DIY MOISTURIZING HAND SALVE
If your hands and feet get dry and cracked during the winter, this is a wonderful salve to use. Here's how to make it.....
Makes 3-10 oz. tins
5 tbsp olive oil, avocado oil, or sweet almond oil (You can use herb infused oil if you have it on hand)
¾ oz beeswax (by weight, or you can use approximately 3 tablespoons grated, gently packed beeswax or pastilles)
5 tbsp shea butter
25-30 drops essential oil (optional - lavender essential oil, chamomile essential oil and tea tree essential oil are good choices)
Gently heat the beeswax in a double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler you can use a stainless steel bowl set inside a pot of boiling water.)
When the beeswax is melted, add in the shea butter (if using) and allow it to fully melt.
When the shea butter is melted, add in the oil and let it warm up for 1-2 minutes. Stir everything until it is well-combined and then remove the mixture from heat.
If you're adding essential oils, allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes before stirring them in. You want it to be warm and pourable but not hot.
Pour the salve into your containers and allow to cool fully before using.