This post was most recently updated on March 18th, 2020
This is a super simple, easy, natural all purpose balm. You can use it as a ultra moisturiser for cracked heels, as a balm for baby rash on their bottoms or chins, it is great on chapped lips, for burns* and abrasions, or as a natural nipple cream for breastfeeding recipe. I make it as a nipple balm for breastfeeding mothers as a gift.
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This all purpose balm is a brilliant DIY gift idea, it is cheap and fast to make, but is so versatile.
On the homestead it can also be used as an udder balm for goats or cows, as a smother-cream for ear or leg mites and for covering cuts or grazes to keep the air, dirt and germs out. You really should have some of this in your first aid kit.
*I work with a plastic surgeon in my other job (a nurse on an acute ward). He stated that immediately after a burn you obviously need to take the heat out with plenty of cold water, 10 minutes on 10 minutes off until it no longer feels like it is burning.
After then the best thing is to keep it moist with a heavy, oily product like vaseline, or this balm, applying at least 4-6 times per day. This aids healing and minimises scarring. Of course if it is a bad burn you should report immediately to accident and emergency to be medically assessed.
This balm replaces several different products and can be used as a natural alternative in place of vaseline in any application. You can make a very effective vapor rub by adding eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint and lavender oils.
If you are breastfeeding then this recipe makes a wonderful soothing, natural nipple cream that is safe for your baby.