Over the next two weeks, we’re doing our best to give triathlete Laura Bennett a super supportive sendoff before she races to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Not only are we hosting a giveaway with H2o Audio but we have a variety of guest posts to support you as well while you work reach your health goals.
This guest post by Allison Kontur is a recipe for something everyone who moves can use: body balm. When working out and taking care of ourselves, most of us focus on our muscles and internal organs, but our skin should not be left off the list, so check out the recipe below and make some balm to throw in your workout bag for those days when skin reminds you it needs love too.
All-Purpose Body Balm
How To Make Body Balm
Phase 1: In a double boiler over low heat, melt shea butter, aloe butter, castor oil and beeswax until liquified.
Phase 2: When oils have cooled slightly, add tocopherol and essential oils and mix well to combine before pouring into molds or lotion bar tubes. Allow to cool before capping.
How To Use Body Balm
Apply wherever you experience chafing, blisters, scratches, rashes and other sport-activated skin irritations. May cause irritation if used close to the eyes or on lips, so avoid these areas.
Features & Benefits
• Beeswax creates a barrier to help keep moisture in and irritants out. This barrier can also function to protect irritated areas from further irritation while still allowing skin to breathe. If you are allergic to beeswax or a Vegan, Soy Wax can be substituted.
• Vegetable butters like shea butter and coconut oil (the base of our Aloe Butter) are emollient, melt at body temperature and absorb rapidly into the skin.
• Castor oil penetrates deep into the skin and serves as an excellent carrier for therapeutic essential oils.
• Tocopherol, an antioxidant, is beneficial in preventing rancidity of oils and may assist in reducing the appearance of scar tissue from injuries.
• The essential oils in our CERMT Essential Oil Blend (Wild Crafted Lavender, Organic Rosemary, Organic Eucalyptus, Organic Fir, Organic Naiouli, Organic Tea Tree and Peppermint) have been selected for their cleansing and antiseptic properties.
About Allison Kontur
Allison Kontur is an 18 year vegetarian, an avid runner and the founder and chief cosmetic chemist at Smell No Evil, Ltd. When not performing her “mad scientist” duties in the laboratory, you can find her running the trails in Northeastern Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Smell No Evil, Ltd.