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Drug store antibiotic ointments are full of questionable ingredients, including white petroleum—a byproduct of the crude oil refinement process (1)… you know, the process that creates gasoline and jet fuel. That’s not really what I want to rub on my skin. I discussed the reasons you shouldn’t use mineral oil on your skin in my How to Make Facial Cleansing Oil post (2), the same reasons apply here. My natural healing salve recipe contains 5-7 high-quality ingredients that are helpful to your skin and will heal minor injuries quickly.
Ingredients Make a Difference
Did you know that your skin is one of the largest organs in the body? Its primary role is protection, but it can also absorb chemicals (both good and bad) to use throughout the body. This makes what we put on our skin incredibly important to our health.
Cold-Pressed Unrefined Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is the base for this salve. The coconut oil you should use is cold-pressed, unrefined (virgin) coconut oil, which means all of its health benefits are still intact and haven’t been cooked out of it. Even better if you can get it organic, though the thick outer shell of the coconut probably protects the parts used to make the oil from the pesticides.
Coconut oil has been shown to be antimicrobial in laboratory studies (3). It has also been shown to be anti-inflammatory and skin protective (4). These traits of coconut oil make it an ideal base in a natural healing salve since coconut oil alone can act to protect and heal wounds and irritations on the skin.
Vitamin E Oil (Optional)
Vitamin E oil helps to protect the skin and may even reduce scarring (5). It is also commonly used in homemade beauty products as a preserving agent, lengthening the product’s shelf-life. This is optional for the natural healing salve, but I highly recommend it. I use a bottle of liquid vitamin E from the supplement aisle, but you can also use gel capsules by pricking them with a needle and squeezing the oil out.
Lavender Essential Oil
When you think of lavender, you probably think of its calming properties. It is calming, and when it comes to wound healing, that means anti-inflammatory (6). The lavender helps decrease swelling and inflammation around the site of irritation, but it does so much more than that, too. Acceding to this study (7), lavender essential oil has been shown to remodel tissue through college replacement and wound contraction, allowing the healing process to be quicker and more efficient.
Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano essential oil might smell like Italian food, but it’s a powerhouse of healing properties. This oil is antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal which studies have shown to be of great importance in regard to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. It is also a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and has even been shown to act as an antitumor agent. (8)
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense has been used and highly prized for millennia. It was a gift of the Magi to Jesus and it has been used in Egyptian embalming and mummification practices for over 5,000 years. In human skin, it has been found to reduce inflammation and aid in tissue remodeling (9), it is also considered to be antimicrobial and beneficial in fighting against antibiotic-resistant bacteria (10).
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum essential oil is most regularly used as an antiseptic and to fade and reduce scars. It is also considered a great essential oil to use on bleeding wounds to help clean, treat, and relieve pain. Leonardo Santini, a 20th-century physician touted as the father of modern studies on Helichrysum, found that it acted much the same as cortisone and could help treat psoriasis. (11)
A Note on Helichrysum Oil
Helichrysum is highly prized for its fragrance and is considered luxurious. Because of this, helichrysum has become rarer, and thus its cost is rather high. Generally, this oil is more commonly (and cost-effectively) found in 10-20% oil blends. For this recipe, the extra oil may change the consistency of the coconut oil, making it softer or liquid at room temperature. It is for this reason I recommend the use of beeswax to achieve a consistent salve-like texture.
The beeswax in this recipe is used to achieve a more solid salve. While you can use straight coconut oil, it may liquefy or become a runny mess. The beeswax gives the salve substance and helps it stay on the wound or on a Band-Aid better. The more beeswax you add to the salve the harder it will become, less and it will be softer. The beeswax also acts as a protective shield on the wound, sealing in the medicinal constituents of the salve and blocking out dirt and microbes. Beeswax and other bee products have been found to be beneficial in skincare products (12).
How to Make Natural Healing Salve
*This recipe makes roughly one ounce, feel free to scale up to make your desired amount.
** Essential oils are highly condensed volatile substances derived from plants. To avoid skin irritation and potential toxicity, essential oils should never be used undiluted or consumed. The recipe below is designed to be a 1% blend and should be tested before use to ensure that you do not have a sensitivity to the oils. I am not a doctor and this should not be used in place of medical advice.
- Glass or Metal container(s) (1 oz or larger depending on how much you’re making) (Be careful if you use plastic as it can leach chemicals into the salve)
- 2 TBSP Cold-Pressed Unrefined (Virgin) Coconut Oil
- 2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Oregano Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Helichrysum Essential Oil (If using a 10% dilution, use 20 drops; 20% dilution, use 10 drops)
- (Optional) 4 Drops Vitamin E Oil (I don’t usually measure this; I just add a small squeeze)
- (Optional) 1-3 tsp Beeswax Pastilles (If you use the pre-diluted helichrysum I would definitely add some beeswax) (You can always test the consistency of the salve by adding some onto a chilled surface and letting it set up. If it’s too soft add more beeswax. I would do this before adding the essential oils, just keep in mind they will make it a little softer.)
