Home Remedy

Rosemary Skin Balm

I found this skin balm in the Handmade Apothecary by Vicky Chown & Kim Walker. I find it works equally well with Lavender too. Please note, this is not recommended for conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

Ingredients

Fresh lavender or Rosemary
Olive oil
Cosmetic grade beeswax
1 jar with a screw on lid (I use a large Sun Pat peanut butter jar that I’ve sterilised)
1 bowl
1 pan
Boiling water
Kitchen scales
Cosmetic or food grade recyclable pots

Method 

  • Put the fresh lavender in a jar and pour olive oil into the jar to cover the lavender. Screw the lid on and shake well. 
  • Shake every couple of days  for 2 – 3 weeks 
  • Place a bowl onto a set of kitchen scales, make a note of the weight (zero the scales if you have the digital variety). Drain the olive oil into the bowl, retaining the lavender. Make a note of the weight of the oil. 
  • Add 20g of beeswax for every 120ml oil to the bowl. 
  • Place some boiling water into a pan over a medium heat. Put the bowl of oil and wax onto the pan, making sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. 
  • Gently heat the oil until the wax has melted. 
  • Once the beeswax has melted, divide into the pots. Leave to cool before putting lids on. 
  • Use within eight months

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