You don’t have to be a serious herbalist or witch doctor to make your own salve. It is really very easy to whip up and you won’t ever go back to Neosporin or whatever else you are using for cuts, scrapes, bug bites, diaper rash, lip balm or dry skin. My family uses this a ton!
We recently ran out of our stock of salve, and its not like you can just run to the store and grab some, so I got out my supplies and whipped up a batch. I thought I would take a few photos while in the process and share how to make it with you.
SUPPLIES that you will need:
- oven proof pan for infusing oil
- cheese cloth
- double boiler or two sauce pans for melting wax
- sterile containers (glass baby food jars, empty recycled hair product or face loition jars work great)
- wooden skewers or spoon
INGREDIENTS that you will need:
- 4 cups Olive Oil
- 1 1/4 cup Dried Herbs (I use 1/2 cup calendula, 1/2 cup plantain, 1/4 cup comfrey leaf)
- 4 – 6 oz Bees Wax (depending how thick you want it)
- 1 Tablespoon Vitamin E Oil (helps salve from going rancid)
- 30 drops each Essential Oils – Tea Tree (Melaleuca), Peppermint, Lavender
*Note: you can alter the types of herbs and essential oils that you put in your salve depending on what your needs are.
I like this blend because of the amazing properties of these herbs and oils, making it a great GO TO salve for just about anything.
I am one who likes to know the WHY about what ingredients are in the products I am using. So here is the scoop.
CALENDULA: Calendula has a long history of use as a wound-healing and skin-soothing botanical.
PLANTAIN: Plantain is a low growing herb (weed). It is most
often used for stings and bites.
COMFREY: It is well known to assist healing in any part of the body that is torn or broken..
*If you grow these herbs, dry them and store them in an air tight zip bag so you can make salve anytime. You can also just buy the herbs at your local health food store or online. I like Starwest Botanicals
TEA TREE OIL:
- Renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating
effect on the skin.
- Skin irritations
- Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities.
- Soothes occasional skin irritations.
You want to make sure you use good quality, pure essential oils when making salves and tinctures. When making cleaning supplies, it is not as important. If you would like to know where I buy most of my oils, send me note.
|Preheat your oven to the lowest setting (150 – 170 degrees) Measure the dry herbs and put them in an oven proof pan.|
|Cover with 4 cups olive oil and stir. Place oil and herbs in oven and heat for 4-5 hours||.|
|Heating infuses the properties of the herbs into the oil. Place a few layers of cheesecloth over a bowl or pan. When the oil has cooled a bit, pour the herb mixture over the cheesecloth to strain.|
|Squeeze out all the oil.|
|Then I like to strain it again through a piece of 100 % cotton fabric.|
|Don’t you just love the beautiful green color, and it smells FABULOUS!|
|Ta dah! There you have it. Travel size healing salve.|
|This makes a great gift!|