The most useful and indispensable knowledge that I have received while studying herbalism is the recipe for making an herbal ointment.
Not every pharmaceutical product is suitable for problem skin, and no one has canceled the paranoia of “what it is made of”.
If you go to the village in the summer, when the nearest pharmacy is two hours away, then this knowledge often becomes saving.
So, to make an ointment (balm), you need:
- 230 ml herbal oil of your choice (or a combination of oils)
- 30 gr beeswax
By the way, the amount of beeswax may vary depending on what consistency of the finished product you need.
- vitamin E oil (optional)
- 10 – 20 drops of aromatic oils depending on the task (optional)
- glass containers or tins (as for lip balm)
Pour your oil into the ladle, add the wax there and gently heat over a small fire, stirring gently until the wax is completely dissolved.
As soon as the mixture becomes homogeneous, quickly remove from heat, add, if using, aromatic oils and vitamin E, and then pour into jars and let cool completely.
It is better to store them in a cool place so that the balm does not melt. Storage in the refrigerator on the door extends the shelf life of the product to 1 year – 3 years.
By the way, the density of the balm can be easily adjusted depending on your preferences.
If you want a softer product – remove the amount of wax. Confirm – add a few grams on top.
You can try to determine what you need by taking a small spoon and scooping some of the product on it when the wax has melted in a water bath.
Put the spoon in the refrigerator for 2 minutes – it will tell you how thick the product is and whether you need to add more oil / wax to improve the consistency.