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DIY Healing Body Butter Recipe

Image courtesy of Toréa Rodriguez

Image courtesy of Toréa Rodriguez

Last week, I talked about how to Detox Your Morning Routine. One of those ways that I do that is I make my own body lotion - or in this case body butter. I do this because I could not find a lotion to put on my skin that was completely free of chemicals. And knowing that the skin is our largest organ and that it absorbs what is put on it, I really wanted zero chemicals. Not one or two, zero.

So I started dabbling with recipes for homemade lotions online and finally settled on my own concoction that has a long enough shelf life and I can control the scent and healing properties with my own essential oils.  So, today, I'd like to share that recipe with you!

Body butter is an excellent moisturizer that applies very easily and leaves your skin soft. Its easy to make at home, and while it takes a while to whip up, if you have a stand mixer you can just walk away and check back periodically. One thing to note: if this gets warmed up and melts after you've made it, it won't re-solidify in the same fluffy texture. Its still just as good, but it looses the whipped consistency.


DIY Healing Body Butter Recipe

Makes: ~3 cups

Image courtesy of Toréa Rodriguez

Image courtesy of Toréa Rodriguez

Equipment required:

  • Glass or steel bowl and pot (for DIY double boiler)
  • Stand mixer
  • Jars for storage

Ingredients:

Directions: 

  1. Gently melt the all ingredients except the arrowroot powder & essential oils in the bowl resting on a pot of simmering water (or use a double boiler). No need for high heat, you just want each of the ingredients to liquify.
  2. Take mixture off of the heat and mix in the arrowroot powder.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool just to the point of getting slight solidification at the edges of a bowl. This may take a while, especially in summer. You can use the refrigerator, but keep an eye on it as it can solidify entirely pretty quickly once it cools enough.
  4. Pour contents into the bowl of a stand mixer. Use the whisk attachment to whip the mixture until it gets lighter in color and fluffy. This can take quite awhile. If you are in a rush, you can cool the outside of the mixer bowl with ice in a bag, or an ice pack to speed things up. 
  5. Once the texture begins to have a whipped consistency, stop the mixer and add in your essential oils. Then whip again until soft peaks form. It will get firmer as it sets up.
  6. Scoop the body butter into lidded jars and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator if your house gets really hot in summer.

Notes:

Once I learned about the quality differences of essential oil manufacturers, I now only use Young Living oils in my DIY products. If you want to learn more, you can check out my Essential Oil page. I also source my butters and oils from Mountain Rose Herbs for similar reasons.

* You can use any combination you wish. I use Ylang Ylang for the scent, Orange for enhancing the complexion, Lavender for scent and its soothing properties and Geranium for moisturizing and scent. You can use any oils you want to switch things up or tune the healing properties to what your own skin needs.


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Bulletproof Cacao Recipe

Image courtesy of Toréa Rodriguez

Image courtesy of Toréa Rodriguez

You may or may not have heard of a thing called Bulletproof Coffee. If you haven't then you need to go over here for some culinary education post haste. If you have, then this concept will be familiar to you.

Even though I consider myself to be a coffee snob, I have opted not to drink coffee on a regular basis because it messes with my cortisol levels in a big way. And since I'm still nurturing my adrenals back to health, I only indulge in coffee on a rare occasion. And yes, this even includes decaf. So what is a girl to do when she wants to have a Bulletproof Coffee, but doesn't drink coffee? Turn to cacao of course!

Several people have asked me about my morning Bulletproof Cacao drink, so I promised that I would write up the recipe on my blog. Oh, and yes, this is my first recipe for my blog. So here goes.

Here is what you need to make a single serving: 

Some notes on the ingredients:

Cacao: Not just any old cacao mind you, but good quality cacao beans that come from an organic, fairly traded source. This is 100% cacao, not chocolate. There's no sugar in here. And the form is important. I have found that cacao powder is extremely bitter in the drink, and can cause disaster pants. No one wants that. Bar's are great, but expensive. Nibs seem to be the easiest to procure and use. 

Grass-fed unsalted butter: Grass-fed is important because you maximize the vitamins and nutrition with grass-fed sources. Unsalted is also important because no matter how much you love that favorite chocolate bar sprinkled with sea-salt and pistachios, salted Bulletproof Cacao is not nearly as fun.

Bulletproof Brain Octane™ and MCT Oils: These are specialized forms of medium chain triglyceride oils. We do get them from the Bulletproof Executive store. The measurements are approximate because you need to start with a small amount, such as one teaspoon of each, and build up to a full tablespoon or more. These are not required, but can be optional if you choose to use them in your regimen.

Here is how you bring it all together:

There are 2 in my household, so what you see here is a double recipe. First thing is to prepare the ingredients mise en place style. Since we are making a hot beverage in several containers, it's important to not miss a beat, else you might wind up with lukewarm Bulletrproof Cacao and that is no way to start the day! Plus you may want to preheat your Vitamix container and mugs with hot water to help reduce thermal loss in the process.

Start by measuring out your desired amount of cacao nibs and place by the blender. Yep, that is a MiniMichelle from NomNom Paleo guiding my culinary prowess.

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Then get your fats in order. We measure out our grass-fed butter (you can use grass-fed ghee if you can't tolerate dairy) and melt it. Then we add the Brain Octane™ and MCT oils to the melted butter and set it next to the pre-heated Vitamix.

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Remove the hot water from the blender and dump in the nibs and fats. If you are worried about water shortages, let the used hot water cool a bit and use it to cook some soft or hard-boiled eggs for brekkie.

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Then add just enough water to bring the total volume up to the top of the blades, no more, no less.

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This seems to be the key method to getting the nibs extremely smooth: blend with the fats and just enough water to get the volume just right. Too little volume and the blades can't do their job - huge chunks; too much volume and the blades don't seem to get enough purchase on the nibs to break them down enough. No one likes gritty kitty cacao drinks, unless you like to read your fortune out of the grits at the end. Personally, I like smooth consistency. 

Blend for 30 seconds to a minute. It should look similar to smooth nut butter when done. Don't worry that it seems like half of the drink is all over the sides and top of the blender.

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Next pour in the rest of the water you want to use and while you pour, rinse down the sides and the top. For us, we add in enough water to make 2 mugs worth. So our total volume, read off the side of the blender container is 2.5-3 cups. For a single serving you want it to read 1-1.5 cups. Once you have more water in the container, and all the sides rinsed, give it one final spin on high for another minute. Pour into your preheated mugs and YUM!

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Seems that once people go bulletproof on their coffee, they don't go back to black coffee. The same is true for the "hot chocolate" Now we can't imagine a hot morning beverage any other way!

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