Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Avocado & Beeswax Hand Salve - A Picture Tutorial

Pictures and tutorial contributed by Julie Sharpe

Fall is in the air and the kitchen is beginning to produce goodness, reflecting the bounty of the season, in preparation for the cool days to come!

In our preparation, attention ought to be turned toward the medicine cabinet. And, a well-stocked medicine cabinet should always be sure to include homemade soothing, healing ointments and salves. Among its' many benefits, making your own salve at home allows you to regulate the ingredients, and keeps the cost down.

A simpe salve is made with a carrier oil (olive, coconut, almond, jojoba, etc.) and a solidifier like beeswax (that has it's own great skin properties).

Avocado & Beeswax Hand Salve - A Picture Tutorial

Step 1: Ingredient List:
-1 cup avocado oil
-1 oz. grated beeswax
-10 drops geranium essential oil

Avocado oil: This ultra rich organic oil is a delightful treasure containing high amounts of Vitamin A, B1, B2, D, and E. Also contains amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids. Highly prized to those with skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and other skin ailments . Highly recommended to those with sensitive skin, problem skin and other irritations that require vitamin rich oil

Step 2:
Melt 1oz. of grated beeswax & 1 cup of avocado oil over double boiler using low heat.

Step 3:
After adding 10 drops of geranium essential oil , pour into jar.

Step 4: Cool and add label!

Let this tutorial be an inspiration to you. Experiment. Use supplies and oils you have on hand. If local you can purchase raw, un-filtered beeswax in bulk here, otherwise all ingredients used in this recipe may be purchased here.

Please comment and share with us your own modifications!

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At September 21, 2011 at 5:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I place an order from this website?

At September 21, 2011 at 7:20 AM , Anonymous Andrea said...

I wish we could do that:) Hopefully some day! But for now here's where I purchase my supplies from http://mountainroseherbs.com/

At September 21, 2011 at 7:08 PM , OpenID americanfamilynow said...

Oooo that looks so good! I make comfrey oil for my salve, and this year I've added some extras that are used for treating wounds to use for first aid. Hey, thanks for the link on your homeschool page!

At September 21, 2011 at 8:41 PM , Anonymous Andrea said...

Mama you inspire me:) You challenge me deeper. I've always wanted to thank you for that...so thank you:)I'm so glad you stopped in. And comfrey oil! Very nice!

At September 22, 2011 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Stephanie G. said...

Saw this on the Green Resource link up. Great idea! I think I need some right next to the kitchen sink to soothe my hands after a round of dishes.

Stephanie :)

At September 22, 2011 at 11:19 PM , Anonymous Andrea @Frugally Sustainable said...

Stephanie, that is a great idea! And, I saw you are in AZ:) Me too.

At November 14, 2011 at 10:41 AM , Blogger debbie said...

love your tutorial, also adding calendula, plantain is fantastic! going to go buy some more avacodo oil!!


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