Chai Infused Beeswax Salve RecipeOriginally published on February, 24th 2021. Last updated on December 15th, 2021 Skip to Recipe
This is chai-infused beeswax salve recipe is perfect to nourish and warm your skin. The aromatics of a wonderful chai are calming while the herbs naturally soothe and warm upon contact. I love including this recipe in my skincare routine during the depths of winter when your skin needs the most TLC. Before we jump right into the recipe and start infusing the oil, let’s run through the equipment we need.
Equipment Needed to Make a Beeswax Salve
Luckily this chai infused beeswax salve recipe only takes a few pieces of equipment:
- Pantry jar – For infusing the oil used in the salve
- Tins or small jars – To store the salve once created
- A small saucepan – To use as your double boiler to heat the beeswax
- Double boiler insert (or glass bowl or measuring cup)
Once you have your equipment we can begin by infusing the oil we are using.
Infusing Your Oil with Chai Spice
When making any salve or balm the base of the recipe calls for an infused oil. Making an infused oil is very simple, all you use is an oil and herbal plant matter. In this recipe, it’s a chai spice mix. Everyone has different resources and time available at home, so I always like to give a few options for folks to choose what is more accessible.
Option 1: In a jar add your dried chai mix and pour your choice of oil over the herbs. I used sesame oil for my base oil in this variation. I also love to use olive oil or avocado oil. Use whichever oil feels best for you.
Let the infusion steep for 4-6 weeks in a dark, cool place. This option will provide you with all the benefits of slowly extracting the chai mix into the oil, which will, in turn, nourish and warm your skin.
Option 2: Skip the infusion altogether and use a plain base oil, such as sesame oil, olive, or avocado oil, and add essential oils to get your preferred scent. This is by far the quickest method if you are in a time crunch.
(Recommended) Option 3: Use both the infused oil in option 1 and add essential oils mentioned in option 2, this is my preferred way. You receive the most benefits for your skin this way and it’s a therapeutic experience. When you add the essential oils you will get a deeper and more concentrated salve. You will also have more control over how strong you would like the scent of your oil.
Preparing the Beeswax for the Salve
For this step, you will need to create a double boiler. If you don’t have one, you can do this by simply placing a glass pyrex bowl or measuring cup over a pot of simmering water. The water in the pot should only be about 1-2 inches high so there’s room to boil it.
Put the Chai Infused Oil and the beeswax into the bowl or measuring cup, and keep the temperature very low. The low temperature is to maintain the benefits and properties of the ingredients. Heat until the beeswax is fully dissolved then take the measuring glass off of the heat. Mix in your shea butter, and essential oil. Carefully and quickly pour the mixture into small jars or tins and let the mixture cool until the salve turns solid. Once cool you can start using the salve!
How do you use a beeswax salve?
Since this is a beeswax salve recipe, you can use it anywhere on your body. I tend to use this specific salve on my hands and feet to soothe and warm.
Traditionally, a salve is used to soothe occasional aches and to bring comfort to dry skin.
Let me know your thoughts on the salve! If you make it, make sure to tag me on Instagram (@mytinylagunakitchen) or leave a comment below. I love seeing everyone’s creations!
For the Infused Oil
For the Salve
- 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
- 1/2 cup chai infused sesame oil
- 1/3 cup beeswax pastilles
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 1/4 teaspoon vitamin e oil
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
- 5-10 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 5-10 drops of clove essential oil
- 5-10 drops of cardamon essential oil
- 5-10 drops ginger essential oil
- 5-10 fennel essential oil
- Put the dried chai mixture into the mason jar. Pour sesame oil or your oil of choice over the herbs.
- Cover the jar with a lid, and store in a cool dark place for 2-4 weeks.
- Strain the herbs out of the oil using a cheesecloth and a fine-mesh sieve.
- Pour the oil into a glass pyrex measuring cup or bowl.
- Create your double boiler by placing the measuring cup into a small saucepan of simmering water on low heat.
- Add your beeswax, stir the mixture a few times.
- When the beeswax dissolves take the pan and measuring glass off of the heat.
- Mix in shea butter, and your essential oils.
- Pour into small jars or tins.
- Enjoy your beeswax salve!