How to Make Herbal Balms: A Beginner’s Guide & Easy Recipe (2022)

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Recipe and pro tips provided by Stephanie Kane, Gaia Herbs Global Sourcing Specialist, dedicated home herbal enthusiast, and all-around plant fan!

Herbal balms and salves offer a wonderful and beneficial way to use herbs at home. They are easy to make, simple to use, and provide a natural way to help protect and take care of your skin.

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Best of all, the transformation of ingredients is fun and satisfying. After you try it once, you may just start making these herbal balms for everyone in your life as they make thoughtful homemade gifts that are sure to please.

What is an Herbal Balm or Salve?

Herbal balms and salves are topical applications for skin protection using vegetable oils infused with herbs as the base ingredient in combination with beeswax or natural butters.

Since balms and salves do not contain water, they are considered anhydrous formulations. With the lack of water, herbal balms and salves do not need preservatives and typically remain good to use for up to a year (or longer if stored in the refrigerator).

Many people prefer herbal balms and salves over oils for their skin as they are less messy and easier to use on the go due to their semi-solid state.

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When Should You Use an Herbal Balm or Salve?

Herbal balms and salves can be used for a wide variety of topical uses. They not only nourish your skin but can also create a gentle moisture barrier that protects your skin and helps to support healing.*

Herbal balms and salves are great to have on hand all year round. They have been traditionally used to help treat a number of skin conditions and challenges, such as the following:

  • aching muscles
  • itchy and dry skin
  • minor wounds, cuts, and scrapes
  • bruises
  • rashes including diaper rash
  • minor burns, sunburns, and redness
  • blisters
  • chapped and cracked skin
  • minor pains
  • dull skin
  • bee stings, insect stings, and spider bites
  • poison ivy and poison oak

Dried Herbs Versus Fresh Herbs in Herbal Balms and Salves

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In this herbal balm recipe, we are using a classic trio of herbs including Plantain leaf, Yarrow flower, and Comfrey leaf.

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You can purchase these herbs already dried, and it will still turn out fantastic, but I prefer freshly harvested and dried herbs (whenever possible) as they impart so much more vitality and color to your finished product.

Freshly harvested herbs also give you an opportunity to get outside and learn how to identify and connect with the plants being used. These plants commonly grow in most parts of the country, making them not overly difficultto find on an herb hunt, and they are also easy to cultivate in your home garden.

Be sure to do some research in advance on what these herbs actually look like, or even go on a local herb walk when you are first getting into foraging, so you are certain you are identifying these herbs correctly and harvesting sustainably. You want to make sure you are indeed collecting plantain...and not poison ivy. See our list of wildcrafting resources at the end of this article for some helpful foraging tips.

For your first try creating an herbal balm or salve recipe, you can also choose one of the herbs listed in the recipe below and just use this herb to keep it simple. I would recommend Plantain if you plan on using just one herb as it's the easiest to find!

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When using freshly harvested herbs, it is also important to note that you must completely dry out the herbs before using them in your recipe to prevent moisture from causing your herbal balm to go rancid. See my pro drying tips (plus a few other helpful pointers) at the end of this article.

Herbal Teas Add Extra Nourishment to Herbal Balms

Herbal teas can also be used as a surprising and helpful addition to herbal balms and salves, as they typically contain a nice variety of beneficial dried herbs.

My personal favorite to add is Gaia Herbs Bronchial Wellness Tea. The same herbs that provide that soothing nature to your throat, Plantain and Grindelia, offer the same support for your skin.* And the essential oils in the Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Star Anise, and Thyme in this tea will also impart a lovely aroma to your herbal balm.

Now is the perfect time of year to stock up on Bronchial Wellness Tea, as a cup of this warm and comforting beverage supports respiratory health and is a great way to end the day, especially with the chillier weather setting in.* You will only need a couple of tea packets for this recipe, so you will have plenty of tea leftover to enjoy this season!

