Today’s herbal massage melts recipe is a special feature from the new book The Beeswax Workshop by Chris Dalziel.
It’s a fantastic book filled with 130+ recipes and ideas for using beeswax to make everything from candles, soaps and personal care products to surfboard wax, shoe polish and beeswax crayons.
Reading through this book, I was amazed at all of the things I never knew beeswax could do!
I can already tell it’s going to be an oft-used resource for my home library and am already planning on gifting copies to all of my crafting and beekeeping friends and family.
When Chris and her publisher graciously allowed me to share a recipe on my site, I was excited, but had a really hard time choosing a favorite!
I finally decided on these chocolate massage melts since I had a cute new silicone heart mold to play with (from the Valentine’s Day section of my local store), plus I always have loved ones in need of some type of pain relief.
I did change the recipe slightly than written below (and in the book) since I didn’t have Balm of Gilead infused oil or myrrh essential oil on hand.
Instead, I infused the coconut oil with myrrh powder and used sunflower oil instead of the Balm of Gilead oil.
You could also use more St John’s wort oil or another light oil. (You can buy ready made St John’s wort oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
Herbal Massage Melts for Pain Relief
(Recipe excerpt from The Beeswax Workshop, pages 92 & 93, used with permission from author.)
These herbal massage melts are for pain relief, relaxation and comfort.
With the heady fragrance of chocolate, they are served up in single serving sizes. Mold them in a silicone chocolate mold for best effect. They make a lovely gift.
Yield: 24 (1 1/2 tsp) servings
Ingredients for Herbal Massage Melts
- 3 tbsp (32 g) cocoa butter
- 4 tbsp (36 g) beeswax
- 2 tbsp (26 g) St John’s wort infused oil
- 1 tbsp (13 g) Balm of Gilead infused oil (or more St. John’s Wort Oil)
- 3 tbsp (36 g) coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp vitamin E oil
- 5 drops frankincense essential oil
- 5 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 1 drop myrrh essential oil
- 1 drop vetiver essential oil
Directions to Make
Make a double boiler using a glass measuring cup. Simmer the cocoa butter, beeswax, infused oils and coconut oil in the cup until your cocoa butter, beeswax and oils melt. You won’t need to boil the water; steaming it is enough.
Once the beeswax mixture is melted, remove from the heat. Stir well as the mixture cools.
When the mixture begins to cool and thicken, stir in the vitamin E and essential oils. Pour about 1 1/2 teaspoons into each mold indentation. (Or more, if you have a larger mold, like I have.)
Melt the massage truffle between warm hands and use the rich oil to massage into the back and body. Continue the massage until the oils are fully absorbed into the body and the skin is dry, about 15 minutes.
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