Mosquito bites, sensitive skin rashes, skin rash and itch from chemicals or low-quality cosmetics and soaps can be very annoying. If you are suffering from itchy or irritated skin, I have an excellent natural solution for you. This cooling salve will become your favorite all-around skin relief cream. Menthol balm will work wonders on any skin type and can save you and your family from nasty rashes and itch on your trips among nature or just at home.
The menthol balm provides immediate cooling effect reducing the itchiness and burning of the skin and relieving the pain. Menthol balm does not, really lower the temperature of the skin, but instead it blocks the calcium current along the nerves responsible for detecting temperature. The role of the menthol in my salve is to relieve the pain, itchiness or another nasty feeling, while the other ingredients sooth and heal the irritated skin.
I also use Shea Butter as a great moisturizer for dry and irritated skin. It is generally used to protect the natural oils of the skin from ‘getting out’ which causes dry skin. Shea Butter is also excellent in reducing the inflammation. This is due to the cinnamic acid found within the Shea Butter.
While I like to use the tea tree oil as a natural preservative due to its superior antibacterial properties, it also has an additional benefit of preventing skin infection. The combination of tea tree and lavender essential oils has great soothing and healing effect on the skin. Also tea tree oil helps fighting acne. You will really love this balm especially if you have children around.
Ingredients for approximately 6oz of soothing menthol salve
- 56 grams (2oz) extra virgin olive oil
- 7 grams Menthol Crystals
- 25 drops tea tree essential oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 28 grams (1oz) unrefined coconut oil
- 28 grams (1oz) Beeswax, cosmetic grade
- 28 grams (1oz) unrefined Shea Butter
- Plastic or glass container (really, prepare it in advance)
I have calculated for your convenience ingredients for only 6 oz of final product. I usually make 3 times more.
- Using a double boiler, melt the coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and olive oil together. Stir occasionally. Once everything is melted down and in liquid form, it one last time and remove it from the heat.
- Add your menthol crystals to the solution. Stir well to ensure that all of the crystals have been melted and absorbed by the oils.
- Once the temperature is below 140F, add the tea tree essential oil to the mix. Avoid adding essential oils to mixtures with higher temperature than 140F as they evaporate quickly
- Add your mixture to a glass or plastic container that you have prepared and let it cool overnight. Don’t lid before it cools down and turns into solid state.
- Your menthol salve is complete. You can use it just like you would with any other soothing balm. Massage small quantity with your fingers into the irritated skin.