Dry or itchy is a problem, but there are other skin problems one has to endure from time. Here’s an easy DIY Skin Salve that can be used for everything under the sun.
Out skin needs tender loving care, irrespective of the season or skin’s health. Skin is the largest organ in the body and goes through so much, yet ignored often. We either don’t know or don’t care and only look at it when there’s trouble – dry skin, itching, breakouts, etc. Whatever happened to maintaining your skin?
Maintaining your skin and caring for it is quite simple, if you start before there’s a problem. Just regular cleansing and moisturization and probably toning is what it will entail more often. However, the routine can vary depending on your skin type, but it would be easier when cared for. Find out the right skincare routine for your skin and stick with it, for soft, youthful and healthy skin.
Now that’s explained, let’s take a look at the recipe have planned for today – DIY Skin Salve. This is an all-purpose skin salve and can be used for different purposes. There are different variations of this salve, so we would be adding more variations soon. Here’s one for you.
Beeswax – 15 gms.
Neem Oil – 1 Tbsp.
Jojoba Oil – 60 Ml.
Coconut Oil – 80 Ml.
Sweet Almond Oil – 15 Ml
Lavender Essential Oil – 5 Drops
Tea Tree Essential Oil – 3 Drops
Cedarwood Essential Oil – 5 Drops
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil – 5 Drops
In a double boiler, heat beeswax and the carrier oil (all the oils, except essential oils) till they melt.
When fully melted, remove from heat and set aside.
When the temperature comes down, add the essential oils and whisk the ingredients to combine thoroughly.
You can also whip if you like the consistency, but just whisking it works fine too.
Once done, transfer to a sterilized container and use as needed.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
You can skip the Beeswax if you don’t want a salve texture and want an easy to use oil consistency. In that case, you don’t have to heat the ingredients. Just combine, shake and use!
Beeswax adds more moisture, gives better consistency and retains the mixture longer in skin. If you don’t want to use Beeswax, you can substitute with Cocoa or Shea Butter. However, the texture will be different.
You can use Tamanu Oil instead of Coconut Oil, though I Picked Coconut Oil because it is available in most countries and is affordable for most. If you get hands on Tamanu Oil, use them instead. I don’t get it quite often, which is a shame.
As for the essential oil, all these oils are mild, except Tea Tree Oil. As long as it is diluted (like in this recipe), it should be OK for most infants.
You can also add Glycerin or Vitamin E Oil, if you prefer. However, I don’t use both and prepare fresh batches quite often. If you use Glycerin, you must whip well to combine the ingredients thoroughly.
Why These Ingredients?
It helps skin maintain right PH levels and suitable for most skin types. It helps reduce pain that can come in handy if you have any skin conditions. It is rich in antioxidants and keeps your skin soft, nourished and moisturized.
Though not many like the smell, do you know Neem Oil is a natural insect repellent? Besides, it is one of the best oils to have in your kitty and helps curb numerous skin problems.
Antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-aging oil, it is proven to help curb numerous skin conditions including Eczema and Psoriasis.
Lavender Essential Oil
Is there anything this oil won’t do? It is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, analgesic, antimicrobial, nervine, antibacterial and what not.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
It is antiseptic, astringent, anti-fungal, anti-putrefactive, regenerative and lots more!
Tea Tree Essential Oil
It is known for its antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
One of the most gentlest yet effective of essential oils, it helps calm and soothe irritated skin and suitable even for babies.
How to Use it?
No hard and fast rules here – just rub it in! You can use it for dry or rough skin including dry feet or rough knees and elbows, Psoriasis, Scrapes, Eczema, Cuts, Burns, Poison Ivy rash, as a bug repellent and pretty much for everything in between!