How to make Lavender Balm

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).

Equipment

  • Scales
  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Weigh out the beeswax and shea butter using the scale and weigh or measure out the base oil.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Pour the mixture into the containers and leave to cool and set.
  6. 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.

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