I melted some pure beeswax into it and added essential oil, and we’ve been using this all purpose salve for everything; we use it as lotion, apply to dry cracked hands and feet, diaper rash, and to put on little scrapes and scratches, as lip balm, used as wood polish for our wood blocks, and even in a light layer to get my son’s hair to stay down for a picture.
How To Make Simple All Purpose Salve:
- In a double boiler over simmering water melt 2 ounces of pure beeswax (I found mine at our farmer’s market for $1/oz or it’s available from Mountain Rose Herbs)
- Remove from heat and add in 14-16 ounces of coconut oil; I used raw extra virgin for it’s antibacterial properties. (buy coconut oil here)
- The heat from the water will melt the coconut oil easily, but not heating it so hot that you lose the properties associated with raw coconut oil. Coconut oil melts above 76 degrees, so that’s all we need to raise it up to.
- If desired, mix in 30 drops of an essential oil of your choice- I used peppermint. At this point you can add powdered herbs to make the salve more therapeutic, but I opted to just keep it plain and all purpose.
- Stir with a fork to evenly distribute the essential oil, beeswax, and coconut oil and pour into a lidded container to cool (cool with the lid on or off, it doesn’t matter). I poured it all back into my coconut oil container, but you can also divide it up into smaller containers to keep in different areas on the house.
- Use as you wish!
You would think that since both coconut oil and beeswax are solid at room temperature, the mixture would also be solid- but the salve is creamy and easy to scoop out with your finger.
What natural remedies do you keep in your medicine cabinet?