Video: How to Make a Moisturizing Herbal Balm

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Video Length: 4:29
Produced by: Danielle Sherry, Kate Geruntho Frank, Dariusz Kanarek, Mike Dobsevage

Herbal balms are a fun and inexpensive craft you can make using plants from your garden. You can use this recipe to make a moisturizer for your hands or your lips.

Here's what you'll need:

2 cups olive oil
1 cup dried herbs (For more on drying herbs, see the video, How to Dry Herbs.)
Essential oils
1 cup grated beeswax, packed
A double boiler
Containers for storing your balm

Bring water in a double boiler to simmer on your stovetop. Add the olive oil and dried herbs to the top of the double boiler. Keep on the heat for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently so the herbs release their oils.

Pour the mixture through a strainer to remove most of the herbs from the oil. Discard the leftover leaf material, rinse out the pot, and return it to the double boiler. Pour the oil, which has been infused with herbs, back into the top of the double boiler and heat it up again.

Add 20 drops of the essential oil to the infused olive oil and stir. Add the beeswax to your mixture and stir it until it melts.

After the beeswax has melted, you'll need to check the consistency of your balm. Remove your stirring spoon from the heated balm and let it cool slightly (you can stick it in the fridge for a minute to speed the process along). You'll be able to tell if your balm is thick enough because it should solidify slightly on the spoon into the consistency of a commercial lip balm. If it doesn't seem solid enough, add more grated beeswax until you're satisfied with the consistency.

Pour your balm into small jars. This recipe makes enough balm to fill two 4 oz canning jars. Let the balm cool completely, uncovered.

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