Winter Blessing

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Do you live in an area where winters sometimes seem to last forever?

The primary signature of this salve is joy. It is meant to provide warming comfort and it is particularly lovely if you apply some before meditation.

Use: Apply a thin layer to hands, feet, throat, temples. Makes about 4 cups, or 8 jars 4 oz. each.

Method: Combine on stovetop in large deep heavy bottomed pot, low heat: Watch carefully; Mixture is not meant to simmer or boil. Stir gently.
Remove from heat as soon as the beeswax pellets and shea butter are melted.
St Johns Wort infused oil: 4 oz
Arnica infused oil: 4 oz
Refined Shea Butter: 16 oz
Vitamin E oil: 1 Tbsp
Beeswax pellets: 7 oz

Essential Oils:
Ginger: 2 tsp
Rosemary: 2 tsp
Clove: 2 tsp
Peppermint: 2 tsp
Eucalyptus: 1 tsp
Lemon Eucalyptus: 1 tsp
Camphor: 1 tsp
Lavender: 1 tsp
Frankincense: ½ tsp
Myrrh: ½ tsp

Pour into jars until cooled. Cover with lids. Store in a cool place. Skin test.

Safety note: Whenever you make a product to apply to the skin do a simple allergy test, a “skin test” before use. Apply a small amount on a small area on the inside of your wrist and wait 24 hours. If a rash, redness or itchiness results at any time in the 24 hours do not use it any further. Doing a skin test is important for anything you make for yourself, but its even more important for anything you share with another person. Also, be aware that essential oils are better tolerated by adults than children. The recipes you’ll find on my website are all meant for adult use. Significant adjustments have to be made for use with children.

Darlene Witte
Darlene Witte

Professor of Education, (retired) at Johnson State College in Vermont leads the Green Mountain Writers' Poetry & Performance workshop that meets on Zoom each month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7 PM ET. Find out more at

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