Homemade Salves for Every Household: See my last post ” Herbs for Healing” for herbs to use.
If you are going “Green” or would just like to use a more natural homemade treatment for all the cuts, bumps and bruises then take a look at the plants and learn how to make a salve to suit your needs. Also, you can grow your own and dry and store.
“Simple” salves use only one herb at a time, instead of a combination. It’s one way to learn the true properties of an herb, and ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction.
Simple Salve Method
- 1/2 ounce beeswax • 1 cup herbal oil • Vitamin E or rosemary antioxidant (extract)—optional
- To make an Herbal Infused Oil:
- In an oven safe pan (non-aluminum) place herb mixed with olive oil in pan bake in a 200 degree (or lowest setting) for 3 hours. Then allow to cool and strain with cheesecloth removing as much of the oil as possible. You now have an Herbal infused oil.
- Use a double boiler, or place a glass bowl into a pot of water to gently heat beeswax and oil over low to medium heat until thoroughly combined.
- Do a consistency test before removing from heat: Place a few drops on a plate and allow to come to room temperature. Depending on your salve’s intended use, you may need to adjust consistency. Anything going into a lip balm tube needs to be firmer, for example, while a salve intended for diaper rash should be softer. If you discover the consistency isn’t quite right, simply add oil to make it softer, or beeswax to harden it.
- Once you’ve got the desired consistency, turn off heat. If using vitamin E oil or rosemary antioxidant, pour it into salve.
- Quickly pour salve into container—a shallow tin or lip balm tube works well. It will firm as it cools. Allow to cool completely before covering with lid. Label with herb used and date.
See Herbs for healing