Since the elderflowers season began I have been restless, searching for new recipes and ideas to benefit from the presence of such a valuable gift that nature is offering us. Apart from elderflower cordial and cough syrup I wanted to use this plant in cosmetics as well.
Elderflowers are known for their softening, anti-inflammatory, and anti-wrinkle properties. Since elderflowers are especially useful for older skin I thought it would be a great gift for my mom or my mother in law to use it in the salve. To make the salve really special I decided to add a few drops of Frankincense essential oil. According to dr. Axe Frankincense not only does it strenghten skin and improve its tone but also has the ability to improve elasticity and helps lift skin. The process with salve always starts with picking fresh blossoms. This is the part of the process I really like. Once you have that you need to make the elderflower infusion oil. As a menstrum -base oil I used almond oil which creates a luxurious, healing mixture with elderflowers. This elderflowers scented infused oil is mixed with bees wax to create moisturizing cream that deserves the attention of every woman.
1/2 cup of elderflower infused oil
2 table spoons of bee wax
15 drops of Frankincense essential oil referred to as olibanum
1. Measure 1/2 cup of elderflower infused oil you’ll need for the recipe and set aside the remaining part for another use. Place the measured elderflower-infused oil and beeswax in a double boiler. Heat on low just until the beeswax has melted.
2. As soon as the wax is melted remove from heat, let it cool a bit and stir in 15 drops of Frankincense essential oil.
3. Fill the glass jar when the mixture is still liquid, let it set for 2 hours and enjoy.
Elderflower lip balm
Lip balms became in recent years, part of a daily routine for many people. Everybody wants to have beautiful moisturized lips. Instead of buying either cheap products full of chemicals or better quality pricy bioproducts, you can make your own. Moreover, you can do it in a more sustainable fashion and re-use your old lip balm tubes or use small jars instead. Since you have your infused oil ready it’s super easy.
2 tablespoons of elderflower infused oil
1 tablespoon of bee wax
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Note: the advantage of making your own lip balm is that you can adjust the hardness and viscosity of the balm by playing with the quantity ratio of beeswax and coconut oil. If you prefer softer – you add more of coconut oil, harder – more beeswax.
- Gently heat the elderflower infused oil in a bain marie (a double boiler) with the beeswax. and coconut oil
- Stir until the beeswax and coconut oil are fully melted
- Fill the lip balm tubes or a small jar when still warm.