Beeswax (pellets or sticks)
Vegetable oil of choice
(For lip balm use half and half beeswax and vegetable oil, for body balm or foot balm use 2 parts vegetable oil to 1 part beeswax. Measurements are approximate)
Put the beeswax and vegetable oil in a slow cooker (crockpot) Add the beeswax and oil and allow the beeswax to melt.
If you don't have a slow cooker use the bain marie method. Place a large basin or bowl over a pot on hot water on a cooker. Put the beeswax and oil in the basin and allow the beeswax to melt.
When the beeswax has melted, put a metal spoon in the balm. It will solidify quickly so you can test if it's the right consistency. If the balm is too hard, add more oil. If it's too runny, add more beeswax.
For dry or chapped lips Lavender and/or Benzoin essential oils.
For anyone prone to cold sores use Lavender, Geranium and/or Peppermint.
Lavender and Geranium are more powerful antiviral agents than Tea Tree
Don't use Lavender during pregnancy.
Geranium and Lavender essential oils balance sebum and reduce stress & anxiety.
This will really enhance a reflexology treatment, the aroma is beautiful and the balm is very moisturising for the feet.
Don't use Lavender or Geranium during pregnancy.
Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Chamomile, Clove essential oils (use all 4 if possible)
Vegetable oils are Castor, Olive and Sweet Almond (use all 3 if possible)
Amazing painkiller for arthritis, fibromylagia and lots more.
Don't use Peppermint, Chamomile or Clove during pregnancy, don't use Peppermint or Clove for sensitive skin.
Body balms are lovely all over moisturisers.
Also excellent for insomnia and respiratory conditions as the aroma lingers longer than a blend with vegetable oils.
For reflexology you could create balms for various ailments e.g muscle balm, hormone balancing balm, stress & anxiety balm etc.
To upgrade a back massage include the pain balm instead of oil