You Can Prepare These 5 Healing Balms from Simple Weeds in Your Garden

Believe it or not, millions of people use healing ointments on a daily basis and ladies, even some men, have the habit of wearing a lip balm with them. However, store-bought ointments are often produced on the basis of solutions with petroleum so they are not recommendable for long-term skin application. Therefore, it is a far safer and a less expensive option to make your own, organic healing balms in the comfort of your own home with the help of fresh plants you have in your garden. Amazing, right?

What Do You Need to Have to Make Your Own Healing Balm?

To make your own ointments, you need to have the right items. Let’s check them out:

  • 2 saucepans
  • 2-cup glass measuring cup
  • 2 canning jar rings
  • 2 medium-sized cloth tea bags
  • Olive oil or some other carrier oil
  • 12 grams of beeswax
  • Dried herbs (except St. John’s wort flowers)
  • Small jars with lids, small jars, or salve tins as containers
  • Paper towel

How to Make a Basic Healing Balm

After you have acquired the above-mentioned items, you should follow these instructions step by step so that you can make a healing ointment:

  • First, you need to make a double boiler by putting the measuring cup on the canning jar ring in the saucepan. Then, you need to fill the saucepan with water so that it comes half way up the side of the measuring cup.
  • Second, you need to put the dried plant material you have chosen in a reusable cloth tea bag and place the bag in the measuring cup and cover it with the carrier oil.
  • Third, put the saucepan to simmer over medium heat for half an hour and then turn off the heat and remove the saucepan from the stove. Wait for the tea bag to be cool enough and press it with the back of the spoon to remove as much as herbal oil as possible. For this part, you can use a potato ricer to be 100% sure that even the last drops are strained out. Afterwards, compost the spent herb and wash the cloth tea bag for the next use.
  • Fourth, you need to put the infused oil into the glass cup and add the beeswax. Put the content to simmer over medium heat and wait for the beeswax to melt and then remove it from the stove and stir well until the mixture starts to cool down.
  • For the fifth step, you need to sanitize the containers you have chosen with 99% isopropyl alcohol and a paper towel. Wipe the inside of the container and the lid. Leave them to air dry.
  • Sixth, when the balm has begun to thicken, start putting it into the containers with the help of a spoon. Close the containers only when the mixture has cooled down completely. Otherwise, there will be condensation in the container and this could cause contamination.
  • Last but certainly not least, do not forget to label your jars with the ingredients you have included as well as the date of making.

5 Balm Recipes for Different Medicinal Purposes

Balm for bruises and cuts

You will need:

4 tbsp of olive oil

A tbsp of dried yarrow leaves and flowers

A tbsp of arnica flower petals, chopped

12 grams of beeswax or 1 tbsp

Sunburn balm

You will need:

4 tbsp of olive oil

2 tbsp of calendula blossoms, dried

12 grams of beeswax

Balm for insect stings and bites

You will need:

4 tbsp of olive oil

2 tbsp of plantain leaves, dried and crushed

12 grams of beeswax

Balm for sore muscles and general ache

You will need:

3 tbsp of olive oil with St. John’s wort flowers

A tbsp of cottonwood bud infused oil

12 grams of beeswax

Balm for chapped lips and skin

You will need:

4 tbsp of olive oil

2 tbsp of dried red clover flowers and chickweed leaves, dried and crushed

A tbsp of beeswax

 

 

 

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