Sunday, February 15, 2015

Healing Cottonwood Lotion Bar (a simple recipe)

 Do you curse those sticky little pods
that come into the house
on shoes, pets and pant legs?
They leave a coffee colored smudge on the floor
and seem to attach themselves to every light colored thing.
They are actually good for something.
They are very healing for dry and cracked garden skin.
To use them, gather those sticky pods
in a dark colored jar, 
cover with olive oil,
let 'brew' for 6-8 weeks.
If you agitate the jar every so often, it helps speed the process.
Drain off the oil for use & discard pods.

It's amazing how this oil now smells like spring.

NOTE: anytime you use beeswax, it should not be
in anything you want to reuse in your kitchen or
keep nice (Thrift store bowls or pots are great.
If you end up throwing them away, at least it
wasn't a favorite.)

My recipe and method for making the lotion bars is simple.
It a clean tin can:
2 parts infused cottonwood oil
2 parts coconut oil
1 part beeswax
(If you've been a follower for a while, you might already have guessed
that these are approximate amounts.  This is a great beginner
project because it is so forgiving & doesn't require
absolutely precise measurements.)
I set it on the edge of the wood stove while I was doing other things.
You may also set the tin can in a pan with water over low-med. heat.
Occasionally stir it with a skewer or twig
(or some other disposable thing.)
Once it is completely melted,
pour into a mold
which can be an actual mold or small butter tub
or any flexible container that can handle a little heat. 
You will need to be able to remove it from the container
so you can use the lotion.
Let cool completely.
This is wonderful for summer time dry cracked hands & feet.

I have a couple of friends that I have shared it with for 
St. Valentine's Day (thus the hearts.)
I usually ask if they have an allergy to cottonwood
because I don't know if it would bother them if they did.
I don't have such an allergy so it doesn't bother me.

You are responsible for yourself: your thoughts, your
actions, and your decisions.
I am neither a doctor nor health professional of any sort.
Use at your own risk.  This is shared as informational
and is something my family uses.

I am doing this post now since in our area,
the cottonwood pods come about the end of
March and run through mid to late April.
Depending on your climate,
they might be a little earlier or later.
Wouldn't want you to miss them:)

Doesn't it seem peculiar that some of the things
that seem to most irritate us are actually beneficial.
I am continually amazed by the gifts of nature.

Until next time,
Nimble Fingers and Even Stitches


  1. The cottonwoods used to burst open and fly everywhere at our old place. The neighbors had a swimming pool and it was just covered in white. It was a big pool too so hard to cover.

    1. Ohhh, that would be rough. I think it's beautiful when the cotton flies, but I don't have a pool to try to cover or clean.

  2. where do you get pine sap and how? is it a certain pine or just a specific species? do you sell the cottonwood pods?

    1. Hi Deborah,
      The pine sap~ we got it while cutting fire wood from a standing dead tree. I used a spork and a plastic grocery bag, because that's what I could find in the pick up to save it. Sometimes, you might find a clump of it where a tree has been wounded and can cut or saw it off. The sap shown is actually from a red fir, but pine, fir, and tamarack are all good.
      The cottonwood pods~ we have lots of cottonwood trees around here. I don't sell them. Not sure where you live, but you might just ask around if anyone has a cottonwood in their yard. If so, I'm sure they would be obliging to let you come harvest some pods before they burst into cotton.
      Happy collecting:)