To use on rabbits:
Clean the ear to be tattooed with a soft cotton swab soaked in alcohol. Let dry. Write the tattoo on the ear (or skip if you do not do this). Apply a small amount of Bunny Balm Organic Tattoo Salve over your writing (or where you plan on putting the tattoo if you do not write on the ear) to help keep the ink lines running smoothly. Trace over the writing with your tattoo pen (or just start to tattoo). When you are satisfied with the tattoo, wipe off the ear with a fresh cotton swab soaked in alcohol to remove excess ink. You may reapply Bunny Balm Organic Tattoo Salve over the finished tattoo to help the healing process.
To use on humans:
Apply Bunny Balm Tattoo Salve over your tattoo. Reapply as needed.
Before you get started:
I want to stress to you that for the most part, these are guidelines. I have provided links for products & supplies I feel you may find useful. After all, it's the stuff I have either used, or am currently using. In the end, use what works for you. I want you to be comfortable with the whole process. This isn't a chore, or a stress, it's a simple relaxing way to make your own hand cream free from synthetics - at a fraction of the cost.
My personal preference for heating the ingredients is to use a paper bowl & a cast iron grill over the stove top or if it's during the winter, I forgo the grill & use a paper bowl on top of my wood stove. I prefer this method for it's easy clean up & the fact that I can toss the used bowl in the burn pile &/or compost pile. If you do not feel comfortable with my method/s, you can always opt. for a small crock pot, putting the ingredients directly into the pot. If you have a gas stove you may not feel comfortable with an open flame around your oils. This is perfectly understandable. You too, can use a small crock pot directly or make clean up easier by using a larger oval shaped crock pot and paper bowls. Yet another option is to heat the oils directly in a glass canning jar rather than a paper bowl.
Clean up is a bit more difficult if you directly heat your oils & waxes in a glass jar or crock pot, but it can be done. Once you have finished, use plenty of straight soap no water. This is the same method I use to clean up after soap making. Water will only make the cleaning process more difficult. Once the vessel is sufficiently cleaned, you can then rinse it with hot water. If after rinsing, it still has residue, clean it again with plenty of straight soap no water. Repeat this process until it's clean.
There are no hard fast rules, except to please use common sense. Remember you are dealing with oils which are highly flammable. If for whatever reason, you do have a kitchen fire, do not use water! You can quickly toss baking soda on the flames, or quickly smother it with towels, or the best option (although very messy), use a fire extinguisher. I don't know about you, but I'd rather have a messy kitchen then burn it to the ground!
After the directions, I provide a list of links to a variety of supply options you may wish to explore.
Ready? Lets begin!
Bunny Balm Tattoo Salve
- 1 Ounce Organic Cocoa Butter is the ultimate all natural moisturizer. It keeps skin soft & supple. It is one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known. It melts at body temperature so that it is readily absorbed into the skin. It is often recommended for the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema & dermatitis. When applied topically, it creates a barrier between sensitive skin & the environment & also helps retain moisture. Pregnant women have long used to cocoa butter formulations to prevent & treat stretch marks.
- 1 Ounce Organic Shea Butter is made from the nut of the African Shea Tree. It contains a rich amount of unremovable fatty acid. This fatty acid is crucial to rejuvenating & moisturizing the skin. Shea Butter provides all the essential vitamins needed to make skin look & feel smoother, softer & most importantly, healthier. Its therapeutic properties protect the skin from wind, cold, sun & it helps heal wounds faster. Shea Butter fights the effects of aging & repairs rough, damaged skin.
- 2 Ounces Organic Beeswax is an all natural anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic & antibacterial skin softener that helps lock in the skin's own natural moisture, & creates a protective, long-lasting barrier against the elements.
- 2 Ounces Organic Sesame Seed Oil easily penetrates lips, is antibacterial & is a potent antioxidant. It balances mood, reduces stress, & is a calming aphrodisiac.