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DIY Soothing Herbal Balm

Recipe Yields: Two 4-ounce jars of balm

Materials Needed:

  • Small glass bowl or glass measuring cup
  • Small saucepan
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Two 4 ounce Mason jars or containers

Ingredients:

  • 2 packets Gaia Herbs Bronchial Wellness Tea
  • 1/4 cup total dried herbs - any combination of Plantain leaf, Yarrow flower, and Comfrey leaf
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons beeswax (shea butter can be used to make a vegan salve)

Instructions:

Making the Oil Infusion:

  1. Prepare a double boiler by setting the small glass bowl or measuring cup in the middle of the saucepan and adding water to the saucepan. You will want the water to come up about an inch from the bottom of the bowl or measuring cup, but not risk the water boiling over into the bowl.
  2. Cut open the tea packets and empty into your glass bowl or measuring cup and then add the other herbs and the oil.
  3. Simmer the water for 20 minutes. Do not use a lid over the bowl or measuring cup, as you want to allow any water to escape.

    Making the Herbal Balm:

    1. Add beeswax to a clean bowl or measuring cup.
    2. Line your strainer with cheesecloth and pour the oil infusion mixture over the strainer into the container containing the beeswax and place back over the double boiler. It will take about 5-15 minutes for the beeswax to fully dissolve.
    3. If you are using essential oils to add scents to your salve, put a few drops in the bottom of your jars or containers at this stage.
    4. Once the beeswax is fully dissolved, pour the blend into your jars or containers. The essential oils will automatically blend into the oil during this stage.
    5. Allow your herbal balm to firm up on the counter at room temperature. This typically takes 1-2 hours for the balm to become semi-solid.

    Helpful Pro Tips from Stephanie:

    How to Make Herbal Balms: A Beginner’s Guide & Easy Recipe (3)

    • Drying fresh herbs: If you have harvested extra herbs and want to dry them for later use, the best method is with a dehydrator. However, if you do not own a dehydrator, you can also leave the herbs hanging in your kitchen for several days, or place them in your oven on the warm setting and leave the door cracked (the ideal oven temperature is about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.) You will know when herbs are completely dry and ready for storage when the herb stems snap cleanly in two.
    • Oil selection: I personally love a blend of olive oil, castor oil, and coconut oil, but you can use whatever you have on hand when making an herbal balm.
    • Beeswax: I prefer using local beeswax, which often comes in a block and can take longer to melt. You can also use beeswax pastilles, which may be easier to find as they can be ordered online or purchased in most natural food stores or craft stores and these tend to melt more quickly.
    • Double boiler: I like to use my glass measuring cup as a double boiler. Even though it will be resting on the bottom of the saucepan, they are very sturdy and I have never had it overheat, and the spout allows for easy pouring into your jars (make sure to use a potholder on the measuring cup handle to prevent burns).
    • Containers: For containers, 4 ounce Mason jars are my favorite choice. Once you start making salves, you’ll be cleaning and saving every container from the things you purchase!
    • Skin patch test: You should test a small place on your skin first before applying the herbal balm overall. While this recipe is typically soothing to most people, it is always good to do a patch test first to avoid any potential allergic reactions.
    Wildcrafting Resources:

    FAQs

    How do you make a balm? ›

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    What are balms made out of? ›

    Balms and salves are made without any water, making them anhydrous. They are made with oils, herbs, and beeswax (or in some cases body butter). The body butter is thicker than regular lotion and they are very moisturizing. It can add a moisturizing attribute to a balm.

    How do I make cold balm? ›

    Here are the things you'll need:
    1. 1 small cup of coconut oil.
    2. 3 tbsp of beeswax pastilles.
    3. 15 drops of eucalyptus oil.
    4. 20 drops of peppermint oil.
    5. 10 drops of lemon essential oil.
    6. 10 drops of Cinnamon essential oil.
    7. A container to store the balm.
    Dec 2, 2017

    How do I make balm without beeswax? ›

    HOMEMADE LIP BALM RECIPE (by weight)
    1. 0.2oz candelilla wax.
    2. 0.3oz shea butter.
    3. 0.2oz cocoa butter.
    4. 0.1oz almond oil.
    5. 0.1oz jojoba oil.
    6. 5 drops vitamin E.
    7. 12-18 drops essential oil.
    Jul 6, 2020

    How do you make rosemary balm? ›

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    How to make herb-infused oil:
    1. Prepare your jar. ...
    2. Fill the jar to the top with herbs.
    3. Pour oil over the herbs slowly. ...
    4. Cover the jar, give it a few shakes, and put it in a cool place inside your house. ...
    5. Strain the oil into your storage bottles through a cloth-lined strainer. ...
    6. Cork and label your bottles.

