Anyone else get their first tattoos in their 30s? I had mine done on my 30th birthday, which shares the date of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Angelus prayer is one of my favorites, and I love having the frequent reminder to do my best to give my "fiat" to God's Holy Will in each moment of my life. My husband is in the middle of getting his first tattoo - his is much more extensive and has required a couple of sessions! This week he'll (hopefully) finish the last session, which is why we needed to make up a batch of our favorite all-purpose balm! Both of us have used this balm for our tattoo healing, since we wanted to skip the petroleum-based products and make sure we had awesome oils to help us too. I initially tested out and created this balm recipe for a hand balm a few years ago - paired with Frankincense, Myrrh, and Tea Tree, it's a seriously awesome winter hand balm! My husband keeps a jar at the office because he washes his hands so frequently every day. It makes a perfect holiday DIY gift too! For our tattoo balm, we make the balm base and add Helichrysum, Frankincense, and Lavender. This batch is all set and ready for my husband's St. Michael tattoo!
All Purpose Balm Recipe:
• 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
• 1/3 cup Unrefined Shea Butter
• 1/3 cup Beeswax Pellets
• 1/3 cup Sweet Almond Oil
Tattoo Balm Oils:
• 15 drops Helichrysum, 15 drops Lavender, 10 drops Frankincense
In a double boiler, melt coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax pellets, and almond oil together until fully melted. Cool in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes; balm should be thickening but still able to be stirred (see photo below). Add essential oils and mix well. Transfer to an 8oz air-tight container.