This herb spiked lotion features some of my favourite eczema fighting ingredients, making it perfect for the onset of winter.

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Instead of using plain water in this lotion, I’ve made an herbal infusion. With soothing marshmallow root and chamomile, and healing calendula and comfrey it’s a great base for a soothing, healing lotion.

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My oils are shea butter and hemp seed oil, both powerful eczema-busting oils. Straight shea butter is the best natural eczema treatment I’ve found, but it is rather greasy—this lotion is a much lighter way to get your buttery fix.

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Colloidal oatmeal, raw honey, vegetable glycerin, and allantoin round out the recipe with great soothing, skin softening, and healing properties.

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The final lotion is light and quickly absorbed, but packs a moisturizing, healing punch. If you struggle with dry skin, I definitely recommend giving this recipe a try.

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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 distilled 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

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

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.

Note: Elaine from GreenPathHerbSchool.com has suggested doing a cold infusion to preserve the integrity of the soothing long-chain polysaccharides in the marshmallow root. If you do this, let the herbs and water steep for approximately 24 hours before straining.

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.

Makes 200mL (6.7 fl oz).

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