Homemade Essential Oil Healing Salve

If I had to choose only one skin-care DIY, this would be it.

The reason why?  Not only does it work, it works for so many different things.  It’s an all-purpose essential oil healing salve.  It’s like a natural Neosporin, but even better.

It stops itchy skin from bug bites, rash, or bee stings.

It helps heal scrapes and small cuts.

It moisturizes and protects chapped skin, cracked heels, and dry skin.  It works as an intense hand lotion or overnight foot cream.

It soothes razor burn and inflamed pimples.

It helps heal minor burns.

And best of all, it helps calm my eczema symptoms.  While it doesn’t cure the underlying causes of eczema, it does amazing things to help with the dry, reddened and cracked skin that I sometimes get on my knuckles, behind my knees, and even on my face.

Yep, this stuff is amazing.

And while I hope I never have to choose just one skin-care DIY item, if I did, this would definitely be it.

 

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DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

Ways I use this essential oil healing salve

1 – eczema

2 – scrapes and small cuts

3 – minor burns

4 – dry skin

5- rash

6 – itchy skin

7 – bug bites

8 – dry, cracked heels

9 – pimples

10 – razor burn

11 – dry chapped hands (and other chapped skin)

 

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

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What’s in homemade healing salve?

coconut oil (kind I use) – Coconut oil has so many great benefits for helping moisturize and heal skin.  It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal.  It’s quickly absorbed and penetrates skin better than other oils.  Plus it acts as carrier oil to dilute the essential oils.  Diluting essential oils when used topically is beneficial because it both (1) makes it safer (less risk of skin reactions and overuse sensitivity) and (2) increases the effectiveness of the essential oils by slowing evaporation and improving absorption.

shea butter (find my favorite here)-  Shea butter is an intense moisturizer for dry skin plus it’s high in vitamins A and E as well as essential fatty acids.

jojoba oil (find here) – Unlike other oils and butters, the wax structure of jojoba oil is very similar to the natural oils of our skin.  It has antibacterial properties.  Plus it’s full of antioxidants and nutrients that help soothe and calm inflammation.

beeswax (find here)- Beeswax performs two functions in this salve: (1) it soothes, protects, and nourishes skin and (2) raises the melting temperature – coconut oil melts at 76 degrees F, so without the beeswax on a warm day, this salve would completely liquefy.  Beeswax has a much higher melting temperature (144 degrees F), so adding a little beeswax helps to keep the salve at least somewhat solid in warm weather.

frankincense essential oil – Frankincense helps protect, regenerate, and repair skin cells.  It has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that may help speed healing of minor wounds, insect bites, and rashes.

lavender essential oil – Lavender helps improve blood circulation, is anti-inflammatory, calms and soothes skin, and provides temporary pain relief.

helichrysum essential oil – Helichrysum is a super power for skin!  It’s anti-inflammatory, helps improve circulation, inhibits microbial growth, helps fight infection, helps lessen the appearance of scars, and maintains cell health.

tea tree essential oil – Tea tree is great for skin healing and repair.  Its antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties work to relieve itching, redness, and inflammation.

adorable mini mason jars (find them here)

convenient tubes that I use to keep healing salve in my purse and travel with (find them here)

bamboo sticks to stir (find them here)

 

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

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How to make essential oil healing salve?

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step 1:  add 2 tablespoons beeswax to a heat-safe glass bowl or measuring cup

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

step 2:  melt the beeswax is the double boiler method

Put the heat-safe glass bowl/measuring cup into a pot of simmering water.  Melt beeswax over medium heat.  Stir occasionally.  It will take about 15 minutes to melt beeswax.  Make sure beeswax is completely melted, otherwise the beeswax might partially re-solidify, making the sore muscle rub grainy.

