Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jasmine green tea-infused body butter, naturally




This luxurious and pure body butter uses herb-infused oil to deliver the additional benefits of the plant.  Infuse any of your favourite herbs or aromatic teas for the beneficial properties of the phytonutrients.

Herb-infused oil: 
Place herbs in a clean, dry jar, about 2/3 full.  Add oil, stirring to release any bubbles and fill to the top, capping the jar.  Infuse in a warm window sill for 30 days or more and strain.  Or add herbs to oil in a double boiler or water bath and gently heat for 30-60 minutes, strain and continue with the body butter.

Or simply use a good quality oil like organic olive, sesame or sunflower instead of an infused oil.

This kitchen chemistry DIY is a one-dish, simple method for an indulgent and natural treat.


Melt approximately 1 1/2 cups of shea butter in a double boiler over low heat.



Once all the shea butter has melted, remove from heat and add about 3/4 cup jasmine green tea-infused, other herb-infused or pure oil and stir.

Allow this mixture to cool but not completely set.

I place mine in the deep freezer (or, if in the winter, I place it out in the snow for a little snow prana :) for about 15 minutes or until it just starts to set and then pull it out.

Add approximately 1 tsp of vitamin e, if you have it, and 10-15ml of essential oils, depending upon the strength of the scent of the oil and how fragrant you would like your butter.  I added 5mls of 10% jasmine essential oil and 3mls jasmine absolute, as that's what I had on hand.  It delivers a subtle scent that lingers on the skin long after it has been applied.

Whip until smooth and creamy.
Fair trade shea butter supports African women and their communities.

The making of shea butter is exclusively a female activity, used for centuries to moisturize the skin and protect it from heat, wind and salt water.

Shea promotes soft, silky-smooth, hydrated skin.

Jasmine is an aphrodisiac and is used to pacify excess pitta dosha; too much heat in the body, poor digestion or an agitated mind.


This beautiful jasmine body butter delivers the hydrating benefits of shea butter, the antioxidants of green tea and the sensual aromatherapy benefits of exotic jasmine.  Also the healing touch of having a loved one rub this fragrant butter onto your body!


Other body butter candidates: mint, lavender, lemon balm, chai tea, rosemary, sweet orange, neroli, rose, vanilla...

The possibilities are endless.


Spoon into clean dry containers and enjoy!  Ideal for hands, heels, elbows and whatever other parts of the body need moisture.


Soothing for the skin, the senses and the soul.



Stephanie
atONE Holistic Living



13 comments:

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  2. Could you use cocoa butter instead of shea butter?

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  3. Hi Linda!

    I have done this recipe with a mixture of cocoa butter and shea butter, it is firmer as the cocoa butter melts at a higher temperature than shea butter. You most certainly can substitute cocoa butter. Increase your oil a bit... maybe 1/8- 1/4 cup extra. Or simply enjoy a firmer butter. It will melt as you rub it between your palms and then onto your skin. You will want to spoon it into containers immediately upon whipping, once it begins to set it is more difficult to add to your jars. Choose a container with a wide neck so you can easily get the butter in and out. Let me know what recipe unfolds for you and how it turns out.

    Have fun!
    Stephanie

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  4. Thanks Anna! It really is one of my favourites. The jasmine is delightful.

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  6. ok, I'm sorry - so new to this. I'm confused. Do you actually infuse the oil with the Jasmine Green Tea first?

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  7. Hi Cheryl,
    Yes, that's the step where you place the herbs into a clean, dry jar. The herbs are your jasmine green tea, or any other herbs you wish to use.
    Good luck!

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