Here in Alaska winter takes a toll on our skin. I remember the same thing happening when we lived in Colorado. As the cold came on, the redness would start showing up, followed by painful cracks. For a long time I took the grin and bear it approach. Most lotions are full of chemicals and make my hands burn. And in the end, they would only make it worse. So I just went without. And then I was introduced to this DIY basic salve recipe.
This DIY salve recipe is my go to for any winter skin issues. My oldest has a tendency to lick his lips when the air is cold and dry or he has a cold. The result is that the skin around his lips turns red and begins to crack. He has cried many times in his life over the skin being so painful. But since using this basic salve recipe at the earliest sign of dry or irritated skin, we’ve been able to keep the pain and cracks to very minimal! This combined with my DIY Lip Balm Recipe are lifesavers for our family!
Basic Salve Recipe
This basic salve recipe is really surprisingly easy to make with very few ingredients! I can easily make it in 30 minutes. So here you are!
Melt the beeswax and oil in a double boiler. I make one by putting water in a sauce pan and then putting my glass Pyrex measuring cup inside the sauce pan. This allows the beeswax and oil to melt without sticking to the pan.)
Once melted, let the mixture cool for a few minutes. This is important because too much heat can damage the potency of the essential oils. Once it has been off the heat for a few minutes, add in the essential oils.
Pour into small salve containers or a canning jar. I like to pour it into salve containers so that I can mix other essential oils in for different salve variations, or so that I can give them as gifts, pop one in my purse, etc.
*In regards to oils… You can really use any type of oil for this. I personally love an olive and coconut oil combination. The olive oil seems to rehydrate the skin really well, but too much olive oil and I don’t particularly love the smell. So I like to do half olive oil and half coconut oil for the combined benefits!
Also, in regards to the essential oils, if you have your Young Living premium starter kit, you will have frankincense but not myrrh. If you are wanting to use JUST the starter kit oils, I recommend using lavender in place of myrrh. But seriously – after you buy the premium starter kit, myrrh is a very worthwhile oil to add to your collection!
Choosing the Right Essential Oils
It is important to choose the right essential oils for this diy basic salve recipe. Many grocery stores carry “100% pure essential oils” but they actual have fillers and chemicals in them that can be damaging. This is the reason why I choose to use Young Living essential oils. If you are curious about Young Living or essential oils, feel free to read my post on My Journey to Young Living or to contact me! I’d love to connect!
Furthermore, different essential oils allow this recipe to be used in many different forms! Coming soon I will have different essential oils combinations for different types of salve! In the meantime, if you are curious to see other ways that I use essential oils, head on over to my Instagram Page! I’d love to have you!
Variations to the DIY Basic Salve
As time goes on, I’ve been creating different additions to the Basic Salve recipe. As I experiment more and get the recipes written and published, I will link to them below!