DIY Healing Skin Balm
Beautiful snow and cold temperatures spell trouble for ultra dry and sensitive skin. This skin balm has proven itself time and time again to sooth dry, itchy skin, heal scars, prevent wound infection (even from cat bites teeming with bacteria), and save little noses from chapping and soreness during the cold and flu season.
The bars are made from the most skin nourishing ingredients available and all are from sustainable sources. I avoided the use of oils because they do not hydrate well enough for our skin during the cold winter months.
DIY Healing Skin Balm Benefits
- stretch marks
- dry skin
- aging skin
- diaper rash
- wound healing
- chapped, sun- or wind-damaged skin
- cracked and rough heels, knees, and elbows
- contains natural cancer-preventative agents
- light SPF sunscreen
- increased collagen production
- good for those with chemical sensitivities
- Vitamins A, D, E, K2; also rich in other vitamins and minerals
- conjugated lineolic acid (CLA) – anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory
- palmitoleic acid – antimicrobial
- Omega 6:3 ratios similar to fish
- use pastured/grass-fed and organic
- Vitamins A, E, and F; also rich in other vitamins and minerals
- catechins – antioxidents also present in green tea
- SPF 6 sun protection
- cinnamic acid
- lupeol cinnamate – tumor preventative
- prevents skin damage from UV radiation
- use organic, raw, unrefined and fair trade
- Vitamin E; also rich in other vitamins and minerals
- cocoa mass polyphenols (CMP) – inhibits production of IgE (immuno globulin E), possibly assists in heart disease prevention and eases arthritis
- high amount of antioxidents
- may help boost the immune system and prevent cancer
- use organic and fair trade
After 5 months of trial and error, I have found a way to naturally counteract the smell.
The use of additional scents is unnecessary for those sensitive to them but the balm will still contain a slight scent of cocoa.
My favorite version includes peppermint essential oil for luscious peppermint cocoaliciousness (oils I use).
Decadent, silky, unctuous, and soothing, DIY Healing Skin Balm is the natural answer to dry, chapped, problem skin.
- 1/3 cup beef tallow, organic and pastured
- 1/3 cup shea butter, raw and organic
- 1/3 cup cocoa butter, organic
- Render beef suet or purchase already rendered tallow.
- Heat cocoa butter and shea butter over low heat until melted.
- Stir gently to incorporate.
- Pour into desired container - mason jar, soap mold, muffin tin, loaf pan, etc.
- Cool in fridge overnight (8 hours) to set.
- For easier removal from glass or metal containers, put in freezer for 20-60 minutes. It will shrink and pop out.
- If using a larger container with the intention of cutting bars by hand, wait until balm has returned to room temp before cutting into skin balm to avoid breakage. Heat knife under hot water - dry before use - to make cutting easier.
- Rub over palms to heat balm for easier application.
Shea Butter Benefits – National Geographic (no longer available)
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This post is part of Make Your Own! Monday
Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.
When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.