This salve is great for a variety of skin concerns, perfect for moms to minimize stretch marks. Also good for a gardener's green thumb or just to revitalize skin after the long winter months. I specifically whipped this salve recipe up to aide a dear friend with psoriasis.
1/2 oz Shea Butter
1/2 oz Cocoa Butter
2 oz Beeswax (or more for thicker consistency)
8 oz Coconut Oil
8 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
30-160 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil
Optional- 1 oz Neem Oil
Using a double boiler slowly melt the beeswax over low heat until fully liquid. Then add shea, cocoa and neem, mixing thoroughly. Next slowly add the macadamia and coconut while stirring continuously.
Take a small sample out and let it cool to room temperature. If it is too liquid add more beeswax, if you add too much wax and it becomes too think add a bit more oil.
If the consistency is as desired add the bergamot essential oil. I used around 40 drops for a light underlying citrus scent. You can use as much as 10 to 20 drops per ounce of the other oils.
Shea Butter is an emollient with humectant properties. It is an anti-inflammatory that also offers some limited sunblock properties. It's commonly used to moisturize lips, hair and skin and good for healing while minimizing scarring. Shea Butter has a faint nut like scent to it.
Cocoa Butter is a great moisturizer that has natural antioxidants that aid against free radicals and give it a long shelf life. It's velvety texture makes it a pleasing lotion addition, it is also well known for limiting stretch marks and scarring.
Beeswax is nutrient rich and hypoallergenic with natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It's great for locking in moisture and creating a protective barrier. It's also great for thickening lotions and salves, and has some sun protection benefits. Natural beeswax has a light whiff of honey scent.
Coconut Oil is used to treat many skin issues such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. It has natural antioxidants and is a very effective moisturizer with a rich tropical scent.
Macadamia Nut Oil I've praised in the past, it's my favorite moisturizing oil, it's very similar to natural oils produced by your own skin. This oil is high in palmitoleic an antimicrobial that protects from cell damage, our skin produces less palmitoleic as we age. It absorbs easily and has a peanut like scent.
Bergamot Essential Oil has many many benefits, it is a disinfectant, antibiotic, deodorant, analgesic, and much more. It has a beautiful sweet citrus scent with surprising strength. Topical use of bergamot oil might also increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid too much sun exposure when wearing ointments or lotions containing Bergamot oil, or instead use a bergaptene-free essential oil like the one here.
Neem Oil is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory making it good for acne, eczema, psoriasis, and scabies as well as being a great general moisturizer. It does have a strong scent, reminiscent of peanuts and garlic.