To go along with my lavender inspiration this week, I am sharing with you my absolute favorite natural homemade beauty product! My Lavender Chamomile Hand Salve is so versatile that it’s my main go-to beauty/personal care solution. Plus, it smells heavenly!
Lavender is a wonderful herb, and some of its properties include analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic. It is great for soothing irritated skin and treating wounds, burns, and bug bites.
Chamomile is another great herb, best known for its calming properties, but is also analgesic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, and fungicidal. It’s another obvious choice for treating skin conditions and a variety of wounds.
Also included in this salve are Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, and Lemon, which all share many of the same properties as Lavender and Chamomile. If you’re looking for a good, reputable company to find more information and purchase supplies for this salve, MountainRoseHerbs.com is excellent!
I have always had trouble skin. It’s dry, prone to random rashes, and I have eczema and mild dyshidrosis. Commercial treatments have fallen short and, to be honest, I do not trust their ingredients (but that’s another article for another day). This hand salve is a fantastic solution for my treatable skin woes. I even use it for chapped lips, minor burns, bug bites, stings, and other cuts and wounds. This salve relieves pain, soothes itching, calms inflammation, and moisturizes dry skin. Plus, the scent is an instant moment of zen.
Now, for the how-to! If you’re just starting to make your own cosmetics, this is perfect for you- it’s easy!
Lavender Chamomile Hand Salve
- 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
- 1/4 cup dried lavender
- 1/4 cup dried chamomile
- 2 Tbsp. beeswax (grated or pastilles)
- 4-5 drops lavender essential oil
- 3-4 drops of any combination of lemon, eucalyptus, or tea tree essential oils
- Heavy saucepan
- Glass measuring cup
- Small air-tight containers for storage
Pour oil and flowers onto cheesecloth. Let oil drain into cup. Once the flowers are done dripping and have cooled enough to handle, squeeze excess oil from flowers into cup. Be careful! Oil coming from the flowers may still be hot. Discard the cheesecloth and flowers.
Rinse saucepan and fill with enough water to equal or exceed oil level in cup. Place on stove over medium heat and place measuring cup in saucepan. Add beeswax to oil in measuring cup. Stir until wax is completely melted. Stir in essential oils and turn off heat.
These make lovely little gifts by themselves or included in a gift basket- perfect for pampering mom for Mother’s Day!
What is your favorite beauty/personal care product? What natural homemade cosmetics have you made or tried before? Join the conversation below!
Disclaimer: Information contained in this article is meant to be educational, and is not intended to cure, treat, or prevent any ailment or disease. I am not a doctor. Please consult your physician before starting an herbal treatment.