As a bartender at Bull Valley Roadhouse and Boot and Shoe Service, Dashal Moore nurtured patrons with good spirits and her warm wit. Fascinated by how folks carry what ails them on their bodies, she put herself through Chinese medicine school and now plies good spirits by applying needles, brewing tinctures, and cooking up healing salves at her new Berkeley accupuncture clinic. That said, this ex-bartender suggests that those more fleeting remedies from the bar will always have their place.
Beeswax Body Butter
A little of this luxurious body butter goes a long way.
Makes about 13 ounces
200 grams shea butter
200 grams jojoba, sweet almond oil, or a mix
25 grams shaved beeswax (or beeswax pastilles)
2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
20-40 drops essential oils (I like rosemary and calendula)
In a double boiler or a heatproof bowl sitting on a pan of simmering water, heat all ingredients (except essential oils) until melted, then remove from heat and let mixture cool just until it becomes opaque. Before it has cooled completely, add essential oils and whip mixture with an immersion blender or a stand mixer until it’s light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to small containers and store in a cool place.
Rose & Laurel Lip Gloss
Makes about 6.5 ounces
100 grams coconut oil
50 grams shaved beeswax (or beeswax pastilles)
30 grams castor oil
10 grams beet root powder
3 drops rose essential oil
8 drops laurel essential oil
8 drops peppermint essential oil
Melt together beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl sitting in a pan of simmering water. Remove from heat and stir in castor oil, beet root powder, and essential oils. Pour mixture into small tins and allow to cool completely.
Notes: If you don’t have a kitchen scale, don’t fret. Precision is not at all important here. Also feel free to experiment with any combination of essential oils that smells lovely to you.