    Herbal balms and salves are topical applications for skin protection using vegetable oils infused with herbs as the base ingredient in combination with beeswax or natural butters.. With the lack of water, herbal balms and salves do not need preservatives and typically remain good to use for up to a year (or longer if stored in the refrigerator).. For your first try creating an herbal balm or salve recipe, you can also choose one of the herbs listed in the recipe below and just use this herb to keep it simple.. See my pro drying tips (plus a few other helpful pointers) at the end of this article.. Herbal teas can also be used as a surprising and helpful addition to herbal balms and salves, as they typically contain a nice variety of beneficial dried herbs.. Ingredients: 2 packets Gaia Herbs Bronchial Wellness Tea 1/4 cup total dried herbs - any combination of Plantain leaf, Yarrow flower, and Comfrey leaf 3/4 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons beeswax (shea butter can be used to make a vegan salve). Cut open the tea packets and empty into your glass bowl or measuring cup and then add the other herbs and the oil.. Making the Herbal Balm: Add beeswax to a clean bowl or measuring cup.. Once the beeswax is fully dissolved, pour the blend into your jars or containers.. Skin patch test: You should test a small place on your skin first before applying the herbal balm overall.

    Herbal balms and salves are topical applications for skin protection using vegetable oils infused with herbs as the base ingredient in combination with beeswax or natural butters.. With the lack of water, herbal balms and salves do not need preservatives and typically remain good to use for up to a year (or longer if stored in the refrigerator).. For your first try creating an herbal balm or salve recipe, you can also choose one of the herbs listed in the recipe below and just use this herb to keep it simple.. Herbal teas can also be used as a surprising and helpful addition to herbal balms and salves, as they typically contain a nice variety of beneficial dried herbs.. Making the Herbal Balm: Add beeswax to a clean bowl or measuring cup.. If you are using essential oils to add scents to your salve, put a few drops in the bottom of your jars or containers at this stage.. Oil selection: I personally love a blend of olive oil, castor oil, and coconut oil, but you can use whatever you have on hand when making an herbal balm.

    Once you have an herbal infused oil, you can use this as is, or you can use it as a base to make into a salve.. To make an herbal infused oil, you need to first get a carrier oil of your choice.. of dried herbs, you would use 16 oz.. of oil.. dried herb of your choice 16 oz.. You can use this as is as a topical remedy or massage oil, or you can go a step further and make it into an herbal salve.. of your infused herbal oil 1 oz.. The temperature will make a difference in the consistency of your salve, so avoid leaving it out in the sun or near a source of heat.. Don’t forget: It is always recommended to do a patch test before applying anything new to your skin, to prevent an allergic reaction.. This part of the body is a sensitive area and a good place to perform a patch test.. Leave the patch test on your skin for 24 hours at a minimum.

    Balms have been made for centuries by combining herbs, oils, and typically beeswax to make a topical application for your skin.. One of the great things about making your own balms is you can grow many of the common balm ingredients yourself!. Here are a few herbs you might want to grow or forage to use in your balm making.. While fresh herbs are great for culinary purpose or making a fresh poultice, dried herbs are what you want for balms and salves.. Since you first have to make an herbal oil, the herbs steep in oil for about two weeks or more.. 2-3 Cups of the dried herb of choice 1 Quart Organic Olive Oil Vitamin E Oil Beeswax. If it is your first time making a balm, try just one herb.. When you are ready to make a balm, strain off as much oil as you need for the recipe.. If you want to “Get on the get” and make your oil pronto, you can infuse oils on the stovetop.. Heat the double boiler to a low simmer and bring the herbs to somewhere between 95 degrees and 110 degrees F. Any hotter and you will cook the herbs, rather than gently coax their healing oils out of them.. Strain the herbs and use the oil.. In the double boiler, combine 40 grams of beeswax and 158 grams of herb infused oil.. Herbs should always be treated with respect so please be aware of any sensitivities you or others might have to the herbs and oils you use in your recipes.

