Herbal healing balm

Herbal healing balm

I became obsessed with Burt’s Bees Farmer’s Hand Salve when we were doing some serious gardening clearing lantana from the rainforest. The oils and herbs were just devine on dry scratched hands. I used to have to order it from the US as its not stocked in Australia. But after I saw instructions on how to make chesty cough rub I realised how easy it would be just to make my own.

This is great as a massage oil, to soothe sore hands and feet, and to nourish dry skin, sealed cuts, scratches and bumps.

Lavender is a relaxant, is antifungal, antibacterial and is particularly good for chest infections, skin irritations, headaches, insomnia and depression. Rosemary on the other hand is a stimulant, antiseptic, antiviral and powerful antioxidant used to improve circulation, reduce inflammation and improve memory and clarity. Peppermint clears congestion, relieves nausea and headaches and supports the digestive system. This oil combination makes this a great all-round healing balm.


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil, olive oil, macadamia oil, or avocado oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 5 drops rosemary oil
  • 3 drops peppermint oil


Warm the coconut oil either on the stove, in the microwave or over a bowl of hot water until it becomes a liquid.

Take the coconut oil off the heat, add in the almond oil and essential oils and stir to mix them through. Pour into the container you’ll be storing it in.

To set quickly place it in the fridge, otherwise leave it undisturbed to solidify at room temperature. It will set as long as the room temperature is under 24C. Once it’s set it will turn an opaque white colour.

Best if stored in a cool place or the fridge.


  • Add in 3 drops eucalyptus oil to make a chesty cough rub
  • Try different essential oil blends and use as a solid perfume – I like jasmine and lime or orange
  • Substitute the essential oils with Australian bush oils – equal parts lemon myrtle, fragonia, sandalwood, tea tree and blue malee eucalyptus.

Lemon myrtle, fragonia, sandalwood, tea tree and blue malee eucalyptus are all antiseptics, relieve cold and flu symptoms and are insect repellents. Fragonia, tea tree and eucalyptus relieve aches and pains. Fragonia and sandalwood are relaxing, while lemon myrtle, eucalyptus and tea tree uplift and revitalise.

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