Originally posted May 22, 2017.
Here’s another easy remedy for simple comfort in everyday life. Make this salve for use in your home and to give to friends, too! Making salves with plant essences is a lot like cooking. So, if you like to cook as a hobby this is also a fun way to pass a rainy day at home!
First, get your stuff together to get ready to cook!
Plus flower essences for sensitive emotional energy
Roman Chamomile is known to relieve menstrual cramps and has calming and soothing properties.
Clary Sage is known to relieve menstrual cramps and is known for its calming properties as well. Clary sage is contraindicated for pregnancy!
Sweet orange is known to be mood uploading and to support digestion.
Sandalwood provides a nice balancing base tone to the lighter and sweeter scents in the mixture and is used to draw out meditative aspects of the self.
I love the emotional energy of flower essences and I add a few drops of flower essences for energetic emotional support as part of my formulas as well.
Add a drop or two of these flower essences to your formula, if you’d like, depending on what feelings arise during the menstruation cycle. Flower essences are all about sensitive emotional feelings.
Calendula (Mary’s Flower) – supporting the need for maternal warmth and compassion
Cherry Plum – reducing acute tension and stress, balancing rigidity
Holly – supports feelings of inclusiveness and and unity, reduces feelings of rage and separateness
Mimulus – helps reduce feelings of basic fear and inadequacy
Willow – reduce feelings of feeling sorry for yourself as in seeing yourself as the victim
Other useful objects for this project!
Glass double boiler (or you can just put a heat proof bowl in a pot)
Glass stirrer (I had some old bar stirrers in my kitchen drawer!)
Glass jars to pour the lotion into when it’s ready!
If you are sensitive to essential oils, use a small fan to keep the air moving around you as you work
Wash your double boiler and glass jars in the dishwasher to sanitize them. I got an old-fashioned glass double boiler on Ebay for $9.99 and I love it! I used a silicone heart damped muffin pan for this project.
Line up your glass jars at the ready for pouring the mixture in! You don’t want to be stuck with a fresh, warm salve and no place to put it! That would be a drag!
Time for fun!
It’s like cooking, so don’t step away from your project and accidentally overcook it!
Melt the beeswax, stirring occasionally
Put in the shea butter, let it melt, too.
Put in the coconut oil.
Stir in the vitamin E oil.
Take the mixture off the heat.
Add the essential oil drops and stir!
Pour the mixture into the jars, drop in the flower essences in each jar, then let it cool overnight and it’s ready for giving as gifts to your friends and family!
It’s not like commercial salves, it takes a while to soak in!
It’s kinda greasy, but it will eventually soak into your skin if you just wait a bit.
My skin loves it and really retains the softness from the properties in the pure natural oils you are using!
I tend to be sensitive to essential oils, so I use a 1% dilution measurement, which is less less than a 2% dilution, which is what’s considered a therapeutic amount of essential oils for a healthy adult.
A 2% dilution is 12 drops of oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil, so I should have used 84 drops total of oils, but I only used around 40 drops total. Even the 40 drops might be too strong of a fragrance for some people, so as you are cooking, just keep your nose tuned in to how you feel.
To those who are sensitive to carriers and essential oils, here’s a hint from Liz Fulcher, Clinical Aromatherapist, Director of the Aromatic Wisdom Institute. She says to use a small fan when creating homemade salves at home and to take things slow, using one oil at a time to see how you react. Good advice!
Also, when using the salve, test it out on a small area first, wait 24 hours, and see how your skin reacts before going all out and rubbing it over a wider area.
Another recipe you may like is my Healing Salve with Helischrysum and Bergamot