I’m very picky when it comes to what I put on my face. This 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 I use.
CBD extract is a relatively recent discovery for me and it has quickly become one of my skincare favorites.
I’ve been using it for almost two years now and just love it. It nourishes my skin, improves my complexion and speeds up healing significantly.
In this article I will talk about the health benefits of CBD and explain how you can easily make your own homemade CBD salve.
Diet and lifestyle have a huge impact on our skin, but skincare products are also important.
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, 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 is best known for other things, 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, a balanced sleep cycle, brain function improvement, cell regeneration to treatment and cure 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 injuries.
Let’s look into what CBD can do for your skin.
CBD for skin:
→ contains strong antioxidants that help protect your skin from harmful free radicals.
→ is anti-inflammatory.
→ stimulates cell regeneration.
→ deeply moisturizes and nourishes the skin.
→ is rich in linoleum acid, oleic acids, omegas 3 and 6, which help keep the skin supple and improve skin elasticity.
→ speeds up the skin’s healing process.
→ soothes and can cure skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne etc.
I have noticed most of the above after a relatively short period of using it.
Nowadays CBD is part of my regular skincare routine. 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.
To make it I use organic virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, raw organic shea butter and pure CBD extract.
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 how it improves my complexion.
CBD is fat-soluble, which is why it needs to be mixed with fat for proper absorption.
Coconut oil is particularly suitable for this, 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.
Homemade CBD salve
2 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp organic raw shea butter
desired amount of pure CBD extract
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 to use depends on how concentrated you want this homemade CBD salve to be and also which type of CBD you use.
I really recommend consulting directly with a producer of CBD extract. 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.
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.
Read more about my toxin-free journey and the products I replace with coconut oil.