Balm Post-Mosquito Bites
 
Ingredients
FOR THE HERBAL OIL
  • A 250ml / 1 cup clean jar
  • ½ cup active plant parts (flowers, leaves) of one of the following: chamomile or marigold (flowers only), or St.John's Wort (flowers & leaves)
  • Enough organic virgin oil to cover. Olive oil is great, or choose sunflower, almond or rapeseed for options with less odor.
FOR THE BALM
  • 7 g (about 2 heaping teaspoons) virgin beeswax (See note above for VEGAN alternatives)
  • 30 g (about 2 tablespoons) herbal oil or virgin, organic, odorless oil such as sunflower, rapeseed or almond
  • 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 20 drops Tea Tree EO
  • 10 drops Mint EO
  • 10 drops Bergamot or Lemon EO
  • 5 drops rosemary EO
  • EXTRA: 5 drops, or a capsule, tocopherol (vitamin E)
Instructions
MAKE THE HERBAL OIL
  1. Add the herbs to the jar and cover with oil. The herbs should take up about half the jar, while the oil should get up to ¾. Store in a cool, dark place for about 30 days, then filter through a muslin cloth into a clean jar. Store in a dark, cool place.
  2. ST.JOHN'S WORT OIL IS THE EXCEPTION: this plant is fully activated by the sun, so leave it to infuse in full sunlight. After a few days, the oil will start to turn red. Once ready, after 30 days, and filtered, store in a dark place.
MAKE THE BALM
  1. melt the beeswax gently over a bain-marie. Make sure you do it this way, or too harsh a heat might ruin its properties.
  2. Once the wax is melted (stir it every now and then), remove from the bain-marie and add the oil. The wax will probably form some lumps but it will smooth off as it cools. Wait for it to get to a slightly creamy consistency, and add the essential oils and extras if using. Transfer to a small glass container (I used a small Weck jar with a clip lid), and let solidify completely.
  3. Store preferably in a dark place (even your bag is fine), and it will keep for quite a long time, especially if you added tocopherol.
MAKE THIS A BALM TO PREVENT MOSQUITO BITES
  1. Add 10 drops geranium oil, and 10 drops citronella oil. Do not skip the lavender!
Recipe by Hortus Natural Cooking by Valentina Solfrini at http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/07/06/basic-herbal-beeswax-balm-recipe-multiple-uses-balm-agains-mosquito-bites/