It's hot and sunny here which can make for dry skin and sunburns. To help moisturize over the next few months, I whipped up this body balm based on a few ingredients that I think heal and nourish the skin, and give us a rejuvenating feeling and healthy glow. 

Ingredients: Makes roughly 2.5 ounces

1/3 cup jojoba oil

1/3 cup grated beeswax 

2 tsp calendula oil 

1 tsp comfrey root extract

30 drops vanilla essential oil

5 drops lemon essential oil

5 drops vitamin e oil

The Steps: 1. In a double boiler or ceramic bowl, combine the jojoba, beeswax and calendula oil. If you don't have a double boiler (like me), then fill a pot with 2-4 inches of water and place the bowl in the pot and bring the water to a boil. 2. Occasionally stir the mixture and remove from heat when the beeswax has completely melted into the other oils. 3. Add the vanilla, lemon, and vitamin e oils and stir. If you want it to have a stronger vanilla or lemon scent, feel free to add more based on how sensitive your skin is (too much lemon can irritate my skin). 4. Pour the mixture into a sterile metal or glass container and let cool. 5. Lather up your skin with your nourishing body balm! This recipe is for external use only. 

Calendula Oil: Calendula is a wonderfully soothing oil that is very supportive in creating healthy skin for those who suffer from a variety of skin conditions. It can also aid in the healing of bruises, insect bites, cuts and scrapes. I have found that this oil actually makes my skin glow and can be applied directly to the face to moisturize. (external use only) 

Comfrey: Comfrey is anti-inflammatory and can alleviate pain from insect bites and various skin conditions. Comfrey contains Ascorbic acid, which when applied topically, can improve immune health by stimulating the the production of white blood cells. Comfrey has also been used to reduce muscle and joint pain. (external use only)

Jojoba Oil:  Jojoba is a perennial and drought resistant desert bush whose seeds produce what we call jojoba oil ( it's actually not an oil, but a liquid wax). The jojoba bush thrives in arid climates and is native to California, Arizona, and Northern Mexico. It's also grown in Israel and South America. Jojoba is very similar to our own sebum and therefore provides true moisture that keeps the skin supple and soft throughout the day. Jojoba has anti-inflammatory properties, and is supportive in reducing inflammation caused by dryness of the skin. (external use only)

Vitamin E Oil: I purchase Vitamin e oil that is non GMO and sourced from sunflowers! This oil is very healing, I've applied it directly to some very sunburnt areas, and it speeded up the healing process for me. It's rich in antioxidants and extremely moisturizing. It has also been known to reduce wrinkles. (external use only)

 Lemon & Vanilla Essential Oils:  Lemons have anti-bacterial properties that help keep our skin clean and clear. The citric acid gently works to remove layers of dead skin, while leaving your whole body feeling refreshed! Vanilla is an antioxidant, an anti-carcinogen, an antidepressant, an aphrodisiac, and so much more! (can be used for flavoring food in moderation)

Beeswax: I use beeswax in my body care products because doing so supports the continuation of bee farming, and we rely on the bees to pollinate the planet! Beeswax is incredibly moisturizing, healing, and soothing for the skin. (external use only)