    Herbal salves are a traditional topical remedy made with beeswax and carrier oil.. To layer therapeutic effects into our salves, we choose our carrier oils well, infuse them with herbs, and can also add well-chosen essential oils to the formula.. There is no standardized definition that is applied across the board with herbal products.. Because there is no standardization that differentiates between a salve, a balm and an ointment, I like to think of them in terms of consistency and the ratio of ingredients present.. Regardless of which carrier oil you choose to use, I recommend using an herb-infused oil as your base rather than a plain carrier.. Beeswax is added to salves at a 1:4, 1:5, or 1:6 ratio to help solidify the salve so it can cool to a nice consistency.. I tend to make my own salves at a 1:6 ratio.. If you prefer a softer consistency, you can add more carrier oil to your double boiler to bring the ratio back down to a 1:5 or 1:6.. The glass Pyrex measuring cup or bowl makes it easy to pour out my finished salve when the beeswax has fully melted.. While it melts, you can measure out your carrier oil(s) and prepare your tins or jars.. Add your essential oils to the blend, stirring to thoroughly combine.. The beeswax seems to help them last quite well.

    body-safe carrier oil , such as olive oil or almond oil quart-sized mason jar crock pot or stock pot. Put the cap on the mason jar, and place the jar in a water bath in either a crockpot or a stock pot on the stove (if using the stock pot method, place a mason jar lid ring under the jar with your oil in it so the glass is not directly on the metal of the pot).. After 3–5 days, remove the jar and let the oil cool slightly so it’s not too hot to the touch, and then strain your oil through muslin, cheesecloth, or an old and clean t-shirt to remove the dried herbs.. You need: 1 cup distilled water or rosewater 3/4 cup carrier oil (almond, or an herb-infused oil) 1/2 oz.–1 oz.. beeswax (less for a thinner consistency, more for a firmer cream) a double boiler blender or immersion blender clean glass jars essential oils, if desired. You need: 2/3 cup distilled water 1/3 cup aloe vera gel 3/4 cup herb-infused oil with equal parts lemon balm ( Melissa officinalis ), chamomile ( Matricaria recutita ), and marshmallow root ( Althea officinalis ) 1–2 drops tea tree essential oil ( Melaleuca alternifolia )

    Every time I got sick as a kid, my dad would bring out the echinacea.. Place a handful or two of dried herbs in a clean, dry jar (make sure it’s completely dry—you don’t want mold to start growing). Seal the jar and keep it in a sunny place for a couple of weeks, giving it a shake every so often.. After the oil is ready, it’s time to turn it into a balm, which is simple because you’re basically just combining the oil with beeswax.. More oil will make a creamier balm, while more beeswax will make it more solid.. So, if you find the consistency isn’t right for you, you can melt it down again and add more oil or beeswax.. Melt the oil and beeswax together over low heat to make the salve.. You’ll also need to keep a close eye on the oil as it infuses because fresh herbs can start to mold, especially when exposed to air.. Place your herbs and oils in a 16-ounce sterilized glass jar.. When done, strain out the herbs and use the oil to make your balm.. What’s a good vegan wax to use in place of the beeswax ?. Store your balm in a lidded container away from moisture and direct sunlight and it should last a long time.. Combine the remaining oil with beeswax in a saucepan or double boiler over low heat until just melted.. Store in a lidded container in a cool, dry place.. As always, this is not personal medical advice, and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

