Eight Acres - the blog — salve

Winter lip balm (with chamomile)

Jul 13 2019 1 Comment Tags: salve

I've been making my lip balms with macadamia oil and beeswax (peppermint, lavender and honey flavours), but in winter, they just aren't strong enough!  I get really dry and sore lips in winter, so I need a heavier soothing lip balm for cold and windy weather.

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Shea butter moisturiser cream - with N-Essentials

Oct 30 2017 1 Comment Tags: n-essentials, salve, shea butter

A salve is just an oil (or mixture of oils), such as sweet almond or macadamia, thickened with a butter or beeswax.  I have always used beeswax in my salves, because I have a constant supply of it.  N-Essentials asked me to try their Shea Butter Moisturiser Cream, which uses shea butter, sweet almond oil and coconut oil, with beautiful essential oils of geranium and myrrh.  I was very interested to try this and find out how it compared to the other salves I have made using beeswax.  

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How to make a wooden chopping board polish

Feb 20 2017 0 Comments Tags: bees, book, salve

Since we got our own bee hives I've been able to enjoy the many benefits of bees.  Honey, improved pollination and lots of beeswax (and the occasional bee sting).  I was excited to receive a review copy of The Beeswax Workshop, by of Chris Dalziel.  Here's what I thought of the book and the chopping board polish that I made.

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Handmade natural tallow soap recipe: neem oil soap and salve

Feb 24 2016 1 Comment Tags: salve, soap

After my success using neem oil to control insects around the farm and to cure my toenail fungus, I did a lot of reading about neem oil and I was keen to try to harness its properties as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory to help heal skin.

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Why use natural soaps and salves?

Sep 21 2015 0 Comments Tags: herbal, salve, soap

Now that I have tried homemade soap instead, I'm convinced that its better for your skin, and here's why.

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