Boo Boo Balm (first aid salve for all ages)
This balm is part of a simple first aid set I put together for my kids a few years ago.
They spent much of the summer adventuring and camping their way across the country with relatives and I wanted them to be prepared for any first aid needs they might run into.
Boo Boo Balm is a general, all-purpose healing salve, to be used on:
- bug bites,
- and other minor skin irritations.
The other salves in the set are:
Each recipe also has a corresponding sheet of printable kid-friendly labels.
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Boo Boo Balm
This salve has a 0.5% essential oil dilution rate and fills about one 2-ounce metal tin with a smidge leftover. It was created for ages 2 and up. (Or just leave out the essential oils to make a plain calendula salve that can be used on younger kids too.)
It features calendula (Calenduala officinalis) – a well loved garden flower with antiseptic, anti-itching, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Or instead, you could use plantain (Plantago major) – a common leafy weed that cools, soothes, and is one of the best herbs for skin irritations, cuts, bug bites, and scrapes.
Or, a combination of plantain and calendula would work great too!
- 1.7 oz (48 g) calendula infused oil (make your own, or buy ready made)
- 0.25 oz (7 g) beeswax pastilles
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- optional: 1 drop tea tree essential oil
- optional: If you’re worried about the salve melting from the heat of travel, you can add 1/2 tsp (1 g) candelilla wax to the recipe and/or add a pinch of extra beeswax to make a firmer texture.
Directions to Make
Step 1: Place the calendula oil and beeswax into a heat proof container. You can use a mason jar, or for easy cleanup, a recycled tin can.
Step 2: Set the container with the oil and beeswax down into a saucepan that contains a few inches of water. Set the pan over a medium-low burner until the beeswax has melted.
Step 3: Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils. Carefully, pour the hot mixture into tins. This recipe fills about one the 2 ounce tins shown. You can buy those from Amazon or Specialty Bottle.
I highly recommend screw cap tins instead of the push top type. It can be really hard for kids – and some adults, like me! – to get the lids off of the push top types.
I like to use repositional sticker paper (like this kind) for labels.
If you don’t have sticker paper handy, you can print on regular copy paper and affix with a thin layer of glue. It won’t be as durable, but will work for a while!