Oats and Almond Moisturizing Body Cream

THIS IS NOT EDIBLE. This rich, soothing cream is full of nourishing ingredients that help skin retain moisture and stay smooth and supple. Good for dry and mature skins.

Courtesy James Wong
Show: Grow Your Own Drugs Episode: Incredible Edibles
TOTAL TIME: 25 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 15 min
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LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons almond oil
  • 6 teaspoons emulsifying wax
  • 2 teaspoons beeswax
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin-C powder
  • 6 to 12 drops chamomile essential oil, optional
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Directions

Heat 1 1/4 cups water in a saucepan until boiling and then add the oats. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid into a measuring jug-you need 200 milliliters, and then pour into a saucepan and keep hot. Discard the oats.

Heat the almond oil, emulsifying wax and beeswax very gently in another saucepan until the waxes fully dissolve. Take off the heat and immediately whisk in a little of the hot oat liquid. Keep adding the hot oat liquid, a little at a time, making sure it is well mixed between additions, until you have used it all up.

Stir in the honey and vitamin-C powder and, if desired, add in chamomile essential oil, which acts as a preservative, is anti-inflammatory and adds a delicious scent. (Don't worry if you don't have chamomile - you can use any essential oil you have around.) Pour the cream into wide-mouthed pots, and seal at once.

Use after bathing. Pat skin gently dry, then apply the cream as needed on tough areas of dry skin such as knees, elbows and feet. Use twice daily, especially before bed.

The cream will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Notes

The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.

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  • on January 27, 2013

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    I made this cream during this crazy cold sub-zero weather. It really worked for me. Thank you so much for having this show on the air. I love it!!

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