It has such a nurturing, caring reputation. It’s good at protecting its fellow plants, and some gardeners like to place it near struggling or sick plants so it can support their health. That’s how Roman Chamomile earned the nickname “the plants’ physician.” It’s even said to protect little seedlings that are struggling to thrive!
Roman Chamomile likes to offer the same kind of companionship and support to us, too.
It’s a great choice for blends meant to nourish and support skin, whether that means helping to protect skin’s health from day to day, restore it after damage, or soothe irritation. (Think of the way Roman Chamomile can calm your emotions and help you feel comforted, and imagine it doing the same for your skin!)
This is a body butter that offers deep nourishment to the irritated skin.
Chamomile’s Super Duper Skin Soothing Butter
- 1 oz (28 g) beeswax (Cera alba)
- ½ oz (14 g) cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao)
- 2 oz (60 ml) calendula infused oil (Calendula officinalis)
- ½ oz (15 ml) Balm of Gilead infused oil (Populus balsamifera)
- 1 oz (30 ml) castor oil (Ricinus communis)
- 1 oz (28 g) shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii)
- 30 drops Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
- 60 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
This recipe makes 6 oz (180 ml) of body butter, so you’ll need two 4 oz (120 ml) glass jars for it.
- Set up the “Stovetop Melting Method” by placing a Pyrex measuring cup in a soup pot that’s ¼ full of gently boiling water.
- Put the beeswax in the Pyrex and melt.
- Add the cocoa butter and melt.
- Add the calendula infused oil, Balm of Gilead infused oil, and castor oil, and melt. You can stir gently with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon.
- Add the shea butter and melt. Remove the blend from heat as soon as the shea butter is melted.
- Add the essential oils, stirring gently.
- Pour the melted butter into your 4 oz (120 ml) glass jars, and let it cool.
You can use this body butter as a daily moisturizer, or apply it as needed over areas of skin that are often irritated or dry.
Did you notice I used a few less well known carriers in this recipe, such as castor oil and Balm of Gilead infused oil? I chose them for their extra special ability to nourish, soothe, and protect.
If you’d like to make a “quickie” version of this recipe, you can use 1 oz (30 ml) calendula oil and 10 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil. Use it as a moisturizer or hand oil to get to know Roman Chamomile, and then if you’d like a thicker, more luxurious blend, you can make the Super Duper Skin Soothing Butter.