With so many synthetic chemicals around us nowadays, it becomes increasingly difficult to find safe, all natural skin care and hair care. Since the chemicals are added to the skin care to improve the appearance and the qualities of the product, they may also have a long term effects on our bodies. One way to eliminate these chemicals from coming into contact with our skin is by making your own skin care.
First of all, it is not all that difficult to make a natural skin care, in this example, making your own natural skin moisturizer. By using herbs and natural vegetable oil and a few more basic ingredients you can whip it up in your kitchen in a short time. In this article I am going to share with you a recipe to make your own natural hand and body salve. It is moisturizing as well as protective to you skin especially hands and feet, where it tend to be dry in the winter months.
To make the body salve, you will need:
50 ml of any botanical oils, preferably those with good anti oxidant and moisturizing properties, such as Jojoba oil, Apricot oil, Almond oil, or Avocado oil. It is also a good idea to add plant butters such as Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter since they will help to soften dry, cracked skin.
3 to 4 tbsp of your favorite herbs. Good herbs that has moizturizing properties to skin are Marigold, patchouli, Rose Petals, Frankincsense Gum and Oakmoss.
1 tbsp Beeswax Pellets
1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
Essential Oils of your choice
A Glass Jar or Tin Jar with lids
The first step is to gently heat the oils, in stainless steel pot or pyrex, on low heat until warm, taking care not to burn, and the add the herbs and stir well. Then cover it and let it infuse for 1-2 days, in a dark place.
The next day, strain the oil from herbs. If you lose some oils in the process, simply add more oils to make up to 50 ml. The next step is to add 1 tbsp Beeswax pellets into the oil, and then heat up the mixture in a double boiler. Once all the wax has melted, stir gently and add 1 tsp of Vitamin E oil ( 1 vitamin E capsule will work as well). This is the time to also add some essential oils of your choice, up to 20 drops. Some good essential oils to try are Rose, Jasmine, or Lavender. Stir well, then pour into tin container or glass container and let it set. It will form a smooth, firm salve. Cover tightly and store in a cool dark place. Your natural body salve is ready to use.