/Healing Winter Hands Series/: Step 2 ~Healing Balm
Now that you know how to make a hand wash that can both cleanse and soothe, your hands should be on their way to feeling smooth and soft. You can speed up the healing and repair the damage already done with this next step, healing balm. This balm has only three ingredients, and is so simple to make. The best part, it works! So many times, I’ve bought an expensive salve or cream at the store. Most often, when I got them home to try, they only made my hands burn and turn an even darker shade of red. No wonder, when I read the ingredients list on the back, it’s a mile long with more that one handful of words I can’t pronounce.
The coconut oil in this healing balm will soothe and moisturize, while the beeswax will create a protective barrier for your skin. The essential oils in it will truly accelerate the healing process. Bonus, it can be used on chapped lips, bruises, burns, cut, scrapes, and dry or irritated spots on your skin…you name it. One batch of this balm makes enough for about 12 lip balm tubes or two 4 oz jelly jars. So enough for you for the season with left overs to gift. Who doesn’t need an extra gift or two this time of year?
- 1/4 cup coconut oil ~ Use the kind that turns to a solid when cool.
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp beeswax ~ I like the kind that comes in little pellets to make measuring easy.
- 25 drops essential oils (This is where I get mine.) ~ My favorite combination is 10 drops, lavender, 10 drops peppermint (because it smells amazing combined with lavender), and 5 drops frankincense (This is my favorite oil for healing.). You could make this with just a high quality lavender essential oil.
- Measure the coconut oil and beeswax into a small, metal or glass bowl.
- Melt the oil and wax together over a double boiler at low heat.
- Stir to combine.
- Remove the oil and wax from heat. Work quickly to add the essential oils to the oil/wax mixture before it starts to set and stir to combine.
- Pour into your desired vessel. I like to use 4 oz. glass jelly jars (I buy mine at Walmart) or lip balm tubes (that I fill with a medicine dropper). If my balm starts to set before I’ve filled all my tubes, I melt it again over the double boiler on as low a heat as possible. You don’t want to directly heat a high quality essential oil, as it will destroy it’s health supporting properties.
Feel free to play around with the essential oils you use according to your needs. We’d love to hear your favorite combinations or answer any questions you may have about this recipe or essential oils below. Do comment!
*Stay tuned for “Step 3: Hand Sanitizing Spray”, because it’s definitely time to throw that old hand sanitizer in the trash.
*Is making your own balm just not your thing? Then you’ve really got to try the Healing Elements Balm from Lemongrass Spa. The ingredient list is super impressive, it won’t break the bank, and it never disappoints. ourlemongrassspa.com/6801 or ourlemongrassspa.com/4108