Sunday, March 7, 2010

Lavender Balm

This is an easy to make balm that is wonderful for healing and preventing dry, cracked skin.

Lavender Balm
  • 1/4 cup apricot kernel oil
  • 1/4 beeswax
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil
  • one 4 ounce tub or jar
Melt the beeswax and cocoa butter along with the apricot kernel oil in a double boiler stirring occasionally to thoroughly blend. Remove from heat and let cool until you can see your mixture just begin to harden on the sides of your pan. Keep a good eye on it so it doesn't get too far along. Stir in the vitamin E and lavender oil and pour into your pot. Let cool and harden with the lid off.

You can substitute another light oil like jojoba or sweet almond oil for the apricot kernel oil if you like. Don't care for lavender? Use your favorite fragrance or essential oil instead. If you don't have access to bottled vitamin E add 3 vitamin E capsules by poking a hole in them and squeezing the liquid into the balm.

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