This week’s home remedy is a wonderful balm for your self-care first aid kit. For this reason it’s great to have around for any bumps or bruises that you and the little ones might get. Not to mention, it is fun to make and you can even get the children involved. Today we are making a Daisy Balm for Bruises and are super excited.
Top 3 Daisy Facts
Daisies are quite incredible and not just regarding skincare, they have lots of benefits across the board. Not to mention they are adorable, we love a daisy!
- Daisy leaves are edible. They can be added to salads or sandwiches.
- The white petals of Daisies are also edible.
- A Daisy is actually two main flowers, but could be classed as many more! The outer white petals, or rays, are classed as one and the inner, yellow centre is another flower entirely which made up of many tiny yellow flowers.
What are the Benefits of Daisies?
Daisies have a range of benefits, but when it comes to skincare there are a few notable benefits.
Daisies have anti-inflammatory properties and for years have been used to treat swelling, bruising and even digestive problems historically. They work in much the same way as Arnica and have been dubbed the ‘poor mans arnica’. Also having antiseptic properties it can help clean the skin, removing bacteria and therefore making it much healthier.
They also promote the production of collagen, which helps to plump the skin and reduce the signs of aging. As well as, increasing the firmness in the skin, daisies help to even out the skin tone, leaving it brighter, reducing any dullness and minimising dark spots.
Choosing the Right Oil for Daisy Balm
This recipe uses oil and you need to do a little research to discover the best one to use for your skin. It really depends on what you want the oil to do for your skin. Here are a few and their main benefit to get you started…
- Almond Oil
Has anti-inflammatory properties, so can help reduce swelling.
- Sunflower Oil
Contains Vitamin E which is good for hydration (absorbing and trapping the water in the skin).
- Jojoba Oil
Has anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce swelling.
- Coconut Oil
Increases the speed of healing as it help to repair damaged tissue.
Making Daisy Balm for Bruising
You will need:
- A sterilised jar
- Oil of your choice – we have used both coconut and almond oils before.
- Beeswax or Soy pellets (you can get this relatively cheaply online)
- Daisy flowers
After you have your jar comes the fun bit. If you are lucky enough to have daisies growing on your lawn in the garden, fantastic. You need to collect a good amount of daisies, so depending on the amount of balm you wish to make aim for one or two handfuls.
Leave the daisies on your windowsill to dry out naturally in the sun, this is to remove the moisture since we are adding them to water. If we don’t do this, then the oil and moisture will separate.
Once they have dried out, add the daisies to a clean, sterilised jar and cover with your oil of choice. You need to ensure that the oil completely covers the flowers to avoid any rotting, which will spoil your finished balm.
Do the jar up, give it a little shake and pop in a sunny place. This is where you need some patience as we need to leave it there for at least two weeks, giving it a little shake each day. This infuses the oil with the daisy’s goodness and all it’s benefits.
Once infused you will need to combine with the beeswax or soy pellets, using a Bain Marie. A Bain Marie is a method of heating up liquids that are not over a direct heart source. You need a bowl that will sit over a saucepan, but not touch the boiling water in the pan.
Take the bowl and weigh it, now add your infused oil and weigh again. Taking away the weight of the bowl, you now know how much your oil weighs and need around a quarter of that weight in the wax pellets. Add them to the bowl and gently heat until your mixture is combined.
Place into a jar and seal, setting aside until firm. You can increase the amount of wax, or indeed reduce it should you want it firmer or not. You can also pop some of your balm into smaller containers for your handbag etc.
Remember not to apply to broken skin and do pop along to read our disclaimer below if you are going to try this.