If you’re a rock climber, by now you’re well into your spring training regime (though if you live up here in Canada you probably aren’t heading out to the mountains quite yet—brr!). And, unless you’ve been pretty diligent in the climbing gym all winter long, you’re probably nursing some pretty sore hands as your callouses re-form. This palm balm is for those sore palms—though you don’t have to be a rock climber to enjoy it! It’s great for any small owies, whether it be from new spring shoes or a slightly skinned knee.

How to make palm balm for rock climbers

The core of this balm is lots of moisture from unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada) and olive oil (pomace). Moisture keeps the skin supple so it doesn’t crack and re-open. There’s also added Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) to help your skin re-generate.

How to make palm balm for rock climbers

Next up, some herbal boosters. I used oils infused with calendula, comfrey, and plantain. Each of these herbs is known to boost healing, soothe unhappy skin, and relieve pain.

How to make palm balm for rock climbers

Lastly, some essential oils. Lavender and chamomile, for soothing; tea tree for an antibacterial boost; helichrysum to for healing; and cedarwood for circulation stimulation. The resulting scent blend is wonderfully soft, sweet, and soothing.

How to make palm balm for rock climbers

Palm Balm for Rock Climbers

20g | 0.7oz beeswax
20g | 0.7oz unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada)
8g | 0.28oz calendula infused oil
8g | 0.28oz comfrey root infused oil
8g | 0.28oz plantain infused oil
1g | 0.03oz Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)

5 drops roman chamomile essential oil
2 drops helichrysum essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops cedarwood essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil

Melt the beeswax, unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada), and herb-infused oils together in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils. Pour into shallow tins and use on small scratches and wounds.

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