Gardener’s Herbal Balm

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in last post We have talked about How to make comfrey salve, on this post We are going to talk about on Gardener’s Herbal Balm: This silky, buttery balm with a sweet herbal scent works to soothe, hydrate, and protect your work-weary hands. The skin on your hands is hard to keep moist because it is thin and has relatively few oil glands. It is beneficial to apply this herbal balm right after gardening, knitting, dishwashing, rock climbing, or playing sports. It’s lovely just to rub some into your hands while watching TV or talking on the phone. This soothing herbal balm is so light, you will want to use it all over!

Gardener’s Herbal Balm

Gardener’s Herbal Balm:

YIELDS: 8 ounces

1⁄4 cup grated beeswax

1⁄4 cup coconut oil (unscented)

1⁄4 cup Fresh Comfrey Oil (see Chapter 7)

1⁄4 cup Fresh Herbal Oil (see Chapter 7)

2 vitamin E capsules

20 drops eucalyptus essential oil

20 drops lavender essential oil

* What you will need: double boiler, measuring cups, rubber spatula, jars to hold 8 ounces of balm

1. To Make: Start the double boiler on medium heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Place the beeswax and coconut oil in the top of the double boiler and cover. Simmer until melted, stirring occasionally. To preserve the beneficial nutrients, do not overheat. Remove from heat, take the top pan off the double boiler, and cool 5-10 minutes. Add the Fresh Comfrey Oil and Fresh Herbal Oil to the pot and stir. Pierce the vitamin E capsules and squeeze the liquid out into the melted oil, discarding the gel caps. Add the essential oils and stir well, scraping any of the hardened cooled mixture off the sides and back into the melted oils. If the mixture hardens too much before you can pour it, gently melt it again in the double boiler. Pour into your jars and let stand undisturbed for 4 hours or overnight before use.

2. To Store: Label jars and store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. Use within a year.

3. To Use: To use, remove a small amount from the jar and melt between your fingertips, then spread it into your cuticles and the cracks in your hands, elbows, and feet.