How to Make Herbal Creams

Creams or lotions are made from fats or oil mixed with water and they tend to soften the skin and are easily absorbed. There are several methods for making creams or lotions and many different recipes. We have listed two methods here to get you started. Play around, see what methods and recipes you like best!


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Method 1: This may be a little easier for the beginner. Put your emulsifying ointment, glycerin and water into the top of a double boiler (or a glass bowl that will fit over a saucepan of boiling water).Heat gently until melted, then add your dry herbs and continue to heat gently for about 3 hours. Place cheesecloth into your winepress (securing it into place with a string or rubber band) and pour in your mixture. Press and strain into a bowl and stir constantly until cold. Fill your sterilized storage jars using a small spatula or palette knife (you don’t want to introduce any bacteria that may be on your hands).

General Info

Method 1: 150 g of emulsifying ointment, 2 ounces (70 ml) vegetable glycerin, 2.5 ounces (80 ml) water and 30 g dried herb.

Method 2: 25 g beeswax, 25 g water-free lanolin, 3 oz (100 ml) infused oil, 1.5 oz (50 ml) herbal tincture.

Optional: Vitamin E and Vitamin A (see below).

Method 2 This method is a little more involved as you are replacing the emulsifying ointment with your own mix of things like lanolin, beeswax, or cocoa butter and oils such as vegetable or fruit oils or even your own infused oils.Combine 25 g beeswax and 25 g water-free lanolin in the top pan of a double boiler (or a glass bowl that fits over a saucepan of boiling water) and gently heat until melted. Remove from heat.Add in 3 oz (100 ml) infused oil and 1.5 oz (50 ml) herbal tincture. You can also add Vitamin E (at least 10,000 IU) and Vitamin A (at least 150,000 IU) to help act as preservatives. Whisk or stir until cool.Fill your sterilized storage jars using a small spatula or palette knife.

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