Summer has finally arrived, and many of us are busy working in our private or community gardens. As enjoyable and healthy as that can be, however, it’s not without its minor annoyances such as cuts and scrapes. No doubt you’ll also have your share of dry, rough, or painful hands in need of a little TLC.
To soothe and heal your hands (and ours too!), we’ve developed a recipe for an antiseptic, anti-fungal, healing, moisturizing salve. It includes essential oils known to promote healing: hô wood promotes cellular regeneration; camomile is an anti-inflammatory; palmarosa has strong anti-infective properties, and lavender aspic has a healing effect and soothes insect bites. The vegetable oils used also soften and moisturize hardworking hands, heal small wounds, and prevent infection.
So what are you waiting for? Here’s the recipe for a gardener’s salve that we suggest you keep close at hand while you’re gardening or camping or to tend to your kids’ booboos. Why not apply it after washing your hands with our “Green thumb” soap?
How to make hand balm?
- 25 g (28.9%) of extra virgin coconut oil
- 15 g (17.4%) of yellow or white beeswax beads
- 34 g (39.3%) of plantain oil, calendula maceration or St John’s Wort maceration, or a blend of 2 or 3 of these macerations
- 5 g (5.8%) of neem oil
- 5 g (5.8%) of sea buckthorn oil and/or tamanu oil
- 0.44 g (0.5%) of rosemary oleoresin
- 0,48 g (0.6%) of ho wood essential oil
- 0,4 g (0.5%) of palmarosa essential oil
- 0,24 g (0.3%) of chamomille essential oil
- 0,14 g (0.2%) of lavender essential oil
- 0,74 g (0.9%) of tangerine essential oil
Neem oil has a particular odour reminiscent of garlic and peanuts. Some people really don’t like it, despite its powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties. After a day or two, its odour will become much less noticeable in the salve, but if you’d rather avoid it, here’s an alternative recipe.
- 25g of extra virgin coconut oil
- 15g of yellow or white beeswax beads
- 39g of plantain oil, calendula maceration or St John’s Wort maceration, or a blend of 2 or 3 of these macerations
- 5g of sea buckthorn oil and/or tamanu oil
- 0.02g (0,05ml) of rosemary oleoresin
- 0,48g of ho wood essential oil
- 0,4g of palmarosa essential oil
- 0,24g of chamomille essential oil
- 0,14g of lavender essential oil
- 0,74g of tangerine essential oil
Steps to follow
- Prepare and sterilize your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh all the ingredients.
- In the double boiler, melt the beeswax and add the vegetable oils. The wax will harden slightly when the oil is added. Continue heating and stirring until everything is completely melted
- Add the essential oils and stir well.
- Before pouring the salve into your jar, be sure to wipe off the steam under the pot because the mixture of water and oil greatly increases the risk of bacterial and fungal contamination.
- Pour the salve into your container and leave uncovered as it hardens to avoid condensation.
- Once fully hardened, your salve is ready to use!