This is the year to celebrate all things Hops, as it was chosen as the 2018 International Herb of the year. Hops may best be known for giving your favorite IPA a bitter taste, they are also a valuable health and beauty ingredients.
I will be teaching a workshop in February at Mother Earth News Fair in Belton, TX. I hope if you are in the area you will sign up and join me in making dream pillows and hop infused bath bombs. Here is the workshop sign up link: Hops for Health Workshop.
The following is one of my favorite recipes for a a rich body butter to try at home this winter. Hoppy New Year!!
Calming Hops Body Butter
This is a rich skin soothing body butter. It can be used to soothe classic dry skin spots such as elbows, knees, feet and hands. Coconut oil is easily absorbed into your skin. Both Calendula and Hops help reduce inflammation.
1 tablespoon dried hops flowers
1 Tablespoon dried calendula petals
1 /2 cup coconut oil
1 Tablespoon cocoa butter
Mix together all ingredients and gently heat until the coconut oil and cocoa butter is melted. Let the mixture cool completely and sit for a few days for the oil to become infused with the herbs. Gently reheat the mixture and strain out all solids and pour into a clean container. To use: Massage a small amount of the oil into your skin.
Yield: 4 ounces
“Don’t worry be Hoppy — You are beautiful!”