Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Ayurvedic "Grease"


Phase 1

Coconut Oil   13.5%
Castor Oil   24%
Shea Butter 6.7%
Cocoa Butter 6.7%
Beeswax     3% (optional)
Vitamin E Oil 1%
Bringraj Oil  20%
Almond Oil Infusion(Nettle,Hibiscus, Brahmi, & Amla)  23.9%

Phase 2
Rosemary Extract  .3%
Tea Tree Oil   .3%
Lavender EO  .6%


  1. Make Herbal Infusion (1 cup dried/powedered herbs and 8oz Carrier Oil)
    1. Using a double boiler gently heat the oil and herbs for 2 hours, stirring occasionally with stainless steel spoon    Make sure heat is low so as not to cook the herbs and oil, thus causing rancidity.
  2. Let cool and then strain infusion and place in cobalt glass jar, label with date. ( Keep Refrigerated & Should last 3 monthes)
  3. Measure out each oil using a digital scale and place into stainless steel bowl.
    1. For example, jojoba oil 23.4% of 4oz would = .94oz. 
  4. Measure out Beeswax
  5. Place Oil mixture into double boiler and add beeswax.  Let mixture heat on medium until beeswax melts.  Not too hot though
  6. Measure out each part of phase 2 and place into stainless steel bowl
  7. Let oil mixture cool a little and add Vitamin E Oil, Stir
  8. Add Oil & beeswax mixture to Phase 2, Stir
  9. Add EO if desired
  10. Allow mixture to cool and place into sterilized jar.  Label with date. 

Avoid getting water into mixture this has no preservative. 


  1. Hi, first- I really enjoy your blog and all of of the different mixes, thank you for sharing. A couple of questions: what is the shelf life of this "grease" and how does it differ or compare to the unpetroleum jelly? I love the unpetroleum jelly and the shine it provides on my hair.

  2. Hi ajgrneyes,

    Thank you for visiting. The shelf life of the grease is 6-monthes -1 year for homemade items in my opinion (staying on the safe side). The key is to avoid water contamination. I usually only make enough to last me a few months at a time. As for a difference between grease and unpetroleum jelly, the only difference in my opinion is what you use and how thick you make it. Unpetroleum jelly tends to be a bit thicker (vasline) and some of my grease recipes are a lot lighter using less beeswax. If I add more beeswax then I would call it a pomade, lol. I also call this recipe a "grease" because I infused the oils with herbs to benefit the scalp and hair growth.

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  4. Hello I hope you get the message considering you posted this article awhile ago. I don't have a double boiler what heat should I boil it at if using a stove? What is an alternative for a cobalt jar? I look forward to your reply?

  5. @olub20 I find a double boiler is best for melting butters. Some reduce the power on their microwave to melt, but that did not work for me. Or you can try heating the oil and then pouring that over the shea butter and mixing. The beeswax and cocoa butter need to be melted slowly or they wil crystalize. Try putting the heat very low. ALso google double boiler alternatives live a glass bowl if you have one. Hope this helps.