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DIY Vegan Healing Balm (for everything you can think of)

DIY Vegan Healing Balm (for everything you can think of)

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Healing Balm is called that for a reason. It also has a crazy amount of uses:

  • diaper rash
  • acne
  • extremely dry skin
  • different kinds of rashes
  • minor scrapes/cuts
  • dry paws on the dog
  • eczema
  • deep hair conditioner
  • make-up remover
  • reducing stretch marks during pregnancy

This DIY healing balm contains ingredients that can all be made organic and is safe for babies and pets. If you are vegan, omit the beeswax and use soy at the same ratio or candelilla at half the amount (ex. if it calls for 1/2oz use a 1/4 oz.) Leah over at fabulousfarmgirl.com has an awesome post on beeswax and alternatives! 

COCONUT OIL

  • extremely moisturizing to the skin
  • anti-inflammatory components which can help treat acne
  • anti bacterial
  • anti microbial

Coconut oil has many uses in our house! It’s an ingredient in my homemade lip balms, deodorants and creams. It shows up in our stir fry’s at dinner and sometimes I’ll blend it into my coffee for a vegan bulletproof coffee in the morning. And on a more risque note, it makes a great tasting and safe lube?

SHEA BUTTER

  • moisturizing
  • anti inflammatory
  • anti aging
  • restores skins elasticity
  • reduce stretch marks
  • reduces breakage and split ends in hair
  • prevents hair loss
  • natural conditioner
  • wound healing

Shea butter is a fat taken from the nut of the African shea tree. It can be refined or unrefined. I recommend finding organic and unrefined as it is able to keep its vitamins and minerals during the extraction process! Shea butter is also something I use in almost all of my creams, lip balms and deodorants.

BEESWAX

  • anti bacterial
  • locks in moisture
  • pain reliever
  • anti inflammatory
  • relieves fungal infections
  • reduces stretch marks because of vitamin A
  • stress reliever

Beeswax has so many amazing benefits. I definitely recommend using it in your cream but if you’re vegan and would rather not, I would go for the candelilla wax because it has some of the same benefits just not nearly as many. Please source it locally if possible!

LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

  • promotes wound healing
  • relieves stress and anxiety 
  • treats respiratory disorders
  • induces sleep 
  • anti bacterial
  • treats acne
  • relieves pain
  • improves blood circulation

Lavender has been used for hundreds of years for so many things. At our house, we use it in creams and balms. I’ve made a ‘sleep stick’ which has a harder consistency than lip balm and is used for rubbing on pulse points to help you sleep or relax. Sometimes I dab undiluted lavender essential oil on a blemish to help clear it up faster.

It also works wonders in bath bombs, as an ingredient for an herbal sitz bath or mixing with epsom salts. I have made a linen spray made with strained tea from the flowers as well as the oil.

TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL

  • natural sanitizer, even effective of killing the e. coli virus
  • insect repellent
  • natural deodorant (I use this in my homemade deodorant which I will link here when the post is finished)
  • antiseptic
  • treats acne
  • promotes wound healing
  • soothes skin inflammation 

Tea tree is amazing and can do so many good things, however, it has been known to be poisonous upon ingestion for humans and pets so store away from curious beings. It also can be harmful in large doses to pets through their skin. I personally choose to add this to my recipe because it is such a small amount distributed throughout that it’s severely diluted and I have never had a problem with my children or animals! If using this makes you uncomfortable in any way, please omit from the Magic Cream as it is not necessary.

ARROWROOT STARCH

  • baby powder 
  • a safe, gluten free thickening agent for lotions and cosmetics
  • moisture absorbing
  • promotes wound healing

Arrowroot is used in cooking and cosmetics in our house. We use it as a gluten free thickener in cooking and vegan puddings. I’ve made homemade foundation, blush and baby powder. Arrowroot is also an ingredient in my diy deodorant. It’s really become a staple in our home!

Yield: 3 small containers

Vegan Healing Balm (for everything!)

Vegan Healing Balm (for everything!)

DIY vegan healing balm is used for anything you can think of! Diaper rash, dry skin, eczema, cuts and scrapes, conditioner, dry pet paws, etc,

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C coconut oil
  • 1/4 C shea butter
  • 1/4 oz candelilla (about 3 scant teaspoons)
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3-5 drops tea tree oil

Instructions

  1. Melt coconut oil, shea butter and candelilla in a double boiler (I use an old jar that was heading for recycling anyway) or in the microwave until the wax is completely melted.
  2. Take off the heat and stir in lavender and tea tree essential oil.
  3. Whisk in arrowroot starch until no lumps remain.
  4. Pour into sterilized container of your choice.
  5. Place in the fridge to firm it up completely.
  6. Use as necessary.

Notes

This healing balm is cloth diaper safe.

Charlie

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Hi, I really love this balm but just wondered if you could increase the lavender oil to get more of a fragrance on the product? Really easy to make and my cuticles are looking great! Also should you let the mixture cool a little bit before adding the oils? I just took it off the heat and added them after about a minute.

Many thanks!

Jenni

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Hey Charlie,

I wouldn't see why you couldn't add more lavender- go for it!

I add my oils immediately after taking off the heat and think it's okay but if you're more comfortable letting it cool for a minute or two, definitely do that :)

Take care!

Rebecca

Saturday 4th of July 2020

Hi there!! So excited to try this recipe, thank you for sharing! I was just wondering what you would recommend, measurement wise, for the use of beeswax? It sounds like 1/2 oz but I wasn’t sure!!

Thank you(:

Jenni

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Hi Rebecca! I'm so sorry for the late response- YES, 1/2oz of beeswax. I just re-read my post- it's confusing. I'm going to fix it. Thank you so much for your comment and I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

Faith Werre

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

I'm so glad I found I DIY "everything balm" that I can make because I love making things myself and knowing what's going into the things I use. I just had 2 small questions. 1.) How much of the arrowroot starch should I add to the mixture? 2.) Once the balm is made, how long does it last before it should be discarded? Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! I hope you have a good day :)

Jenni

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

Hi Faith, I am so sorry about that! I checked the post and realized the code for the recipe was all wonky. I've fixed that so you should be able to see it now :) it's 2 tablespoons of arrowroot for the recipe. The shelf life depends on your shea butter and coconut oil! Those two ingredients have a shelf life of about 2 years after opening. Shea butter has a distinct smell when it goes rancid- you'll know. Take care ❤

Joanne M Maillet

Tuesday 24th of December 2019

Hi! I made the balm last night but it ended up being kinda mushy. Is 1/4 Oz wax correct? Just odd its a small amount? Thxs!!!!

Jenni

Saturday 28th of December 2019

Hey Joanne, I just re-made it to take some new photos! Yes, that's the correct amount. It firms up more in cooler weather and stays pretty soft in a warm house. Personally, I like this as I mostly use this for a diaper cream and like not having to dig in there too much to get it out. If you'd like it to be firmer I'd recommend adding a 1/2 tsp of candelilla wax at a time. To test, dip a spoon in and place it on paper towel in the fridge. Once it hardens, see if you like the consistency. I'd also recommend placing it in the fridge after it's been poured into the containers to firm up completely. I've changed the recipe to include that! Thanks so much for reaching out and helping get this recipe perfect ❤

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