Today, I have the great pleasure of sharing this lovely recipe created by one of my favorite bloggers, JES from the Pilgrims & Strangers on Earth blog.
- lemon-infused oil
- coconut oil
- and honey
The directions are excerpted (with permission) from her wonderful new ebook that’s filled to the brim with creative ideas for using fruit peels!
An Old Fashioned “Waste Not, Want Not” Recipe and Resource Book
I love this bit from the introduction section:
After preparing pies, jams, fruit sauces and such, you are left with a heaping pile of peels and scraps. Though the chickens, livestock and compost pile may enjoy them, the prospect of filling your pantry shelves, medicine chest and bathroom cabinet instead may be a bit more exciting! If you feel strongly toward our Depression Era ancestors, then the wise saying, “waste not, want not” certainly resonates within you. With this in mind, our little project book is directed toward you, the one who sees a peel as potential and a scrap as an opportunity!
(Interested in grabbing your own copy? Click HERE or on the ebook cover above, to learn more.)
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To Make the Lemon-Infused Oil
Before making the balm recipe below, you’ll first need to make up a batch of lemon-infused oil.
The ebook gives several different methods for drying citrus peels and infusing oils, but this is what I did:
First, I dried fresh organic lemon peels in my dehydrator (set to about 115° F, around 2 hours), then place the dried peels in a canning jar.
Next, I poured organic sunflower oil (I use THIS KIND) over the peels until they were completely covered by a few inches. (You could use sweet almond, olive, avocado, hemp, apricot kernel, jojoba, or other favorite oil instead.)
At this point, you can infuse the oil by placing a lid on it and setting it in a sunny windowsill (or in a paper bag on a windowsill) for a few weeks.
I chose to infuse my oil the quick way, by placing the lightly covered jar down into a saucepan with a few inches of water and heating over a low burner for several hours. Then, I let it infuse an additional day in a sunny window before straining.
To Make the Lemon Honey Bee Balm
(For the batch shown, I used half of the amounts listed below to almost fill a 4-ounce jar.)
- 1/4 cup shredded (tightly packed) beeswax or pastilles
- 3/4 cup lemon infused body oil
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (or more lemon infused oil)
- 1 tsp raw honey
Place all ingredients except for honey inside a double boiler. (I used a makeshift version by placing a heatproof jar, or upcycled tin can, down into a small saucepan of water.)
Put on stove over medium-low heat until contents are melted and clear. Remove from heat.
Next, add honey into the melted mixture. Stir until smooth, making sure that the honey is completely dissolved.
Set the container inside a shallow ice water bath. Whisk ingredients together rapidly for about one minute. The mixture will begin to turn the consistency of thick icing and will keep the honey from separating from the mixture.
Once this is achieved, spoon contents into a clean glass container or jar.
Yield: Approximately 1 cup
Shelf Life: For best results, use within 6 – 9 months.
Suggested Use: Apply balm to dry skin to moisturize where and as needed. As this is a thicker balm, it’s best applied before bed to allow the oils to soak in and moisturize overnight.
Feeling Frugal? Recycled baby food jars are excellent for storing balms and salves.
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