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Add the coconut oil and beeswax (if using) to a double boiler. I use a mason jar in a pot of boiling water for this.
Stir the mixture until melted and combined. I find a chopstick works great to stir.
Let the jar cool slightly but not so much that it begins to solidify.
Once the liquid has cooled off, you can add the essential oils and vitamin E. You can add these into the glass mason jar or to the final container after pouring the coconut oil/beeswax mixture into it. This depends on what’s easiest for you and if you’re trying to prevent introducing the essential oils to the jar.
It’s important to add the essential oils to a cooled liquid to prevent them from being denatured by the heat.
Mix well to combine.
If you haven’t done so already, decant the liquid salve into the container(s).
Let them sit, undisturbed until they have solidified. This can be at room temperature or in the refrigerator if you want to speed up the process.
Once the salve has set-up, you can place the lid on it and use it as needed. It should last for several months, if it smells rancid then throw it out.
This natural healing salve works great on small wounds and irritations of the skin.
If the wound is deep and open, you should not use this salve. If the wound/irritation does not heal within a few days or if it gets infected, seek medical help.
This salve has been a lifesaver for me. We have 3 large dogs and a cat, all of whom I’m allergic to, especially if they even so much as touch me with a claw. This salve almost instantly stops the animal scratch from feeling itchy and quickly reduces the swelling and redness. It also heals more serious scratches quickly without scarring.
Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think of it in the comments section below!
2/3 cup distilled water. 1/3 cup aloe vera gel. 3/4 cup herb-infused oil with equal parts lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), chamomile (Matricaria recutita), and marshmallow root (Althea officinalis) 1–2 drops tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Heat herbal oil, beeswax, and coconut oil over low heat until melted. Check the consistency by sticking a popsicle stick, skewer or spoon into the ointment and letting it cool. If it's too soft add more beeswax, too hard add more olive oil. Add optional essential oils (I like lavender) and stir.
Popular oil options for making salve include jojoba oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and more. To help you decide which type of oil to use, see our lavender oil article. It goes over the unique benefits of a dozen different carrier oil options.
- ¼ cup organic Calendula petals, dried.
- ¼ cup organic Plantain leaves, dried.
- ¼ cup olive oil.
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil.
- 2 Tbsp cocoa butter wafers (grated beeswax could also be used, reduce to 1 Tbsp.)
- 6 drops Lavender essential oil.
- 6 drops German (Blue) Chamomile essential oil.
Making The Healing Salve
Place your shaved beeswax in a pan over low heat, and pour the infused oil over top and melt together. Once the beeswax and oil have combined, pour the mixture into jars. Place your herbal salves in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to determine the solidification of the salve.
If you want to scale this recipe up or down, the general rule of thumb for salve is to use about 1 part of beeswax to 4 or 5 parts oil, including both coconut and olive oil. Since we use virgin coconut oil that is solid at room temperature, we can get away with lesser beeswax and the salve will still set up well.
Homemade salves without any preservative agents will last about 6 to 8 months at room temperature out of direct heat and sunlight. Refrigerated, they'll keep for a year or more.
If refrigerated properly, homemade salsa will stay good for up to five days and remain safe to eat during that time.
- A touch of vitamin E oil can be added (at about 1%) if desired to increase the shelf life.
- To find out the consistency of your salve prior to it hardening you can test it out early in the process.
Salves are usually a combination of beeswax and oil. In fact, you can make a very simple lip salve by simply combing warm olive oil and melted beeswax (about 5 parts oil to 1 part beeswax).
A salve is essentially something you apply to your skin to heal it. Salves can be a cream, ointment or balm. Salves are made out of waxes and oils to make a material that is semi-solid. Salves stay thick and stable because they usually don't contain any liquid unless a tiny tincture is added.
- 1/2 oz filtered beeswax.
- 1/4 Cup grapeseed oil (or other oil of your choice, like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, etc)
- 1 tsp tea tree essential oil.
Salves are able to soothe even the worst chapped lips or diaper rashes. For the most part, a balm has the same ingredients as a salve. Balms have a higher beeswax content giving them a harder, thicker consistency that is able to keep its shape. They may also include body butter, making them smoother than a salve.
I added a dash of honey to my salve for its healing and antimicrobial properties. To make the honey salve, melt the wax and oil on low heat while continuously mixing your brew. Remove from heat and add honey and essential oils. Pour into your containers to set.
- 1/2 cup carrier oil of choice can be an infused herbal oil.
- 1/2 ounce beeswax.
- 2 tbsp Manuka honey.
- 30 drops proplis extract.
- preservative of choice see post for more info.
Honey: I add a dash of honey to my salve for its healing and antimicrobial properties. Essential oils: Not only do essential oils smell amazing, but each has unique properties that can improve your skin.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion (including gas and bloating, as well as colic).
- Large handful of fresh plantain leaves.
- Large handful of fresh yarrow leaves and flowers.
- Large handful of fresh self-heal leaves and flowers.
- 1 1/4 cup olive oil (or other oil of your choice)
- 1 ounce beeswax (by weight)
- 40 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- Tins or containers.
