I make my own home-made aromatherapy balms. This involves a cauldron, a black cat, eye of newt and the dogs tail (which he was quite put out about). Oh okay, it didn’t really but it sounds more authentic, doesn’t it? 😉
In actual fact this balm is really easy and quick to make. Once you have the basic recipe, you can add the aromatherapy oils to it which are necessary for the job at hand. In this case I was making two – a balm for my partners work chapped hands and a pain relief balm for headaches etc. This little balm works wonders and has a lovely creamy consistency!
For a 120ml jar you will need –
16g of beeswax
42g coconut oil
32g sweet almond oil
8g of Cocoa Butter (optional)
1 teaspoon of honey
1/2 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
Put the beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter and sweet almond oil in a glass jug. Stand the jug in a half full frying pan of hot water and stir briskly with a metal spoon until it is all melted. Add the honey and aloe vera if you are using it and return to the heat for a few seconds to make sure it is dissolved. Pour into a dark glass jar and mix thoroughly with a wooden lollipop stick (or similar). Put the lid on and put it the fridge. When it is nearly set, give it another quick mix with the stick and then return to the fridge for another 30 minutes or so. You can add the essential oils to the balm when it has cooled and there you have it – a gorgeous balm!
Easy, hey? All the ingredients are available online and cheap to buy.
I am not a qualified aromatherapist so if you aren’t sure which oils to use then do check with someone who is (as I am self-taught it would be wrong of me to claim otherwise) but I use the following essential oil combinations –
For Chapped Hands –
For Men – 5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Benzoin, 5 drops Lemon, 5 drops Thyme
For Women – 5 drops Jasmine (Dilution 10%), 5 drops Bergamot, 5 drops Petitgrain, 5 drops Benzoin
For Pain Relief –
10 drops Camphor
9 drops Peppermint
5 drops Clove
5 drops Thyme
4 drops Wintergreen
It’s fun to make your own products and you will also know there aren’t any of those nasty chemicals lurking in the jar! Bonus! Perimenopause is a time to relax, pamper yourself and try new things. Aromatherapy could be just be the natural alternative you are looking for 😉
The usual common sense advice – Always try on a very small area first, just in case your skin doesn’t respond well. Some of us are sensitive flowers
The disclaimer – All my recipes are shared with the understanding you try them at your own risk and consult a qualified practitioner. Do not use aromatherapy oils if pregnant unless under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.