How To Make Your Own Natural Body Products and Remedies

  • Natural Body Products and Remedies Workshop

     How to make your own natural body butter, deodorant, respiratory remedy, facial cleanser, eucalyptus oil and understanding their benefits.

      Carol’s Organic Kitchen promoting ‘Urban Vitality and Wellbeing’ hosted a natural body products and remedies workshop at Edward Woods Community Centre, Holland Park, West London. 

    The workshop was designed to share with participants the holistic benefits of using essential oils, herbs and butters as their daily skincare routine and the additional benefits of using herbs for common respiratory complaints, effective in treating asthma and bacterial infection pneumonia, asthma and other respiratory ailments caused by cold and flu symptoms and learn how to make their own homemade skincare, therapeutic oil and natural deodorant.

    Some participants travelled from far afield, one lady drove from Cippenham in Berkshire.  We started with a de-stress exercise to relax everyone and bring about an atmosphere of calm and tranquillity using a rosemary and sage infusion.

    After introductions, I began with a lecture about the benefits of the ingredients they would be using to create their products and remedies.

    Whilst being engulfed in an array of wonderful therapeutic aromas and armed with the knowledge on the benefits of the various oil fragrances, participants enjoyed mixing their chosen essential oils into their velvety smooth whipped coconut oil and shea butter combination demonstrated during the workshop.  Participants bore in mind that what we use on our bodies is absorbed into our systems.  I always find it interesting when running these workshops that the participants use their new findings on the benefits of these oils and create a concoction of beautiful oil combinations that work well together medicinally. I was impressed with a popular deodorant mix of eucalyptus, tea tree and lemongrass, these combined smelt amazing, whilst each of these oils provide healing and antibacterial properties.  Each person chose to target specific complaints and/or desired therapeutic uses which just goes to show not all medicine has to be unpleasant but can be luxurious in use, feel and smell too.

    After breaking for a short interval to enjoy delicious organic vegan treats from Carol’s organic kitchen we moved on to infusing eucalyptus leaves in olive oil. The leaves were freshly picked from a eucalyptus tree in my garden and besides the wonderful medicinal benefits, the beautiful scent which were released from the leaves wafted about the room and lit the atmosphere with a fresh uplifting aroma, awakening the senses and opening the airways, allowing us to breath in its natural fragrance which reached deep into the lungs…ahhhh pure heaven J By now we were feeling euphoric from the mood enhancing herbs around us.

    During these exercises there was a large pot that had been simmering away very gently on the stove with fresh thyme, this part of the session was to conclude the last of our holistic workshop activities in making our own respiratory remedy and facial cleanser. After cooling, the thyme was bottled for its dual purpose. Many herbs can serve for multi medicinal uses, by understanding their benefits we are able to create our own remedies suited for treating specific ailments or prevention i.e. thyme can arrest asthmatic symptoms controlling inflammation of the lungs. I find this extremely useful and when in contact with cigarette smoke, dust or artificial sprays which trigger asthmatic symptoms, thyme comes in at the rescue!

    Here are simple, easy methods and ingredients used to make our essential oil infused body butters, facial cleanser, deodorant, eucalyptus oil and respiratory remedy:

    Nourishing Body Butter Ingredients

    Makes 100ml

    15G Shea Butter

    15G Coconut oil

    6 drops of essential oil(s) of choice


    Body Butter Instructions

    In a glass bowl, place the raw organic shea butter and organic virgin coconut oil.

    Leaving the shea butter and coconut oil in the bowl partially melt over a hot bowl of water and then begin blending with an electric hand whisk.

    Once the shea butter and coconut oil have reached a light smooth and creamy consistency, (approx. 10 minutes), ensure all lumps are fully blended then add organic essential oil(s) of choice.

    Store in a glass jar with a lid and use as you would regular lotion or body butter.

    If your home stays above 75 degrees, it may soften and need to be kept at the fridge, but it will stay whipped at a temperature lower than that.



    Invigorating Deodorant instructions

    Repeat ALL the above body butter instructions adding essentials oils with anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. (see below for choices).

    Using a deodorant free of synthetic ingredients and using organic ingredients are much better for the body particularly in terms of women’s health relating to the lymphatic system which runs throughout the body (like the circulatory (blood) system) and carries fluid and cells, as the lymph nodes in the underarm (the axillary lymph nodes) are the first place inflammation can develop and where breast cancer is likely to spread.


