I love DIY projects because they allow me to be creative while saving money. But, let’s be honest, we’re all busy and we only have so much time to spend in the kitchen. That’s why I love this recipe because not only is it incredibly easy to make, but it can also be used for several different products depending on your needs. Just make the base and add your desired essential oils. The recipe can also be easily doubled if needed.
Here’s What You Need
- 1/2 cup of unrefined virgin coconut oil
- 2-4 tablespoons bee’s wax pastilles or shavings (the more wax you use, the more solid your salve will be)
- 2 tablespoons butter (Shea, Mango, Cocca, etc.)
- 1-2 Vitamin E capsules (optional)
- Glass, tin or sturdy plastic containers
- Essential Oils
Here’s What You Do
In a double boiler, melt the coconut oil and bee’s wax. I use an old glass measuring cup for this part because it makes it super easy to pour once it’s melted. When it’s totally liquefied, empty the vitamin E capsules into the liquid (if using), pour the mixture into your desired containers and add essential oils, using 15 drops for every ounce of ointment. Here are some I’ve made:
Chest and Sinus Rub
I chose lavender and a respiratory blend, but other good choices would be rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus and/or peppermint.
frankincense, lavender, geranium and Roman chamomile essential oils. Learn more about this ointment and how it works.
essential oils are optional, but some good choices would be peppermint, lemon or lime. You can even tint your lip balm naturally with a little beet powder.
Using a premade muscle relief blend is perfect, but you can also use any of the following oils: wintergreen, frankincense, peppermint, marjoram, birch, lavender, white fir or helichrysum.
lemon essential oil
Where to Buy Supplies
Quality coconut oil can be found in the organic section of at most grocery stores, in health food stores or online. I purchase mine from VitaCost.com because it offers the best price.
Bee’s Wax can be found at some health food stores, but I like the pastilles from MountainRoseHerbs.com because they’re so easy to work with. Solid bricks of bee’s wax can be quite tricky to cut.
Essential oils can be purchased from a variety of sources. I caution against the cheaper brands offered at health food stores or Amazon because they often contain fillers and the quality just isn’t as good.
I purchase containers through MountainRoseHerbs.com, AromaTools.com and SpecialtyBottle.com.
Disclaimer: I am not an aromatherapist, naturopathic doctor or other professionally trained medical practitioner. By accepting my advice, you are acknowledging that while these claims come through scientific research, anecdotal evidence and personal experience, they have not been evaluated by the FDA. You also agree not to hold me liable should you have an adverse reaction to any of the protocols I recommend. Finally, if you are pregnant or have a chronic health condition, please speak to your doctor before using any essential oils. Always make sure to choose a high quality oil and research any possible interactions or side effects.