Herbal salve

It’s always a good idea to have a useful versatile herbal salve on hand. It’s even better to make it yourself. You can accomplish this in less than 2 hours and make enough for your family and some gifts as well.  It will last up to 3 years in properly sealed containers. At least one of the small tins should definitely go in your first aid kit.  You can make a multi-purpose salve which you can use for many functions. Salves are used directly on the skin but if it's an open wound or cut make sure it is cleaned first.

Start off with dried organic herbs. This can be a combination or one particular herb. Some good herbs to use are Comfrey, St. Johns Wort, Calendula, or Burdock.

What to use the salve for:

  • Calendula has been used for open cuts or wounds for a long time. Great for swelling and irritation also.
  • Comfrey can be useful for healing of wounds as well as pain from sprains and bruising.
  • St Johns Wort guards against sun burn, and can help with muscle pain.
  • Burdock is useful for skin infections and can even be used for acne.
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 Recipe:

 1 ounce total of dried herb or herbs

1 ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil

Beeswax 1 ounce

Essential oil (lavender, spearmint)

Cheesecloth or coffee filter

Containers for salve

 

Keep the heat on low to medium setting and put oil and herbs into the top of the boiler. This will simmer for 1 hour; make sure you use a timer.  It is very important not to use high heat in this process so you don’t burn the herbs. Stir this concoction frequently. Once this process is complete, use your filter to siphon out the herbs away from the oil.

Use a clean double boiler to melt the beeswax.  After you slowly melt the beeswax on low to medium heat, add the oil. You should make sure it is blended together by stirring it. Pour immediately into your tins, jars or whatever you plan to keep it in. It should be a container (tin or glass) with tightly fitted lids.  Add your essential oils to each salve container. Let it cool in your container before putting the lid on. For small tins you can add 3-4 drops of essential oils. For larger (8-9 oz) jars, you can add 7-8 drops of essential oils.

Herbal salve healing properties are effective for about three years. They are perfect for any first aid kit.  It is important to mark your containers with what they are and the date that you made them.