Thursday, May 13, 2010

Breastmilk, Oats & Honey Lotion

An original recipe by Molly Thomas


Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of organic oats
2/3 cup water
2/3 cup breastmilk (this is the equivalent of 5 ounces + 2 tsp, if you do not have enough milk, make up the total amount of fluid to 1 1/4 cups with whatever breastmilk you have and water)
2 tsp Bees wax pellets

6 tsp Emulsifying wax
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil OR vitamin E oil

12 drops of chamomile oil

2 tsp vitamin C powder (crushed supplement pills will be fine as it acts as a preservative)

1 tsp honey.
Two pans

Whisk

Measuring spoons

Clean jar/tub to store cream in with airtight lid
Muslin Square


Directions:

Put oats into a pan with water; boil until water starts to turn milky and thick.


Turn heat off. Add milk. Set oats to drain in muslin.



When cool enough to handle, give the muslin a really good squish and mush to get all of the sticky liquid out. I found that using the back of a spoon to scrape the gloop from the outside of the muslin helped.


Add Vit C powder to the milk.


Set oaty milk fluid to one side.


Melt in a clean pan: 2 tsp of bees wax and 6 tsp of emulsifying wax.


When melted, add the Almond/Vit E oil and also add the chamomile oil. This must be done on a very low heat.


While this is melting, re-heat the milk oaty gloop. Do not heat too much or boil - just warm gently.


Keep both pans on a warm heat and pour a very small amount of the liquid into the oil.


Whisk as if your life depends on it! Keep doing this until you have no liquid left.


Add the honey.
The honey causes the lumpy gooey mixture to become runny. KEEP whisking.


When most of the lumps have gone and the mix is shiny and thick pour mix into your clean tub and allow to cool.


I've found at some points during this process the mixture may go from smelling sweet, to sickly, to sweet again. The end product is a sweet scent of honey, oats and almost newborn baby breath smell.


You will be left with a very thick cream that goes a long way. There may be some small lumps of bees wax left in the lotion, but it will melt at body temperature and glide nicely onto skin. The cream is non-greasy and extremely moisturizing - not to mention packed full of all the goodness of mother's milk.


Store in the fridge.


I'd love to hear your experiences if you try out my recipe. :)

11 comments:

  1. is it ok to sub the 12 drops of chamomile oil with 12 extra drops of vit e oil my dd is really sensitive to any kind of fragrances in anything?

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  2. You could probably either omit the chamomile all together or maybe try replacing the drops with drops of unrefined coconut oil to give a little coconut smell. Not sure if I would personally add the extra vitamin e. What's called for in the recipe is probably plenty :)

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  3. What exactly is "emulsifying wax" and where do you find it? I'm looking forward to giving it a try with some breastmilk I've had for a while in the freezer.

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  4. I just made this and the final mix never really thickened up at the end like yours did; it was still very liquidy. Is this how it is supposed to be? Also, after mine had sat for a while to cool, it formed a thick, waxy skin on the top. Can you tell me what I might have done wrong? Thanks!

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  5. I just made this and had the same outcome as Sarah, I'm not sure where I went wrong....

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  6. How long does this last in the refrigerator? Do any of the other ingredients act as preservatives to the breast milk?

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  7. What a great recipe...how long does it last? and with the honey, is it safe to put on my eight month old?

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  8. honey is a natural preservative

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  9. I can not find a good quality emulsifying wax (basically one that is not NF- and does not contain a whole slew of toxic chemicals.) What can I use in place of that that is natural and safe and what would be the proportion?

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  10. also can you use calendula oil as an alternative to the chamomile oil?

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  11. What you can use in place of the emulsifying wax is a mixture of beeswax and borax(16:1 ratio). I did some researching yesterday and that is what I found. Haven't tried it yet, but I will reply once I do!

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