How to: Make a Cream

Creams are made by combining oils (or in the case of our forefathers, fat) and water in an emulsion. This isn’t like an ointment, because it will blend with the skin and helps cool and sooth, while allowing the skin to breath and sweat. The important thing to know about creams is that they degrade quickly and you need to store them in dark containers in a cool place.

Equipment needed
Glass bowl
Sauce pan
Wine press or sieve
Muslin or cheese cloth
Butter knife or small rubber spatula
Dark glass or metal container to keep light out

1 oz dried or 2.5 oz fresh herb(s)
5 oz emulsifying wax or allantoin (health food store or online)
2.5 oz glycerine (health food store or online)
1 1/3 cup water

1. Melt the emulsifying wax or allantoin in a glass jar that is in the saucepan (poor man’s double boiler, heat water in the saucepan and set the glass bowl in the saucepan to melt the wax.) After wax is melted, add the glycerin, water and herb(s) while continually stirring until all ingredients are well mixed.
2. Turn down heat to simmer. Simmer for 3 hours.
3. Strain mixture through a wine press or sieve, using muslin or cheese cloth to catch the particles.
4. Stir continuously until it cools and sets.
5. With the small knife or spatula, place the set cream into your container.
6. Tighten lids and label.
7. Store in refrigerator as soon as possible.


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