Head-To-Toe Herbal Balm/Salve
It's fall, and winter is right around the corner waiting to hit us with its brutal, harsh, BRICK COLD winds. Thank God I don't really have to worry about that on the daily basis because I live in LA, but I do have to be cautious when I am traveling back home or somewhere else with cold weather.
With cold weather comes ashy skin. Especially for people of color, our melanin just need to be nice a moisturized in cold weather. Like what is it about that little part if skin between your thumb and index finger that seems to want to be the ASHIEST part of your body in the winter?!
I created this balm to help combat the ash this winter, and year round! This balm has just 5 ingredients and is super easy/quick to make.
This balm can literally be used for anything and you can double the recipe to make larger batches if needed. I use this balm for my lips, hands, face, and even to help loosen up my makeup before I use my makeup remover!
Coconut oil is used in this recipe for many reasons:
- It's naturally antibacterial and anti fungal
- An excellent moisturizer
- Offers some protection against solar radiation so great for treating sunburn
- Safe, effective, and hypoallergenic
Acting as a surfactant, beeswax, when blended into cold creams and other skin lotions, forms a protective barrier on the surface of the skin. This barrier, according to Koster Keunan, a global organic wax supplier, provides a film of protection against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe.
This barrier may also aid in protecting the tender skin on your lips. I recommend using a lip balm that contains beeswax during cold weather to reduce your chances of getting chapped lips.
- Skin Healer
- Skin Softener
The essential oils I used in this recipe are lemon and rosemary. Each essential oil offers something different to the final product. You can create your own combination of oils to create a scent that is unique and works for you.
Some combination ideas:
- Floral – Lavender, Neroli, Jasmine
- Woodsy – Pine, Cedar
- Earthy – Oakmoss, Vetiver, Patchouli
- Herbaceous – Marjoram, Rosemary, Basil
- Minty – Peppermint, Spearmint
- Medicinal – Eucalyptus, Cajuput, Tea Tree
- Spicy – Nutmeg, Clove, Cinnamon
- Oriental – Ginger, Patchouli
- Citrus – Orange, Lemon, Lime
Vitamin E Oil:
Vitamin E Oil is a great addition to skin-care products for many reasons, a significant one being its ability to act as a natural preservative, prolonging product shelf life by helping to prevent oxidation.
Let me know if you guys make this balm at home. Tweet me @ForeverRikk
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp beeswax or Candelilla wax to make vegan
- 1 tsp vitamin e oil to help preserve product
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
In a double boiler, coconut oil and beeswax until melted.
Once melted, remove the bowl from heat and add in vitamin E oil, lemon, and rosemary essential oils.
Mix together and pour into tins. Let sit until cool and solidified.