothing skin lotion. Shea butter is just as beneficial as cocoa butter but is a little less greasy and heavy. Aloe is used to treat all kinds of skin irritations, including sunburn, so this would be a good lotion to cool and calm inflamed skin irritations. You can also add a few drops of chamomile essential oil to further the calming effect. You can use the vitamin E capsules to work as a preservative in this recipe and slow the growth of bacteria. Use a funnel to and a sterilized spatula to pour the lotion you have mixed together into a sterile bottle with a sealed cap. Store your lotion in the refrigerator to make it last even longer. Store your essential oils in a cool, dark place and never leave them out in the sun.

About the Author

Angela Neal is a writer for various websites, specializing in published articles ranging from the categories of art and design to beauty and DIY fashion. Neal received her Associate of Arts in administrative assisting from Bohecker College.