This is a gorgeous concoction that's relatively simple to make, and is a fabulous gift for friends and loved ones. The soothing balm is massaged into the feet before bed to enhance sleep quality, with the added bonus of cultivating soft feet.
This recipes yields twelve 55gm jars so simply halve the quantities if you don't need this much.
jars or containers to hold the finished product
large airtight jar to infuse the oils
double boiler or heat proof jug
muslin cloth or old stocking
one and a half cups organic coconut oil
one and a half cups organic olive oil
six tablespoons grated beeswax
teaspoon vitamin E oil
half cup of dried chamomile
half cup of dried lemon balm
thirty drops lavender essential oil
twenty four drops ylang ylang essential oil
1. Infuse the oils
Add the coconut and olive oils to the large jar, stir through the dried chamomile and lemon balm, screw lid on, and place on a sunny windowsill for two weeks.
NB: for a simpler and quicker version, skip this step and use chamomile and lemon balm essential oils with the lavender and ylang ylang.
2. When the oils are infused with the herbs, strain the oil through a muslin cloth straight into your double boiler or jug. Discard the herbs. Line your jars or containers up in preparation.
3. Add the grated beeswax to the infused oils in your jug and place in a pot of water on low heat, stirring occasionally. The beeswax will slowly melt and mix with the oils - this process can take ten to fifteen minutes.
4. Once mixed, allow to cool slightly and then add the essential oils and vitamin E oil, whisking gently until thoroughly mixed.
5. Pour into your dry jars or containers and leave the lids off until the balm has set (ten to fifteen minutes).
Prepare all your ingredients and utensils before you start, things happen quickly once the oils have melted.
It can get messy, so for your first time you may want to lay some newspaper over your work space.
To clean your utensils you'll find it easier if you wipe them off with a paper towel first to absorb some of the oils.