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How To Make a Whipped Lavender Cream

How To Make a Whipped Lavender Cream

Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to your favorite cream or lotion is an easy way to include some lavender into your daily routine, but making your own whipped lavender hand cream requires only a few easily sourced ingredients and equipment from the kitchen.

Medicinal Properties of Lavender

Unfortunately, all herbal products are considered dietary supplements to the US Food and Drugs Administration, so are not approved for medicinal use, but the European Medicines Agency, World Health Organization, and European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy approve the use of lavender to relieve stress and anxiety and many people use it to help treat related issues like depression and insomnia. The actual mechanisms for its relaxing effects are numerous but include regulating serotonin levels with practically no side effects.

How To Make A Whipped Lavender CreamLinalyl acetate and linalool are the major components of lavender that regulate serotonin and its related receptors. They both have their maximum absorption approximately 20 minutes after topical application, after which time they are easily detected in the bloodstream, brain, and lungs. These components do not accumulate in the body, so will be flushed and excreted through the body within about 90 minutes. This has both pros and cons; on one hand, lavender is safe when used frequently over a long period at low doses, but on the other hand, its medicinal effects fade after 90 minutes. In short, this means many lavender-based topical therapies can be and should be, applied at regular intervals on an as-needed basis.

Lavender Extraction

If you want to extract linalyl acetate and linalool from your own lavender flowers, then the most effective DIY method is to make a tincture using a high-proof (40%) alcohol. The alcohol acts as an organic solvent and is so effective, that most of the linalyl acetate and linalool are extracted within 5 hours. Adding 2 – 3 drops of this tincture to some water-based lotion is a great way to apply this tincture topically, but in the recipe below, I will be using lavender essential oil which means making an oil-based cream instead, which avoids the complications of preservatives and emulsifiers that is required in a stable water-based lotion.

Ingredients:

The basic make-up for this cream involves 1) a carrier oil, 2) a finely ground flour, 3) beeswax and 4) essential oil. My go-to carrier oil is our locally produced olive oil, but most plant-based oils will work just as well.

How To Make A Whipped Lavender Cream - Method

I’m using some ashwagandha flour because its medicinal properties complement those of the lavender (it too has calming and relaxing qualities), but there are numerous other finely ground products that you can use, including arrowroot, colloidal oatmeal, or calendula flour.

How To Make A Whipped Lavender Cream - Ingredients

The following quantities make approximately 3 ounces (90 ml) of whipped lavender cream:

  • Approximately 35 – 40 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 5 ounces (15 g) of beeswax
  • 4 teaspoons of finely ground ashwagandha flour

Method

Place the olive oil and beeswax in a glass jar that is wide enough to fit a single whisk from a handheld beater. Set the jar in a pot of warm water (150 °F) and stir until the beeswax has melted into the olive oil.How To Make A Whipped Lavender Cream - Step 1

Remove the jar from the warm water and allow it to slowly cool to about body temperature. The firts photo below is what it looks like straight out of the hot water bath, whereas the second one is what it looks like once it is cool enough – not completely solidified, but not completely liquified.How To Make A Whipped Lavender Cream - Step 2

Then add the ashwagandha flour and the lavender essential oil and whisk thoroughly until all of the ingredients have combined to form a smooth cream.How To Make A Whipped Lavender Cream - Step 4

Application and Shelf-Life

Massage the cream into your skin as needed. Rubbing the cream into your chest and neck is an effective way to benefit from the topical as well as aromatic benefits of the lavender essential oil.

As an oil-based product, this whipped lavender cream has a shelf-life of a year.

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40 Comments

  • MARILYN Posted October 4, 2021 2:33 pm

    I CANNOT FIND A SOURCE FOR ASHWAGANDHA FLOUR. COULD YOU PUBLISH OR SEND A LINK FOR PURCHASE?

  • Michelle Norden Posted October 4, 2021 2:51 pm

    I just found it here. I’m not sure if there are cheaper options. https://moonjuice.com/collections/ashwagandha?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjPfEr_-w8wIVWcmUCR3OOgKKEAAYASAAEgIVdvD_BwE
    That being said, I think I’m going to do this with the other options. Calendula Powder – 100g https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007PZFTVS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_Z16GYYMEMSB0W6PA1Q0G

  • Gwendolyn Willis Harrison Posted October 4, 2021 3:25 pm

    Can one use ashwagandha powder from capsules?

    • veronica Posted October 4, 2021 3:39 pm

      Contact us and we would be happy to arrange shipment of this product from our health food store.

    • Donna Posted October 10, 2021 12:24 am

      Yes. It’s the same.

  • Marie Posted October 4, 2021 3:56 pm

    Could I substitute chamomile flower powder for this recipe?

    • Donna Posted October 10, 2021 3:52 pm

      That is what I have done. It has soothing benefits.

  • Lianne Posted October 4, 2021 3:57 pm

    This is a great article but to find the best Ashwaganda flour is a crap shoot. Please give us the link to where we can purchase the best sources to make this. Thank you

    • Donna Posted October 10, 2021 3:53 pm

      I found the same thing. It’s a crap shoot. So I went ahead and bought camomile flour instead. Has good benefits too. Makes a relaxing tea.

      • Lianne Posted October 11, 2021 2:52 pm

        Awesome I will have to try that!!

