I’m very picky when it comes to what I put on my face, which has a lot to do with my sensitive skin.
I used to have severe eczema for many years and while luckily that’s in the past, I still have to be mindful about the products that I use.
CBD is a relatively recent discovery for me and it has quickly become one of my skincare favorites.
I’ve been using it for over two years now and just love it. It nourishes my skin, improves my complexion and speeds up healing significantly.
In this article I talk about the health benefits of CBD and I explain how you can easily make your own homemade CBD salve.
Diet and lifestyle have a huge impact on our skin, as well as using the right kind of skincare products.
Over the past decade I’ve only been using natural, non-toxic skincare products and the transformation has been truly impressive.
I’m a fan of pure ingredients and simplicity. If something works, I’ll stick with it for a long time. CBD is one of those ingredients.
CBD, which stands for Cannabidiol is derived from the cannabis plant. It’s known for its many strong medicinal properties and you can use it orally as well as topically.
Although cannabis has been mostly known as a herb that you can smoke, CBD is non-psychoactive, which means you won’t get high from it. The high comes from another part of the plant: the THC component.
The powerful neuro-protectants in CBD have shown very positive results in different fields ranging from pain relief, anxiety reduction, an improved sleep cycle, brain function stimulation, cell regeneration, to treatment of different types of cancer.
You can find more links to scientific articles about CBD’s medicinal properties in my recipe for CBD muscle rub. I use it to treat sore muscles and different types of injuries.
Let’s look into what CBD can do for your skin.
CBD for skin:
→ contains strong antioxidants, which help protect your skin from harmful free radicals.
→ is anti-inflammatory, which calms your skin and reduces redness.
→ stimulates cell regeneration.
→ deeply moisturizes and nourishes your skin.
→ is rich in linoleum acid, oleic acids, omegas 3 and 6, which help improve skin elasticity.
→ speeds up the skin’s healing process.
→ soothes skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne etc.
→ is suitable for sensitive skin.
I have noticed most of the above after a relatively short period of using it.
Nowadays CBD is part of my regular skincare routine, besides taking it orally.
I especially love using it when my skin needs some extra care.
From all of my CBD cream experiments, this homemade CBD salve made with only 3 ingredients is by far my favorite.
I use organic virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, raw organic shea butter and pure CBD extract for it.
It’s great as a facial serum, powerful, yet gentle enough to use on the sensitive skin around your eyes.
I literally feel how my skin absorbs it and notice how it improves my skin.
CBD and coconut oil
CBD is fat-soluble, which is why it needs to be mixed with fat for proper absorption.
Coconut oil goes particularly great with CBD, because it contains 92% saturated fat.
What’s more, this type of saturated fat (medium chain fatty acids) is much easier and faster absorbed by our body than other types of fats.
So to get the maximum benefit from your CBD, combine it with some coconut oil!
Homemade CBD salve
Melt the shea butter and coconut oil au bain marie. You do this by putting them in a bowl placed in a pan with shimmering water on low heat.
The shea butter needs a bit more time, so start with melting it first and then add the coconut oil.
Once they’re both fully melted, remove the bowl from the heat and let it cool off. Then mix in the CBD extract.
Pour the mixture in a container and let it solidify. You can place it in the fridge for a bit if you like, but there is no need to store it there.
The amount of CBD extract depends on how strong you want your homemade salve to be and also which type of CBD you use.
I really recommend consulting with a CBD producer. Talk to someone who has the knowledge and who will be happy to provide you with all the information you need.
Each CBD extract is different, so it’s always good to do some research.
The first time I bought CBD products was in a local Dispensary in the Netherlands where I live.
I ended up talking with the owner for over an hour and he patiently answered all of my questions. This person was not only very knowledgable with decades of experience in the Cannabis industry, but he was also truly passionate about the plant.
The Netherlands is known for its liberal attitude when it comes to Cannabis, although CBD has its own status. You can legally buy it everywhere, grow plants (within certain restrictions), import and export CBD oil. However, currently you are not allowed to produce the CBD oil here.
In case you were wondering: CBD extract is what CBD oil is made of and is a stronger, more concentrated form of CBD. It contains the properties of the whole plant, which makes it the most natural form of CBD.
You can also use CBD oil instead of the extract if you prefer, but you will need a more potent concentration (or a higher dosage of a lower concentration oil).
Which CBD brand is the best?
The rising popularity of CBD has resulted in many brands offering CBD products.
While it’s nice to have a lot of choice, it can also be confusing. The type of plants, extraction method, use of pesticides and chemicals and level of dilution all make a big difference when it comes to quality.
It can be tempting to use a product that seems to offer more value when it comes to the bottle size. But if most of the content is carrier oil and you eventually need to use more of it, is it still worth it?
My advise is to go with a product that really works for you from a brand that you trust.
For me this brand is Endoca. They produce some of the highest quality CBD products in the world made from 100% organic hemp grown in Denmark.
All of their products are free from synthetics and pesticides.
Endoca applies strict quality control, is GMP certified and verified by third party laboratory testing.
They mention on their website that they supply hospitals with their CBD products, which says a lot about the quality.
What’s very important to me is that they extract the oil through the environmental-friendly CO2 extraction. The low temperatures of this gentle method ensure that the full spectrum of the properties is preserved.
Endoca controls the entire process from seed to shelf and works closely with biochemists and neuroscientists.
I find Endoca’s products to be very pure and concentrated, so I only need a little bit to notice the effects. I love taking their CBD oil before I go to sleep or in my drink during the day.
The oil has a strong herbal taste which is a good indication of quality for me. For some people it might be a taste to get used to at first, so if you are taking it orally and find that it’s too strong for you, mix it with a natural sweetener or add it to your drink.
Finally, I value Endoca’s commitment to integrity and their great customer service.
I’m someone who likes to ask a lot of questions, so it’s a big plus for me when a company is happy to provide all those answers in a pleasant and fast way.
Their staff is very helpful and knowledgable and they are quick to answer you in their chat.
Endoca ships worldwide and the ordering process is very straightforward.
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Note: some natural ingredients such as coconut oil melt at higher temperatures.
Their properties stay the same and you can put your homemade CBD salve in the fridge for an hour to solidify again.
Just make sure to use a container that protects the content from leaking, especially if you’re carrying it with you in your bag etc.