Review: Healing Balm

SOOTHING: Healing Balm soothes and heals just about anything.
SOOTHING: Healing Balm soothes and heals just about anything.

If you've ever been caught up in a family tragedy you'll know what a stressful time it is. Family members are in varying states of hysteria, mourning and denial; friends and acquaintances constantly drop in with hearty food, and legs and arms fall over each other in scrambles of hugs, handshakes and plastic hospital chairs.

In the middle of all this a small white pottle arrived. A get-well card read "Healing Balm". The label looked homemade. It smelled good, soothing and of lavender. We applied it to our invalid's face, unrecognisable from the damage the accident caused.

Praying and hoping, we dabbed it on grazes, smeared it on cuts and massaged it into torn muscles. The doctors told us to expect major swelling for weeks and heavy scarring. Within a day the swelling had gone down. Within two days most of the cuts had begun healing and the redness was disappearing.

Later I decided to look into our mystery pot of golden ointment. There was nothing but a phone number on the label. I called it.

Lester Miller creates all-natural healing balms by hand in her Auckland home. She has never advertised, preferring word of mouth, and likes the products to pass from one mother struggling with her baby's rash to another, over a cup of tea.

The product itself is simple; it contains calendula, chamomile and ribwort for inflammation, hypericum - an antibacterial - lavender for healing, and sesame oil for its antioxidant and moisturising properties, all in an organic beeswax and sweet almond oil base.

I've found it a miracle product that promotes healing and soothes just about anything. It isn't stocked in any stores, but an email to the maker is worth it to get a brilliant product (and you're supporting a local business).

Healing Balm, $35 for a 200ml pot, available from