This balm is part of a travel set I put together for my kids. They’ve spent the summer adventuring and camping across the country and I wanted them to be prepared for any first aid needs they might run into.
Today, we’re making a bumps and bruises balm using arnica and comfrey infused oil. It’s also great for treating sore muscles and achey legs that are unused to riding for long stretches in a car. (Don’t forget to get out and move around often too!)
Note: Peppermint essential oil is not recommended for use on infants & younger children. For more information, check out this excellent article “Essential Oils for Babies & Kids”.
Bumps and Bruises Balm
- 3.5 ounces infused oil (made with arnica and comfrey)
- 0.5 ounces beeswax pastilles
- 60 to 70 drops of peppermint essential oil (adjust to your preference)
- optional: If you’re worried about the salve melting from the heat of travel, you can add an additional 1/2 teaspoon candelilla wax to the recipe. You can buy candelilla wax from BrambleBerry.com. You also might want to add a pinch of extra beeswax to make a firmer texture.
To make this, you’ll first need to make an oil infused with arnica flowers and comfrey leaf. If you don’t want to make your own, you can also buy these oils pre-infused from Mountain Rose Herbs.
To make the infused oil: Fill a pint or quart jar about 1/4 way with dried arnica flowers. Next, add dried comfrey until the jar is about half full. Pour olive or sunflower oil over the dried herbs until you almost reach the top.
- To infuse the slow way: Cap, shake, and store in a cool, dark place for about four weeks before straining. The oil should stay fresh for about a year, if stored properly in a cool place, out of sunlight.
- To infuse the fast way: Stir well and set the uncovered container of oil down into a saucepan containing a few inches of water. This will form a makeshift double boiler of sorts. Set the saucepan over a medium-low burner and indirectly heat the oil this way for an hour or two. If your water is simmering, you should turn the heat lower. Once it’s done infusing, strain the oil and store in a cool, dark place for up to a year.
Once your oil is infused, pour 3.5 ounces of it into a heat proof jar, pyrex measuring cup, or recycled tin can. Add .5 ounces of beeswax (and candelilla wax, if using.)
Set the heat proof container down into a saucepan containing a few inches of water, just as you used above to infuse your herbal oil. Set the pan over a medium low burner until the beeswax has melted.
Remove from heat and add peppermint essential oil.
Print them out on sticker paper (like this kind.) 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 as sticker paper, but will work!
Use as needed on bumps, bruises, aches and other pains!
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