Ravensara & Blood Orange Salve

With the crazy weather we’ve all been having, the temperatures up and down and all, there’s been a lot of sneezing around the office this week, so  I decided to take whip up  a batch of immune support salve for my family. I’m sending one over to my son at his college dorm!

 First, get your stuff together:

 

Gather your ingredients together! Check out my kitty salt & pepper shakers supervising in the background!

Gather your ingredients together! Check out my kitty salt & pepper shakers supervising in the background!

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz  white beeswax

1 oz virgin organic unrefined shea butter

1 oz organic coconut oil

1 oz jojoba oil

10 drops Ravensara (organic)

8 drops Black Spruce (organic)

5 drops Eucalyptus (organic)

2 drops Lemon (organic)

¼ tsp Blood Orange

 

Other useful objects for this project!

Glass double boiler (or you can just put a heat proof bowl in a pot)

Glass stirrer (I had some old bar stirrers in my kitchen drawer!)

Glass jars to pour the salve into when it’s ready!

If you are sensitive to essential oils, use a small fan to keep the air moving around you as you work

 Let’s start!

Get out your double boiler!

Get out your double boiler!

Wash your double boiler and glass jars in the dishwasher to sanitize them. I got an old-fashioned glass double boiler on Ebay for $9.99 and I love it!

 

 

 

 

Line up your glass jars on the ready for pouring the mixture in!

Set out your jars before you begin melting your butters and oils together! Wash these in the dishwasher before use.

Set out your jars before you begin melting your butters and oils together! Wash these in the dishwasher before use.

You don’t want to be stuck with a fresh, warm salve and no place to put it! That would be a drag!

 

Time for fun!

It’s like cooking, so don’t step away from your project and accidentally overcook it!

 

Melt the beeswax, stirring occasionally

 

Melting the beeswax

Melting the beeswax

Put in the shea butter, let it melt, too.

 

Put in the coconut oil.

 

Stir in the jojoba oilil.

 

Take the mixture off the heat.

 

Add the essential oil drops and stir!

 

I take notes as I work! I think I'm going to remember everything, but of course I don't!

I take notes as I work! I think I’m going to remember everything, but of course I don’t!

I take notes as I play as I think I’m going to remember what I did  and then of course I forget!

 

Voila!

 

Pour the mixture into the jars, let it cool and harden overnight and it’s

it’s ready for giving as gifts to your friends and family!

 

The finished salve in jars for use at home and in the dorm!

The finished salve in jars for use at home and in the dorm!

It’s not like commercial salves, that just immediately soak in.

It’s kinda greasy, but it will eventually soak into your skin if you just wait a bit.

 

My skin loves it and really retains the softness from the properties in the pure natural oils you are using!

 

Some notes:

I tend to be sensitive to essential oils, so I used less than what is considered therapeutic amounts of the oils in the recipe. A 2% dilution is 12 drops of oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil, so I should have used 54 drops total of oils, but I only used 30 drops total. And we’ve all been enjoying the salve and feeling it’s benefits!

 

Also, when using the salve, test it out on a small area first, wait 24 hours, and see how your skin reacts before going all out and rubbing it over a wider area.

 Have fun!

 Common sense disclaimer

And of course, here’s the common sense disclaimer. Obviously, if you’re ill, go to see your doctor, this salve is not a substitute for medical care. It’s used as complementary care. You can make it at home, too!

 

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