- 60 Drops Organic Lavender Essential Oil
- 20 Drops Organic Rosemary Essential Oil
Stainless Steel Pot or Cast Iron Pan (better)
- If you are using a large shallow stainless steel pot or large deep stainless steel pan, you will need to fill it half way with hot water. Put it on the stove on the lowest heat setting. If you are using a cast iron grilling pan (our preferred method), put the pan on your stove using the lowest heat setting.
- Measure out your ingredients using your scale. Put your paper bowl on the scale first. Then hit the tare button to zero out the scale. Next add two ounces of beeswax. You can then hit tare again to zero out the scale or add one ounce of cocoa butter next making the scale total three ounces. Again, you can either hit tare a third time to zero it out or add one ounce of shea butter making the scale total four ounces. Yet again, you can either hit tare a fourth time to zero it out or add two ounces of sesame oil (if it's in a liquid state, pour very slowly) making the scale total six ounces.
- Carefully place your paper bowl containing all four ingredients either floating in your pot of hot (not boiling) water or on your cast iron grilling pan (our preferred method).
- Keeping the stove heat on the lowest setting, allow the beeswax, cocoa butter, & coconut oil to slowly melt together. Do not leave the mix unattended. This is a good time to prep your jars so they are ready to receive the melted product.
- Once everything is fully melted and incorporated, turn off the stove heat. Add the essential oils. Carefully lift up the bowl, bend one side of the lip to form a little crease that will act as your pour spout. Pour the hot liquid into your jar/s of choice.
- Let the jars sit until fully cooled and hardened. Place the lid on the jars. Label the jars.
Additional Links To Ingredients & Supplies:
Organic Non GMO Cocoa Butter
Anthony's Organic Cocoa Butter
Divine Organic Organic Cocoa Butter
Kakosi Organic Cocoa Butter
Organic Non GMO Beeswax
Beesworks Organic Beeswax Pellets
Sky Organics White Organic Beeswax Pellets
Better Shea Butter Organic Beeswax Pastilles
Organic Non GMO Sesame Oil
Now Organic Sesame Seed Oil
Eden Organic Virgin Sesame Oil (glass bottle)
Kevala Bulk Organic Sesame Oil
Organic Non GMO Essential Oils
Nature's Answer Organic Lavender Essential Oil
Viva Naturals Organic Lavender Essential Oil
Plant Therapy Organic Lavender Essential Oil
Plant Therapy Organic Rosemary Essential Oil
Now Foods Organic Rosemary Essential Oil
Garden of Life Organic Rosemary Essential Oil
Bakers Math Kitchen Scale
Adapter for Bakers Math Kitchen Scale
Oxo Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale
Earth's Natural Bowls
Dixie Heavy Duty Bowls
Brown Kraft Soup Bowls
Cuisinart Cast Iron Grill Pan
Lodge Cast Iron Single Burner Grill/Griddle
Lodge Cast Iron Grill Pan
1 oz. Cobalt Blue Glass Jars
2 oz. Glass Rooster Jars
2 oz. Amber Glass Jars
Kerr 4 oz. Glass Jelly Jars
Brown Kraft 8 oz. Soup Bowls
Lids for Brown Kraft Soup Bowls
Alternative Heating Methods
Small Crock Pot
Large Oval Crock Pot
A little history behind My Bunny Balm Tattoo Salve:
Bunny Balm was so well liked that a past customer of Bunny Balm decided to market it as their own creation, going so far to even steal the name I came up with - Bunny Balm Tattoo Salve. This disingenuous individual sells it at rabbit shows, online, & promotes it on Facebook. This is a classic example of someone not being creative enough to come up with their own products, so they steal from another & market it as their own idea. Sadly there are a lot of people like this. It's one thing to want to recreate something for personal use, but to steal someone else's recipe & name for profit is just too much. By creating DIY articles of my original products I have made them public for all to enjoy freely. Bunny Balm, like all of my balms & salves is now available to all. I hope you enjoy crafting these treats as much as I enjoyed creating them.