    All will extract well in warm oil.. Set the jar in the sun for 2 weeks, stirring daily.. After 2 weeks, squeeze the contents through 4 layers of cheesecloth into a clean bowl, pour the oil into a clean gallon jar, and allow it to settle overnight.. In a crockpot, stainless steel pan, or gallon jar, combine 1 part herbs with 5 parts organic olive oil (for 1 ounce of herb, use 5 ounces of oil).. Homemade salves and lip balms call for beeswax and oil, which mix only if heated to 150 degrees.. Lip balm is made in the same way, except you’ll need to increase the concentration of beeswax to 2 ounces of wax for every 1 cup of oil.. To make lip balm, first make herbal oil by combining equal parts dried chickweed leaves or flowers and dried calendula flowers (follow my earlier instructions for making infused herbal oils).. Combine 1 cup of this oil with 2 ounces of beeswax.. Trauma oil is traditionally made by combining the infused oils of 3 powerful herbs: calendula, arnica, and Saint John’s wort.. Astragalus roots, cascara sagrada bark, elecampane roots, hawthorn berries, motherwort herb, turkey rhubarb roots, self heal flowers, spikenard roots, yellow dock roots, violet flowers, licorice roots, and fennel seeds all make good herbal syrups.

    This is a healing skin balm that is helpful for minor wounds, sprains, strains, bruises, rashes, burns, blisters, cracked skin, redness, swelling, reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, preventing infection, anti-itch, and topical minor pain relief.. Salves and balms are a great way to hold herbs and essential oils in contact with the skin so that their active constituents may be absorbed to serve their healing purposes.. In addition to any herbs and essential oils, the ingredients that make up the bulk of balm or salve recipes also have unique therapeutic properties.. We chose olive and avocado oils for this skin balm for the healing properties they bring to the table, plus a little vitamin E.. Olive Oil ( Olea europaea ) Organic olive oil is the herbalist’s base oil of choice, most often chosen for herbal infusions.. Avocado ( Persea Americana ) Oil Avocado oil is used topically to soothe and heal (Therapeutic Research Center, 2016b) which makes it a perfect choice for a skin healing balm.. The recipe can use only base oils , like avocado or olive oil, or can be accentuated with herbs and essential oils.. This infused base oil will be an ingredient in the final Healing Salve, or it can be used ‘as is’ for moisturizing, to make lip balm, as a base for lotion, or other herbal skin care goodies.. It is important when using essential oils to research each oil you use and ensure they are safe for your intended purpose.. For our Healing Salve recipe I chose lavender and tea tree, two safe and effective skin healing essential oils.. Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia ) essential oil Lavender essential oil is not included simply because of the amazing aroma, Lavandula angustifolia has multiple healing properties that make it an effective first aid ingredient.. Again, this healing skin balm is helpful for minor wounds, sprains, strains, bruises, rashes, burns, blisters, cracked skin, redness, swelling, reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, preventing infection, anti-itch, and topical minor pain relief.. 2 ounces avocado oil 0.375 ounce beeswax 3 ounces herbal infused organic olive oil 0.25 ounce (1-1/2 teaspoons) vitamin E oil 15 drops tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) 15 drops lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

    I am still pretty new to herbs, and infusions, but had such great luck with my 3 Ingredient DIY Rosemary Cedarwood Facial Toner that having a new opportunity to learn about and try my hand at herbal infused oils was really enticing!. Once I got over that, I just used the basic guidelines from my post on Scratch Mommy, figured out what herbs I had access to, to understand what kinds of balms and salves I could create, made my herbal infused oils, and started using what I could!. Choose your infusion method (cold / solar, low heat double boiler or low heat oven method).. Note: Since there are so many different and useful herbs to choose from, I just basically decided to go with some great all-around useful ones to create a few different balms and salves for different purposes.. One of my favorite things about creating my own DIY products is the interest in, and love for, that my 5 year old daughter has for them.. Now, onto the balms and salves recipes!. There are three methods of infusing oils:. Note: I did not use this method for these three balms and salves.. I used the low heat, 24 hour oven method of infusing the oil, using 2 tbsp of dried rosemary and 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil.. Some new knowledge and three effective balm and salve recipes…now go have some fun creating!!

