Giving Thanks and a Recipe for Salve(ation)


We are entering a busy, bustling holiday season. I don’t know about you, but part of me gets overwhelmed with all the gathering, gift-giving, and good tidings — even though I also love the rhythm, warmth, and festivity of this time of year. 

This Thanksgiving weekend, I’m taking time to notice what I’m grateful for in my life and aiming to go intentionally into the holiday season. 

Is there a way that you can infuse more fun and festivity into this season without adding on to your already full to-do list? Maybe it involves checking in and asking yourself what feels important to you this time of year. 

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What can you say “no” to and what do you really want to say “yes” to? Can you approach the next several weeks with intention and belief that you deserve a holiday season that is nourishing and not harried? 

I’m going to try. 

Today my entrepreneurial daughter and I prepared some homemade hand salve for her to sell at her school’s Holiday Fair. This rich, creamy balm is made with raw honey, coconut oil, olive oil, melted beeswax, and lemon essential oil. Truly a feast for the senses. We had fun working on it together. 

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This is one of those holiday traditions that connects me to what feels important in my life: family, creativity, and traditions or practices that encompass the changing New England seasons. I felt nourished on many levels. 

What do you discover when you look inside and ask what you really need as we enter the darker winter season of festivity and introspection? 

Here’s that recipe from my home to yours. We can all use a little “salve-ation” this time of year. 

Rich Honey Hand Balm

author Stephanie Pollard

yield 8 ounces



  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 1/4 cup almond oil — or we used avocado oil, since nut-free is more allergy-friendly

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 5 tablespoons beeswax pastilles — or leftover chips of beeswax candles 

  • 1 tablespoon shea butter

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey

  • Essential oils — we used lemon with this batch

  • 8-ounce glass jar or several small tins with lids


  1. Combine everything except for the raw honey in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second increments for 2 minutes, until the oils and beeswax have completely melted.

  2. Whisk in the raw honey and 10-20 drops of the essential oil of your choice and immediately pour into a glass jar.

  3. Let cool to room temperature before testing. If you would like to adjust the texture, re-melt the balm and add either more beeswax (harder) or more oil (softer) until the desired texture is reached.

(Recipe by Hello Glow at