Yarrow Lotion

1 Tbsp. dried yarrow flowers (or chamomile)
1 cup boiling water
1/8 tsp. boiling water
1 Tbsp. jojoba oil
1/3 cup sunflower oil
1 tsp. grated beeswax
Yield: 6 oz.
Place the yarrow flowers in a heat-proof container. Pour the boiling water over them and allow to sit overnight or for at least 8 hours.

Measure 1/2 cup of the yarrow infusion and add the borax, stirring until well mixed. Set aside.

Mix together the oils and beeswax in a glass measuring cup. Place the glass cup in a pan of water, making a water bath. Heat the oil-beeswax mixture in the water bath over medium heat until the beeswax is melted, stirring occasionally.

When the wax is melted, bring the borax-water mixture almost to boiling. Remove the oil-beeswax mixture from the water bath. Slowly add the borax water mixture to it, stirring briskly.

Remove the oil-beeswax mixture from the water bath. Slowly add the yarrow water/borax solution to it, stirring briskly.

Allow the lotion to cool completely. The consistency may seem a bit thin at first, but will thicken as it cools. The lotion will be pale yellow in color . Pour the lotion into a clean container with a lid. To use, massage a small amount into your skin.

Note: The story is that Achilles used yarrow to heal his wounds after the battle of Troy. Yarrow is similar to chamomile as a skin soother, contains over 50 percent azulene, a well know inflammatory, It was also believed to be a magic herb by the early Saxons.

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