I am all in for edible beauty! it makes perfect sense that anything you put on your skin should also be some what digestible. The skin after all is an organ and porous so whatever chemicals you put on your skin will be absorbed into your body
My second biggest passion after edible beauty is eczema and sensitive skin care that doesn’t require a second mortgage.
My youngest daughter has suffered with eczema since birth we narrowed a lot of her triggers down to a food allergy and once that was removed we saw a big improvement in her skin but it didn’t completely go away.
I spent 12 months or so and probably close to $300 on different “specialty kids skin care” and was never impressed by any of it. One day when cleaning out my bathroom cupboards I discovered the main ingredient in every product I had bought was colloidal oats so I went to the health food shop bought a small bag of these oats for $2 and made my own bath soak.
The next morning the eczema was 80% gone and eventually we got to a point where it went away completely with a fortnightly oat bath.
Since then I’ve been passionate about what natural Ingredients I can use for skin remedies, that are effective, safe and cost effective.
My daughter no longer has an issue with eczema on her body but still gets break outs on her hands from time to time and since it’s not practical to ask a 5 year old to stand and soak their hands in a colloidal oat mix I decided to make a moisturiser cream for flare ups instead.
So I looked to our beehives, honey and beeswax are products with infinite potential uses. The beeswax alone has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, creates a skin barrier and simultaneously moisturisers and soothes skin.
Below is my how to guide to make your own beeswax moisturiser. Since this was targeted towards relieving eczema I chose to keep the ingredients simple and not add any extra oils however if you’re making this as just a general moisturiser then add 2-3 drops of tea tree, lavender or vitamin E oil.
1 1/2 cups organic coconut oil
75 grams beeswax
2 table spoons organic Shea butter
1. Bring half a pot of water to boil on medium heat
2. place beeswax, coconut oil and Shea butter into a large metal bowl and place on top of pot of boiling water to create a double boiler
3. stir regularly until ingredients have melted (this needs to be done gently as any wax that splashes on the sides of the pot will set quickly
4. Once dissolved remove from heat and continue to stir as the mixture cools
5. Carefully pour the mixture into small jars and set aside for at least an hour to fully set
Then it’s ready for use 🙂