First of all, I found some lidded containers to put the balm in (saved from face cream). Then I measured the volume of the container (I couldn't find my measuring jug so resorted to measuring spoons & water instead)
Using basic measurements of 5ml oil to 1g wax, here's what I did...
To make a 50ml jar of balm
30ml oil (sunflower, olive, almond, etc...)
10 drops essential oil (if using)
Grate the wax straight into the jar/pot. Add the oil. Put the jar/pot of oil/wax in the microwave (place some kitchen absorbent paper underneath the pot in case of spillages).
|Grated wax in pot, add the oil then melt...|
Microwave on medium heat until all the wax has melted. (I microwaved the pot on medium heat for 1 min, then rested it for 1 min then gave it another 30 secs.)
Carefully stir the hot liquid with the end of a teaspoon. When you remove the spoon the liquid sticking to it should quickly start to set to a balm consistency.
At this stage you can add essential oil. (I like lavender, chamomile or geranium)
Leave the liquid to cool & set. If the balm is too hard, add more oil & remelt. If it's too liquid, add more grated wax & remelt.
I prefer to use the microwave as there is no need to transfer hot liquid between containers. If you don't want to use a microwave, use the double boiler method (pyrex/glass bowl over a pan of simmering water- ensure the base of the bowl does not touch the hot water, melt & then carefully transfer to container whilst still in liquid form).
A small amount of Vitamin E oil can also be added as a preservative (use the contents of one vitamin E capsule for each 20ml of oil). Sometimes, I like to add a small amount of honey to the mix before it's melted (approx half teaspoon for each 20ml of oil)
A 30g bar of beeswax costs about £2. I often use oil from the food cupboard but you can also buy special oils such as almond, grape seed, rose hip, etc... at a health food shop (also check out pharmacies). If you don't have any essential oils try using a stronger oil such as olive oil or a flavoured oil (rosemary is very good!)
This basic balm recipe can be used to create;
- lip balm
- rich hand/nail cream (especially good after building/ gardening type activities)
- deeply moisturising face balm
- night balm (lavender or chamomile essential oil)
- foot cream
- balm for dry skin (steep calendular petals in oil for a few weeks, strain then add to wax)
- vapour rub for colds/coughs (add Olbas oil or eucalyptus essential oil)
- anti-bug rub (add lemongrass or citronella essential oil)
|Olive Oil & Rosemary Balm|