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I love life on the road. Some of the challenges of large family living have forced us to rethink how we do things, and in some cases, change how we do things, or what products we purchase.
Because of our limited space, essential oils have become a valuable resource for us. We love essential oils for quite a few applications around the ‘house’…they are perfect for traveling with because they take up very little space, are easy to toss in your purse or pack, and when mixed with other ingredients can be used to treat all sorts of issues, be made into cleaners, and even help set the atmosphere of your home (including helping with stinky feet odors in small spaces, which is a pretty big deal with 4 tween/teen boys in one 8×12 room 😉 ).
I love using oils in the rv because they take up next to no space, yet I can use them to make some great blends to use on issues we may have. I love that having a few small space items on hand can replace so many other things we would otherwise purchase (and that would take up much more space)! Since not everyone is familiar with how well essential oils fit into the fulltime rving/travel lifestyle, I’ve decided to share how we use our oils, in a few posts here and there.
Here is our essential oil recipe for dry skin…it is much cheaper than specialty creams, and I have the peace of mind of knowing what is in it (no chemicals!). I can also adjust the size of the batch to have only on hand what I need instead of extra cream containers taking up precious RV space!
Essential Oil recipe for Dry Skin Cream…
1/4 c. Cococut Oil
1/4 c. Shea Butter
6 drops Geranium essential oil (optional)
6 drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil
14 drops of Lavender essential oil
4 Vitamin E Capsules (opened to use oil out of), or 1/4 t. liquid Vit. E
(for littles under 2, reduce essential oils by one half)
I use organic coconut oil, which we always have on hand anyway (coconut oil makes THE BEST popcorn!), and I keep a small tub of Shea Butteron hand because it is a great moisturizer.
Shea Butter is a solid until about body temperature, so you will need to melt it before it will blend well with the other ingredients. I do not have a double boiler in the rv, so when I need to melt something, I simply use a small pot with about a cup of water in the bottom, set over low/med heat. I put the solid I want to melt into a Pyrex 2 cup Glass Measuring Cup…
Then place the glass container in the hot water. I stir often, and only heat the butter enough to liquify it – do not ‘cook’ your solids as it can change the composition of your ingredient.
Coconut oil has a melting point of 74 degrees. If my coconut oil is a solid, I add it to the glass container with the shea butter, after I have removed the measuring cup from the heat; the warmth of the shea butter is enough to melt the coconut oil, and the coconut oil helps to cool the shea butter down quicker.
I like this cream whipped, so I put the container in the fridge until it starts to solidify. I then use my hand mixer to whip it until it is soft and foamy, and holds it’s shape (I whip it right in the same glass container, just putting one arm in my handmixer), being sure to scrape the sides with a soft spatula a few times to make sure all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
After it is whipped, I spoon it into smaller, sealing containers (this recipe makes 2 4 oz. jelly jars of cream). After sealing, I do store these in the fridge to keep the whipped texture, and because the cool temperature of the cream is so soothing and refreshing (especially since we follow the sun!). Use as needed/desired.
This essential oils recipe for dry skin only takes about 15 minutes to prep, make and clean up! The cream goes a long way, so if you are planning on only occasional use, you may want to halve the recipe.
I love that it uses ingredients that I already have on hand for other uses, and that my oils take up so little space! Perfect for Rvers and tiny housers!
I have purchased essential oils from a lot of sources, but I purchased a starter kit from Young Living about a month ago so that I could purchase their oils at a discount. I chose them because of their Seed to Seal guarantee, their commitment to sustainable farming of oils, and (lets be honest here) their price point. I love that it came with everything needed to get started using oils, including a diffuser, and popular oils – many which are used both singly, and often used in recipes.
Essential oils are great for roadtripping, and for fulltime RV traveling! If you have any questions about how we use oils, and why, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to share what we do, and why. In the meantime, try this recipe out for dry skin, and let me know how it works for you!