One of the assignments for Lesson 2 was to create a lotion using sesquiterpenes. As I was also in the middle of planning and packing for our huge family vacation, travelling health and wellness was at the front of my mind.
Since we would be doing a long road trip and then boarding the beautiful Disney Fantasy for a week, I wanted something that had immune boosting powers, some anti-virals, and some motion sickness prevention.
Also, using a healthy amount of my new favorite oil, Opopanax was high on the list as well! I just love that one!
I chose to make 4 oz of lotion and used German Chamomile, Ginger, Opopanax, Patchouli, Cedarwood, and Sweet Orange in my recipe. (Sweet Orange is not a sesquiterpene, but it has powerful anti-viral capabilities and really helped balance the smell of these woodier base notes) These oils also have the pleasant ability of sedation, which is helpful on a long trip with 4 rambunctious kids!
This recipe has oils diluted to a little less than 2%. A little strong for facial use or for young children for long term use, but for short-term use and small area use on small children should be fine. Opopanax is not rated for children younger than 2 years old and Ginger can be warming to sensitive skin, but this recipe has a very low dilution and should be fine, though if you have sensitive skin, test on a small patch on the forearm first.
Here’s the recipe:
4 oz of lotion
2 drops German Chamomile – Matricaria recutita
2 drops Ginger – Zingiber officinale
2 drops Patchouli – Pogostemom cablin
2 drops Sweet Orange – Citrus sinensis
4 drops Cedarwood – Juniperus virginiana
6 drops Opopanax – Commiphora guidotti
It smells delightful and soothing and feels divine. This would also be great for after being exposed to tummy bugs or when getting sick to help soothe your stomach.