Recipe for How to Make Purple Dead Nettle Lotion Bars

purple dead nettle lotion bar

This recipe for how to make this homemade purple dead nettle lotion bar from this common weed found in your yard is so easy. The recipe has a few simple ingredients. It makes luxurious lotion bars with great benefits for the skin. Once you get started making these all natural lotion bars from fresh flowers, weeds and herbs you will not want to stop. The lotion bars also make great gifts!

Using the lotion bars on your skin makes it feel soft and silky! The lotion in solid form can be used as massage bars for rough elbows and knees and do not have a greasy feel. Even better than regular lotion!

About Purple Dead Nettle

Lamium purpureum, known as purple nettle, red dead nettle, purple dead nettle, or purple archangel, is an annual herbaceous flowering plant native to Europe and Asia. Not to be confused with the stinging nettle, which is a different plant. The common name ‘Dead Nettle’ refers to the resemblance of the leaves to those members of the Nettle family with stinging hairs. However, purple dead nettle does not have the stinging hairs, therefore they are the safe, or ‘dead,’ nettles to be around. The purple dead nettle is a member of the mint family and is considered a wild edible.

purple dead nettle in my yard for purple dead nettle lotion bars

Purple Dead Nettle Health Benefits

Purple dead nettle has many medical benefits, it has stringent, purgative, diuretic, and diaphoretic properties. It’s also anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. The leaves can be used on cuts or wounds as a poultice.

Purple dead nettle also a high nutritional value and contains vitamin A, C and K, plus iron and fiber. The plant has medicinal properties and can support healthy immune function as it contains Quercetin flavonoids. The Quercetin can also reduce seasonal allergies.

This powerful weed also has some antioxidant effect and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Purple dead nettle lotion bars can help moisturize dry hands and dry skin, irritated skin, cracked heals, skin conditions and sooth bug bites.

How to Make Purple Dead Nettle Lotion Bars

To make salves, lip balms, lotions and lotion bars, you need to start with an infused oil.

How to Make an Infused Oil

To make the purple dead nettle lotion bar recipe first step is to pick the the fresh purple dead nettle.

purple dead nettle for purple dead nettle lotion bars
fresh leaves of purple dead nettle

Next is to dry the dandelions. The drying process can include air drying by spreading them in a single layer on a dish towel or paper towel and letting the dandelions dry for several days.

dried purple dead nettle dried on a paper plate
dried purple dead nettle dried on a paper plate

The other option is to use a dehydrator set at a low setting to dry.

purple dead nettle on a dehydrator
purple dead nettle on a dehydrator

The next step is to make an infused oil with the dried flower or herb by steeping the flower or herb in a carrier oil. Different kind of oils can be used including sweet almond oil, safflower oil, avocado oil, sweetgrass oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil.

Add the dried purple nettle to a glass jar to start making your infused purple dead nettle oil. I like to use canning jars.

The amount of oil you want will depend on how much lotion you want to make. You will add about twice as much oil as your dried flowers or herbs. For example, you can add the flowers or herbs to a pint jar about halfway and then fill the jar almost to the top. If you want less, you can fill the jar about 1/4 up with herbs and then 1/2 way with oil. Also, you can make more than you plan to use for now and save the additional oil for later.

purple dead nettle infused oil
purple dead nettle infused oil

There are several options for making the infused oil:

Slow infusion: Just add the lid to the jar and put it away in a dark place for 4 to 6 weeks. Shake the jar every once in a while. You can also put the jar in direct sunlight for a couple weeks to infuse the oil.

Fast double boiler method: Place the jar in a saucepan of a couple inches of hot water and heat the water on low for about 2 hours. Or add the oil and dried herbs or flowers to a double boiler pan and let it simmer but not boil for 1 to 2 hours.

Fast crockpot method: Add your dried herbs or flowers and oil to the crockpot, make sure that the oil covers the herbs. Heat the oil slowly and keep the crockpot on warm. Try to keep the temp between 120-130 F. Let it heat for several hours.

Making the Purple Dead Nettle Lotion Bars

The next step is to strain the dried purple dead nettle from the infused oil.

straining the purple dead nettle infused oil from the dried purple dead nettle

Once you have the infused oil, you add the amount desired to a double boiler, then add the beeswax and shea butter. The measurements for solid lotions bars are equal amounts of oil,  beeswax,  shea butter. A lot of recipes for lotion bars and salves that I have seen use measurements in grams and oz. I feel it is easier with simple measurements. I wanted to start with a small batch, so I used 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup beeswax and 1/4 cup shea butter. Cocoa butter can be substituted for shea butter.

Stir until the beeswax and shea butter are melted.

Pour the mixture into small silicone molds or heatproof candy molds.  I love these flower molds.

pouring the purple dead nettle lotion bar liquid mixture into the molds

Option is to add essential oil or fragrance oils and coloring with mica powder to the mixture.

Let the mixture set up and harden in the silicon mold. It does not take very long to set up to make these homemade purple dead nettle lotion bars.

purple dead nettle lotion bar set up in the mold


Enjoy making and using these homemade lotion bars made from natural ingredients and herbs and flowers. It is very easy to make small batches of these solid moisturizing lotion bars. I plan to continue to explore making salves, balms, lotions, and other similar items from plants and flowers found in nature and also from herbs and flowers that I grow. The homemade solid lotion bars also make great gifts!

purple dead nettle lotion bar

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purple dead nettle lotion bar

Purple Dead Nettle Lotion Bar Recipe

Yield: 2 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This DIY homemade purple dead nettle lotion body bar recipe is so easy and makes the best lotion body bar from purple dead nettle in your yard.


  • Dried Purple Dead Nettle and Carrier Oil, which can include sweet almond oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, or olive oil to make infused oil
  • 1/4 cup infused oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • Optional: Essential oil of your choice


  1. Create the purple dead nettle infused oil with the dried purple nettle and the carrier oil- See Notes
  2. Heat the infused oil in a double boiler
  3. Add the beeswax and shea butter
  4. Heat and stir until the beeswax and shea butter are completely melted
  5. Pour the liquid into small silicone or heatproof candy molds
  6. Optional: Add essential oil of your choice, such as rose essential oil
  7. Let the lotion bars set up

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