Tattoo Balm – DIY All Natural Healing.

Natural Tattoo Healing Balm is extremely effective during the healing process of your new tattoo. This will help speed the healing and protect your new tattoo from any infections etc. (If you take proper care)

This balm is loaded with anti inflammatory, antibacterial and analgesic properties making it perfect for new tattoos. Calendula also has natural restorative properties which helps to build strong skin cells and heal wounds. You can even use this on your healed tattoos to keep your skin nourished and the ink bright.

As you may or may not know, I have a few (too many) tattoos… I have always only used vitamin e oil to speed the healing process. Once I found out about the healing powers of calendula and started using that as well, I noticed my tattoos were healing much brighter.

Tattoo Healing Balm

The following recipe is for a 50ml jar. You can calculate the amount from this base recipe if you are making a bigger batch. Basic calculations would be 1 part beeswax to one part other ingredients. (depending how soft or firm you want the balm, you can take out or add more beeswax)

 What You’ll Need:

  1. Melt beeswax first. You can do this using a melting pot, double boiler or pan on the stove. (medium heat)
  2. remove from heat.
  3. While the mixture is still hot, add in coconut oil and shea butter.
  4. Next pour in vitamin e oil & calendula infused oils. Stir everything until it is combined evenly.
  5. Pour into your container & allow to cool before using.

It is recommended to keep the tattoo clean with unscented, natural soap. Keep it moist and don’t let it dry out. Apply this balm regularly to clean tattoos.

All Natural Tattoo Balm DIY

Happy Healing!

As I always recommend, please always do your own research prior to making any of the recipes found here. Just because it works for me, doesn’t mean it will work for everyone and I don’t want anyone getting a reaction from any of the ingredients so always do a test patch on your skin somewhere else first.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

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34 thoughts on “Tattoo Balm – DIY All Natural Healing.

  1. Bee Mann says:

    I tried this balm out on my new honeybee tattoo. Thinking it’s going to be a “run of the mill” balm. BOY WAS I WRONG!! The tat never ever pealed!! It’s by far the best thing I have put on my tattoos. I’m not new to ink I had 13 prior to this!! I’m NOT one who believes in the whole “oils” thing but OMG BLEW MY MIND!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I’m going to make some with beeswax from my hives to sell so others can see how great it is! Thanks again.

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  2. Steve S says:

    Question: in a previous response, someone mentioned jojoba oil. Would you use that instead of the olive oil or in addition to the olive oil?


  3. deirdre says:

    so far in my research this is my favorite. sometimes a simpler recipe seems better to me for something you rub on an open wound. I did have one question, i’ve healed a lot of my own tattoos just with coconut oil or jojoba oil. is there any reason why jojoba oil would be bad in a recipe like this? I was just thinking it might be nice. although it is a lot more liquid than something like coconut oil so i wasn’t sure if it would be too wet for a balm like this.


  4. Gabrielle says:

    Hi there! I just stumbled upon this post looking for an all natural balm! I got a tattoo about a month ago (May 9, 2016) and have been using Lubriderm to moisturize! Can I switch to this to make sure my tat stays nice, dark, and bright as well as heal nicely? I would love to be using something natural! Also, I have organic calendula oil from when I made lip balm and wanted to know if that would work! Thank you!

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  5. Victória says:

    I´ve made this recipe more than once and it´s awsome!! I really love it. But in the last batch that I´ve made it´s gone bad the next day. Lots of white spots appeared, like it´s some king of mold or bacteria. Do you have any idea what could have happend? And how can I prevent this from happening the next time I do it?

    Thanks in advance



    • Briar-Rose says:

      Thanks so much! Are they white beads? If She Butter stays hot too long it’ll create little white beads. You could try it without the Shea and see if that makes a difference. 🙂


  6. Heather says:

    Hey I was wondering if calendula flower herbal supplement will work in replace of the flowers themselves? It contains organic alcohol so I wasn’t sure if it would work. The ingredients are purified water, vegetable glycerin, 12-15% certified organic alcohol. Thank you for your time.

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  7. Davo says:

    I would be careful on how much oily ingredients you use. As a tattoo artist, I have people telling me they broke out in a bunch of big zits from putting it on too much and sophocating the tattoo. You want to keep it moist but not too oily and the product you make should only need to be applied twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night.

    I hate normal everyday lotions like Lubriderm that seem to dry out too fast because theyre completely water base with just a tad petrolium. I find people have to put it on way too often which means messing with your tattoo too much. I suggest washing it once or twice a day gently and your balm should last for about 12 hours before needing another dose. Once in the morning after a gentle wash and once before bed after a gentle wash. My tattoos come back looking great every-time. Much less touch up sessions for sure.

    just my experienced 2 cents. Hope it helps.

    Davo 🙂

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  8. Crystal says:

    Hi! I would like to use your tattoo recipe out of all the others I’ve seen for my two week old tattoo. I’m wondering if it’s ok to add calendula essential oil to the hemp seed oil to make it essentially “infused”. (Was going to order Plant Therapy- Helichrysum (AFRICAN) Essential Oil) Do you think that would work or should I use the petals instead? If it would, how many drops do you think? Thanks a bunch for the recipe and your help!

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    • Briar-Rose says:

      Thanks so much! I’ve actually never used a calendula essential oil. Is it pure extract? I guess it would depend on the volume of your other ingredients. I’d play around with it and see. Start with a few, calendula is very gentle and healing but because I’ve never used a pure oil I don’t want to send you bad instructions. Sorry I couldn’t be more help! Good luck & let me know how it goes! 🙂


      • jewelsftheart says:

        Yes it’s pure organic essential oil. I just received all my ingredients today and am about to start meking and mixing. Can’t wait to see how it turns out! I’ll let you know how it goes. I think I’ll do some looking around to see how many drops I should use. I also thought about adding some Roman Chamomile to it for its soothing properties and to make it a multi purpose balm.

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  9. Trish says:

    I have made about 5 batches and each one finishes out being grainy. Do u have any suggestions? I use calendula, grapeseed, vitamin e, Shea butter and bees wax following the directions as given. Everything is mixed well and totally in liquid form until it sets then has small grained pieces. I am making this for a tattoo aftercare.

    Also is there a way to make lotion instead of balm?

    Thank you for your help.

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    • The Herbal Healing Mama - Briar-Rose says:

      I’m sorry to hear that Trish. Sometimes if shea butter gets too hot it goes grainy. Try leaving the Shea out and see if that works. I’ve had it turn out will small grains a few times but they melt on contact, are yours doing that at least? As for the lotion, you could let this set in a bowl and then whip it with a hand mixer. It should stay light and fluffy then. Let me know if that helps. 🙂


      • Robin Schmidt says:

        Shea Butter will turn grainy if it gets too hot. I would suggest melting the beeswax together with the coconut oil, then adding the remainder of the ingredients. There should be enough heat left to melt the shea. If not, heat gently in a double boiler.

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  10. Tori says:

    Exactly what I was looking for. Last night I watched my husband pick up an old bottle of my heavily scented, chemical filled B&BW lotion and smear it all over his new tattoo. Ugh. I figured I better make him a balm. 🙂


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