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.


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


  • 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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