Wild mint will soon line the river bank and overtake our gardens. Here is a wonderful way to put it to use in a simple balm. Balms are commonly used as chapstick, but they’re also a great muscle rub. Use this recipe as a base to add other essential oil to.

Ingredients:

  • A carrier oil (coconut, olive, grapeseed, etc.)
  • Beeswax
  • Vitamin E tablets
  • Fresh or dried mint (or herb of choice)
  • Benzoin tree sap (optional)

Method:

  1. Harvest mint and hang to dry. This is important as moisture can cause mold to form over time.
  2. Crumble mint into a jar and fill with oil.
  3. Gently place your jar into a slow-cooker and let it infuse for 3-10 hours. Don’t let your oil come to a boil.
  4. Strain the oil through a cheese cloth. Freeze the herb filled cheese cloth as a compress for other uses.
  5. Using a double boiler (or similar), pour in your oil. Add three tablespoons of melted beeswax to each cup of oil.
  6. Squeeze in two vitamin E tablets and four drops of benzoin resin (if you have it). Now is a good time to add any essential oils.
  7. Melt everything together.
  8. Making sure that no water droplets get into your mixture, transfer the mixture into your chapstick tubes, tins, or jars.
  9. Allow your balm to set and harden before putting the lids back on. This will ensure that no condensation (water droplets) form.
  10. Use this as a basic lip balm or as a base for muscle rub balm. Enjoy!

Try out this similar recipe using cottonwood (poplar) buds!