DIY Whipped Tattoo Cream Heals My New Tattoos

DIY Whipped Tattoo Cream (Heals my New Tattoos)

DIY Whipped Tattoo Cream Heals My New Tattoos
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I got my first tattoo when I was 20 years old.

I had taken a long time to be very thoughtful and introspective about what it was that I wanted to be permanently inked into my skin. Now, back at age 20, I was not living a natural lifestyle…that way of life came when I was older, closer to the age I am now. But I was always very conscious that tattoos are not exactly natural.

When not done properly, without much thought into what you are getting, and (most importantly) WHY you are getting it, a tattoo can become a bad example of artwork on your body instead of something that portrays beauty and meaning.

I am a big believer that healthy and holistic living goes far beyond our nutritional habits, or how much we DIY instead of buy, or even how “crunchy” we are. It extends down into our personal depths. Into how accepting and loving we feel about ourselves, and our lives, from the inside out…right from our very core.

DIY Whipped Tattoo Cream Heals My New Tattoos
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I know people who have made great strides in removing chemicals and toxic foods from their lives, but are still polluted by their internal struggle. To me, healthy living starts from the inside and is carried to the outside and to our outside physical being and our mentality. Using tattoo medicine as a healing medium can help us with this part of our lives. It has become obvious to me that I link tattooing with my own personal healthy spirituality and healing needs just as many others do.

At age 20 I designed a Gemini tattoo with beautiful scroll-work around it to celebrate coming back into myself after my alcoholic mom’s death when I was 17. A few years ago I started going through true healing with my past, with my mom’s death and how that connected to everything in my life. After a long search I found a reputable, top-of-the-line tattoo artist who specialized in tattoo medicine (yes, they do exist) and whose style spoke to my soul: the amazing Jennifer Moore at Sanctuary Tattoo in Portland, Maine. She is responsible for “putting prayers on people’s skin and helping truth and beauty surface.” Even more than that, she provides “an experience for the heart and soul as well as the body.”

And she has done exactly (and way more than) that for me. I am not sure how the naturally minded and organic community will like this post, or how much you will disagree or agree with me and my body choices, but I have found healing and enrichment of my life through tattooing, as countless others have and do.

DIY Whipped Tattoo Cream Heals My New Tattoos
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I now have a total of 10 fairly large tattoos on my body. Each one has a backstory and represents a person of great importance in my life. I have, with my tattoo artist, designed a Family Garden on my back and left arm.

As of today there are 7 family members, myself included, portrayed on my body.

Each tattoo session provided me with body and mind healing centered around each particular person. Our body has a beautifully innate way of healing itself, especially when given the proper tools to do so. There is a wonderful post already on Scratch Mommy that goes into some details on healing your tattoo with Natural Tattoo Care and I highly suggest you check it out.

In addition to those suggestions, I encourage drinking homemade bone broth before and after the tattoo session (and water during) to aid in your body’s ability to heal itself from the inside out. Bringing your intention to the session fully and completely (and speaking about it to bring it to life, no matter if your artist is a healer or not) will also assist in your body’s healing process.

DIY Whipped Tattoo Cream Heals My New Tattoos
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I have used, and created, many different healing concoctions over the last couple years. I have always tried to keep it as natural as possible, so I have stayed away from commercial creams and ointments. My discovery has been that alternating between a homemade healing cream (recipe below!), using a combination of butters and carrier oils, and using just a carrier oil mixed with essential oils has helped all of my rather large tattoos heal really well, with very minimal peeling and flaking. My tattoos were rarely itchy, either.

My favorite carrier oils to use have been avocado oil, sweet almond oil, and emu oil. My favorite essential oils for my tattoo healing have been frankincense, lavender, helichrysum, and myrrh. Our bodies all react differently to different things, so don’t be afraid to research and experiment to find what works the best for you!

I LOVE the whipped healing cream recipe below. I find that since it doesn’t include coconut oil that it isn’t oily. It’s the perfect combination to both absorb into the skin AND to provide a non-greasy layer of protection over your tattoo. (PS – it’s also been working great on my feet, which get very rough in the summer from sand and being barefoot so much. Try using it after our Lemon Foot Scrub!)

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DIY Whipped Tattoo Cream
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Recipe type: DIY Body
 
Ingredients
Organic Essential Oils (see notes)
Instructions
  1. Using a kitchen scale, weigh your butters and almond oil and put them into a double boiler.
  2. Slowly heat the butters and oil until they melt.
  3. Give them all a mix together.
  4. Allow the mixture to set. I don’t have much patience, so I placed my bowl into the refrigerator while I cleaned up and did some work. After about 45 - 60 minutes, I checked and it was set enough to move forward.
  5. Add your essential oils.
  6. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip the mixture until stiff peaks form.
  7. Transfer your whipped tattoo healing cream to a mason or other glass jar. The final product will be a harder feeling whipped cream and will feel wonderful being massaged into your tattoo and skin.
  8. Apply a small amount to your tattoo throughout the day. The more moisturized you keep your tattoo, the less flaking that will occur (which in turn leads to less itchiness) and the better your skin will look, feel and heal.
Notes
Essential Oils: You can adjust these as per your personal preferences, using less of the scent you like the least and adding more to the scent you like the most!

Why I chose these ingredients to help heal my tattoo:

  • Mango butter is soothing and moisturizing.
  • Cocoa butter is high in vitamin E to help hydrate and soothe skin (keeping a tattoo moisturized helps combat flaking and itchiness).
  • Kokum butter heals and helps revitalize skin cells.
  • Sweet almond oil is easily absorbed and helps the other ingredients penetrate into your skin.
  • Helichrysum essential oil is anti-microbial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory; perfect for anything on your body / skin that can become infected. (1)
  • Frankincense oil helps wounds heal faster and protects them from infection (remember, a new tattoo is an open wound while it is healing). (2)
  • Lavender oil relieves pain, helps with blood circulation, and is generally soothing overall. (3)

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(1) https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-helichrysum-essential-oil.html
(2) https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-frankincense-essential-oil.html
(3) https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-lavender-essential-oil.html

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  2. Although I don’t have any tattoos, I clicked on this because I figured it would be a very moisturizing, healing cream. It looks great! Lots of people add coconut oil to their moisturizers, but I really don’t like that greasy feeling from it. I’m so looking forward to trying this cream on winter skin and any scraps that my family may get.

    So glad you have found peace in a way that works for you!

    Thank you!

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  3. I had to ad lib with the butters in this as I haven’t received my new shipment of cocoa or Kokum for this, so I went ahead and added a little coconut and Shea and some hemp root balm I had, plus I added 5 drops of Geranium EO as well. I’m on day two of healing with a decent sized piece and so far no pain. I even slept a lot today because of my Fibro fatigue after a long few weeks and in preparation for a long day tomorrow and it never completely dried out. I’m liking this so much better than just the hemp balm I’ve used on the last two tattoos. I’ve never used Kokum butter and really look forward to making a fresh batch when the rest of my supplies arrive. Just wanted to mention the geranium oil because of its many skin and mental/emotional benefits. Thanks so much for posting this recipe!

    1. Ok. I have to say that after making up a batch using the exact recipe that I LOVE this stuff! It rubs in so great without being greasy while still protecting and nourishing my ink! We are also using it as a first aid cream on cuts, infected cuticles, etc. Love love LOVE this stuff! I still added 10 drops of geranium EO to it. I’m hooked. Thank you so so much for sharing this recipe!

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