    Eucalyptus Oil ingredients

    1/4 cup of leaves (for every cup of oil you intend to make).

    8oz of organic virgin olive oil. The best oil is cold-pressed virgin olive oil.


    Eucalyptus Oil Instructions

    Wash the leaves in the sink with water.

    Rinse well, and set aside to dry, you may also choose to dry the leaves with a clean, dry cloth or towel. (This step is particularly important If you buy eucalyptus from a florist, as the leaves may be sprayed with preservative).

    Get the leaves as dry as you can, but if there's a little water left it will evaporate.

    Gently crush leaves with your hands. This will start to extract the oil.

    Combine oil and leaves in a glass jar. This will be a dark glass jar, but any jar will serve so long as it's kept in a dark location in your home.

    Store for up to 4 weeks before straining the oil from the leaves, releasing a beautiful rich green oil, potent with the fresh aroma of eucalyptus.


    Herbal Facial Cleanser Ingredients

    Handful of fresh organic Thyme.

    250ml Spring water.


    Herbal Facial Cleanser Instructions

    Simmer gently fresh organic thyme in a pot of water.

    Leave to cool.

    Strain the rich brown thyme water into a glass bottle.

    Store the thyme infusion in a cool place or refrigerate. (If kept cool, can be used for up to 1 week although I have found mine to last longer using 500ml).


    Herbal Respiratory Remedy Instructions

    Repeat ALL the above herbal facial cleanser instructions. You can drink your refrigerated infused waters within 3 days of infusing. However, you should always drink un-refrigerated infused waters the same day as infusing. Drink hot or cold 2-3 x daily (or as and when required) until symptoms subside.


    The ingredients and methods used demonstrate how simple and cost effective it is in making your own natural luxury self-care products from the comfort of your own home using most items you can find in your garden and kitchen! J


    Most importantly!....Understanding the health benefits


    Shea Butter

    Shea is naturally rich in vitamin A, E, F and K. It produces healthy skin callogen and prevents premature aging. Vitamin E helps clear skin and keeps it healthy, Vitamin F acts as a skin protector, revitalises dry damaged skin and hair. Vitamin K in shea can treat rosacea a long term skin condition characterised by facial red ness, which are dilated blood vessels on facial skin.


    Coconut Oil

    Coconut oil has the ability to kill disease causing bacteria and fungi. You can use it to help get rid of infections, prevent infections, treat athletes foot, nail fungus, and also good to keep bacteria out if you have a cut or an injury, from experience having recently cut my hand on broken glass I treated the gash with lavender oil which knits wounds together and coconut oil to protect the wound and prevent the spread of bacteria. I found this more beneficial than covering it up with a plaster and allowed the wound to breathe, which helped in the healing process, healing more quickly and left barely any scaring at all.  It is good in treating dandruff caused by fungus, an excellent skin conditioner, and protector, coconut oil also acts as an anti-aging component and keeps skin supple and healthy. Our skin cells are living cells and can use the coconuts medium chain fatty acids as food, therefore nourishing to the skin. When using these types of oils and butters it is nourishing to the skin, therefore feeding your skin and as mentioned earlier, whatever we use on our bodies is absorbed into our system, so when you use these natural oils and butters you are protecting it from oxidation and free radicals that age the skin.  Having used my own shea butter and coconut oil homemade moisturiser over a period of one month I discovered a remarkable improvement in my skin’s condition, people had remarked how healthy my skin was and in combination with a plant based diet, my skin had developed a healthy glow, it was plumper, smoother, more hydrated, no more dry and dull patches which I used to conceal under a cosmetic foundation, dark circles were reduced (did you know mineral foundation causes oxidisation?), and in fact my skin began to look so good I began to use little or no foundation and realised I looked better without it and furthermore it felt like a crime to hide such beautiful skin underneath a pasty, matifying cosmetic cover up, not to mention the aging effects cosmetics can cause with the oxidising effects it has on our skin.


    Olive Oil

    Olive oil contains vitamins E and K, it also contains small amounts of minerals, iron, calcium, potassium, and sodium. It is rich in unsaturated fats helping the risk of heart disease, it may even benefit insulin and blood sugar control and therefore potentially lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes. Good quality olive oil contains important vitamin and nutrients and is loaded with antioxidants which can prevent heart disease and boost immune function.


