This lavender rose balm recipe was requested by newsletter subscriber Patti, especially for her mom who gets sore from sitting in a wheelchair.
Patti’s mom loves lavender and roses so I combined the two scents together along with calendula in a balm designed to help soothe and heal chapped irritated skin.
To get the creamy texture shown, be sure to stir the balm frequently as it cools. If you’d rather have a smooth salve-like texture to pour into a tin, just skip the stirring part.
Both end products will work equally well, they’ll just have a different look and consistency from each other.
Ingredients & Why I Chose Them
- Sunflower oil – This is one of my favorite oils since it’s light and suitable for all skin types; it’s also extra protective of damaged skin.
- Calendula flowers – This soothing herb is well known for its ability to heal and repair.
- Beeswax – This natural wax thickens the oil so it becomes an easier to apply balm.
- Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)- Besides having a wonderful calming scent, lavender is helpful for many skin ailments.
- Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens)- Geranium is added for a rosy scent, but also encourages faster healing time (source, p 61).
- Manuka essential oil (Leptospermum scoparium) – This is an antiseptic oil that’s useful for treating sores, warts, blisters, diaper rash and much more (source, p 81).
(You can find all of the ingredients you need for this project at Mountain Rose Herbs.)
Substitution Ideas & Tips
- If you don’t have sunflower oil, try sweet almond, apricot kernel, rice bran, avocado, hemp, or another favorite oil.
- Instead of calendula, you could use plantain leaves, violet leaves, dandelion flowers, or elderflowers.
- For a vegan option, try using half as much candelilla wax as beeswax. You may need to remelt and adjust oil/wax amounts to get a consistency you like.
- If you don’t have manuka essential oil, try using a drop or two of tea tree essential oil instead, or leave it out completely. Manuka has a milder scent, so the fragrance of the finished balm will be different with tea tree.
How to Infuse Calendula Oil
- Fill an 8 oz canning jar half way with dried calendula flowers.
- Pour sunflower oil into the jar until almost filled.
- Stir with a fork or chopstick to release air bubbles.
- Cover lightly with piece of cheesecloth or scrap of old t-shirt, secured with a rubber band.
- Place in a sunny window for at least 3 or 4 days, allowing the heat from the sun to infuse the oils.
- Alternatively, place in a saucepan with a few inches of water, and heat over a low burner for 2 to 3 hours.
Related: Here are 10 Things to Make with Calendula Flowers.
Lavender Healing Balm Recipe
- 1.75 oz (50 g) infused sunflower oil
- 0.25 oz (7 g) beeswax
- essential oil blend (see below)
- Weigh the infused oil and beeswax into an 8 oz canning jar or upcycled tin can.
- Set the jar into a saucepan containing a few inches of water.
- Heat over a medium-low burner until the wax is completely melted.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in the essential oils and pour into a small glass jar.
- Stir frequently as the balm cools, for a creamy texture.
- Apply to chapped irritated skin as needed.
Essential oil blend:
For a light scent, try 10 drops lavender, 8 drops geranium and 8 drops manuka essential oils.
You can add more essential oils for a stronger scent, up to 48 drops total.