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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Apply to dry, bark-like skin as needed. Store in a cool, dark cupboard out of direct sunlight.