March 23, 2015

Herbal Body Balm for Stress Induced flare ups

My last assignment included a blending project where I was to design and blend a product for a young adult male dealing with atopic dermatitis that reappears within months of stress. This dermatitis is short lived and disappears within months of the stressor removal... although I have been using this for basic skin hydration.

 My blend included a shea butter and herbal infused olive oil whipped together... along with two wonderful essential oils.

  • Chamomile – anti-inflammatory, nervine, antihistamine and sedative effects
  • Dandelion – has been used historically for eczema 
  • Calendula – anti-inflammatory, eczema, venous insufficiency
  • Tea Tree – well noted for it's benefits on skin irritations,
  • Lavender – relaxing, and anti – bacterial & fungal

How I Made It: I mixed the olive oil and herbs into a glass mason jar and placed the jar in a crock pot with a cloth lining the bottom, under the jar. Then I filled the crock pot water until it reached slightly over half way in level and turned the crock on low. After four or five hours of low heat, I removed the infusion and drained the herbs. Cleaned my crock pot, mixed the desired amounts of herbal infused oil and shea butter and then whipped with a hand mixer. The old fashioned kind! Then I added my essential oils.

Placed the balm in a metal container and allowed the creation to cool. 

Label and Date. 

I do prefer to use the solar infusion method but in a pinch this works for me...

How to Use Options:
  • After bathing, while the skin is still wet, apply herbal body balm/butter and rub into to the effected area. 
  • Apply to effected area as needed, however - note that this blend may leave your skin some what greasy feeling if used via this method and that olive oil may stain clothing.

Balm consistency depends on the amounts of oil and shea butter used within the preparation blending... but the mess that may make is half the fun in learning.


Shared With: Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth The Art of Homemaking Mondays

1 comment:

  1. This balm sounds excellent! I like the way you infused it gently in the crock pot. I have always done the solar but this is a great way for quicker results when needed. Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week! We are glad to have you :) I will be following along!