Sometimes, writing reminds me a lot of parenting. When you have a newborn at home, it sometimes seems like the moment you close your eyes, a signal goes out to the baby that it’s time to wake up. It’s the same for writers, only it’s not a baby who can be changed, fed, and put back to bed. Those jerks think the eyelids closing is a sign that I’m giving them my undivided attention and it’s time to talk.
That may be great for my upcoming projects, but not so much for the two kids who need Mom awake with them in the morning!
Another thing I know about myself is that I usually wait until I’m about to drop over before going to bed. Until then, there’s just too much to do around the house. You know, cleaning, getting ready for the next day, screwing around on Facebook, reading, all that fun stuff! So yeah, by the time I lay down in bed, I have two choices: roll on my oils or put lotion on my feet and legs so the Hubster doesn’t wake up with scratches from my alligator feet. Yeah, I know, that right there was a sexy image painted by someone who writes romance for a living.
Basically, what I’m saying is that I needed to find a way to roll those last two tasks of the day into one, otherwise I wouldn’t do both. And that’s why I started making homemade whipped body butter with the essential oils that help me sleep.
Homemade Sleepy Time Body Butter
- 10 drops each of vetiver, lavender, marjoram, roman chamomile, and Serenity essential oils
- 2/3 cup coconut oil
- 2/3 cup raw shea butter
- Melt coconut oil and shea butter over double boiler. Leave on heat 20 minutes after melting to make sure the oil and butter process properly, otherwise you’ll have gritty body butter later.
- Add essential oils after removing from heat.
- Put the mixture in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. Keep an eye on it because you don’t want the mixture to fully harden. Scraping it out of the bowl is tough if it gets too hard.
- Whip for about 5 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally or you’ll wind up with clumps of unwhipped body butter. Again, not fun.
I typically store my body butter in half-pint Mason jars so it’s easy to scoop out. And about that… be warned, a little bit goes a long way.