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.
The core of this balm is lots of moisture from shea butter and olive oil. Moisture keeps the skin supple so it doesn’t crack and re-open. There’s also added vitamin E oil to help your skin re-generate.
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.
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.
Palm Balm for Rock Climbers
Melt the beeswax, shea butter, 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.