5 balms to pack this summer

5 balms to pack this summer

Make 5 recipes for small balms to put in your backpack or suitcases this summer. These easy-to-make balms will help you in many situations. A small amount applied to the skin in a massage will soothe minor summer ailments. Let's get to work!

Anti-nausea balm for motion sickness

For a 30 ml jar

  • 27g vegetable olive oil
  • 3 g beeswax
  • 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops of ginger essential oil

A small balm with essential oils of peppermint, ginger and lemon, for an invigorating synergy that will help fight against nausea related to motion sickness.

Apply a small amount to the wrists before and during the journey and breathe in as often as necessary.

Suitable for adults and children from 8 years old.

For children aged 3 to 8 and pregnant women, a version without peppermint essential oil should be made.

Soothing balm for bites and small wounds

  • 27g sweet almond vegetable oil
  • 3 g yellow beeswax
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of rose geranium essential oil

A melting and comforting balm to soothe insect and sea animal bites and to promote the healing of small wounds thanks to a calming and repairing synergy of geranium and spike lavender.

This balm is suitable for children aged 7 and over. For sensitive persons and children from 3 to 7 years old, replace the essential oil of spike lavender by that of fine lavender.

This balm is not suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women or children under the age of 3.

Soothing sunburn balm

For a 100 ml jar

  • 50 g vegetable shea butter
  • 30 g St. John's wort oil macerate
  • 10 g beeswax
  • 10 drops of niaouli essential oil
  • 30 drops of fine lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of cistus essential oil

Composed of a calming and regenerating synergy of niaouli, cistus and fine lavender, in a base of St John's wort macerate, this balm relieves skin that has been overheated by excessive sun. It should be applied in the evening or under clothing as St John's Wort, the plant that soothes sunburns and burns par excellence, is photosensitising.

This balm is suitable for adults and children from 6 years of age. Do not use for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 6 years of age.

Balm for bruises and bumps

For a 30g jar

  • 27 g of arnica oily macerate
  • 3 g yellow beeswax
  • 15 drops of Italian immortelle essential oil

An anti-shock balm that combines arnica and helichrysum, to promote the resorption of bruises, bumps and contusions and relieve painful areas. Apply as soon as possible to the sore area.

For children aged 3 to 6, the essential oil of helichrysum should be replaced by that of fine lavender, which is gentler and more suitable.

This balm is not suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women or children under the age of 6.

Hiking balm

For a 100 ml jar

  • 80 g oily macerate of arnica
  • 10 g beeswax
  • 30 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops of exotic basil essential oil
  • 10 drops of juniper essential oil

This balm relieves painful muscles and joints after long walks or sports activities. Its synergy of essential oils of juniper, lemon eucalyptus and exotic basil relaxes and soothes muscle cramps.

This balm is not suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women, nor for children under 12 years of age.

How to make a balm with essential oils?

  1. Place the wax, vegetable oils and vegetable butters in a previously disinfected stainless steel bowl.
  2. Place your bowl in a not too hot water bath until the mixture is melted.
  3. Remove from the water bath and add the other ingredients (essential oils, vitamin E, other oil-soluble active ingredients).
  4. Mix your mixture well with a mini whisk.
  5. Pour your preparation into a clean and disinfected jar. Then let your preparation cool down at room temperature.

When made under good hygienic conditions, a balm can be kept for at least 6 months.

Precautions for use

  • Always test the elbow fold before using your product to ensure that no reaction occurs within 48 hours.
  • If your balm contains essential oils, refer to the precautions for use of each essential oil on their product sheet.

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