Do you or someone you love suffer from painful cracked fingers and heels in the winter time? Consider making this incredibly healing Propolis Hand and Heel Salve. It will take you less than 10 minutes in your kitchen, and will provide pain relief and healing of cracked heels and those awfully painful cracks you sometimes get next to your fingernails. It is also really good for eczema, psoriasis and diaper rash.
In this recipe, I have used 100% pure jojoba oil, because it doesn’t go rancid and is very easily absorbed into the skin. It also has its own healing properties.
I have also used pure yellow beeswax, which also helps heal, and is available from apiaries as well as many health food stores.
The magic ingredient is Propolis extract. Propolis is a natural resin made by bees to glue shut any cracks around a bee hive. It has very powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which is what enables this cream to be so healing. Propolis-based resin was also used as a wood finish on Stradivarius violins, providing protection from moulds, mildew and insects.
I am very lucky to get my Propolis extract from my Aunt Helena in England. She has her own hives, and harvests the raw propolis by scraping it off the honey frames. She then soaks it in water to clean it, freezes it completely in a deep freeze, blends it into a powder in the blender, then soaks it in 70% ethanol (Polish Spirytus) for 3 weeks. After it has extracted she then filters and bottles it. You can make your own using Vodka, it is just not quite as powerful. Alternatively, Propolis extracts are available online at iHerb.com.
The method for making the salve couldn’t be easier:
Chop 10g of beeswax as small as you can
Warm 75ml of pure jojoba oil in a glass measure for 1 minute in the microwave. (Measuring cup will get hot).
Using chopsticks, stir the chopped beeswax into the hot oil and stir until it is completely melted.
Keep stirring until it starts to set up a bit, then add 5ml of the Propolis extract. Stir very well until it has incorporated, then immediately pour into small jars. The salve will harden in a matter of minutes and then it’s ready to use.
At bedtime, pack the heel or nail cracks full of the salve. If possible, wear gloves or socks, or just cover with a bandaid. The cracks will often heal overnight. Use a very thin layer on skin to relieve eczema or diaper rash. It can also be used as a handcream that provides relief from the itchiness of dry hands.