M O I S T U R I S I N G & H E A L I N G L I P B A L M
Ever wanted to make your own beauty products? Well now you can with the beautiful new book by Karin Berndl & Nici Hofer, All Natural Beauty
. Following on from their first book, Vinegar Socks
, which focused on traditional home remedies for modern living, All Natural Beauty
brings readers a whole new range of organic & homemade beauty products a a fraction of the cost! From dull skin to drab hair and tired eyes, the traditional recipes in this book can solve a multitude of little beauty niggles, and in addition to being easy to make they are all free from nasty paraffins and synthetic colours. Today we thought we would share with you one of our favourite recipes... Enjoy!
With shea butter as its base – considered a superior healer – this lip balm will turn chapped and tender lips into lustrous ones before you know it. Rosehip oil, with its amazing skin-rejuvenating properties, is the ideal addition to this exceptional moisturiser.
T H I N G S Y O U ’ L L N E E D
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 4 teaspoons shea butter
- 1 tablespoon argan oil
- 1 teaspoon rosehip oil
- 3 drops of melissa essential oil
- 3 drops of mandarin essential oil
- 3 drops of myrrh essential oil
G E T S T A R T E D
Gently melt the beeswax in a double boiler on a low heat until liquid.
In a separate bowl, also using a double boiler, heat the shea butter, then add the argan and rosehip oils, stirring gently and being careful not to overheat the mixture. Next, add the beeswax. As soon as the ingredients have blended together, remove from the heat and stir continuously to cool down the mixture.
When it starts to become milky, add the essential oils while continuing to stir. Quickly pour the balm into small pots before the beeswax hardens.
S U P E R P O W E R S E X P L A I N E D
Beeswax has skin-protecting and moisturising properties. Shea butter is wound-healing, anti-inflammatory and moisturising. Argan oil is highly moisturising, nourishing and has a rejuvenating effect, stimulates cell activity, is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and E. Rosehip oil is moisturising, extremely high in anti-oxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to heal wounds and soften scars. Melissa essential oil is anti-inflammatory and antiviral. Mandarin essential oil is mood-elevating and strengthens the immune system. Myrrh essential oil is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, nourishing and wound-healing, especially around the mouth and throat.
This is an edited extract from All Natural Beauty by Karin Berndl & Nici Hofer published by Hardie Grant Books, RRP $34.99 and is available in stores nationally.