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

step 3:  add 2 tablespoons coconut oil to the melted beeswax

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

step 4:  add 1 tablespoon shea butter

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

step 5:  add 1/4 cup jojoba oil (or substitute sweet almond oil)

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

step 6:  after everything is completely melted, remove from heat and let it cool slightly before adding essential oils

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

step 7:  add the following essential oils (75 drops in total)

15 drops frankincense essential oil

25 drops lavender essential oil

15 drops helichrysum essential oil

20 drops tea tree essential oil

note:  this is a 3% dilution.

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

step 8:  pour into jars

I like these adorable mini mason jars (find them here)

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

step 9:  I also pour my healing salve into these convenient tubes (find them here).

I keep one of these in my purse so that I always have it handy.

They’re made from PET plastic which is safe to use with diluted essential oils like this healing salve.

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

step 10:  let the healing salve cool completely before you put the lid on

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

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Here’s my essential oil healing salve recipe one more time

click here to get a free printable of this recipe

1) add 2 tablespoons beeswax (find here) to a heat-safe glass bowl or measuring cup then melt the beeswax is the double boiler method

Put the heat-safe glass bowl/measuring cup into a pot of simmering water.  Melt beeswax over medium heat.  Stir occasionally.  It will take about 15 minutes to melt beeswax.  Make sure beeswax is completely melted, otherwise the beeswax might partially re-solidify, making the sore muscle rub grainy.

2) add the following to the melted beeswax and continue heating in double boiler until everything is melted

2 tablespoons coconut oil (kind I use)

1 tablespoon shea butter (this is my favorite kind)

1/4 cup jojoba oil (find here)

3) after everything is completely melted, remove from heat and let it cool slightly before adding essential oils

4) add the following essential oils (75 drops in total)

15 drops frankincense essential oil

25 drops lavender essential oil

15 drops helichrysum essential oil

20 drops tea tree essential oil

note:  this is a 3% dilution.

5) pour into containers

I use these adorable mini mason jars (find them here)

and

I also use these convenient tubes (find them here).  I keep one of these in my purse so that I always have it handy.  They’re made from PET plastic which is safe to use with diluted essential oils like this healing salve.

6) let the healing salve cool completely before you put the lid on

 

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

How to use homemade essential oil healing salve

  • clean and dry skin before using salve
  • apply thin layer one to three times a day as needed
  • for minor burns, first apply a drop or two of lavender essential oil.  Wait to apply healing salve until the minor burn is no longer emitting heat.  (if you use salve when the minor burn is still giving off heat, the salve could trap the heat in and slow healing)

 

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

Where to get supplies?

mini mason jars – find here

empty tubes (PET plastic that’s safe for diluted essential oils like this salve) – find here

beeswax – find here

coconut oil – find here

jojoba oil – find here

shea butter – find here

 

click here to get a free printable of this recipe

DIY all-purpose essential oil healing skin salve recipe: eczema, chapped skin, cracked heels, minor cuts, bug bites, bee stings, rash, burns, and more.

 

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By | 2017-11-12T14:18:53+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Essential Oils|26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Jan October 30, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Substitution for helichrysum? Panaway?

    • Sarah Lewis November 5, 2017 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      Panaway is great for sore muscles, but I wouldn’t use it in this healing salve. The wintergreen and clove might be a bit too strong.
      Other substitutes for helichrysum are geranium, sandalwood, and myrrh. While not exactly the same, they have some of the same skin healing properties as helichrysum.

  2. Linda October 30, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Is there another essential which can be substituted for the helichrysum. It is crazy expensive and I don’t think I will be able to afford to buy it any time soon.

    • Sarah Lewis November 5, 2017 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      They’re not perfect, but geranium, sandalwood, or myrrh would be pretty good substitutes for helichrysum. Geranium is the least expensive of those three.
      You could also omit the helichrysum. The salve won’t have quite the same benefits, but it would still be very good.

  3. Cheryl October 31, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Do you know how much more bees wax I should add if I wanted to be more of a “balm” that would stay solid in .5 oz twist up tube (like an oversized lip balm tube)? Thanks!!

