Vaseline is one of those products that has a multitude of amazing uses from treating chapped lips to stopping the door hinges from squeaking. The problem is that some types of petroleum jelly do more harm than good to our bodies. Of particular concern are those that contain unrefined petrolatum, a by-product of oil drilling. Check out the following quote from Dr Oz:
Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of oil drilling, and when you spread it on your lips, you end up eating it, which is essentially the same as drinking gasoline. Add up the amount of lip-gloss the average woman uses (and consumes) over a decade, and it equals 7 pounds. The European Union has banned many petroleum jelly products, and experts are concerned they could be linked to cancer. Women with breast cancer have twice the levels of hydrocarbons (substances found in petroleum jelly) in their breasts than women who haven’t had breast cancer. Steer clear of any products that list petroleum jelly or mineral oil on the ingredient list. Dr. Oz
The best solution to combat this and to know exactly what is in your own little jar is to make your own and you only need a couple of ingredients to get it done.
Make Your Own Vaseline
For this recipe you are going to need the following three items:
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- TBSP beeswax
**If you don’t have both Olive oil and coconut oil, you can use 1/2 cup of either one instead. Coconut oil will be antibacterial and healing. Olive oil will be antioxidant rich and nourishing. You can also add essential oils to amp up the recipe as you wish.**
This recipe couldn’t be any easier so follow the simple steps below to make your own vaseline.
- Fill a medium sized pot with water and add a glass bowl with a spout.
- Turn stove top to medium heat.
- Add oils and wax.
- Allow the ingredients to melt completely.
- Pour into container.
- Once cool (after about 30 minutes) stir to make a Vaseline consistency.
If you add essential oils to the recipe, when it comes to storage, only store your vaseline in glass jars as the essential oils will react to plastic.