I have told this story several times to my children. When I was a child my mom would make homemade hot oatmeal cereal for breakfast. Then just before we would leave for school we would get a tablespoon of cod liver oil, because it is high in vitamin D. About an hour later I would be burping up this Oatmeal-cod liver oil flavor.
One morning I just couldn’t take it anymore just thinking about cod liver oil made me sick. I went into the bathroom and lost my breakfast after taking that disgusting stuff. From that day on, I never had to get a morning dose of cod liver. To this day I have a hard time eating hot oatmeal cereal for breakfast. At the time it was a terrible experience now I just laugh.
Growing up on a small farm I was raised on fresh, homemade, things for most of our meals. If we didn’t like what was made from any of our meals, we were told to go pick something out in the garden to eat.
Surprisingly enough there was usually something fresh in the garden nine months out of the year, from the carrots and potatoes to all kinds of fruit. I have always been taught that fresh uncooked fruits and vegetables are the most healthy. I love this advice. Remember whole grains not white flour. I Love making things homemade, or as we called it making things from scratch.
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 Tablespoons shea butter
1 Tablespoon jojoba oil
1 tbsp. beeswax granules
1 tbsp. zinc oxide powder (optional)
½ tsp. red raspberry seed oil
½ tsp. carrot seed oil
Add one drop of each essential oil of your choice. Geranium, lavender, rosemary, and or peppermint all work well.
1. Using a double boiler (or a small pan over very low heat), melt your coconut oil, sesame or jojoba oil, beeswax, and shea butter together. The beeswax will be the last to melt.
2. When the beeswax is melted, remove the mixture from the heat and let cool to room temperature. If you’re using zinc oxide, whisk it in at this point, being careful not to create a lot of dust. If there are some lumps, that’s OK. They will break up when you whip the body butter in step 4.
3. Move the mixture to the fridge for 15-30 minutes. You want it to start to set up, but still be soft enough to whip.
4. Take the mixture out of the fridge and using a stand mixer or hand mixer, start to whip it. Slowly add in the red raspberry seed oil, the carrot seed oil, and any essential oils of your choice, and continue whipping until the mixture is light and fluffy.
5. Use as you would any regular sunscreen. Application rates will depend on your activity and exposure to water. Store in a glass container in the fridge between uses.