Basic Balm Recipe – A Base Recipe for Herbal Balms

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Herbal balms are a must-have for anyone's skincare arsenal. They can be used to protect + heal wounds, condition split ends, heal chapped lips, and soothe dry skin, depending on how they are applied. Luckily for DIY-lovers, it's very easy to create your own, all-natural base for herbal balms using infused oils and essential oils – whatever you have on hand, really!

You need:

  • 8 oz of the base oil of your choice, like coconut, jojoba, or sunflower. If you are working with herb-infused oils, substitute them for plain base oil.
  • 1 oz of the wax of your choice, like beeswax, candelilla, or carnauba wax.
  • A few vitamin E capsules.
  • Essential oils (About 100 drops total, or 1 tsp for this recipe)
  • Containers, like jars, tins, or tubes.

1. Using a double boiler, gently warm wax and base oil together until melted.
2. Stir until combined, using a non-reactive spoon or stirring rod.
3. Test the consistency of the balm by allowing a few drops to cool in a separate bowl. If you prefer a firmer blm, add more wax. If you prefer a softer balm, add more oil. Adjust the ratios of wax to oil until your desired consistency is reached.
4. Pierce vitamin E capsules with a needle, and squeeze into the balm.
5. Add essential oils, and transfer liquid to containers to cool. Once cooled, the balm should be ready for use.

Use 100 drops or 1 tsp total of essential oils for this recipe. If you're combining more than one type of oil, just make sure they add up to this amount total. For example, you might use half a teaspoon each of lavender and tea tree oils for an antibacterial, healing balm.

To use, apply a little to lips to help prevent chapping and keep them moist and supple. To reduce split ends, warm a tiny dab of balm in the palms of your hands and smooth them over the ends of damp hair. After showering, apply balm to knees, elbows, cuticles, and feet to soften and moisturize. The possibilities for this recipe are virtually endless.

Herbs + Oils to Consider

These combos will work by using herbs to infuse your carrier oil or adding essential oils to the balm.

For wounds + scars: 1/2 tsp lavender essential oil + 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil

For burns: 1/4 tsp lavender essential oil + 1/4 tsp frankincense essential oil + 1/4 tsp tea tree oil + 1/4 tsp peppermint oil

For dry skin: 1/2 tsp frankincense essential oil + 1/2 tsp sandalwood essential oil

For congestion (use as a “vapor” rub): 1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus oil 1/2 teaspoon rosemary oil


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Kylie Wiser is an herbalist specializing in skincare and women's health. She shares recipes and resources on Everblossom to help others live a more holistic lifestyle. She lives in Fargo, ND with her huge family and lots of houseplants.

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  1. Amanda

    Hi Kylie. Just wondering if the 8oz of the base oil is weighed or is it a fluid oz measurement? Thanks! 🙂

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