I found a dream of a product at our local farmer’s market – a lavender skin salve (or balm). Meant, I think, for rough hands, dry patches, and fixing booboo’s, it very quickly became more of a lotion for me and “fix all” for Vivi. Its soothing for bug bites and small scrapes, it feels nice on your skin and the smell! Oh! The smell… It’s fantastic to fall asleep to… I had to figure out how to make it myself – not to improve upon it – but because I would literally go broke if I bought it at the rate I used it! So after some research, I thought I’d take a stab – and oh my! It’s SO worth the little effort it took! Just three or four ingredients and I could have my own, homemade balm!
Sarah reminded me that Gretchen Bee Ranch (just outside of San Antonio) not only sold amazing honey that we love but also sold their bees wax. Local? check. Sustainable? Check. Nicest people ever? Check. Bees wax? Done and done. They also happen to be at the Pearl Brewery Farmer’s market every Saturday – so it was easy to get.
We also recently discovered Skinny & Co. raw coconut oil. It’s some of the purest and smoothest coconut oil I’ve ever seen. It’s ideal for oil pulling, cooking, smoothies, etc because it’s extraction process keeps it pure and raw. But, if I’m going to be rubbing this salve all over Vivi and me, I want it to be high quality, too!
Just two more ingredients needed: olive oil and essential oils. Voila! Homemade Salve.
The basic ratio is one part bees wax to four parts oil. For this batch I used 2 ounces of bees wax, 3 ounces of coconut oil and one ounce of olive oil. More bees wax will yield a firmer balm/salve and less bees wax will result in a more lotion like concoction. The bees wax doesn’t “melt” on your skin like the oil solids do but it has SO many amazing healing qualities.
Melt the bees wax in a double boiler or in a heat proof measuring cup in a pan of water over medium/medium high heat. Stir it gently (I use a wooden skewer or chop stick) to completely melt the wax. This could take varying amounts of time based on your wax (and how big of pieces its on). Then add in the olive and coconut oils. turn the heat off and continue to stir (especially if you coconut oil had any solid pieces in it!). Then, off the heat, add your favorite essential oils. The amount it completely up to you. Add a little, stir, smell it and decide if you need more. Alternatively, add the oils to your containers before pouring the wax/oil in. Then each of the containers can be a unique blend. In this batch, I made a very strong lavender and peppermint, a lavender lemon, a eucalyptus and peppermint and a eucalyptus lavender.
Fill your (heat proof!) containers and let sit for at least an hour. They will set more quickly if you’ve got your a/c on full blast (ahem, it was 101* today. Yuck!) and less quickly if your environment is warm…
Here are the containers I filled today:
2. Little repurposed glass jar
3. Shallow Gold Tin Can (x2)
4. Repurposed glass canning jar
Small pesto jars, fancy mustard or other small condiment jars, baby food jars, etc make perfect size jars for this. Start saving them now and you’ll have enough to make a batch (or 5) for Christmas presents!