Over sanitised hands? Chapped lips? Learn how to make an all-purpose natural healing balm
Today's I'd like to share my favourite recipe to protect your over-worked hands and dry lips. It is very easy to make, works well, so please give it a try, and share this recipe with your friends.
To prevent catching the COVID-19 virus, people are washing their hands with harsh soaps and sanitisers, and wiping surfaces with bleach and other strong chemicals. My hands were having weird reaction to the chemicals too and skin peeled off.
On March 15, 2020, The Hong Kong Consumer Council announced their test results on safety of lip balms, and found out that more than half of the 45 samples contained potentially carcinogenic substances, while 80% included mineral oil ingredients that could inflame internal organs (Click here to read more about these substances MOSH and MOAH).
The tests also found that more than 90% contained fragrance allergens, with five containing elevated levels, ranging from 0.85% to about 2.1%. (Click here for the South China Morning Post news report)
Some of the models that underwent testing. Photo: Consumer Council
Here is my most favourite recipe for making an all-purpose healing balm that you can carry in your bag and keep at your kitchen or bathrooms ready for anyone in your family to use anytime. I have given this to so many friends and I swear they all love the texture and fragrance of it.
This balm is so healing and safe to use, you can even use it directly on minor cuts and peeled off skin, and can be used on baby skin. This balm does not have preservative, so please finish using it within a year.
The balm works well in both cold and warm climates and it smells very good. I find that it helps to invigorate me and reduce my stress too.
Unbleached pure Beeswax - 2 Tablespoons
Shea Butter - 1 Tablespoon
Sweet Almond Oil - 1 Tablespoon
Raw Honey - 1/2 teaspoon
Pure Lavender Essential Oil - 15 drops
Pure Frankincense essential oil - 5 drops
Supplies and tools:
A few lip balm tubes or small containers with lid (remember to repurpose old tubes and containers, no need to buy new plastic containers!)
A cheese grater to grate the beeswax (don't need if you use beeswax pallets)
A small glass or bowl and a pan for melting the beeswax using the double boil method
Below are the simple steps:
1. Grate the beeswax
2. Double boil it until totally melted
3. Stir in items 2 to 5, putting honey last and don't over heat it (Honey is heat sensitive)
4. Take the contents out from double-boiler, and add the essential oils last (So you won't evaporate the essential oils)
5. Give a quick stir and quickly pour into the containers before it is set
6. Let the beautiful all purpose balm set in your containers
7. Decorate the containers and share with your family and friends! Just keep it in room temperature, no need to put in fridge. Do not put it under direct sunlight and in very hot temperature (for example inside the car under the hot sun).
I hope that you can find time to make this lovely balm, and I also hope that this balm will give you some calmness and sense of relief in this difficult times when we are all fighting the virus.