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Healing Balm is called that for a reason. We use it heal all sorts of things:

  • diaper rash
  • acne
  • extremely dry skin
  • different kinds of rashes
  • minor scrapes/cuts
  • dry paws on the dog
  • eczema
  • 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.com has an awesome post on beeswax and alternatives!

COCONUT OIL

  • extremely moisturizing to the skin
  • anti-inflammatory components which can help treat acne
  • anti bacterial
  • anti microbial

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

  • moisturizing
  • anti inflammatory
  • anti aging
  • restores skins elasticity
  • reduce stretch marks
  • reduces breakage and split ends in hair
  • prevents hair loss
  • natural conditioner
  • wound healing

Shea butter is a fat taken from the nut of the African shea tree. It can be refined or unrefined. I recommend finding an organic and unrefined shea butter (like this one!) 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.

CANDELILLA WAX

  • 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 ESSENTIAL OIL

  • promotes wound healing
  • relieves stress and anxiety
  • treats respiratory disorders
  • induces sleep
  • anti bacterial
  • treats acne
  • relieves pain
  • improves blood circulation

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 using here.

TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL

  • natural sanitizer, even effective of killing the e. coli virus
  • insect repellent
  • natural deodorant (I use this in my homemade deodorant which I will link here when the post is finished)
  • antiseptic
  • treats acne
  • promotes wound healing
  • soothes skin inflammation

Tea tree is amazing and can do so many good things-

however

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.

ARROWROOT STARCH

  • baby powder
  • a safe, gluten free thickening agent for lotions and cosmetics
  • moisture absorbing
  • 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 from here.

Yield: 3 small containers

Vegan Healing Balm (for everything!)

Vegan Healing Balm (for everything!)

DIY vegan healing balm is used for anything you can think of! Diaper rash, dry skin, eczema, cuts and scrapes, conditioner, dry pet paws, etc,

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C coconut oil
  • 1/4 C shea butter
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 oz candelilla (or whichever wax you prefer)
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3-5 drops tea tree oil

Instructions

  1. Melt coconut oil, shea butter and candelilla in a double boiler (I use an old jar that was heading for recycling anyway)
  2. Take off the heat and stir in lavender and tea tree essential oil.
  3. Whisk in arrowroot starch until no lumps remain.
  4. Pour into sterilized container of your choice.
  5. Use as necessary

Notes

This healing 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 😊

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