11.17.2009

Balm for Cuts and Scrapes

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While I have never been a huge fan of taking over-the-counter medicine, the birth of my son sparked a desire to find alternative treatments for common, everyday ailments. A wonderful resource that I stumbled across was Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, by Valerie Ann Worwood.

This book is an indispensable guide when it comes to the proper use o
f essential oils and their uses, especially as it applies to children. Valerie's other book, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, provides countless information on the use of oils to "create health, beauty and a safe home environment." I highly recommend including both books in your home library.

One of my favorite things from
Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, is a recipe for Balm for Cuts and Scrapes. As the mom of an active eight-year-old, I always have a ready supply on hand. I have found that cuts heal three to four times faster when applying this Balm over the use of Neosporin.

Balm for Cuts and Scrapes

1/2 oz. beeswax
1 c. carrier oil, like Apricot Kernel Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
20 drops Tea Tree essential oil
20 drops Lavender essential oil

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Before you begin, you will need a clean jar that can hold a little more than 1 cup of liquid. I found this cute one at Hobby Lobby for a whopping $1.99.

The whole balm-making process takes just a few minutes, so set it aside until you are ready to pour in your finished blend.


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To start, you will need a microwave proof dish (I'm using a measuring cup), a fine grater and a block of beeswax. The block shown is 1 oz., so I will only be using half for this recipe.

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Grate the beeswax into the measuring cup. Beeswax is very hard and sticky, so be patient. Once you have grated 1/2 oz., heat the wax in the microwave for 1 1/2 to 3 minutes at medium power until the wax is completely melted.

As a side note, if you prefer to skip the grating part, you can use beeswax pearls (they look like tiny beads) instead.


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Now it is time to assemble the oils. You will need a carrier oil (I am using Apricot Kernel Oil), Tea Tree essential oil and Lavender essential oil. 

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Pour 1 cup of the carrier oil into a clean measuring cup. Add 20 drops each of Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils. Stir gently to combine.

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Once the beeswax is melted and the oils are blended, it is time to combine the two. Gently pour the oil into the melted beeswax and stir until the mixture is thoroughly combined.

I store my essential oils at room temperature. If it is a particularly chilly day, I will often warm the carrier oil in the microwave for just a minute. I have found that having the beeswax and oils at similar temperatures makes the blending process much easier.


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Pour the blend into the storage jar and set aside, uncovered, to cool completely. The once liquefied mixture will thicken to the consistency of a salve.

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I like to attach a decorative label to the front. Isn't it pretty?

Tea Tree oil's antibacterial and antiseptic qualities combined with the pain relieving and calming qualities of Lavender oil, make the balm a welcome addition to any medicine cabinet. The uses are virtually endless. It also makes a great gift for any new mom.

I am fairly certain that I am going to get a few comments inquiring where the beeswax and oils can be purchased. You can find all of the ingredients at your local health or natural food store.

I, however, I prefer to use the online shop at Camden-Grey. They provide an incredible selection of high-quality products at an affordable price. I can honestly tell you that I have been thrilled with each and every purchase I have made.



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This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday hosted by We Are That Family. Hop on over for other great tips.


*** The fine people at Camden-Grey have not paid or compensated me in any way. I am simply recommending the products that I have come to know and love over the years.

2 comment(s). Leave yours!:

Marsha said... Best Blogger Tips

I've been trying to build up my natural medicine cabinet too. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks quick and easy, and I like both!

helen said... Best Blogger Tips

great idea, mrs. ha.

viva au naturale!

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