  • DiAnna Lanskey Posted October 4, 2021 4:56 pm

    I have lavender plants. How / or Can you get lavender oil from your plants, Or what can I do with the plants I have harvested?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted October 13, 2021 8:17 pm

      Hi Dianna,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Lavender oil can be created by steeping dry lavender flowers in a carrier oil of choice for a minimum of a week, up to several weeks. As the dry flowers infuse in the oil, the natural essential oils in lavender are drawn out and into the carrier oil. Popular carrier oil options include extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, etc.
      How to:
      – Fill a clean glass container ¾ full of dried lavender buds.
      – Pour your choice of oil over the dried lavender flowers, until the container is full and/or until the flowers are completely submerged.
      – Place a lid on the container, and store it in a warm location. A bright windowsill is a popular choice! Allow the oil and flowers to infuse for at least one week, up to several weeks. Shake/turn the jar on occasionally. When time is up, strain the flowers from the oil.

      To make a true lavender essential oil you have to distill the lavender buds, capture the steam, and condense the steam into a liquid. This requires heat, pressure, equipment, skill, and a lot of patience. However, you can easily find Lavender Essential Oils available for purchase on multiple online marketplaces or at your local health store.

      Many blessings and good health!

  • AnneMarie Posted October 4, 2021 5:04 pm

    I have calendula in my garden, how can I turn it into flour? What parts do I need to use?

  • Darcie J Osborn Posted October 4, 2021 5:14 pm

    Cay you use coconut oil? What is the purpose of the flour? If you use coconut oil can you forgo the beeswax?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted October 13, 2021 9:00 pm

      Hi Darcie,

      Thank you for your comment.
      There are many different recipes available for a lavender cream/lotion.

      Here’s one without beeswax or flour:
      -1/2 cup shea butter
      -1/2 cup coconut oil
      -1/2 cup olive oil
      -30 drops lavender essential oil

      In a quart-sized mason jar, add shea butter and coconut oil. Bring 2 inches of water to boil in a small pot. Place mason jar into the water, and simmer until oils have melted together. Remove from heat, and allow to cool.

      Add in olive oil and essential oils, and stir. Allow sitting until almost solid. Transfer mixture to a bowl, and then use an electric mixer to whip the mixture until smooth.

      Many blessings and good health!

  • crazysquirrel Posted October 4, 2021 5:25 pm

    Men should be aware that Lavender may not be good for them.
    It is linked to xenoestrogens which is not something men might want.

  • Janell Posted October 4, 2021 5:35 pm

    I’d like to know what u can use if Amazon isn’t around.

  • Sandee Posted October 4, 2021 8:39 pm

    What can you use instead of Aswagonda flower?

  • Kathy Posted October 4, 2021 10:47 pm

    I have ashwagandha root powder, is that the same. I use it as an herb

  • Danielle Posted October 4, 2021 11:19 pm

    What can I use instead of beeswax, because I am highly allergic to beeswax and honey. Please some alternatives for those two ingredients in a lot of recipes.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted October 13, 2021 9:10 pm

      Hi Danielle,

      In general, if you’re making Salves, Lotions, Creams you can go for Soy Wax (equal amounts as beeswax) or Candelilla Wax (Use half the amount called for when substituting for beeswax).

      Regarding the honey, you can use Maple Syrup or Sugar of any type.

      Many blessings and good health!

  • Toni Posted October 5, 2021 9:21 am

    Thanks but I would rather use shea butter instead of beeswax so not necessary to add any powders

    • Kathy Stairs Posted October 5, 2021 1:51 pm

      That is what i am going to use next time

  • Becca Posted October 5, 2021 1:35 pm

    Any recommendations on a trusted source to purchase beeswax from? I looked at Amazon, but many comments stated it smelled like plastic. Not sure I can trust Amazon sources.

  • Donna Madewell-Smith Posted October 5, 2021 4:05 pm

    wonder if can use make up instead of lavender??

  • Debbie Posted October 6, 2021 8:54 am

    What is the purpose of the flour?

  • Donna Posted October 11, 2021 3:08 pm

    Made this yesterday. Easy. Fun to make. I added more lavender oil because the olive oil scent is very strong. It’s a very smooth cream. I used camomile flower made into a powder. It leaves a grainy feel so I would not recommend it. Though it still made for a nice cream and the grainy feel goes away.

  • karolyn G Hendra Posted October 11, 2021 4:24 pm

    Really like the idea of this whipped lavender cream. Wondering if there is an alternative to the Beeswax? Could you use Candelilla or soy wax here?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted October 13, 2021 9:16 pm

      Hi Karolyn,

      Yes, you use Candelilla Wax or Soy Wax instead.

      For Candelilla Wax use half the amount called for when substituting for beeswax and for Soy Wax use equal amounts as beeswax.

      I hope this helps!

  • Donna Posted October 12, 2021 3:05 pm

    Update: I posted a comment and said I like this. After a few days, and applying it to wet skin I love this!! It’s just a beautiful cream that is long lasting. I hope more cream recipes get posted.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted October 13, 2021 9:12 pm

      Hi Donna,

      Thank you for your interest in our work.
      I’m glad to hear that you made the cream and you like it.

      Many blessings and good health!

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