    Lavender Oil

    Lavender oil good for treating burns, bruises and scars, it knits wounds together, heals cracked skin, and is pain relieving (I applied lavender oil to the same cut and felt instant pain relief). It brings down inflammation, eases spasms, and headaches and is good for baby massage and elderly care to relax muscles, it has a calming action, and is emotionally balancing, a good mood enhancer and maybe beneficial with depression, it is a strong sedative, which may induce sleep and has good toning action, It can slow down heart rate, therefore useful for palpitations, and may lower blood pressure, it is useful with anxiety as it is a contributor to feelings of wellbeing and happiness, it is good for the respiratory system and restores and repairs lung damage and boosts the immune system.


    Lemongrass Oil

    Lemongrass is pain relieving anywhere on the body, if you tear any tissue it relieves the pain, brings down inflammation, especially sports injuries or any kind of injury where you twist, strain, tear or pull. It is good for treating bruises, and is uplifting, relaxing and calming, an effective mood enhancer and great deodorant.


    Grapefruit Oil

    Grapefruit is a great immune booster and is good for premature aging, it protects you from toxins, regenerates tissues, and is a powerful antiseptic, it has antiviral properties, stimulates the mind, balances hormones and keeps the metabolism working optimally and is an effective anti-depressant.


    Tea Tree Oil

    Tea tree can help with inflammation which contributes to the pain of a sore throat, most importantly it can fight off an infection, if caught in time. It is antiviral, antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal which makes this an effective deodorant. Lavender and grapefruit can be used as deodorants also. Tea tree can be used as a sanitiser for your hands, it clears minor cuts and abrasions. It can deodorise your rubbish bins and banish mildew, mix 5-10 drops of oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle, spray onto mildew, let it sit for 3-5 minutes before wiping clean with a damp cloth. Tea tree will ease itching from bug bites. I have a nettle patch in my garden which I use to infuse as a tea, if I get a nettle sting I use tea tree to relieve itching, and as a matter of fact it takes away the sensation to scratch away at the area of the skin affected, dilute with water or coconut oil and apply. It is known to ease psoriasis, mix 10 drops with 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil 2-3 times daily, it is also an effective mouthwash, use 2 drops in 1 cup of water. Use as a sore muscle soak with epsom salts in your bath, first dilute with 10 drops in any neutral oil and mix into the epsom salt, fill bath half way and add the mixture, then fill the bath and soak.


    Eucalyptus oil

    Eucalyptus oil can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, decongestant, deodorant and antiseptic qualities, it can relieve asthmatic symptoms, simply massage 1-3 drops onto the chest, which will have a smoothing effect from the aroma and vapours which will calm the throat and dilate the blood vessels, this allows more oxygen into the lungs and normal breathing can be achieved. If feeling slightly sluggish it acts as a stimulant removing exhaustion and mental sluggishness, it is also effective for relieving stress, besides mental exhaustion eucalyptus oil is commonly used to stimulate mental activity and increases blood flow to the brain. If you are experiencing joint and muscle pain, massaging eucalyptus oil on the surface of the skin helps to relive stress and pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It relieves rheumatism, sprained ligaments, and pain in lower back. My friends who have suffered with back and hip pain used my homemade eucalyptus infusion and experienced some relief after one application and continual use eased further pain over a few days. It can be used as a mouthwash in effectively treating dental plaque, cavities, gingivitis and other dental infections. It is topically used to treat skin infections and works well combined with peppermint oil when sprayed on the body to treat fevers. It is perfect as a room freshener and it also kills bacteria and germs in the air.



