DIY Gentle Chamomile Calendula Healing Balm for Face and Scalp Eczema
Herbs are healing accelerators when it comes chronic skin conditions like eczema. Here is one of my favorite recipes for both the face and the scalp.
How do I use this balm?
I really like using this balm on my face after applying my eye cream, serum, and facial moisturizer to help seal in the moisture more. When I do this, I usually don’t have to reapply any moisturizer for the rest of the day and night. I have also found this formula really great for my scalp for dry scaly rashes as well as flaking and dandruff. It also makes for a really great leave-in hair conditioner after shampooing your hair in the shower.
Why do I use chamomile and calendula?
Chamomile and calendula are antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal floral herbs. They also work on a spiritual level through their energetics and aromatherapy. Chamomile helps to invoke a sense of gentleness and an inclination to take it easy on ourselves and calendula provides a sunny, positive and optimistic "cheerleader" energy on our healing journey. Together, they make for a very gentle and pleasant healing balm that honestly could be used anywhere and in my experience have been particularly helpful for eczema above the neck. Here’s how you can make your own at home!
What's in my eczema healing balm?
- ½ cup of dried chamomile flowers
- ½ cup of dried calendula flowers
- ½ cup of extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- ⅕ cup of beeswax
How do I make the balm?
- Put the dried chamomile and calendula flowers in the extra virgin olive oil in a glass mason jar.
- Put the mason jar on the top rack of the oven and set to the lowest setting (usually around and 180 degrees Celsius or about 350 degrees Fahrenheit), leaving the door slightly cracked open. Once the oven is preheated, turn off the heat, close the door and leave the mason jar in there for 3 hours.
- Strain the flowers out of the oil with a cheesecloth or strainer of choice.
- Put the mason jar in a saucepan half-way filled with water. Add in the beeswax and bring the water to a boil. Stir occasionally until the beeswax is completely melted into the oil and mix thoroughly to distribute to the wax evenly.
- With a pair of tongs or thick gloves, remove the mason jar from the saucepan and place on a heat-proof surface to cool down and harden.The balm should start setting almost immediately and will take about an hour or so to fully harden.
Author's Note: To be safe and to prevent yourself from getting burnt, it is probably best to wait at least 3 hours before starting to use it.
Hope you will try out this super easy recipe out! If you try it, please do let us know how it goes in the comments below! Happy medicine-making!
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