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Monday, March 23, 2015

Coconut-Lavender Dream Cream

Perimenopause came early for this chic. At 38, I started being hot night, and the occasional night that I couldn't sleep. Fast forward 5 years, and I'm plagued with insomnia.  Admit it, you just counted in your head and figured out my age. Don't go blabbing it to the world!

Some of you know me fairly well and have seen my rants on Facebook at 3 am. Rather than spending my nights tossing and turning, calculating how much sleep I would get if I fell asleep right that second, and waking up Mr. Right I tend to spend those late nights with a good book or getting work done on my computer.  It takes hours for me to get to sleep and stay asleep.

Those nights that I don't sleep cause some really rough days. I'm cranky, unfocused,  and exhausted. My squirrel moments happen every few minutes and I can't finish anything I started. The insomnia has been worse the last few months and for a while I was contemplating very briefly, 'cause you know I can't focus on one thing for long with no sleep, taking an over the counter medication.

Now that I am on this journey of healthier living, I'd rather not take medicine when there is a more natural way to help me get to sleep. I'm sure you have used the sleepy baby shampoo with lavender and know that this fragrant plant can help your little one relax. But it's not just for kids.


Lavender Oil

What is Lavender Used for?

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. 

It is great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It can be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the first to discover these properties when he was severely burned in a laboratory explosion. Lavender may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods.

With my insomnia, my husbands Chronic Fatigue, and my sons sleep disorders. Its a wonder we are all healthy. I scoured the Internet looking for ways to introduce my kids to lavender without having to diffuse it at night (since we only have one at the moment).  I found a safe alternative that also helps soften the skin. 

Dream Cream

Ingredients

.75 oz. (approx. 29ml) Beeswax Pellets 

4 oz. Organic Coconut Oil

8-12 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

2 - 2oz. jars or one 4-6 oz. jar



Directions 

Melt the beeswax, slowly in a double boiler. I used my Pyrex measuring cup so I could easily pour it in the jar when it was done. 

Coconut Lavender Dream Cream


Next, add the coconut oil. This part takes me back to the beach.  You will start to smell the coconut. Too bad computers don't have scent technology. That would be so cool!

Lavender Coconut Dream Cream


Once it's all melted add 8 - 12 drops of Lavender Essential oil. I didn't want it too strong since my husband and son have very sensitive noses. Ten drops was just the right amount for them. 

Once you have stirred it around to incorporate the lavender oil. Pour it in your jar/jars and decorate. 

How do I use it?

Apply about 20 minutes before bed on the bottom of your feet. Make sure you put some comfy socks on or you will slide everywhere.  It doesn't take long for the oils to absorb into your skin. The socks will prevent you from falling and also from getting it all over your furniture, sheets, etc. 

After about 20 minutes you will feel so relaxed. My husband was skeptical and told me to try it first and see how it works and then he will try it. He's hooked! He has chronic fatigue and it's coming out of remission. Not the greatest time for that. So he needs the best and most sleep out of all of us.  My youngest son has a sleep disorder and this helps him fall asleep in minutes and he stays asleep. It's amazing. And best of all there are no chemicals you can't pronounce or dyes. And you get soft smooth feet in the morning as well as a well rested family. 

I get my 100% therapeutic essential oils from Young Living. You can buy them wholesale which is a great money saver! I have to say this was the best decision for my family. It's a natural way to help ease stress, pain, allergy symptoms and so much more. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have



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11 comments:

  1. The coconut and lavender sounds wonderful! Perimenopause, not so much! Glad you found something that helps.

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  2. This just looks so soothing! I adore to coconut and lavender combination and this would be perfect for stress relief all day long!

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  3. This cream sounds like it would be perfect for dry hands and feet. I love the mix of coconut and lavender scents, I bet it smells AMAZING!

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  4. I absolutely love a great DIY project - especially whenever it gives you control over the ingredients going into your cosmetics! This sounds like an awesome recipe, thanks for sharing!

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  5. My husband always teases that I am (already) starting menopause because of all my issues. :| The dream cream sounds fantastic!!

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  6. I love both scents, so this would be excellent to use! Thanks so much for the idea.

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  7. I am a Young Living user too and this sounds amazing. It bet it is super hydrating too which my skin needs coming off of winter!

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  8. I have those squirrel moments even with sleep. That said, the hand cream looks lovely and I bet it smells just as nice.

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  9. It makes me relax just thinking of using it. What a lovely cream!

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  10. I deifniteluy need to try making this! I have all these ingredients!

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  11. Wow! This sounds like such a great way to get a good nights sleep. I'm going to have to pin this to consider trying it with us too. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.

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