All-Natural Beauty Recipe: Super-Healing Hand Balm

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Those who work with their hands, especially gardeners, appreciate a salve that soothes dry, chapped skin. This blend of all-natural ingredients, including healing comfrey, contains no harmful preservatives, colors, or chemicals.

Comfrey-Infused Olive Oil
Makes about 7 ounces

1 ounce comfrey leaf, dried and coarsely ground
1 ounce comfrey root, dried and coarsely ground
6 ounces cold-pressed olive oil

To Make Comfrey-Infused Olive Oil:

• Place powdered leaf and root in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

• Pour olive oil over herbs, stir, close the jar.

• Allow jar to sit 2 to 6 weeks as the comfrey infuses into the oil.

• Turn jar every day.

• After steeping, place a strainer lined with a thin cloth over a bowl and pour in oil to filter out the comfrey.

Super-Healing Hand Balm
Makes about 7 ounces

1 ounce plus 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
2 ounces plus 1 tablespoon shea butter
1 ounce beeswax
3/4 teaspoon lavender essential oil

To Make Hand Balm:

• Place all the balm ingredients (except lavender oil) in a large Pyrex measuring cup.

• Add 2 ounces of the Comfrey-Infused Olive Oil.

• Set the cup in a hot-water bath and stir until ingredients melt.

• Remove from heat and stir for a few minutes to cool, but not thicken.

• Pour into a wide-mouth jar, add the lavender oil, and quickly cap the jar with a tight-fitting lid to prevent oil from evaporating.

• Allow butter to cool overnight.

Recipe Copyright Dina Falconi. Reprinted with permission from Earthly Bodies and Heavenly Hair by Dina Falconi (Ceres Press, 1998).

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