One of the many reasons I was drawn to aromatherapy was to play and experiment with making my own products so as to avoid using synthetic chemicals where possible. A simple example I wanted to share with you is a lavender based balm which you can combine with different essential oils for varying purposes.
I’ve chosen lavender as our base essential oil because to me she is the Queen of essential oils, incredibly gentle yet amazingly versatile with a lot of power. Well known for her analgesic properties, she is also anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and packed with skin healing actions.
- 1 tsp Beeswax (or candelilla for a vegan alternative, but half the quantity)
- 1 tbsp Coconut oil
- 2 tsp Almond oil
- 2 x 15ml aluminium tin jar pots
- Fill a saucepan halfway with boiling water. Place the beeswax and coconut oil into a glass bowl (or I use a pyrex jug) and on top of the boiling water. Heat gentle and allow the ingredients to melt. Add in the almond oil and turn off the heat.
- Add 4-5 drops (in total) of your chosen essential oil(s) and stir.
- Pour into containers.
From top to bottom, handmade balms as they set
These little balms should keep for about 3 months. The combination of coconut and almond oil conditions and nourishes our skin and is delicate enough our lips too, so I’ve been using a combination of lavender (3 drops) and wild orange (1 drop) as a lip balm.
You can also make mini balms for headaches (a combination of lavender (3 drops) and peppermint or lemon (2 drops) and massage into your temples and the back of your neck. Or to help speed up the healing process on cuts and grazes with lavender (3 drops) and tea tree (1-2 drops).
Always remember though, when using essential oils for their therapeutic quality be sure to source your oils from an ethical and sustainable supplier who offers certified pure and unadulterated essential oils, not only do you want the products you use to be imbued with some good juju, but otherwise you could actually cause yourself more damage than good!
I’d love to know how you get on in trying this tutorial for yourself!