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Moisturize with Raw Chocolate Cream!

6 Feb It smells like chocolate. It tastes like chocolate.  It feels simply luscious on the skin!
It smells like chocolate. It tastes like chocolate. It feels simply luscious on the skin!

Discovering Cacao as Emollient

My son has been obsessed with chocolate since we read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Last week, we were traveling and he discovered Palmer’s Cocoa Butter in the bathroom where we were staying. My son only uses extra-virgin coconut oil on his skin at home, and then only when his skin is dry… so bottled lotions are absolute novelties to him. Clearly, ecstatic in finding one made from ‘cacao beans’, he applied thick layers of that yellow cream all over and delighted in his new smell.

“Mama! Mama! Daddy! Daddy! Do I smell like chocolate?

“Yes, you do!” I smiled because I love my son’s innocent enthusiasm, I love watching his joy in the simplest of things and I love being present when he does make all these kinds of new discoveries. “Guess what! We can make your very own Chocolate Cream at home! Would you like that?”

“You mean from real Cacao Beans?” his eyes widen.

“Yes, from Raw Cacao Butter and Coconut Oil!”

“Can I choose the flavor?” he smiles.

“Of course! It will be your very own Chocolate Cream! It will be so pure, you can even eat it!

As soon as we arrived home, it was the first thing he wanted to do.

Our Chocolate Cream

I decided to experiment with Natasha St. Michael’s Natural Body Cream Recipe.

So, we gathered the ingredients: raw cacao butter, extra virgin coconut oil, raw Shea butter and my son’s choice of essential oils (doterra’s On Guard).
We weighed the butters in a bowl: 3 oz cacao, 3 oz coconut and a big dollop of shea.
We placed our bowl in hot water and stirred to make sure everything melted properly. Then, we added our essential oils (about 5 drops for my son’s cream).
We transferred our raw ‘Chocolate’ Cream into containers.
Then we refrigerated them without the lids until they hardened.
My son couldn’t wait to dig in! Note: we used a child-proof container for his cream.

Results

I lathered some on my hands and after half a day, they still felt like silk! Touted for conditioning and protecting the skin, I used to use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter myself 10 years ago, but this raw Cacao Cream is different. It brings moisturizing to a different level! So in the evening, I made time to quickly whip a tub for myself too! I added 15 drops of doTerra’s Whisper in mine, which has rose, jasmine, bergamot, cinnamon, cistus, vetiver, ylang ylang, cocoa, vanilla, sandalwood, and patchouli. It smells absolutely delicious! I think my husband may be tempted to try it too.

Note: at room temperature, this Chocolate Cream may melt or become grainy – if the latter happens, simply heat it between your palms and you are ready to moisturize! Don’t worry if it feels greasy at first, your skin will absorb it within minutes. Also, a little of this goes a long way!

What Essential Oils are excellent for the Skin?

According to Modern Essentials, the following oils are recommend for:

  • chapped/cracked skin – myrrh
  • dehydrated – geranium, lavender
  • dermatitis/eczema – helichrysum, thyme, geranium, melaleuca, lavender, patchouli, bergamot, rosemary
  • dry skin – geranium, lavender, Roman chamomile, sandalwood, lemon
  • oily/greasy skin – lemon, cypress, frankincense, geranium, lavender, marjoram, orange, rosemary
  • rashes – melaleuca, lavender, Roman chamomile
  • scars – lavender, rose, frankincense, helichrysum, geranium, myrrh
  • sensitive skin -lavender, geranium
  • stretch marks – lavender, myrrh
  • wrinkles – lavender, fennel, geranium, frankincense, rose, rosemary, myrrh, clary sage, cypress, helichrysum, lemon, orange, oregano, sandalwood, thyme, ylang ylang

What's in our Medicine Cabinet? Essential Oils!

21 Sep

Did you know that essential oils are:

- so potent, you only need a couple of drops

- 70 x more effective than dried?  1 drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to the potency of 28 cups of peppermint tea!

- in their most usable form: 30 seconds after applying them to the bottom of your feet, they are already in your bloodstream doing their ‘work’?

I never liked smelling essential oils for the immediate headache I would get. I’ve since learned that most oils are SYNTHETIC and not all natural (this includes oils that are therapeutic grade!).  So, healing with essential oils never attracted me – until my NAET doctor introduced me to dōTERRA products.  Now they ARE my medicine cabinet (along with food of course!) because of their profound benefits to our health and well being.  dōTERRA essential oils are the highest grade of essential oils available today.  In fact, they have created a new standard of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

As the company explains:

“dōTERRA (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today. They are gently and skillfully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize dōTERRA’s superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade essential oils.”

doTERRA essential oils can be diffused aromatically into the air, applied topically on the skin, or taken internally as dietary supplements.  We have the Family Physician Single Kit and the Aroma-Touch kit in our medicine cabinet and we use them mostly as topical ‘medicine’.

The 3 most used essential oils for us, a family with a rambunctious little boy, are Lavender, Melaleuca and Peppermint.  Although we use Lavender a lot for relaxation during the night (and sleeping through it), Malaleuca for disinfecting and Peppermint for breathing, they are mostly used for when we get insect bites, wounds and mixed into our Jojoba Oil which we use as our moisturizer.  We  use Lemon for dry skin, I use Frankincense with my facial moisturizer (for wrinkles!), we use Breath-Ease when there is a cough or cold and we drop On Guard in our soap dispensers filled with Dr. Bronner’s soap.  Just this week, we used Deep Blue on my husband’s aching back and the usual week’s  worth of pain was gone in 2 days.  The Aroma-Touch kit can be used with special techniques to rid pains and discomfort.

We love dōTERRA products.  They are high-grade, natural, SAFE, non-toxic for everyone in the family and, very simply and most importantly, they WORK!!!  These essential oils are a MUST everyday resource for a family who wants to take control over their overall health.
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