To a diehard gardener, rough, beaten hands are a badge of honor. But by the time fall rolls around, enough is enough. The garden is put to bed, and your body is tired. It’s time to rejuvenate, and what better way to soothe your battered skin and chapped lips than with a homemade herbal balm scented with herbs from your garden?
The ingredients are relatively inexpensive, so you can afford to experiment with different combinations of herbs and essential oils. It’s all natural, too, with simple ingredients that you can pronounce and that you can find in your local health-food store. Making an herbal balm is a great winter project and a wonderful way to enjoy the bounty of your garden.
What you need
Yields enough to fill four 4-ounce jelly jars
- 2 cups light olive oil
- 1 cup dried herbs, such as lavender, rosemary, mint, lemon verbena, or chamomile
- 15 to 20 drops essential oil
- 1¼ cups grated beeswax
Dress it up!
Homemade herbal balms make thoughtful gifts. Search out fancy jars and tins, then decorate them with cloth, paper, raffia, or hand-printed labels to personalize your creations.