Jean Renée's Organic Body Butter

Prep time: 6 hours     Cook time: 20 minutes     Makes: 18-4 oz jars

Ingredients (if you click on the link for each ingredient you will be taken to Amazon for exactly what I use):

2 Cups Organic Shea Butter, 1 Cup Organic Coconut Oil, 1 Cup Organic Jojoba Oil, 5 drops Vitamin E Oil, 1/4 tsp Organic Argan Oil and 40 drops of Young Living Thieves Oil or any essential oil of your choice. If Young Living oils are out of your reach, Plant Guru has a wonderful fragrance oils pack with combination fragrances so you can experiment. The "Bandit" scent is their equivalent to Thieves by Young Living. Plant Guru has another variety pack that includes my favorites that I use frequently in my other preparations. 

Directions:

Fill a medium saucepan with one inch of water on medium heat. Place shea, coconut, jojoba, vitamin E, and argan oils into a glass container and set inside the saucepan. WARNING: DO NOT MICROWAVE OILS THIS STEP. Whisk the oils together until they are melted and combined. Mixture will go from white to a semi-clear when ready.

Remove glass container from saucepan, cover and place in refrigerator for 24 hours or until white and solid.

With a stand mixer, beat the oils until they are white and fluffy like a meringue. The more time you spend whipping, the more volume you will create. I use a Kitchen Aid mixer with the whisk attachment on setting 8 for 15 minutes. Add the essential oil of your choice as you whip. Fill your containers. 

This preparation will melt in temperatures over 76 degrees F/ 24.44 Celsius. 

The Story Behind Essential Thieves Oil

Thieves oil is an essential oil blend based on a story from around the 15th century, when the bubonic plague was running through Europe and Asia. Four thieves from Europe, who were notoriously robbing the infectious dead bodies of all their possessions, miraculously never contracted the highly infectious plague. This led to deep inquiry in court after they were caught and charged. The magistrate offered them a deal, their secret for a reduced sentence. Taking the deal, they told stories of their herbal knowledge and their powerful medicinal properties when combined in certain ways. This specific herbal blend that they had created, concocted from aromatic herbs, was HIGHLY EFFECTIVE in killing all of the airborne bacteria. Some of the stories told speak of it in a vinegar form, while others talk about a blend that was in a mask over their faces. In 1997, Weber State University did a study that found the Thieves essential oil blend to have a 99.96% success rate at killing airborne bacteria. I don’t know whether or not this "thieves" story is true, but the essential oils are truly antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infectious. They will stimulate the immune system, circulation and respiratory system, and help protect against the flu, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, cuts, and more.

"Research conducted at Weber State University, as well as other documented research, indicates that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils, especially those high in phenols, carcacrol, thymol, and terpenes. This, perhaps, offers a modern explanation why the Old Testament prophet Moses used aromatic substances to protect the Israelites from the plagues that decimated ancient Egypt. It may also help us understand why a notorious group of thieves, reputed to be spice traders and perfumers, was protected from the Black Plague as they robbed the bodies of the dead during the 15th century." (Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, p6)