I think that I can speak for everyone when I say that we can all get pretty stressed sometimes. And at this time of coronavirus lockdown this is especially so. It is pretty challenging being away from loved ones, not working, working overtime and not knowing what lies ahead.
For those of you who read my blogs, you’ll know that I have a passion for natural skincare. And recently I have started sharing some of my favourite my recipes. I was looking though my essential oils and wondering what I could make with them. If I’m being honest, making up new skincare and beauty recipes has been a great way to keep me distracted. Especially in the evenings, after a hard day’s home schooling (and preventing two boys from fighting and trashing the house).
I have a lot of lavender, so I wanted to make something that would put it to good use. My son suffers with anxiety and loves his night-time pillow sprays and temple balms. So I thought ‘why don’t I have a go at making one?’. And if it passes his strict inspection, then it’s got to be good!
Unlike the last blog post, this isn’t a recipe you can make from kitchen ingredients. However, these ingredients are very versatile and will be used in future recipes so they are worth buying online. This recipe is very easy to make and great fun to make with the kids too.
This temple balm has a wonderful creamy texture and its scent is absolutely perfect. It’s enough to make 3 x 15ml pots (which I usually use for lip balm). These also would make a lovely gift!
The oils I chose are fantastic to help with:
- meditation (frankincense)
- panic attacks and anxiety (bergamot)
- stress relief (clary sage)
- mood enhancing (ylang ylang)
- relaxation / sleep aid (lavender)
I have tried to balance them so no one scent is too overpowering. Instead, they should all work together to give a sense of calm and balance. This balm is great for relieving feelings of anxiety or stress during in the day. It’s also ideal for helping you drift off to sleep at night.
What will I need?
- 3 x 15ml lip balm pots or 1 larger 50ml size
- Saucepan with water and a bowl to fit on top
- 5g bees wax
- 10g cocoa butter
- 15g grapeseed oil
- 5 drops of vitamin e oil (Optional)
- 6 drops frankincense oil
- 3 drops clary sage oil
- 5 drops ylang ylang oil
- 6 drops of lavender oil
- 4 drops of bergamot
How do I make it?
Firstly, set up your bowl over the water in the pan without it touching the water. Heat the water, then add the cocoa butter and bees wax until it has completely melted.
Turn off the heat, then add in the grapeseed oil (and vitamin E if using). You’ll need to mix it in quickly before it starts to set. Remove the bowl from the pan and add your essential oils and mix through.
Add the liquid to your sterilised containers and then let it cool.
How do I use it?
This balm can be used both in the day and in the evening. You can apply it to your temples, behind your ears, on your wrists and the creases of your elbow. You may find it helps to just inhale the scent from the pot if needed. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or struggling to sleep, simply apply and take 3 deep breaths in.
I would recommend doing a patch test and leaving it for 24 hours. This is just to make sure that you are not sensitive to any of the ingredients. Do not use any of the essential oils neat.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. And I hope you see some benefit in using it. The 15ml pots are perfect for popping in your bag so can easily be taken around with you.
I would love to hear your feedback on this balm. And if you do make it, please tag me on Facebook or Instagram. I love to see people creating and benefitting from my recipe’s!
Remember, keep glowing,