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Frankincense & Myrrh Hand Balm Recipe

Essential oils used for making frankincense and myrrh holiday hand balm
I love this season of celebration. This time of year I'm often dreaming of chocolate truffles, forests covered in snow, and catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Making special foods, festive treats, and gifts while singing along with my favorite songs brings a glow of happy cheer to my heart—but my favorite part of the holidays is seeing the joy and excitement in other people as they unwrap the gifts I have made for them! This year I decided to create a rich and moisturizing balm to soften the appearance of rough dry skin, using the scents of sacred resins and trees that are often associated with this time of year.


Ingredients like beeswax, avocado oil, and grapeseed oil shown for making holiday hand balm

Frankincense and Myrrh Hand Balm Recipe


This recipe makes roughly 9 oz. of salve mixture.


  1. In a double boiler over low to medium heat, combine oils, beeswax, and shea butter. Heat gently until fully melted and stir often.
  2. While oils and butters are melting, drop essential oils into a small 1/8th ounce screw cap bottle, place cap on bottle, and gently roll bottle between palms to blend.
  3. Once oils, beeswax, and shea butter are fully melted, remove from heat and transfer mixture into a heat-safe measuring cup with a pour spout.
  4. Add blended essential oils and stir to evenly distribute in the balm.
  5. Pour balm into containers of choice, allowing to cool for 1-2 minutes, and then carefully place in freezer for 5-7 minutes. This quick cooling process helps to prevent the shea butter in the mixture from becoming grainy as it cools. Don’t forget the balms in the freezer!
  6. After 5-7 minutes in the freezer, place balms on countertop covered with a paper towel to finish cooling completely. Once completely cooled, cap balms and add your decorative finishes (such as labels, ribbon, etc.).


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Written by Miriam on December 23, 2016

Miriam Bohondoney, blog contributor and folk herbalist born and raised on the west coast, has been studying the art and science of herbalism since childhood. Primarily self taught from books and experience, she had the good fortune to attend a year long herbalism course taught by naturopathic doctor and herbalist Dr. Sharol Tilgner. In recent years she has had the opportunity to study at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and learn from acclaimed herbalist Howie Brounstein. In addition to writing for the Mountain Rose Herbs blog, Miriam is an avid student of aromatherapy and formulates her own natural perfume line using botanicals and pure essential oils. She is a trained pastry chef and baker. During her free time she enjoys dancing, singing, crafting alchemical potions, spending time with loved ones, and practicing Qigong.

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