This pleasant-smelling, easy-to-make all-purpose salve requires only a few basic ingredients and helps soothe common complaints such as dry, itchy winter skin or minor cuts, scrapes and other owies. I like to rub it into rough elbows and my cuticles and fingertips to protect against the painful cracks so common at this time of year – much-needed rescue from cruel winter weather!
The shea butter, coconut oil and sweet almond oil in this salve leave the skin feeling instantly soft and smooth. The lavender essential oil lends just the right amount of fragrance; plus, lavender is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is thought to help heal wounds, reduce scarring, and act as a pain reliever. The aromatherapy benefits alone are a good reason to include lavender essential oil in this salve. (Note that lavender can be an allergen to some folks; you could substitute rose oil for skin-soothing benefits.)
The small amount of beeswax (which adds hardness to a preparation) relative to the larger quantities of oils and shea butter gives this salve a light, soft consistency that’s very easy to rub in and doesn’t feel too greasy.
This recipe makes about 100 mL (3.4 fl. oz.). I filled the 50 mL and two 20 mL jars shown here and still had a little left over. (Note that this recipe is too soft to work in a lip balm tube.) Keep a jar at home, one in your purse and one at the office, or give away as gifts!
Gillyflower’s All Natural Rescue Salve
In a Pyrex measuring cup inside a double boiler filled with a couple inches of water, melt together over medium heat, stirring occasionally:
1 tbsp beeswax, chopped in small pieces (or use pellets)
1 tbsp deodorized shea butter (you can use raw unrefined, but it will give your salve a more noticeable, nuttier smell)
1/8 cup coconut oil (which is solid at room temperature)
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
Remove double boiler from heat and let sit for 5 minutes (adding essential oils to a very hot mixture may denature them). Stir in 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Remove measuring cup from double boiler and wipe any moisture from the outside to prevent water from getting into the salve. Pour immediately into small glass jars or tins. Lay a paper towel over the tops of the jars (to prevent dust, etc. getting into your mixture) and let solidify overnight before adding lids.
I made simple labels using Word and printed them on cardstock (top of large jar) and paper (smaller jars). As I often give my homemade goodies to family and friends, I like to list all the ingredients. Including the product size is also helpful in case I’m asked for a refill. 🙂
Wishing you happy winter skin!