A balm is a great way to use essential oils on the skin, it’s simple to make, easy to apply and feels lovely. It can also be used in a variety of ways, I like to use this one at night time, and as a general ‘all healing’ balm, it is also good for babies and children, and I used this if ever my children had a nappy rash.
The following recipe makes a good consistency for general use. It is fairly soft, so ideal for massaging into the skin on your face and body as a nourishing treatment and as a massage balm to lubricate the skin and nourish during massage.
I was also very lucky to have my Mom bring me back Indian Lavender Essential Oil, which I have to say, does have a different scent – it is slightly drier, its really lovely.
To make 2 x 50ml pots
Recipe for a basic Balm
- 10g Beeswax
- 10g Shea butter
- 80g or ml of base oil, e.g. Sweet Almond Oil or Olive Oil (check for nut allergies)
- 40 drops of Lavender Oil
- 5 drops Vitamin E
As well giving the balm it’s consistency, beeswax gives a protective and nourishing feel. Shea butter gives it a creamy smoothness. And then there are the base oils, I usually use almond, apricot or olive oil, which all give it a lovely nourishing feel, but feel free to substitute with what ever you have handy or to experiment with various types, Vitamin E is a natural preservative so will help your balm last longer (approx.18 months), I use a soy (GMO free) derived version.
You can adjust the ingredients to suit you as you wish, if you want it softer (for a cleansing balm*), use less beeswax (5g), and if you want it harder (for a lip balm) then use more beeswax (15-20g).
- Measuring jug
- Bain marie (a sauce pan for heating water with another pan on top so ingredients are heated gently by the steam to avoid heating ingredients directly).
- Pots (2 x 50ml jars or tins)
- Chopstick for stirring and blending
- Sterilise the pots by putting boiling water in them for a few minutes, then empty and ensure they are completely dry. This is important as the balm can go rancid if mixed with water.
- Weigh out the beeswax and shea butter using the scale and weigh or measure out the base oil.
- Use a bain marie to melt the bees wax and shea butter, then add the base oil. As soon as it’s completely melted remove from the heat.
- Let it cool a little before adding essential oils and vitamin e, so they are not affected by the heat. If it begins to solidify give the mixture a stir.
- Pour the mixture into the containers and leave to cool and set.
- TIP: I often pour the mix into the jars before adding essential oils, so I can make each pot a different flavour. Decide on which oils and how many drops to add in advance, as the mix will solidify quickly once in the pots.