Category: Men

DIY: Beard Balm

Remember our Beard oil post.  Pretty simple huh? Just combine carrier oils with desired essential oils shake and go!  Well beard balm is almost as easy but we are adding some bee wax to solidify the end result and contribute to some styling hold.

What’s beard balm and what’s it all about?
Beard balm is another beard care product that is perfect for both making your beard softer and styling it.

So, what do I choose? Beard oil or beard balm?

Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that beard balm replaces beard oil but it’s more like a great addition to your beard care kit if you want to soften your mane and shape it while keeping it naturally soft.

Yes, naturally soft as opposed to using beard wax.

More specifically, beard wax is mainly used for styling and some waxes give a bit of unnatural hold -depending always on the actual product. Therefore, the beard balm falls right in between beard oil and beard wax both in terms of softening your beard and styling it.

But let’s talk about what beard balm consists of.

Most all natural beard balm recipes are made of four types of ingredients.

Beeswax
Butters
Carrier oils
Essential oils
If you remember from the beard oil recipes that we discussed in a previous article, a beard oil is a mix of carrier and essentials oil. Now, with the beard balm recipe, you need to add two more ingredients.

If you or the man in your life is the proud owner of a beard, you may already know that beard hair can be coarse, bushy, dry and tough to tame.

This beeswax-based balm helps maintain the luster of coarse facial hair, making beard grooming more manageable. Beard balm makes a wonderful gift and is also fabulous for unruly eyebrows and mustaches.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Tbsp. beeswax
  • 4 Tbsp. apricot kernel oil
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2-3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 2-3 drops clary sage essential oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler, or in a small glass jar set inside a pot of warm water.
  2. Once wax has cooled, but is still liquid, stir in oils.
  3. Pour mixture into a jar or tin and cool completely.
  4. Rub balm onto hair at the roots and work through to ends with a comb.

Why would you want to make your own beard balm?
That’s a very good question…

I think that there are essentially four reasons why you would want to make your own beard balm recipe.

Save money
Most beard balms that are available on the market cost between $10 and $30 for 1oz to 4oz.

Making a beard balm at home will surely save you some money. But this was something you already thought about.

Let’s get to the calculations then and understand what I’m saying.

Say that you want to make the most basic beard balm recipe which requires only a few ingredients. For the sake of argument, we assume that these are beeswax, shea butter, argan oil, sweet almond oil and tea tree oil.

Another simple recipe could be the following:

1 tablespoon of beeswax
1.5 teaspoon of shea butter
1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil
1 teaspoon of argan oil
4 drops of tea tree oil
This beard balm recipe gives you approx. 3oz worth of product.

All these ingredients would cost you a total of around $35.38.

Have you thought how much beard balm can these ingredients make?

If you use the entire volume of all the ingredients, you can easily end up with 30oz of beard balm!

$35.38 for 30oz beard balm…

Cost of 30oz – DIY beard balm recipe Vs retail beard balm
, even if you buy the cheapest beard balm that is available on amazon, for 30oz worth of product you’ll end up paying a bit below than $195.00…!!!

Now, comparing it again with the Honest Amish beard balm in a 2oz can, the cost of making your own beard balm with beeswax -and put in a 2oz can, would a bit above $2.

Cost per oz – DIY beard balm recipe Vs retail beard balm
How does a homemade beard balm sound to you now?

 

Additional Recipes

Manly Recipe

2 tbsp Beeswax
3 tbsp Shea butter
3 tsp Jojoba oil
2 tsp Sunflower oil
3 drops tea tree oil
2 drops of Bergamot essential oil

O.R.E.O Woodland Balm

2 Tbsp beeswax, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp shea butter
1 Tbsp cocoa butter
3 tsp jojoba oil
2 tsp rosehip oil
4 drops Siberian Fir
4-8 drops cedar essential oil
1 drop rosemary essential oil

Basic Beard balm recipe

2 tbsp of beeswax
4 tbsp of coconut oil
2 tbsp of shea butter
5 tbsp of almond oil
10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Spiky Frank balm recipe

1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons cacao butter
2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
20 drops Spikenard
14 drops Frankincense
5 drops Clove

OREO balm recipe

Woodsy Yet Sweet
2 tbsp of beeswax
2 tbsp of jojoba oil
1 tbsp of shea butter
1 tbsp of rosehip oil
4-5 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)
8 drops of Siberian Fir essential oil
6 drops of Balance blend essential oil
4 drops of Frankincense essential oil
2 drops of Rosemary essential oil
2 drops of Bergamot essential oil

 

D.I.Y. – Tasty Drops for Constipation

Let’s talk a little about the important difference between occasional bouts of constipation and chronic issues.

Constipation can occur for any number of reasons including stress, dehydration, poor diet, or holding it because you are too shy to use public facilities.  However, research suggest that chronic constipation may indicate a more serious issue such as an imbalance of gut flora, allergies, hypothyroidism or inadequate levels of minerals in your system.  (source, source, source)

How often during a  physical exam have we advised our physician of chronic constipation, only to be referred to a daily dose of Miralax instead of working to identify and address the root cause.  And those of you with little ones have heard the same thing as well.  As our Children are often effected with chronic constipation due to developing digestive systems.   This is one of the many reasons we are empowered to support our health first at home and why we seek a new practitioner willing to partner in our health.

So why Not Miralax?

Shockingly not so long ago, according to pediatrician Dr. Scott Cohen, Miralax is often prescribed to children for months and sometimes years.  “We literally give it like water,” he told the New York Times.