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    While there are many ways to ease stress and anxiety, including nutrition, exercise, and various herbal preparations, it’s nice to have something on hand that’s quick and easy to use.. Besides the supportive ingredients in a homemade stress-soothing balm, the act of applying it can also invoke a sense of calm.. The base of our Stress-Be-Gone Balm is lavender-infused oil .. Besides providing the base for many types of balms and salves, the infused oil can be used alone on minor skin irritations and bug bites, as a massage oil, and included in homemade body scrubs.. This could look like 5 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops of chamomile essential oil, and 4 drops of rose geranium essential oil, or any combination of your choosing.. If you are vegan, or prefer not to use beeswax, then you can experiment with candelilla wax or carnauba wax instead.. If using candelilla or carnauba wax , you will need to reduce the amount of wax in the recipe by approximately ½-¾.. The following Stress-Be-Gone Balm recipe is adapted from the Herbal Academy’s Intermediate Herbal Course and incorporates calming essential oils in an herb-infused base.. If you don’t have access to lavender—or need the balm quickly—rest assured knowing that the essential oil blend is supportive and effective all on its own.. 45 mL (1.5 fl oz) lavender-infused coconut oil or olive oil (or mixture of both)3.5-4.5 g (0.12 -0.16 oz) beeswax14 drops total of calming essential oil(s) of choice: lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia ), neroli ( Citrus x aurantium ), sweet orange ( Citrus x sinensis ), vetiver ( Chrysopogon zizanioides ), sweet basil ( Ocimum basilicum ), lemon verbena ( Aloysia citrodora ), German chamomile ( Matricaria chamomilla ), rose geranium ( Pelargonium graveolens ), and/or rose otto ( Rosa damascena ).3 0.5 oz metal salve tins. Take a deep breath, and feel the relaxing effects of this soothing balm wash over you.. If you have extra balm that didn’t fit in your tins, then use this opportunity to lavish yourself with warm salve on your hands, feet, and any other parts of your body that may need a soothing, moisturizing touch.. We hope you find this Stress-Be-Gone Balm recipe to be a helpful addition to your stress-support toolkit!. to ease feelings of stress and bring a sense of calm to your day-to-day life with a delicious, nervine tea and stress-reducing lifestyle practices.

    This homemade, DIY cleansing balm recipe can be used as a moisturizing face wash and makeup remover.. Made from a handful of natural & organic ingredients and similar to Beautycounter cleansing balm, but much less expensive and also zero waste if you reuse containers.. The oil in a cleansing balm works to remove dirty oil from your skin and replace it with fresh, nourishing oils.. The beauty of a cleansing balm is that it works for any skin type – dry skin, oily or acne-prone skin, sensitive skin, young skin or mature skin (cleansing balm is fantastic for anti-aging!). Why should you use a cleansing balm?. Deep cleansing without stripping skin of oil Clears congested pores (reduced acne and blackheads) Helps balance skin’s natural oils Keeps skin from over-producing oil Adds moisture to skin where needed Massaging the balm into skin encourages blood flow and helps drain toxins Removes makeup thoroughly. It is similar to the oil cleansing method , but this involves a solid balm instead of a liquid oil.. Depending on your skin type you may or may not need to use additional skin care products, such as facial serums or moisturizers after cleansing.. The product that got me hooked on the cleansing balm method of face cleaning was Beautycounter Cleansing Balm .. It is such a lovely product, but it’s expensive – $74 for a 2.5-oz jar.. Microwave in 30 second increments (stirring in between) until the ingredients are completely melted.. Wait for the oil mixture to cool a bit (it can be a bit warm, but not hot), then add the calendula oil and the essential oils.. Making a zero waste cleansing balm is just another benefit of this wonderful product!. 2 tablespoons shea butter 1 tablespoon coconut oil 4 cocoa butter disks (about 1 T solid cocoa butter) 1 teaspoon calendula oil 5 drops geranium essential oil 5 drops frankincense essential oil 5 drops bergamot essential oil

    Beeswax, olive oil and coconut oil are all known to help keep the skin soft and moisturized, and they help with dry, cracked or itchy skin.. The essential oil blend in this balm will help to target the issue specifically and the beeswax, olive oil and coconut oil in it are all great for your skin.. Making your own headache balm is a great way to get relief from these discomforts and it is a great way to use up beeswax since you only need a small amount per container.. extra virgin olive oil. 22 drops copaiba essential oil. 20 drops marjoram essential oil. 16 drops lavender essential oil. Add the oils Stir it every few minutes as its finishing the process, and once its clear, add in the olive oil.. Making homemade headache balm is fun and easy, especially if you use this recipe, incorporating organic beeswax with organic coconut oil infused with lavender, marjoram and copaiba essential oils.. Keyword: headache balm, headache balm recipe, headache relief balm, homemade headache balm