    Thyme is good for treating colds, flu, sore throats, irritating coughs, tonsillitis, bronchitis and aids digestion and prevents bronchial spasms like Asthma.  Thyme is one of the proven bronchitis natural remedies. The herb can be very effective in cases where antibiotics are not used or have not worked well. Coughs can be soothed while any congestion is removed from the body, the mucus will be thinner and easier to cough up, so mucus build up is reduced eliminating any oncoming infection. Thyme also has antibacterial properties which will kill off bacteria inside and outside the body. I previously ran a series of weekly holistic workshops over a three month period, and one of the participants had undergone a minor biopsy which was taking a long time to heal causing her pain as well as being inflamed and slightly weepy. The GP assured her it would eventually heal. I asked her to try using thyme water on the wound, understanding the benefits of its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. By the following week there was a marked improvement in the healing process, there was less pain, the inflammation reduced and the weeping wound was clearing, week 2 the inflammation had gone and the wound had knitted together.  Bacteria in the body is killed off when exposed to thyme so drinking a thyme herbal infusion is beneficial for killing off bacteria. This herb can be made into a strong tea which can be used to disinfect skin and surfaces, for example, cool your thyme water after infusion and use cotton to the affected area, another use can be to use thyme in liquid hand soaps as a natural antibacterial hand-wash.  One of the top health benefits of thyme is the immune boosting effect on the body. The numerous antioxidants that thyme contains help your body stay healthy by preventing infection, illness, and disease. Thyme is also high in iron, and regular use of the herb can help prevent anaemia and other blood disorders. In addition the health benefits of thyme there are many essential vitamins and minerals in this herb that the body needs for optimal health and fitness. Thyme is one of the top bad breath remedies and helps to fight bacteria and infection in your mouth. Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria multiplying in the mouth. A thyme mouthwash can eliminate the bacteria that causes bad breath, so again a thyme infusion can be used as a natural mouthwash, particularly good for children as conventional mouthwashes may be harsh. Thyme can be used for a Muscle Cramp Treatment, it can be also used for treating menstrual cramps and other types of spasms in the body. This herb has also provided relief from other menstrual symptoms for many women.



    While the health benefits of sage are not widely known to the average consumer, this common herb has been used for many years as an alternative medicine. From Alzheimer’s-to-salmonella.  Chronic illnesses of all kinds can be alleviated with this outstanding herb! It’s extremely important to note that although you shouldn’t go without taking your insulin, sage herb supplements have been shown to help to manage this illness. Combined with a healthy diet, sage has also been shown to totally eliminate the need for insulin injections in SOME cases. If considering sage for any diabetic illnesses, please consult your doctor first.  Sage can cleanse the bloodstream, clear up blood clots and improve the entire circulatory system. A sage water infusion would be excellent after exercise to improve blood circulation.  In one case I was told by a gym instructor to take aspirin after exercise to help thin the blood to improve circulation.  I never followed this recommendation because a build up of unprescibed drugs when not treating a specific problem in the system can do more harm than good, always consult your GP first.

    Along with numerous other benefits, sage has also been shown to reverse gum disease. You may not want to rely on this home remedy if you have an advanced stage of gum disease. However, you can drink sage tea or eat the fresh herb before you get a thorough evaluation from your dentist.

    Relief of hot flushes and night sweats comes with the use of sage. Compared to hormone therapy, the sage benefits are a good natural alternative for menopausal women who are not keen on taking supplementary hormones. Some health benefits of sage also include relief from bloating and flatulence. A strong cup of tea made from the leaves of sage is all that it takes to get rid of an upset stomach. Sage is excellent for reliving a sore throat.  I’ve used a sage infusion as part of my ingredients for making a homemade natural remedy for cold/flu symptoms adding to one cup ¼ teaspoon of turmeric (a pinch of black pepper which makes turmeric more effective), ¼ lime, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, and a knob of ginger and optional 2tbs coconut water for added potency.  This combination can be used warm or cold.  I make up a batch when needed and store in the fridge. My daughter was in contact with a student who had tonsillitis and after using this mixture she recovered from a fever, headaches, sore throat and went from feeling very run down to total recovery in four days.

    Fresh Rosemary

    If you are looking for a remedy which helps you relax your muscles and also an effective digestive aid then rosemary is an effective remedy for these problems.

    Rosemary has potent antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. It also boosts memory. Stimulates blood flow which increases oxygen to the body and prevents blood clots. Drink rosemary on a regular basis to promote circulation if you frequently suffer from cold limbs due to poor circulation. It fights stress and anxiety. Alleviates headaches. Can be used as a hair rinse to stimulate hair growth. Use approximately 2 x per week.

    It reduces inflammation – make 1-2 cups of rosemary tea and soak a cloth in the tea and place on affected area for 10-15 minutes a few times a day to treat muscle soreness.



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