Alright, do you remember this post I made earlier in the week? I mentioned in the post that I wanted to try out making a soothing balm for my headaches. The tigers and zandu’s were getting ineffective and I wanted to make something for myself, something that was pure and natural. I was sure that there would be a remedy that would would work.
I did a lot of searching on the internet and came across loads of recipes and stuck to this one because it seemed simple to do. I made variations to it but simply cutting down the quantity of the ingredients. I was making it for the first time and I wanted to try making lesser quantity that I could check it effectiveness.
Trust me, when you actually get down to working on the recipe, you realise how easy it was to make your own soothing headache relief balm! This balm is made of beeswax, sheanut oil, grapeseed oil and EO’s of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender. Let me just explain the use and the goodness of the EO’s here.
Lavender is known to have calming properties on the senses. Adding a few drops of lavender EO to your diffuser and letting the fragrance spread is one of the best ways to relax. When mixed with something as strong as the peppermint EO, the lavender EO calms your mind and steers your mind away from the tensions.
As a child I hated the fragrance of eucalyptus. Now I find the fragrance of eucalyptus oil very fresh absolutely invigorating and rejuvenating. It helps to ease the fatigue and relieves the tension and soreness that you may have accumulated all through the day.
I have talked extensively about peppermint oil here. Let me be honest, peppermint is one of my very favourite essential oils. Peppermint contains an ingredient called menthol that acts as a coolant on your skin. It has a lovely fragrance and when the oil is applied topically, it relaxes the muscles and eases the tension on the applied and surrounding areas. It is also used to decongest blocked passages.
Beeswax, Sheanut oil, Grapeseed oil
These are the base for the balm. I could not find sheanut oil so I substituted it with pure shea butter. The Beeswax and Shea Butter were bought from Ebay by a listed seller. The grapeseed oil is available on Flipkart.
It took me about 10 days to get the entire lot of ingredients because I could not find a seller in the city I stay for the base I needed for the balm. With all the ingredients delivered, there was just one thing left to do – make the balm!
How to Make Your Own Soothing Headache Relief Balm
What you need
- Pure Shea butter – a little more than 1 tbsp
- Pure Beeswax – one tsp
- Grapeseed Oil – half a tsp
- Eucalyptus EO – 5 drops
- Peppermint EO – 10 drops
- Lavender EO – 10 drops
How to make it
Melt the base of the balm ( beeswax, grapeseed oil and shea butter) on a double boiler at the lowest heat. The beeswax takes the longest to melt. Keep on stirring constantly so that the oils blend together. When these have melted and blendedwell remove from the boiler and add the oils quickly while stirring constantly. Pour it in the jars you want to store it in and ensure that the have air tight lids. Keep it aside overnight to set well. The start to finish was about 10 minutes. And that is how the balm looks like. I am super thrilled with the efforts and I am yet to know the results! Ah! I will have to wait for a headache to check the effectiveness of the balm.
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Where can I find the ingredients Pratibha? My husband suffers from frequent headaches and I’d like to try this out for him.
Gauri check your mail. The EO’s can be got from flipkart the base was got from a different person. Sending you a mail.
This sounds good – the other balms tend to be too intense for me!! You should start selling these balms in pretty lavender and mint colored pots – they’d be quite a hit!
I am bad at business 😛 I’ll gladly make it for people who want it rather than sell it. 🙁
Chai a Cup of Life says
I am a big fan of Eucalyptus oil. It also makes a great disinfectant!
Yes, it does I am told. Have never used it as a disinfectant though.
Changing the EOs might make a nice lip balm!!:)
Oh yes lip balm is on the to-make list! I am looking at making a lemony lip balm, looking for better options though.
sherin kumar says
Where did you get the Shea butter from..I have searched hi and low everywhere..
http://www.ebay.in/itm/100-Raw-Unrefined-Shea-Butter-from-fruits-of-Karite-Tree-70gms-/231182318518?pt=IN_Skin_Hair_Care&hash=item35d38a3bb6&_uhb=1 – There you go 🙂 Happy Shopping!
I love the ingredients and your process to make the balm was straightforward and looks easy enough. The only thing left our was how to use the balm when I feel the migraine coming on. My migraines last 3 days and I have to be at work no matter what so I need something I can use at work. Thanks!
Jeanie apply a bit on the temples and reas where you feel the pain. I also apply it at the nape of my neck for more relaxation.
Thank you for the reply. I will be very happy to find that this will ease the pain. I will pass your recipe onto my daughter as well. Best regards!
Most welcome Jeannie! All the oils I have used in the making of this balm have cooling, calming and soothing properties, and I do hope that this suits you and your daughter as well. <3