  1. Miralax is not even approved for children.
  2. Recommended for a maximum of seven days in adults.

Getting Things Moving with these Tasty Drops

There are natural and dietary way to encourage normal bowel function.  The use of Coconut Oil has become more and more popular in our current society and for good reason.  I have read that the medium chain triglycerides that make up coconut oil don’t cause a person to store the fat, and they have limited absorption in the small intestine so it tends to pass right through.  That is why this is a key ingredient in this recipe.

Just two-four servings of these taste drops and between 8-10 hours later, relief.  Keep the children at two drops and Adults can take four and possible more for the desired results.

Constipation Tasty Drops

INGREDIENTS

20180104_1654131 CUP – organic extra virgin coconut oil, melted

1/4 – 1/3 CUP – lemon juice (mix and taste as you go along)*

8-10 drops – doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil

2 Tbls – local honey, maple syrup, agave or coconut sugar

1/4 Tsp – pink Himalayan salt

  • Note:  You can also reduce the lemon juice and add pureed fruit.  Just be sure if the fruit is frozen that it is completely thawed and pureed before mixing it with the coconut oil.  You could also use a sugar free jam for added flavor and color.  Our second batch picture was a 1/4 cup of frozen blue berries and raspberries that were thawed and pureed prior to mixing with other ingredients.

EQUIPMENT

1-2 Silicon molds ( I use silicone small ice-cube trays)

Food Processor or Immersion blender

INSTRUCTIONS  (Very Simple)

To prevent separation prior to freezing, place the molds in the freezer while you are blending the ingredients.  (note: the white drops in the picture are the first batch I made with just the lemon juice and although my molds were chilled there was some separation of the drops and they weren’t completely solid in form)

Combine ingredients in a processor or handheld mixer and pour into the molds.

Everything has to be very well blended into the oil, so make sure as you are pouring that bit isn’t sugar or honey-heavy.

Place molds into the freezer for an hour.  Then you can store them in a mason jar in the fridge and enjoy as needed.

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Other Things That May Help

Aloe Vera Juice

Slippery Elm Bark Powder

Squatty Potty

 

 

 

Rosemary

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Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

While it is frequently used for cooking, Rosemary has long been revered by many cultures for its internal benefits and energizing scent.

 

 

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy digestion*
  • Supports healthy respiratory function*
  • Helps reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue*

 

Aromatic Description

Camphoraceous, Herbaceous

Collection Method

Steam Distilation

Plant Part

Flower, Leaf

Main Constituents

1, 8-Cineole, α-pinene, camphor

Description

Rosemary is an aromatic, evergreen shrub whose leaves are frequently used to flavor foods such as stuffings, pork, roast lamb, chicken, and turkey. Along with its culinary applications, Rosemary has many benefits. Rosemary supports healthy digestion* and internal organ function.* Long revered by experts, Rosemary was considered sacred by the ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Hebrew cultures. Rosemary’s herbaceous and energizing scent is frequently used in aromatherapy. Taken internally, it helps to reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue.*

Uses

  • Diffuse while studying to maintain concentration.
  • Take internally to help reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue.*
  • Add 1–2 drops of Rosemary essential oil to meats and favorite entrées for flavoring and to support healthy digestion.*
  • may support healthy hair growth

Rosemary

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional cautions below.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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Medically Reviewed by Cynthia Cobb, APRN on September 7, 2017 — Written by Adrian White  https://www.healthline.com/health/rosemary-oil-for-hair

 

How to use rosemary oil for hair growth Last reviewed

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Quick and Simple Recipe for Dry Shampoo:   Combine 1/4 cup arrowroot powder and 2 drops Lavender, Rosemary, and Peppermint essential oil for a simple dry shampoo.  For a simple recipe, visit:  http://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-dry-shampoo

Copaiba Essential Oil

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[ko-pey-buh] – Copaifera reticulata, officinalis, coriacea,
and langsdorffii

Copaiba, similar to Black Pepper, can help soothe anxious feelings and, when taken internally, supports a healthy immune and cardiovascular system.*

Primary Benefits

  • Supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive and respiratory systems*
  • Powerful antioxidant*
  • Helps calm, soothe, and support the nervous system*
  • Promotes clear, smooth skin and reduces the appearance of blemishes

Aromatic Description

Spicy, woody

Collection Method

Steam distillation

Plant Part

Resin from Copaifera reticulata, officinalis, coriacea, and langsdorffii

Main Constituents

Caryophylene

Description

Copaiba essential oil is derived from the resin of the copaiba tree which can grow upwards of more than 100 feet and can be found in tropical South America. Copaiba oil is widely used in cosmetic products including soaps, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Since the 16th century, copaiba essential oil has been utilized in traditional health practices by the natives of north and northeastern Brazil. Similar to Black Pepper essential oil, Copaiba can help soothe anxious feelings and it can be applied to the skin to promote a clear, smooth complexion. Taken internally, Copaiba essential oil supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems.* Although Copaiba does not contain cannabinoids, the main component caryophyllene may be neuroprotective and have cardiovascular and immune benefits.* It’s also a powerful antioxidant that promotes immune health.*

Uses

  • Add 1 to 2 drops to water, juice, or tea to support the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory system.*
  • Provides antioxidant support when ingested.*
  • Take internally to help soothe and calm the nervous system.*
  • Apply topically combined with a carrier oil or a facial moisturizer to help keep skin clean and clear, and to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Dilute one to two drops with a carrier oil, then apply to desired area. See additional precautions below.

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Medicinal Uses

In the 21st century, studies have shown that the beneficial effects of Copaiba are due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-tetanus, antiseptic and antihemorrhagic properties.

In Brazil, studies on the medicinal plants, especially Copaiba oil-resin, are documented in one rat study to have no effect on healing a severed intestine.

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