Making a Balm for Scars – Susan Elliott

Infusing Herbs
The best herbs for healing scars are arnica, St. John’s wort, rose hips, sea buckthorn berries, comfrey, calendula and chamomile. Buy from a reputable dealer like Mountain Rose Herbs or Starwest Botanicals or Bulk Apothecary (which gets some of their herbs from SB). Use mason jars for infusing.
You can make an infusion with some or all of these herbs. You can strengthen the infusion by putting fresh herbs in a new jar after 4 weeks and filtering the infused oil into the new herbs.
Infusing: sanitize your jars, bands and lids. Make sure that they are completely dry. Fill your jar half way up with herbs. Fill jar almost to the top with oils and Vitamin E. I put a full ounce of Vitamin E in every infusion for both goodness in the finished product and as an antioxidant while they are infusing.
Leave a bit of room up top to shake the bottle. I usually fill to the first line in a mason jar. Water and air are the enemies of infusions so make sure your jar is dry and that you only leave enough space to be able to shake the bottle once a day for the first week. You can shake it every day if you like (that’s what I do) but the first week is important to shake at least once a day.
Put the jar in a sunny spot behind a shade (not in direct sunlight but sunny enough to warm the jar during the day). Infuse for 4-6 weeks.
Some of my infusion videos are here; arnica (intro with sanitation issues)…
If you re-infuse after 4 weeks with new herbs, this will strengthen the effectiveness of the herbs which is a great idea when you’re going for scar balms.
Use a clean, sanitized jar (see my arnica video on sanitation) and fill up with new herbs. Strain the oil from the infused jar through cheesecloth (I put a rubber band around a funnel and put the funnel into the new, sanitized jar). Squeeze out as much oil as you can. There may be some plant matter in the oil even with the cheesecloth but you can strain it again before making product.
Carrier Oils for Infusing
The best carrier oils for scars are rosehip seed oils (you can infuse rosehips in rosehip seed oil for extra punch), extra virgin olive oil, a light oil like sunflower or grapeseed oil (if you use sunflower or grapeseed, they need ROE when you open them to extend their shelf life), apricot or sweet almond oil.
Butters for Scar Balm
The best butters for scars are cocoa and shea. Coconut oil also works well.
Essential Oils
The best essential oils for scars are helichrysum, carrot seed, frankincense, neroli, myrhh, tea tree, lavender
All scar balms and creams should contain Vitamin E. You can add Panthenol and Aloe Vera Gel. If you have Vitamin B5 (Panthenol) in powder, you can add it with your waxes and butters, if you have the liquid you can add when you add your essential oils in your finished balm.
Basic Scar Balm
You make different balms and use a few different ones at the same time or infuse herbs together or mix the at the time you make the balm.
You can change up the herbs that you use. This is one combination I have used in the past and it cleared up my grandson’s scar above his eye. Because he was 9, I went lighter on the essential oils.
Each of the infusions had 1 ounce of vitamin e in 31 ounces of oil at the time of infusion. I added a bit more vitamin e to the balm
  • 2 ounces rose-hip infused rosehip oil.
  • 2 ounces calendula infused sunflower oil. (I used to infuse only in sunflower oil and sometimes still do – I add ROE when I open the bottle otherwise there is no point to it [meaning don’t add it once the bottle is open, it won’t have much effect])
  • 2 ounces chamomile infused sunflower, extra virgin olive oil, apricot oil (if he was an adult I would probably use comfrey instead of chamomile).
  • 2 ounces arnica infused sunflower oil, extra virgin olive oil, apricot oil.
  • 4 ounces cocoa butter
  • 4 ounces shea butter
  • 2.5 ounces beeswax
  • .5 ounces Vitamin E (If you don’t add vitamin E to your infusions, add more when you make it.)
  • a few drops of aloe vera gel
  • .3 ounces helichrysum essential oil
  • .3 ounces lavender essential oil
  • .3 ounces tea tree essential oil
You can add more eos for adults
If your balm is too oily you can add more hard butters (cocoa butter is best) or beeswax but this one was fine for making him a few 1 ounce tins to carry to camp with him.
  1. Melt your beeswax and butters VERY VERY slowly in a double boiler. Don’t use the microwave. You need more control over it than a microwave allows. and don’t make it too hot…take it off the heat as soon as it melts.
  2. The “dance” here is to add your oils slowly so that you don’t have to really heat your oils up. You don’t want to lose the vitamin e in the infusions and you don’t want to burn your oils because you could lose the healing goodness of the herbs, but you don’t want it lumpy. With the shea you might have some graininess but if you’re not selling it, that is okay.
  3. You may need to slowly heat the beeswax, butters and oils up every minute or so, just to melting and then take it off. Having a whisk or even a stick blender helps a lot. You want to slowly combine your wax, butters and oils taking care not to burn the oils or let the wax and butters re-solidify.
  4. Once you have the oils/butters/waxes all liquefied let it cool down to 120 F and add essential oils and vitamin e.

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