Thursday, December 27, 2012

Basic Healing Skin Balm

My husband asked me to make some stuff for his foot today, so I quickly got to work and threw together a healing skin balm.  Knowing his specific needs, I was able to look through the list of essential oils and their benefits and tailor my concoction especially for him.

You see, last year after his back surgery, he was left with some nerve damage that affects his right leg and foot.  He no longer feels hot or cold, nor does he sweat on that foot.  Some may think that's kinda cool!  Right?  But actually, that leaves his one foot excessively dry without the natural moisturizing properties that sweat can bring along with it.  His right foot looks and feels as though it belongs to a completely different person than his left!  It's dry, rough, and cracked.

So, I looked through the list of essential oils and picked out the ones that were beneficial to dry skin, chapped skin, poor circulation, or mature skin.  Then looked through my stash and pulled out the ones I had on hand.  There were several more that could have worked that I just didn't have in the cabinet, but the ones I did have and used were:  Myrrh, Cedarwood, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Tea Tree.  I used a total of 100 drops of essential oils.  You can mix and match any oils for any purpose that you'd like.  So, here's the basic recipe.

4 Tablespoons of organic extra virgin coconut oil ( I get mine from Vitacost)
2 Tablespoons of Beeswax pellets, or shredded beeswax
1/2 teaspoon of raw local honey

Essential oils of your choice, specific for the benefit you need out of them. (I really like Mountain Rose Herbs Organic 100% pure essential oils)  If you need help knowing which oils to use, this link will take you to a chart of oils and a short clip of it's benefit.  

I used:

Myrrh - 30 drops
Cedarwood - 20 drops
Rosemary - 20 drops
Eucalyptus - 15 drops
Tea Tree - 15 drops

Ok, so using a double broiler or similar to melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter (or other butter) and beeswax together.  When it's thoroughly melted and incorporated, remove from heat and stir in your honey and essential oils.  Pour into your container and let cool.

That's it!  Makes one 4 oz. container.

The possibilities are truly endless with this basic recipe.  It's so easy to change up the essential oils to whatever you need it to do.  Relieve muscle aches, arthritis, acne, oily skin, etc etc etc.  Enjoy!


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