    For this homemade lip balm, I chose to make herb-infused olive oil for my base oil.. How to Make Herb-Infused Olive Oil for the Lip Balm Recipe (the “quick method”): 1/2 cups olive oil 1/8 cup dried peppermint 1/8 cup dried lemon balm. In your double boiler, warm the olive oil and beeswax on low until fully melted.. I used beet powder to tint the base lip balm recipe.. I found that the beet powder added a sweet flavor as well as soft, natural color to the tinted lip balm recipe.

    Herbal healing salves are simple and effective ways to enjoy the benefits of herbal medicine, and they couldn’t be easier to make at home.. A carrier oil is infused with herbs, resins or other medicinal compounds and then it’s thickened with a bit of wax (usually beeswax) for easier application.. Historically, those would have been healing salves made by blending healing botanicals with oil and beeswax.. Olive oil makes a good all-purpose healing salve, and almond oil is especially nourishing to the skin (assuming no nut allergies).. Olive Oil Grapeseed Oil Almond Oil Jojoba Oil Coconut Oil. Using solid or semi-solid oils such as coconut oil or shea butter will result in a thicker salve, and it can be tricky (though not impossible) to infuse medicines into them.. The first step to making a healing salve is infusing the oil with herbs.. Infusing oils with fresh herbs takes a bit of care, and usually involves a double boiler so the herbs infuse before they spoil.. Once you have a herbal-infused oil, making a healing salve only takes a few minutes.. You’ll find herbal salve recipes that use 1 part wax to 4 parts oil, and others that use as little as 1 part wax to 12 parts oil.. A herbal healing salve with comfrey is useful for wound healing and muscle pain.. Alternately, if it’s too thick, melt it back down and add more oil (ideally herbal infused oil).. Herbal healing salves are incredibly versatile, and this semi-solid topical herbal medicine is an easy way to incorporate natural herbal remedies into your routine.. (Note: Some of the oil will absorb into the herbal material, so starting with slightly more than 1 cup of oil should yield about 1 cup for making a herbal salve.). Feel free to use more for a firmer healing salve, or less for a softer more spreadable herbal salve.

    This homemade lip balm is SO EASY to make.. I love that I don’t have to worry about added acids and alcohol and the other chemicals that they add into store bought lip balms.. I’ve even included a pdf printable that you can download for the cute little labels I made, so your tubes don’t have to be naked.. I microwaved it for 45 seconds one last time and it was completely melted.. This lip balm is PERFECT.. Print This recipe only takes 5 minutes and makes enough for 5 or 6 lip balm tubes.. If it starts to harden before you're finished filling the tubes, return the glass bowl to the microwave for 15 seconds to keep it melted.. Once it solidifies (about 5 minutes) add your lip balm labels to the tubes and enjoy!. This homemade lip balm is SO EASY to make.. It only takes 5 minutes and just three simple ingredients.. The projects are fun, easy and most importantly low-mess, so the clean up is simple!

    This article will provide you with 10 DIY Hydrating Natural Lip Balm Recipes that are perfect for chapped or dry lips during the winter months.. Lip balms are often used to keep lips moisturised and healthy.. See how to make a healing lip balm recipe to care for chapped, peeling lips!. This homemade natural lip balm for dry lips with coconut oil and hemp seed oil is ready in minutes.. This easy DIY lip balm without beeswax is a great moisturizing lip balm for winter and comes with free printable labels.. This DIY Honey & Cinnamon Lip Balm makes an easy, healthy alternative to store-bought lip balms.. The moisturizing and healing lip balm recipe is made with hydrating shea butter, organic coconut oil and beeswax oil to leave your lips feeling soft and supple.. This easy DIY lip balm recipe is very moisturizing and perfect to soothe dry, cracked lips during the winter months.. Keep your lips soft and hydrated with this homemade vegan lip balm .

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