For the last year, I’ve begun suffering from TMJ, a broad term used to describe problems with the chewing muscles and lower jaw. For me, it happens when I am stressed out or put an unusual strain on my jaw such as eating food like popcorn. Usually, it just means I get a stiff jaw and terrible headaches due to strain on the muscles that run up along my temples, but they can be pretty crippling. The big way it’s treated is through some physical therapy exercises, which I try and do if I feel one coming on.
The easiest and fastest relief comes from essential oils. Although I was raised in a hippie dippy area and by a pretty hippie dippy mom, I was never a big believer in alternative medicine. Give me painkillers and antibiotics any day. But it is absolutely nuts how a good whiff of lavender makes me suddenly relax my jaw and sends my headache packing.
Even if you don’t have TMJ, lavender soothes stress and helps induce relaxation, which sounds pretty darn sweet at the end of a long day. Today I’m sharing my lavender whipped body butter recipe, which I highly recommend slathering yourself in after a bath and a glass of wine to get rid of any lingering tension.
Lavender Whipped Body Butter
- 3/4 cup of shea butter
- 1/2 cup of coconut butter
- 1/2 cup of almond oil
- 30 drops of lavender essential oil
Heat the shea butter, coconut butter, and almond oil in a double boiler or, if you don’t have one, heat it like I did in a glass bowl or measuring cup placed in nearly boiling hot water. Once it’s completely melted and there are no lumps left, let it cool for a minute on the counter, than put it in the refrigerator for 1.5-2 hours, or until it becomes cool and thick like a gel. If it’s still thin, keep checking on it for 15 minute increments until it is more gelatinous.
Add the 30 drops of lavender essential oil and mix it with a hand mixer or stand mixer on medium speed for 10 minutes. If it doesn’t become thick or whipped, the mixture was too warm and needs to be put back in the refrigerator for more time.
Store the body butter in a jar for up to 2 months. If you house is less than 75 degrees, it should be safe to store at room temperature. Otherwise, store it in the refrigerator so it doesn’t melt.
Not only does lavender help with relaxtion, shea butter and coconut butter moisturize your skin while almond oil locks in moisture and prevents cracked skin. Lavender whipped body butter is an essential treat when you’re looking to spoil yourself!
What are things that help you relax if you’re feeling stressed out or had a rough day?