I’m sure you’ve experienced it, that killer headache. The type of mental block that makes it REALLY hard to get though the day. I’m sure that we’d all love to take a day off, but sometimes that’s just not possible. Maybe we have a family to take care of or can’t afford to take an unpaid sick day.
While drug store medication IS an option, I’ve never really liked to take it. The idea of putting unknown chemicals into my body just creeps me out. There’s been too many medicines out there that have been recalled for dangerous “side effects” for me to not care. Of course, I don’t recommend that you DON’T take medicine. I just personally don’t like to take medicine for more MINOR inconveniences, like a headache or a stuffy nose. If possible, I’ll try to come up with alternative methods to help my body heal.
And no, don’t worry. I’m not going to make you say you name backwards three times or walk around a table counterclockwise. You’re not going to have to invest your money into a sacrificial lamb. This is just a simple recipe that will relieve your headaches. No extra bells and whistles.
Why should I make homemade balm?
With homemade balm, you’re going to know exactly what’s in it. There’s no need to worry about shady chemicals or ingredients. Our recipe is simple and you may even have most of these items at home already.
What do I need?
First of all, you’re going to need an airtight container to store your balm. I recommend something like this one, because it’s lightweight and easy to take around with you. You’re also going to need a microwavable bowl or container. Once you have that, you’re going to need these simple ingredients:
- 3 tablespoons – shea butter
- 3 tablespoons – beeswax
- 3 tablespoons – coconut oil
- 15 drops – lavender essential oil
- 15 drops – tea tree essential oil
- 15 drops – peppermint essential oil
- 5 drops – eucalyptus essential oil
I found a package that is cheaper than buying all of the essential oils individually which you can find on Amazon here. It includes all of the oils in this recipe, but it also comes with the oils sweet orange, lemongrass, lemon, and frankincense. Feel free to experiment with the oils, adding a little less or a little more. Just make sure that you don’t stray TOO far from the given proportions if you don’t want your balm to smell TOO overpowering.
What are the directions?
Making the balm is VERY simple.
1. I opened my containers and set them aside. I measured the shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil and then put them together in my microwavable glass bowl. I put my bowl in the microwave and heated the bowl for 30-45 seconds until it was completely melted.
2. I allowed the mix to cool for a few minutes. Do NOT add the essential oils when it is burning hot. It WILL damage them. Instead, I added the essential oils when it was warm to the touch. I then poured the mix into my containers and let them cool.
You can also place your containers into the refrigerator for a few minutes to harden them. To apply, rub a tiny amount onto your temples, forehead, and back of your neck. This will soothe your headache.
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