Many people ask me for my recipe for the Baby Butt Balm. I have decided to share it. It can be made three different ways, it depends on your patience and how much effort you wish to put into it. I personally start from scratch, but I can also do the work for you.
Part 1 : Infusing the oil
Materials needed (Method 1 requires patience, or you can skip to method 2):
- Therapeutic Grade Calendula officinalis - I cannot stress this enough! It must be therapeutic grade, not soap grade or you are wasting valuable oil.
- Cold pressed Vegetable Oil that is readily absorbed (Almond or Sunflower are best)- High Oleic Sunflower has a longer shelf life, I prefer to use this as there is a least likely chance of allergies.
- Vitamin E (Optional)
- Mason jar- (I use a 1 litre jar, it holds approximately 100 grams of petals and 1000 grams of oil and without a proper press yields about 600mL's of finished product.)
- Muslin bags or cloth.
- Dark Amber bottle
- Stuff as many Calendula petals as possible into the mason jar (this is the infusion method for all aerial plant parts).
- Fill the jar with your chosen oil to the top.
- Let sit for a few minutes until all the air bubbles escape.
- Fill again.
- Repeat steps 1-5 until the jar is full and no air bubbles relaim. Stirring the mixture with a VERY clean spoon (preferably sterile) helps the process go quicker.
- Close jar, write on the lid what date you made the oil. Count 6 weeks from that date and label when it will be ready. Don't forget to label the ingredients and the weight you added of each. If you added 100 grams of Petals and 1000 grams of oil, this will make a 10% concentration of herb to oil. (100/1000 = 10%)
- Place the jar in a sunny window for 6 weeks, turning every so often.
- When the oil is infused (the second date on your lid) pour oil into a clean glass container.
- Remove the oil soaked herb and using a muslin bag or potato press, squeeze the herb so the oil drains into the same container. This is the most concentrated oil and you want to keep it.
- Continue to do this until no oil can be squeezed out. It will take muscle strength and patience
- Discard the herb.
- Let the infused oil sit overnight covered to allow all the sediment to fall to the bottom.
- Run the oil through muslin cloth again and bottle in dark amber bottles. Adding Vitamin E to the oil will prolong it's shelf life. (Add it at a rate of 100IU to 1oz of oil).
You now have sun infused Calendula oil!
Method 2 (not as hard, but also not as effective due to the heat used):
- Follow Steps 1-5 above.
- Place closed mason jar in a pan filled with water (like a double boiler).
- Place in the oven on the lowest temperature for 4-6 hours checking often.
- Follow steps 8-13 above after 4-6 hours.
The reason this method is not as effective is due to the high heat used to infuse the oil. It kills much of the good qualities of both the oil and the herb.
Method 3 (Easiest):
- Follow this link. Buy the already made oil. Easy, isnt it?
Part 2: Making the Balm
- 58.8 grams Calendula oil (from one of the threee above methods)
- 11.2 grams Pure Natural Beeswax (although White will work)
- 8.4 grams Jojoba Oil
- 6 drops Lavender Essential Oil- I prefer the Fine French High Altitude lavender for it's superior properties. Mont Blanc is a comparable alternative.
- 6 drops Carrot Seed Essential oil
- 400IU Vitamin E - equivalent to 0.8 grams of our Vitamin E
- Thermometer- candy or fryer thermometer works
- Metal Tins and/or Glass Jars
- Melt beeswax in double boiler (do not use a microwave as it may kill all the effective ingredients in your oils and beeswax).
- Add the Calendula and Jojoba oil.
- Stir until melted... watch closely, you don't want to heat it too much.
- Once melted, remove from heat source. Let sit for awhile to cool.
- Add Essential oils and Vitamin E (adding at too high of a temperature will kill all the therapeutic properties.)
- Pour into containers.
- Let cool.
- Close and seal containers.
Makes approximately 4oz (114 grams) of product.