Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Chai Spice Balm
One of my favourite balms for fall.
Individually infuse organic cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove and madagascar vanilla beans in sweet almond oil or carrier oil of choice, blend together and add beeswax.
A warming lip balm, hydrating hand and cuticle balm or exotic, spicy natural perfume.
Spices can easily be infused together to simplify the process.
Separate infusions allow you to make further creations like cinnamon oil and cocoa butter for a Valentine's foot rub.
Or use the clove oil for a sore muscle and joint rub.
Infused in food grade organic carrier oils such as olive or sesame, clove oil can be used as a mouthwash or to soothe toothaches.
Cardamom provides an aromatic base for natural perfume. Add a small amount of essential oils of sandalwood and bergamot for a warm citrus blend or try neroli or rosewood.
Blend cardamom with the vanilla infusion for a simple, exotic scent.
A hint of lavender essential oil added to the vanilla infusion creates the epitome of calm and relaxation. A delicious massage blend for men and women. Vanilla beans infuse easily, imparting a full scent with a few beans. Follow the steps for vanilla infused oil and balm. The balm recipe works for the chai spice blend as well. Many spices require more active methods of infusion than herbs. Heat baths or grinding of the spices assist with a deep, rich scent.
In India, the origin of chai, unique family recipes are handed down through generations. Explore your spice rack for your signature chai blend.
Warm your skin, senses and soul this autumn with chai spice.
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