All-natural hemp lotion recipe for minor cuts, burns and scratches

Published Sep 23, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET
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Consumers these days are becoming much more aware of some of the damaging ingredients that are so frequently added to store-bought topical creams and lotions. That shift in perception has thousands of individuals seeking more nature-based options that can be made at home with ingredients that you know and trust. Hemp lotion offers a unique solution that is incredibly versatile and perfect for both treating minor injuries and everyday use.

What is hemp lotion?

Hemp lotion is a combination of all-natural, non-toxic ingredients and aromas. There is no one perfect recipe, as the combination that chosen should depend on the benefits that you are trying to obtain from the product. However, some possible ingredients include honey, beeswax or coconut oil.

Benefits of hemp lotion

Hemp lotion doesn’t produce the same effects as cannabis creams, and that is because the chemical profile of this plants species is much different. Where more potent THC infused balms can make you feel a bit tingly, the active ingredients that are found in hemp lotion will not make you feel high in any stereotypical way, though they are expected to provide a deep sense of soothing and relaxation.

  • Antioxidant
  • Speed up healing
  • Antibiotic
  • Calming scents
  • Alcohol-free (no burning sensation)
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Treats minor skin irritations, including acne, cuts, burns, psoriasis and eczema.

How to make hemp lotion

This hemp lotion recipe sticks to the most wholesome ingredients and provides all of the benefits listed above while offering an easy to personalize and thickness that can be adjusted, and fun to make and completely safe to use. Whether you are just learning how to make hemp lotion, or are seeking a simpler option that is easy to recreate with only a handful of tools on hand, then this one is perfect for you.

Makes: 1 8-ounce jar of hemp lotion

Duration: 20 minutes


  • ¾ cup shea butter
  • ¼ cup hemp oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil (optional)
  • 5 drops of tea tree oil


  • Glass mason jar with lid
  • Mixing bowl
  • Electric hand mixer
  • Mixing spoon


  1. Add the shea butter to your mixing bowl and stir the mixture until it reaches a soft consistency.

  2. Slowly add 1 or 2 drops of hemp oil and essential oil while thoroughly combining it with the shea butter using an electric mixer.

  3. Now, pour in the cornstarch and give your hemp lotion one final blend with the mixer until it reaches a smooth and chunk free texture.

  4. At this point, you can either add more thickening agent (cornstarch) or more oil until the hemp lotion reaches your desired consistency.

  5. Once you are satisfied with the way that your fresh batch of hemp oil feels on the skin, you can scoop it out of the bowl with a spoon and fill a resealable mason jar with it. Always remember to store your hemp lotion in a cool dark place to maintain freshness, and that it will stay fresh for up to 60 days after it’s made. It’s a good idea to label the jar with a use-by date so that you know when it’s time to discard and start fresh.

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