Health & Beauty Recipe
Written by Toni Heaton
Dee’s Foot Balm
A very quick recipe, probably 10 minutes from go to woah. I
suggest you pick a time when you won’t be interrupted. The
longest part is getting the equipment ready!
You can also use tincture rather than fresh herb (will add to shelf
life), and I suggest keeping it in the fridge. It warms up pretty
quickly on the hands.
I’m having a love affair with Geraldton Wax and have recently
adapted the Rx. It feels strong for the kidney meridian, little toe
medial ankle and instep.
This lotion was initially inspired by my daughter Dee who said
when massaging, “any amount of time spent on the feet was
never a waste”. Credit to Pat Collins whose classes inspired the
creation of Barrington Blends in 2008.
1 x 250ml infusion - Geraldton wax, Nettle, marshmallow and Calendula
1 tbsp emulsifying wax
2 tsp olive oil (or other carrier) & 2 tsp castor oil
3 tsp glycerine
1 tsp honey
3 tsp Benzoin tincture (preservative)
30 drops each Peppermint and Chamomile (or other) essential oils
Equipment : fine strainer, stick blender, 2 small saucepans, stainless bowls, teaspoon, measuring cup, sterilized storage jars (or lotion pump bottle - better for massage therapists)
Chop and combine the four herbs (2 tbsp fresh or 1 tbsp dried) make an infusion. Strain well. Place in a saucepan on the stove top, keep hot.
This is an incredibly quick process -
a. Gently heat the wax, carrier oils and glycerine in a saucepan stirring constantly over low heat for maybe a minute, then remove from heat.
b. Simultaneously, reheat infusion and honey until almost boiling, and immediately pour into the oil and wax blend.
3. Stir combined liquids constantly
Working quickly, place the whole saucepan into a stainless bowl with cold water (or use your sink) to cool, continue stirring
As it begins to thicken slightly (within a minute) remove the saucepan from the water bath and use a stick blender or electric beater til its thick like cream – about 30 seconds. Don’t over beat.
I prefer to fold the essential oils and benzoin in last when the mix is cooler, and have been known to put a few drops of benzoin on the top (helps preserve).
Place in jars/container, let cool, label and put on lid.