All-Purpose Herbal Balm/Salve for Little One's

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A month or so ago I shared our recipe for an all-purpose herbal salve/balm that can be used on anyone over the age of 2.  This is the herbal balm we use on the little's under the age of two, although this is also a great balm for the entire family.  Balms seem a bit daunting at first, but they really are quite easy to make.  And if you make up a batch of the oil ahead of time, you can store it in a jar in a dark, cool, place and use it throughout the next year or two.

This balm is super nourishing for the littles in your life.  If you want to bump up the skin nourishment quality even more, you can divide the 1 ounce of coconut oil to 1/2 ounce coconut oil and 1/2 ounce shea butter or cocoa butter {provided your little is not allergic to nuts}.

Most health food stores have the essential oils listed.  You will likely also find the herbs, possibly in the bulk section.  Ours have the calendula and comfrey, however, not the plantain.  They do, however, carry a plantain-infused oil.

Little One's All-Purpose Herbal Balm/Salve
makes approx. 4 ounces

3 ounces herbal infused olive oil, infused with dried calendula, {see how to infuse oil here}
1 ounce coconut oil
.75 ounce beeswax {grated or pastilles makes it easier to weigh and melt}
Essential Oils, optional - 15 drops Rose E.O. or Absolute, and 8 drops Lavender E.O.

Heat the oils and beeswax just until the beeswax is fully melted, either on a stovetop double boiler or in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring between each {don't use a container you use for food because the beeswax may not be completely removed}.  Cool the mixture to 110 degrees Fahrenheit and stir in the essential oils if using. 

Pour into tubes or tins.
This does not contain a preservative, so it is best used within 6 months.

Other posts of interest:
Dandelion Salve
Homemade Fire Cider (for Sinus issues)


LA Murano said...

Great post! Pinned it to make....just need a few ingredients. Can't wait to try it!


Anonymous said...

Wow - thank you so much for sharing this! I am very excited to give it a try . . . and just ordered everything on amazon. :-)

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

So happy you're both finding it useful!! We hope you love it as much as we do. :)

Amanda BlueHeron said...

Great article.

Ann said...

I would like to know why do we have to use it within 6 months. I thought it will last as long as the oil's expiration date. Am I wrong?

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Hi Ann - if you don't use the herbal infused oil, then yes, it lasts as long as the oils remain non-rancid. Because herbs, even dried, contain some amount of moisture, it's best used within 6 months (but certainly can be used longer as long as you don't detect any changes by smell or look). I hope this helps!