  4. Rhonita November 1, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

    I’d like to make this salve but I can’t use Shea butter. Would coca butter work in place of Shea butter? And would I use the same amount as what calls for Shea butter in the recipe? Thanks!

    • Sarah Lewis November 3, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

      Hi Rhonita,
      Cocoa butter isn’t the best substitute for shea in this recipe. Cocoa butter is much harder, more brittle, and has a higher melting point than shea.
      A great substitute for shea in this recipe is mango butter. You can use the exact same amount of mango butter as what it calls for shea butter.
      Sarah

  5. Rhonita November 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Hi! I’d like to make your salve but I can’t use Shea butter. Can coca butter be used in place of Shea butter?

    • Sarah Lewis November 3, 2017 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Hi Rhonita,
      Mango butter would be a great substitute for the shea butter in this recipe.
      While I love cocoa butter, it is a much harder and more brittle butter than shea and won’t give quite the same result.
      Sarah

  6. Patsy Rolen November 2, 2017 at 12:01 am - Reply

    I am interested in Essential Oils. Any recipes and homemade items.

  7. Sumi Rios November 3, 2017 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    My son is allergic to coconut. Is there a different oil I can use to replace it? Thank you in advanced.

    • Sarah Lewis November 5, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      If your son isn’t allergic to it, babassu oil is a great substitute for coconut oil in this recipe.

  8. Amber Dierks November 4, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Hello there, I was wondering if there was a substitute for the coconut oil. I’d love to make this for my kiddos with eczema but my oldest is allergic to coconut.

    • Sarah Lewis November 5, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      If your oldest isn’t also allergic to babassu oil, it’s a great substitute for coconut oil in this recipe.

  9. Kim November 4, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    How much does this recipe make?

    • Sarah Lewis November 5, 2017 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      It makes a little more than 1/2 cup of salve.

  10. Rhonda Arnold November 5, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Is there anither oil I ciuld substitute for heluchrysum?

    • Sarah Lewis November 5, 2017 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      They do not have the exact same properties as helichrysum, but myrrh, sandalwood, and geranium could be substituted for the helichrysum if needed.

  11. Lashelle November 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Which helichrysum oil is best. I see two different tyoes. One is much less expensive. Please advise on which one you use.

    • Sarah Lewis November 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      I use Helichrysum italicum.

  12. Darla November 7, 2017 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Where did you find the wooden sticks to stir. I have been looking with no luck

    • Sarah Lewis November 11, 2017 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      I got them on Amazon. Sometimes you can find them at Target, TJ Maxx, and the grocery store.
      They’re called things like 7″ bamboo paddle or flag skewer (or stirrer).
      Here’s where you can get them on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2yumLCs

  13. Karel November 9, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Which helichrysum and which frankincense do you use?

    • Sarah Lewis November 9, 2017 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Helichrysum italicum and Boswellia carterii

  14. Theresa November 9, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Hi Sarah, how many tubes or jars does this recipe make? Also, if I wanted to use this recipe as a diaper cream would I just decrease the number of essential oil drops to 5 per oil? Or, would this recipe be fine as is for use on babies/toddlers?
    Thank you!

    • Sarah Lewis November 9, 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      It makes a little more than 1/2 cup of salve.
      If you use the 2 oz mini mason jars like I show in my photos, it will fill two of those mini mason jars.
      Or if you make the tubes instead, it will make 12-15 tubes, depending on spillage.

      My daughter is 15 now, and I didn’t use essential oils way back when she was in diapers, so I’m not well researched on that. Here are a couple things I can share:
      for 2-3 years olds, I would only use 1% dilution which would be 25 drops total in this recipe. For baby/toddlers 6 month to 2 years, I would use an even lower dilution- probably around 0.5% dilution which would be about 12-13 drops in this recipe.
      I wouldn’t use the tea tree topically with kids under 2.
      Here’s a link to a good article about which essential oils are safe or not safe for kids. http://www.usingeossafely.com/essential-oils-and-children/

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