Healing Almond Hand/Heel Balm
Almond hand balm is an easy recipe for the beginning lotion crafter. The art of making your own lotion is a relaxing and healing hobby. I’ve been making soap, lotion, night cream, and balms for the past ten years to avoid parabens in commercial products.
The decision to craft healthier products for friends and family were due to studies I read at that time showing that parabens in commercial lotions had been found in breast tumors. Hence, it was enough proof to convince me to avoid them altogether. The literature does not say they cause the tumor, however it does show that the body deposits them in fat cells rather than disposing of them properly.
Recent literature supports the growing concern suggesting parabens are estrogenic, which simply means they increase estrogen activity at the cellular level. I don’t think people realize that applying and reapplying these components to the largest organ of the body—the skin—-could be potentially harmful down the road. We’re exposed to so many harmful substances in our soil, air, water, and food…..why add another?
What better way to take precautions to protect yourself at the cellular level and the dermal level than making your own hand cream?
The dry, red, cracked areas can be soothed and healed quickly with this almond hand and heel balm. It’s emollient and healing properties protect drying skin from cracking. It also provides a protective layer of beeswax that lasts through frequent washing.
What you need:
2 Ounces bees wax
2 Ounces shea butter
1 Ounce of mango butter
2 Ounces of Almond oil
2 Ounces Aloe Vera Juice
1 Pinch of cinnamon (natural preservative)
1 Ml of silver citrate (natural preservative)
1 ML tea tree oil (natural antifungal)
1/2 Teaspoon Vitamin E oil (natural preservative)
1 ML grapefruit
1 ML bergamot essential oil
There are 2 phases to Lotion Making
Water Phase and Oil Phase
The oil phase is where melt the wax is melted is a double broiler, then the butters are added. I remove it from the heat then whisk in the almond oil. When cooled below 120 degrees I add the vitamin E.
In the water phase, I heat the Aloe Vera Juice to just 100-110 and add the cinnamon. The organic aloe vera juice I use already has potassium sorbate (a natural preservative in it). I remove from heat and add the silver citrate.
Once the temperature of the oil and water is within 5 degrees I begin slowly adding the water to the oil. The beeswax tends to ‘seize’ up when the temperatures are too extremely cold. So, it makes an easier blend when you have them close to the same temperature.
When thoroughly combined and cooled I add the essential oils.