Is your skin dry or parched? Do you want to heal bruises, cuts, burns or wounds naturally?
There are times when skin remains stubbornly dry, no matter what you do. This happens more during winter, or when I really have a lot of stuff to do with my hands – cleaning, utensils, etc. No matter how many times I apply oil, moisturizers, it just keeps my skin a tad better and then, back to square one! I wanted something that will work during this time. That’s how I came up with an idea of an all-round salve.
I wanted something that won’t worsen the dryness, soothe my skin, moisturize and nourish it back to supple and soft skin and what not! I have scores of products for different products, but I wanted an all-round healing cream that does more than soothe dry skin.
I am already partial to Calendula and really like its healing properties. In fact, it is one of the best healing aids out there, in my opinion. I wanted to make it even better, so came up with the idea of using Comfrey. Let’s take a look at the recipe first and then learn why we’re using these ingredients.
Shea Butter – 1 Tbsp.
Sweet Almond Oil – 2 Tbsp.
Vitamin E Oil – 5 Drops.
Bayberry Wax – 1 Tsp.
Myrrh Essential Oil – 7 Drops
Lavender Essential Oil – 7 Drops
Calendula Flowers – few
Comfrey Flowers – few
Preparing the Infused Oil
Before you start the process, you have to infuse the Sweet Almond Oil with Calendula and Comfrey flowers. You have to clean and dry the flowers in shade and then add it to the oil for infusing. Depending on your climate, infusion can take a week or more.
Alternatively, you can use your double boiler if you don’t have a lot of sun. If you are using your double boiler, add the dried flowers to the oil and heat it till the oil is infused with the flower essence in low heat – simmer. I prefer using Coconut Oil if I am heating or using a double boiler for infused oil.
Now, for the Salve
In your double boiler, melt the Cocoa Butter and Bayberry Wax.
When it begins to melt, ad the Sweet Almond Oil and stir to combine.
Once fully melted, remove from heat and set aside.
When it is almost cooled down, add in the Vitamin E Oil.
Now, add the Essential Oil and stir to combine.
Transfer to a sterilized glass jar and use as needed.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
I like the salve more fluffy and easier to apply. So, I usually whip it and alter the wax-butter-oil ratio to get a cream or lighter salve, than a full salve. You can do that too. If you are whipping, add the essential oils while you are whipping.
You can substitute Shea Butter for Cocoa Butter or other skin butters like Avocado, etc. Whatever works best for your skin – I use Shea butter, when I can’t my hands on other body butters.
You can use any essential oils known for their healing properties and antiseptic properties like Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, etc.
I have used Sweet Almond Oil for infusing, though you can also use Olive or Coconut Oils if you prefer them, or want a denser or thicker salve.
Like any other DIY Recipe here on our blog, you can always tweak the ingredients and ratios to suit you better ☺
How to Use the Salve?
Dry skin? Burns? Bruises or Wounds? Wind Burn? Just soothe your skin with the salve! Gently massage the salve into your skin and see how soft and supple your skin becomes. You can apply it once a day, or a few times, depending on the requirement and then bring it down to once or twice a day if you want regularly protection – like during harsh winters.
Why These Ingredients?
Calendula and Comfrey are real lifesavers when it comes to healing. Do you know Comfrey is used in setting broken bones in alternative medicine? As for Calendula, from burns to wounds and bruises or minor abrasions, Calendula accelerates healing and being an anti-inflammatory and healing aid. As for the ratio, I added more Calendula and less of Comfrey. A couple or more of each would do, as the quantity is lesser here.
We’ve already heard about all the other ingredients listed in our recipe except Bayberry Wax. Now, Bayberry is a vegetarian wax, so a good beeswax alternative. However, the melting point is lesser, so use Beeswax or Carnauba if you’re in tropical locations and find the cream melting more than it should. It is an antiseptic and known for its healing, thickening and emulsifying properties. It hydrates and moisturizes the skin, so an ideal choice here. I also love the unique fragrance it adds to the recipe.