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Healing Balm is called that for a reason. We use it heal all sorts of things:
extremely dry skin
different kinds of rashes
dry paws on the dog
deep hair conditioner
reducing and preventing stretch marks during pregnancy
Healing Balm contains ingredients that can all be made organic and is safe for babies and pets. This recipe is vegan but if you’d like to use beeswax double the amount of wax called for. Leah over at fabulousfarmgirl.comhas an awesome post on beeswax and alternatives!
anti-inflammatory components which can help treat acne
Coconut oil has many uses in our house! It’s an ingredient in my homemade lip balms, deodorants and creams. It shows up in our stir fry’s at dinner and sometimes I’ll blend it into my coffee for a vegan bulletproof coffee in the morning. And on a more risque note, it makes a great tasting and safe lube😉 So far, we’ve been buying this giant tub of organic coconut oil because it lasts so long!
Shea butter is a fat taken from the nut of the African shea tree. It can be refined or unrefined. I recommend finding organic and unrefined as it is able to keep its vitamins and minerals during the extraction process! Shea butter is also something I use in almost all of my creams, lip balms and deodorants.
natural thickener and emulsifier
locks in moisture
prevents oils and liquids from separating
Candelilla wax is harvested from the candelilla shrub found in Mexico. Each harvester of candelilla wax must obtain a permit to make sure the harvesting is sustainable and not harmful to the local ecosystem. If you prefer to use beeswax you can in the same amounts of candelilla. Please try to source your beeswax locally! I use this type of candelilla wax.
Lavender has been used for hundreds of years for so many things. At our house, we use it in creams and balms. I’ve made a ‘sleep stick’ which has a harder consistency than lip balm and is used for rubbing on pulse points to help you sleep or relax. Sometimes I dab undiluted lavender essential oil on a blemish to help clear it up faster.
It also works wonders in bath bombs, as an ingredient for an herbal sitz bath or mixing with epsom salts. I have made a linen spray made with strained tea from the flowers as well as the oil. You can find the one we’ve been usinghere.
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL
natural sanitizer, even effective of killing the e. coli virus
natural deodorant (I use this in my homemade deodorant which I will link here when the post is finished)
promotes wound healing
soothes skin inflammation
Tea tree is amazing and can do so many good things-
it has been known to be poisonous upon ingestion for humans and pets so store away from curious beings. It also can be harmful in large doses to pets through their skin.
I personally choose to add this to my recipe because it is such a small amount distributed throughout that it’s severely diluted and I have never had a problem with my children or animals! This brand is one I’ve stuck with for years since finding it at Costco.
a safe, gluten free thickening agent for lotions and cosmetics
promotes wound healing
Arrowroot is used in cooking and cosmetics in our house. We use it as a gluten free thickener in cooking and vegan puddings. I’ve made homemade foundation, blush and baby powder. Arrowroot is also an ingredient in my diy deodorant. It’s really become a staple in our home! We try to buy organic and in bulk fromhere.
Melt coconut oil, shea butter and candelilla in a double boiler (I use an old jar that was heading for recycling anyway)
Take off the heat and stir in lavender and tea tree essential oil.
Whisk in arrowroot starch until no lumps remain.
Pour into sterilized container of your choice.
Use as necessary
Ps. This balm is cloth diaper safe!
Here’s the deal:
You can use Healing Balm for just about anything you can think of! I spot treat acne, put it on my dogs paws when they are dry, use it as a diaper rash cream, run a tiny bit on the ends of my hair when it’s dry or make it as a gift for others. It makes a great gift!
Good luck, let me know in the comments if you come up with any other uses 😊
Hey, I’m Jenni!
Having kids was the best thing that ever happened to me. They took me from a hopeless McDonald’s addict with a severe allergy to exercise to a vegan marathon runner that cared about becoming my best self.
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