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Petroleum jelly isn’t really something I want on my skin, or my children’s skin. It is a byproduct of the oil refining process; I can’t understand why we need to apply that stuff to our largest organ when there are perfectly beautiful and nourishing plant-based, natural ingredients available.

There are many products on the market that doctors have been known to recommend for sensitive, eczema-affected skin. Sadly, many of them contain petrolatum – which the EU lists as a probable human carcinogen, and parabens – which are strongly suspected to interfere with our hormones.

This super salve is PERFECT for any area on your body;  face, lips, elbows, bums, ears, feet… It contains nourishing ingredients like coconut oil and Shea butter, and although I like lemon, lavender and melaleuca (tea tree) essential oils, you have permission to exercise your creative muscle and add whatever essential oils you please (try adding eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, and lemon for “Vapour Rub” replacement). 

At the end of the day, the simpler you can make your skin care routine, the healthier you will be.

And while your children may not appreciate the enormous efforts you’re going to for their health, they’ll thank you someday.

 

 

Makes: 200 g | 7.1 oz Prep time: < 10 min.

 

INGREDIENTS 

90 g | 3.2 oz carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil and sweet almond oil are popular choices)

45 g | 1.6 oz coconut oil

30 g | 1.1 oz shea butter

15 g | 0.5 oz beeswax

20 g | 0.7 oz evening primrose oil

60 drops of essential oils

 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are tea tree, lemon and lavender, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

 METHOD
  1. Add carrier oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted, using either a microwave or the double boiler method. (Double boiler method– place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method– heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently). Remove from heat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
  3. Transfer into container of choice.
  4. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

 

 THERMAL APPLIANCE METHOD
  1. Add carrier oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax to thermal appliance bowl and melt: 4-5 minutes | approx. 70˚C (158˚F) | low speed. Extend time if required, until ingredients have completely melted.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 5-10 seconds on low/medium speed. Scrape down sides and repeat if required, until ingredients are combined.
  3. Transfer into container of choice.
  4. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

 

TO USE

Scoop a small amount of salve and apply sparingly to areas as required.

 

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