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January Focus - Tea Tree Week 2


Getting everything ready before I start making the salve

I enjoy working with beeswax and have used it to make everything from lip balm to luscious body butters. In this blog and featured recipe we are focusing on tea tree’s antiseptic properties to assist us when we are feeling sick due to cold or flu virus.



This blend is great for night time when we tend to get really congested (try sleeping a bit propped) but we need our rest, coughing and running nose be darned! I turn to this salve to massage into my chest and upper back. The essential oils are calming but great germ fighters! Plus, with the addition of black pepper essential oil it is warming, which I find comforting when feeling ill.


First, you will want to gather all you need, weigh out your beeswax and jojoba, then get a double boiler started.



Melt the beeswax, then add jojoba. Melt and it's ready!

Some tips for making salves is using a double boiler like I have pictured. Please don’t fill the outside with too much water, you don’t want to water jumping into the salve when it’s heating (don’t boil too hard!). Also, making small batches is the way to go if you are just beginning your salve journey. You can easily make two salves with this. Use two 1 oz tins or jars. Half the essential oil drops I show below and place in one jar (before adding melted jojoba and beeswax) and make a different recipe in the other jar! Pour in the carrier and wait about 5 minutes. The result is two wonderful salves!

Make the full recipe by dropping my essential oil recipe into your measuring cup before pouring into jars or make two different ones!

Respiratory Salve

You will need a double boiler, 2 oz jar (or smaller and split up the recipe), stir stick, food scale, and labels.


1.5 jojoba

.25 beeswax

10 drops Thyme ct linalool

9 drops Tea Tree

8 drops Black Pepper

3-4 drops Lavender


Melt beeswax, then add jojoba, melt. Cool slightly then add essential oils. Stir and jar. Cool until solid then label.


Tip: If you don’t have Thyme ct linalool then you can adjust to something you have, such as Thyme ct thymol. Just know the aroma is completely different and you make need to adjust your recipe, plus it is not calming like the linalool (this is a chemical component also found in lavender) and has safety concerns. Other essential oils that may work in place of thyme are Eucalyptus, Ravintsara, May Chang, or most pines/firs. Be sure to check safety, especially if using with little ones. These essential oils may also be great in a diffuser.


I'd love to hear if you make something different in the other jar or tin! Let your creative self roll!


If you would rather purchase the finished product I'd be thrilled to send it to you. Please go to the main page to order! Limited supply!


Enjoy!

Deborah

Homestead Aromatics

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