TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 50 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Cook: 1 hr 10 min
1 3/4 ounces fresh ivy leaves (Hedera helix)
1 cup gin
10 drops juniper essential oil
Peel of 2 grapefruits
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
3 teaspoons emulsifying wax
1 teaspoon beeswax
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees F or its lowest setting.
Wash the ivy leaves, pat dry, and chop roughly. Place on a baking sheet and let dry in the oven for 1 hour.
Blitz the dried ivy leaves in a blender with the gin, juniper essential oil and grapefruit peel. Strain through a sieve into a bowl to remove all the fiber, squeezing the pulp with your hands to extract as much liquid as possible.
Heat the sunflower oil, emulsifying wax and beeswax in a heatproof glass bowl above a pot of boiling water until all the wax has melted. Take off the heat and slowly whisk in the ivy liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time. Pour into glass jars and let cool.
Apply to legs once or twice a day for up to 3 weeks. Then take a two-week break before using again.
For external use only. Do not use if you are allergic to ivy. Keep in the refrigerator and use within 2 months.
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