Dryad's Bark-Skin Balm
Though the Dryad is a mysterious and beautiful tree nymph, she confesses that she suffers from dry, bark-like skin, and offers this buttery balm recipe to soften even the toughest, scaliest skin.
Note: She likes to use tree sap in this blend, which can become very sticky and difficult to gather. I suggest using honey instead, which lends antibacterial and humectant properties.
You will need:
½ cup shea butter
2 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon beeswax
1 ½ teaspoon honey
3 drops cedarwood essential oil
2 drops cinnamon essential oil
In a double boiler over medium-low heat, begin to melt shea and beeswax. When mixture is softened and mostly melted, about 8 minutes, add honey and avocado oil, stirring to combine.
Remove from heat and pour into a sealable glass jar. Add drops of essential oil and stir to disperse. Let cool for several hours until balm has solidified.
Apply to dry, bark-like skin as needed. Store in a cool, dark cupboard out of direct sunlight.