These warming arnica lotion bars are perfect to rub over sore arthritic hands, feet, and joints that tend to be cold, and that feel better with warmth applied.
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To make these lotion bars, you’ll first need to infuse a combination of butter and oil with warming herbs, then melt the resulting strong infusion with beeswax.
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Ingredients you’ll need:
- 1/4 cup (abt 58 g) mango butter
- 1/4 cup (abt 48 g) rice bran (or your favorite) oil
- 2 tbsp dried arnica flowers
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 1 tsp cayenne powder
- 1/4 cup (abt 36 g) beeswax
- 30 drops of cypress essential oil (1% dilution rate, can be easily doubled for stronger effect)
How to make the lotion bars:
- Combine the mango butter, oil, arnica, ginger, and cayenne in a heat-safe jar.
- Place the jar in a small saucepan of water on a low to medium-low burner and heat gently for about 2 hours to infuse the herbs into the oil and butter.
- Remove from heat and strain into a new heat proof container.
- Add the beeswax to the infused butter/oil.
- Place the jar in the pan of water and heat until the beeswax has melted.
- Once completely melted, remove from heat.
- Add the essential oil, then pour into mini candy or silicone molds.
- Let the lotion bars stay in the mold until completely cool, then remove and store in tins or sealed containers.
- Shelf life of lotion bars is around 1 year, or as long as the bars smell good.
If you find the lotion bars are too hard, melt them down and add a little more oil to make them softer. If they’re too soft, melt them down and add a pinch more wax to firm them up.
Lotion bars are especially nice to rub over your hands while you’re doing something sedentary, such as watching tv in the evening. That way they have time to soak into your skin and to gently warm and ease pain.
Be careful not to rub your eyes after using a lotion bar or salve containing cayenne – it’s too spicy to go in your eyes!