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Thursday, April 26, 2012

DIYGD (DO IT YOURSELF GOD DAMMIT!): BAKER APPROVED BURN SALVE


It's no secret that I'm a little bit of a hurricane in the kitchen.

This usually ends in flour covering the floor, ten bowls on the table, and a spatula stuck to the cutting board.
But that's okay! If you don't get messy when you're baking you're not doing it right. BUT sometimes when you run around real fast like, you try and stop someone from touching a 350 degree pan by grabbing it yourself. Without an oven mitt.

That happened the other day. I found myself wishing I had some burn salve to rub on my pulsing thumb (btw: immediately rinsing your burn under cool water for 5 minutes helps tremendously), and then thinking: "how hard can it be to make?". Answer: Not hard at all. And it will cost you less than $3.

The main ingredients in burn salve are olive oil, beeswax, and healing herbs.

I recommend lavender and calendula.

What you'll need:
1 c. olive oil
1/3 c. beeswax (I found mini wax beads at my food co-op for 75 cents)
1 oz lavender
1 oz calendula

Those are the basics... I also added:
3 T honey
1/2 t echinacea powder (I opened a gel capsule)

 
Create a double boiler any way you like. As I promised you honesty, this is how I really did it: a milk steamer cup in a pan of boiling water. Boil the olive oil, lavender, and calendula for about a half hour. This infuses the oil with the herbs of choice. (Btw: the oil will only slightly bubble on the edges. This is okay.) Strain the herbs out of the oil and set the oil aside. You can throw away the herbs.

You can melt your chopped beeswax in the double boiler first before adding it to the oil, but because my beads were so tiny, I just added them right in. Once those had melted and mixed in completely I added the honey and echinacea. Stir and pour into container of choice! I used an empty sheesha tin because I have a million of those lying around the house but you can use any heat proof container you like.

 Let your mixture cool and solidify and then apply liberally to burns or sensitive skin!
(Remember the I'm messy part? Well, I ended up with salve poured everywhere and found that it made my skin niiiiiiiiice and soft!)

Burns are a par for the course when it comes to cooking and baking... I've burned tattoos right off my skin before. BUT now, you have a home remedy that will save you the added pain of an untreated blister.

So burn away, my baker babes.
Burn away.

4 comments:

  1. this is so awesome! i just started working out in my glass studio and KNOW i will have many burns in my future. i am def going to make this up for my shop.

    http://veranellies.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I was so pleased with how it turned out!

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  2. Hi! I'm constantly getting burned at work and was looking for something I could carry around in my purse. I saw this on Pinterest and it looks so easy! The only problem I have is that I'm not growing any calendula, and I don't know where to get it. After some research, I found that chamomile blends extremely well with lavender to treat burns, and I have both of those on my porch! When they start flowering, you can bet that I'm going to try this.

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    1. Anny!

      Thanks for the recommendation of chamomile! That makes total sense and I love that you're GROWING both of them. It doesn't get any better than that! :)

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