Body Balm

Herb oil:

One good sized handful of calendula petals (easy to grow and best picked before midday)

250ml extra virgin olive oil

Body Balm:

250ml calendula oil (above)

3 tablespoons beeswax

10-20 drops of your favourite essential oils (I like rose, geranium & lavender)

Method:

Allow the calendula petals to gently infuse in the olive oil for a week someplace warm.

Stain the mixture through a muslin cloth and gently squeeze out the last drops

Using a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water melt the beeswax in the oil, keep stirring until dissolved

Add the essential oils

While still hot pour into sterilized jars or moulds (soft ice cube trays are useful here for small portions)

If using moulds allow to totally cool before removing and wrapping in cling film or greaseproof paper

After bathing use this sumptuous balm to rub into your body, paying extra attention to feet and other dry areas.

Enjoy…

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