Healing Balm Recipe

As promised at the Historical Romance Retreat, Madeline Martin is sharing her healing balm recipe!
Calendula Infused Healing Balm
This recipe is a great mix of calendula oil which offers natural healing for cuts/scrapes/bruises/inflammation, tea tree oil which has antiseptic properties, lavender oil which has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, and vitamin E which aids in prolonging the life of your healing balm. This balm is great for small injuries to the skin and can even help with dry skin and cracked winter heels. These are perfect for keeping at home for kids, as well as using for fun, homemade gifts. This was part of the History of Herbal Medicine workshop Madeline Martin and Eliza Knight gave at the Historical Romance Retreat (check out the class on History Undressed where we turned our workshop into a blog post: http://www.historyundressed.com/2017/10/part-one-history-of-medicinal-herbs.html )
Please note that as this is an all natural product, its shelf life is not indefinite. If you have no used this in a while and notice an off smell, discard the product. Don't let the long list of directions scare you — it's really easy to make. Bonus: it smells fantastic and glides onto your skin to start the wonderful healing effects.
Ingredients/What you'll need:
  • 4 oz Calendula oil (you can either infuse this yourself with the recipe below, or buy it already infused) .6 oz beeswax pellets
  • 25 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 2 Vitamin E caplets (punctured to release the liquid) Glass jar (if infusing your own oil)
  • Crock pot (if infusing your own oil)
  • Pot to simmer water in
  • Glass measuring cup (to melt the balm in) Containers for the balm (small containers are best) 
  • Plastic disposable spoon
*note: the less contact this has with your skin/dirts/oils the longer the balm will last for- feel free to use latex gloves*
Direction for making the Calendula infused oil:
1.   Fill a sealable glass jar 3/4 of the way full of dried calendula petals/heads (can be purchased online)
2.   Add oil of your choice to cover the petals and go slightly over by an inch or so (can be any all natural oil you like: grapeseed, avocado, olive, etc)
3.   Fill a crock pot with water (make sure there's room for your jar so you don't overflow!) and put the sealed jar of oil into the water.
4.   Put the lid on the crock pot and cook on low heat for 7 hours.
5.   After 7 hours, allow the glass to cool to a touchable temperature and strain out all the debris using cheesecloth and coffee filters. You want only pure oil without any sediment.
6.   Done!
Directions for making the healing balm:
1.   Get a pot of water on the stove about halfway filled with water. Ensure this will not go over the
glass you are making your healing balm in or be close to the lip of it — water will ruin it if it gets inside
2.   Combine the calendula oil, beeswax pellets and break your vitamin E caplets in the oil/beeswax combo (you can add less beeswax for a runnier salve, or more for a firmer one —it's all based on preference)
3.   Carefully set the measuring cup in the water in the pot (again, make sure the water is not in danger of spilling over into the oil) and set the temperature to low medium heat.
4.   The beeswax will start to slowly melt. I use a plastic disposable spoon to gently stir.
5.   Once the beeswax is melted, remove carefully from the heat (the glass will be hot, so you may want to use a cloth for removing it)
6.   Leave it out to cool for about 15 minutes, until the glass is a touchable temperature.
7.   Add in your lavender and tea tree essential oils (most of these come with droppers built into them)
8.   Mix well with your plastic spoon.
9.   Pour into the small pots you've set aside and allow to cool.
10.  Enjoy!

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