The moment I saw that my Helichrysum seedlings had emerged from their little soil nursery this spring, I couldn’t stop the smile that spread across my face. There’s just something about actually growing the plants you are using yourself that adds a new layer of depth to your relationship with them. Helichrysum is one of my favorite botanicals for skincare recipes and home remedies. I’ve long utilized it in its herbal form, as a hydrosol, and as an essential oil and now that I’ll have access to the fresh plant, I’m looking forward to making a flower essence once these sweet little plant babies are old enough to spread their sunny faces toward the sky.
Helichrysum is such a versatile herb when it comes to formulas for the skin. It rejuvenates the skin cells and helps to promote quick recovery from wounds, soothes irritation, calms inflammation, smells amazing, and generally supports the healing process. I love it. This balm recipe is one of my must have recipes for my herbal first aid kit. It can be used when dealing with just about any kind of skin issue, though you’ll want to avoid using it on deep or puncture wounds until they have scabbed over.
- 1 part beeswax
- 5 parts carrier oil that has been infused with Helichrysum flowers
- 1 part carrier oil that has been infused with Calendula flowers
- essential oils of Helichrysum, Lavender, and Calendula CO2 (optional)
HOW TO MAKE THE BALM
- Infuse your carrier oils with the herbs if you don’t already have infused oils on hand in your home apothecary. I like to infuse my oils for at least 6 weeks, but you could also use the quick-infusion method if you need your balm to be ready right away.
- Melt the beeswax in a double boiler over low heat. Once it’s melted, stir in the infused oils.
- Remove the blend from the heat and stir in your essential oils at a 3 to 5 % total dilution (optional).
- After the blend has cooled a bit, use an immersion blender to ‘fluff up’ the texture of the balm.
- Scoop into sterilized jars or tins. Add your labels (include the date you made the product + all of the ingredients you used).
- Store a jar in your herbal first aid kit so you’ll know where it is when you need it. This balm can also be used as a daily moisturizer if you leave the essential oils out or keep them at a 1 to 2 % total dilution. When used after showering or washing your hands, it will soak nicely into the skin without leaving any sort of greasy residue.