Healing Salve for Dry Winter Skin

Healing Salve for Dry Winter Skin

Healing salve for winter skin. Is winter harming your skin? Red, raw, chapped skin on your hands, face, elbows, and feet can make you thankful to be able to cover up with long sweaters, heavy jeans, and thick socks.  Luckily, spring is right around the corner, so now is the time to start healing your winter skin in preparation for t-shirt and shorts weather.  One of my favorite ways to alleviate dry winter skin is with a wonderful salve containing coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, and essential oils.  This was one of the first salves that I ever made, and it quickly became popular amongst both family and friends.

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Ingredients and Benefits

Coconut oil is excellent for the skin. In a double-blind study published in 2014 by the International Journal of Dermatology, virgin coconut oils were shown to be an effective treatment for eczema, and has a protective effect against fungi, bacteria, and viruses, while hydrating the skin.  Olive oil contains antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols and protects the skin from ultraviolet light.  Beeswax naturally seals in moister, contains vitamin A, and is anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic to help soothe irritated skin. Organic Lavender, rosemary, and peppermint add to the skin healing qualities of this salve. Lavender is antimicrobial and antioxidant, rosemary for its antiseptic qualities, and peppermint for its skin calming effect and to increase blood flow.

The Recipe

Healing Salve

½ Cup Organic Coconut Oil (not fractionated)

½ Cup Organic Virgin Olive Oil

2-1/2 TBS Grated Organic Beeswax or Beeswax Pastilles

5 Drops Each Per 2 oz. Jar- Organic Lavender Oil, Organic Rosemary Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil

4 2 oz. Jars


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Fill a medium saucepan with water and put on the stovetop to simmer.  Place coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax in wide mouth Mason jar and place in simmering water.  Allow oils and beeswax to melt, stirring occasionally.  While oils and wax melt, place 5 drops of each essential oil into the 2 oz. jars. Once beeswax and oils have melted and combined, pour into the prepared 2 oz. jars.  The pouring action should combine the essential oils with the melted beeswax and coconut/olive oils, but I still like to stir them with a wooden skewer to make sure they are well blended. Cover and let rest for at least 12 hours before using.

Not only is this salve perfect for soothing dry winter skin, but I always have it on hand any time of the year for minor scrapes, bumps, bruises or skin irritations. Family and friends love to receive it as a gift, and I am often asked when I’ll be making up another batch.

This easy recipe is simple to make and is the perfect starting point for anyone interested in preparing easy, natural skincare options for their family — planning to make a batch for your family? Email us and let us know how it turned out and your favorite uses for your new salve. Make your own healing salve for winter skin.

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Corey Strouse is the founder and owner of PA Doula and Wellness LLC.  Corey has been supporting families through amazing birth experiences as both a birth and postpartum doula for 16 years.  Corey believes in a holistic approach to birth and wellness.  She is a tai chi practitioner, Reiki Master, certified Reflexologist, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and is currently completing training in aromatherapy and aromatherapy for pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  For more information about Corey and the services she provides, please visit PA Doula and Wellness LLC at www.PAdoula.com or email Corey at padoula@gmail.com.
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