In reading over this first months posts, I notice how often I use the word creamy. What is cream? A substance that is not solid or liquid. And a perfect metaphor for the awareness of being in transition, at any level, whether between seasons, or between careers, or between partners, or between emotions! As much as I have been physically adapting to the strange swings of weather these days that signal the transition to fall, I am aware of also being in the process of emotionally adapting to a different way of life in familiar surroundings. I finally realized this is an ongoing process, it just never stops, that life is in fact a continuum of adapting to what changes in relation to what is familiar.
So I decided to stay with what is familiar right now and make something else creamy today. But instead of being food for consumption and nourishment of the cells of the blood, it will be food for touch and nourishment of the cells of the skin. It has been months since I have made my favorite skin creme. I found the recipe years ago in Rosemary Gladstar’s “Family Herbal”. All the collected ingredients are in a bin to pull out any time I am ready to make this creme. She calls it ‘Rosemary’s Perfect Creme” and the basic recipe is a combination of ‘waters’ (3/4 cup distilled water or rose water, 1/3 cup aloe vera gel, 1-2 drops essential oil of choice, & vitamins A and E as desired) and ‘oils’ (3/4 cup apricot, almond, or grapeseed oil, 1/3 cup coconut oil or cocoa butter, 1/4 teaspoon lanolin, & 1/2 – 1 oz. grated beeswax). The waters are combined in a glass measuring cup while the oils are combined and melted over low heat in a double boiler. The melted oils are poured into a blender to cool to room temperature, hastened in the refrigerator if desired, to a semisolid thick creamy state. Once cooled, turn on the blender at highest speed and begin to pour the water mixture into the vortex in a slow steady drizzle. When most of the water has been used, listen and watch for the mixture in the blender to ‘cough & choke’ as the creme becomes thick and white. It is best stored in glass containers and will thicken as it sets.
My kitchen scale is broken so I had to remember that 1/2 -1 ounce grated beeswax is about 2 tablespoons (I am now thinking I will get a new scale and make little baggies of the right amount ready to go for the next time!). I like the idea of making this creme in a glass blender, and bought one for my kitchen years ago. I use rose water and sweet almond oil. And today I added several drops of ylang ylang essential oil, which is what I used the very first time I made this creme. It is a deeply sensuous scent, rich and full of promise. Very feminine. Very different than neutral lavender or more masculine sandlewood. Today I will fill the beautiful jars I found on sale years ago in a Williams Sonoma sale…they are actually white ceramic egg cups decorated with blue designs and fitted with stainless steel lids. Perfect containers for the creme. And perfect that it fills exactly 3 containers….
The number ‘3’ seems to be coming up a lot for me recently, and as poignantly reflected back to me by my friend Julie last night, positive aspects of the number ‘3’ are creativity, birth, and mystical. Something else to reflect on and carry into my day……!
Finally, quoting Rosemary Gladstar from her book, “The only ‘rule’ about this cream is that it can never be used with any negative thoughts.about the body it is being used on. When smoothing it over the creases and maps of the skin, do so with love. Do it as if you are anointing yourself with precious balm. You are! This is part of the cream’s magic.”