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In trying to use all things natural it is a great idea to start producing your own products so that you can guarantee exactly what is in each product. Making balm is actually quite simple. It’s great for lips, cuticles, eye cream, a base for methol or peppermint for headaches, I also make a healing anointing balm as well using this basic base recipe – see below. Please feel free to swap out the olive oil for any oils you have at home and scent with your favourite smelling essential oils.
I thought it was about time I made another batch today as my own personal supply is running low. I always make a big batch so that I can share with friends. This recipe will produce a softer balm that will melt as you rub it between your fingertips.
I like to add all sorts of things to my balms so I thought I would give you a list of suggestions and you can experient to see what you like best.
Coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil, safflower oil, avocado oil and apricot oil can all be used as long as you keep the basic proportions the same for the oil to beeswax ratio. Of course if you want to make a smaller amount then scale the recipe back.
Try infusing herbs, aloe, salt, charcoal, dried citrus rind, tea tree oil, menthol, or anything you feel might make your balm unique.
The small metal pots I buy are getting a little tricky to find now with the happenings in China if anyone has alternate suppliers that are plastic free I would love to hear from you.
love & light
M + E
Basic Balm Recipe
1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
75g natural bees wax, finely chopped
essential oils to scent
Heat the olive oil a glass jug in a saucepan of simmering water, add the beeswax and stir gently over a low heat until the wax has melted. Remove from the stove and add the essential oils. Do not heat the essential oils so that you retain the scent. Pour the warm balm into small pots with lids or recycled jars.
* The items used to melt the wax will need boiling water and a good wipe out to clean them properly. Be careful not to pour the any melted wax down the sink as it will solidify on cooling.
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