Healing Hand ( & Paw) Balm
I've been really into making things that I can share with everyone in my life lately, including my dog :) We ran out of paw balm for Oskar, and the dry air has been brutal on my hands recently, so I decided to make a balm that the both of us could use. You can use this balm anywhere on your body that needs a little extra nourishment and moisturizing, even your lips! The calendula and chamomile oil are super soothing for dry or irritated skin, and all around fantastic for us Pitta or Vata folks who have more sensitive skin.
For this recipe, I use the calendula and chamomile infused oil that I made in the last post, but if you didn't make it, you can absolutely just use plain sweet almond oil. It won't have as much healing power, but it will still be moisturizing. ;)
I've also been making an effort to use less unnecessary material in my life, especially plastics. For this project I used beeswax wrappers and food-safe silicone molds that I have- they're great for all kinds of DIY and cooking kitchen expeditions. If you've got real rubber molds, even better. I love them too because they come in all kinds of cute shapes. :) You can also use metal tins to keep your balm in, or use any creative thing you find around your house! I don't recommend using anything plastic, because you'll be putting hot liquid into it, which will leech out harmful chemicals.
We really should never put anything on our bodies that we wouldn't put into our mouths, and your furry friend may very well put this balm in their mouth! My dog really likes the taste of this stuff (all of the ingredients are totally safe and even good for dogs, so if you substitute an ingredients and plan on using it for your pup, make sure they're safe for dogs), so I have to really rub it into his paws well so it absorbs before he licks it off!
- 4 tsp beeswax (I recommend pellets like this, they're easier to melt and measure)
- 2 tbsp organic coconut oil
- 2 tbsp calendula & chamomile infused sweet almond oil
- 1 tsp pure Vitamin E oil (PURE, not vitamin E mixed in other oil)
- 1 tbsp shea butter
- Silicone molds or product tins
- Slow cooker
- Glass jar
- Beeswax wrap (optional)
1. Line the bottom of your slow cooker with a tea towel, and fill it halfway with water.
2. Combine all ingredients4 tsp beeswax, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp calendula & chamomile infused sweet almond oil, 1 tsp pure vitamin E oil, and 1 tbsp shea butter in a dry jar and screw on the lid.
3. Place the jar into a slow cooker that's lined with a tea towel and filled halfway with water. Cover the slow cooker with its lid, and turn on low. Check every 10 minutes or so until all the ingredients have melted to a liquid. Remove the jar from the slow cooker carefully, it will be hot.
4. Unscrew the jar lid, and pour into your silicone mold, or your tins, or whatever you're using as a container. Let them set overnight to solidify completely.
5. If you've got your balm in silicone molds, make sure to wait til they're totally cool and solidified before you remove them. Take them out of the mold, and wrap them up in beeswax covers to keep anywhere!