Since you must consider the purity and quality of essential oils, to be absolutely sure you’re getting the most out of your mixtures, it’s important to do your research. After much reading and trails, I’ve found Butterfly Express to be among the top oil companies, who offer a huge selection of essential oils, carrier oils, ready-made personal products, aromatherapy diffusers, jewelry, minerals, healing salves, supplements, tinctures and so much more. From gardening to dabbling as an herbalist, I’ve been growing in my understanding and passions for the natural world, and so I reached out to Butterfly Express for help with this feature and they sent me some small vials of essential oils to play with. And so, I thought it would be fun and helpful to share my experience (with recipes!) of making my own salves and hair oils.
Here is my favorite beard oil recipe (so far):
Combine equal amounts of these carrier oils in a dark glass bottle/vile – Jojoba oil, Coconut oil (fractionated), Vitamin E oil, Sweet Almond oil, and Argan oil. Then with some space left at the top of your bottle, include 4-6 drops of the following essential oils – Bergamot, Lemongrass, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Lavender, Cedarwood and Blue Cypress. Place dropper on top, screw tight, and then shake.
That’s it! A few notes to consider… A simple mixture of 2-3 carrier oils will do fine, and any mixture of essential oils can work fine, depending on your preference, but it is important to consider each oil’s unique properties to ensure they’re safe and helpful for conditioning beards and soothing to the skin. My recipe has woodsy, earthy scent, which some may not prefer, but you can customize the fragrance. Plus, this sort of concoction can be employed as a hair tonic as well, so if you’re suffering from dry, weak or stripped hair, dousing this oil in your hair and leaving it in for several hours before washing it clean can make all the difference in hair health, quality, strength and softness.
I tried a few mixtures with a varying amount of butter and wax ingredients to try and make the perfect salve for my back and neck pains that keep me in a vicious cycle of middle insomnia; meaning that I often fall asleep fine, but after a few hours, I wake up from discomforts and have trouble falling back to sleep again, which then tends to bring on stress, anxiety and negative thought processes. While also working with a chiropractor, I employ healing salves to assist me back to sleep through the night. Now, in making salves, you can use essential oils, or even dry herbs by cooking them or by soaking them for an extended period of time (typically 2+ weeks). Try turmeric for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties.
Add coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax to a bowl or double-boiler. If using a bowl, place it inside a larger pot of water and place on a stovetop burner on medium heat. Melt the butters and wax slowly. Stir occasionally until blended. Turn off burner, and carefully remove bowl from hot water. Let cool a little, but be careful not to spill. After about 5 minutes, add menthol and camphor (I prefer crystals over essential oils for a more powerful effect), and essential oils of eucalyptus, blue spruce, and peppermint (other essential oils can be used for specific aromatic and healing properties, like wintergreen, ginger, chamomile, lavender, juniper berry, helichrysum italicum, clary sage, and frankincense to name some). Then once completely blended, pour the mixture into small containers and wait for them to harden naturally, which can take a few hours.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen
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