- Lavender. Lavender relieves stress, has antidepressant benefits, helps with congestion, promotes sleep, keeps skin healthy, and is even a natural diuretic. ...
- Chamomile. ...
- Tea Tree. ...
- Sandalwood. ...
- Peppermint. ...
- Bergamot. ...
Essential oils useful to assist with personal coping, mental healing, and recovery include Rose Geranium, Patchouli, Basil Sweet, Peppermint, and Lemon, in additional to oils such as Lavender, Ylang-Ylang, and Bergamot which can support general mental health.
Liquid oils for salves, lip, and body care: almond oil, avocado, fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, rapeseed oil, rice bran, safflower oil, sunflower oil. Of these, a light-colored (opposed to extra virgin) olive oil is the best choice for an all-rounder oil for infusing.
The first step to homemade herbal salves is to make your herb infused oil. It's best to use dried herbs rather than fresh, since the lack of moisture helps keep the salve from spoiling. If you only have fresh herbs, allow them to wilt on a paper towel for a few hours prior to using to remove excess moisture.
The shelf life of oil-based preparations made with dried herbs varies greatly depending on the oil you choose, therefore, herbal infused oils and salves have a shelf life that ranges from 6 months to 3 years.
If you're using pure vitamin E oil, mix one or two drops of it for every 10 drops of a carrier oil, like jojoba oil, almond oil, or coconut oil. Apply the mixture or the vitamin E serum of your choice to your skin using your fingers.
Simply Sunflower All Natural Oil is loaded with Vitamin E! A single tablespoon of Simply Sunflower Oil contains 41% of your daily need of Vitamin E. This article will share about what is vitamin E, why you need it in your daily diet, and some other interesting benefits about this important nutriment.
Olive oil and Vitamin E oil can block damage to the cells and prevent pigmentation. The olive oil and vitamin E oil should be mixed together. Use the blended oil to massage the face using soft fingertips. It should be retained on the face overnight.
Adding some coconut oil to your beeswax should help the candle burn more consistently and avoid tunneling, but technically you can also make a 100% beeswax candle as well. Pour the wax and oil into your candle containers and let them set for 1-2 days before using.
When honey is mixed with natural beeswax scent it blends well. So, if you are looking for soft and hydrated lips during winter the best lip balm is one made at home with beeswax and honey along with other natural ingredients. We are sharing the recipe for making beeswax, honey lip balm.
Salves are super simple to make at home and are endlessly customizable for any and every need. An easy, basic ratio to follow is 1 oz beeswax to 1 cup (8 oz) oil. You can adjust the consistency of your salve by shifting this ratio, adding more wax for a harder salve and less wax for a softer balm.
- Antibacterial ointment. A person can treat a wound with several over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial ointments, which can help prevent infections. ...
- Aloe vera. Aloe vera is a plant belonging to the cactus family. ...
- Honey. ...
- Turmeric paste. ...
- Garlic. ...
- Coconut oil.
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- Large handful of fresh plantain leaves.
- Large handful of fresh yarrow leaves and flowers.
- Large handful of fresh self-heal leaves and flowers.
- 1 1/4 cup olive oil (or other oil of your choice)
- 1 ounce beeswax (by weight)
- 40 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- Tins or containers.
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil.
- 1 Tablespoon olive, or sweet almond Oil.
- 2 Tablespoons of Beeswax pellets.
- 10 Drops Lavender essential oil.
- 6 Drops Frankincense essential oil.
- 5 Drops Lemon essential oil.
To prepare your own skin-soothing salve, you need ½ cup coconut oil , 2 Tbsp calendula petals, 1 Tbsp beeswax or candelilla wax, 8 drops lavender essential oil, 7 drops frankincense essential oil, and 5 drops tea tree essential oil.. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly and all-natural way for relieving any muscle pain, here’s what you need: ¾ cup olive oil, ¼ cup coconut oil, 4 tablespoons beeswax granules, 1 tsp Vitamin E oil, 40 drops peppermint essential oil, 40 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 20 drops clove essential oil, 10 drops rosemary essential oil and pinch ground cayenne pepper.. 4 ounces of herbal infused olive oil, 1-ounce beeswax, grapefruit seed extract, vitamin E oil, tins, chapstick containers, or a small glass jar to hold the salve and essential oils , but these are optional.. You need 1/4 cup raw honey for the salve, preferably Manuka honey, 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil, 1 teaspoon beeswax, 1 tablespoon sea buckthorn oil, and 1/2 teaspoon aloe vera gel, aloe vera juice, or rosewater.. To make your own salve by using the oil, you need 3 ounces (100 g) of rose petal infused oil, 0.5 ounces (14 g) rosehip seed oil, 0.5 ounces (14 g) of beeswax pastilles, and several drops of rose essential oil.. Make a salve, and make sure to have these ingredients and materials: small saucepan, small heat-safe bowl, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon beeswax, 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 20 drops peppermint essential oil, 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 20 drops clove oil , coffee filter, strainer, small bowl, and small sealable container.. Make your own lavender salve with 8 oz lavender-infused oil, 1 oz of beeswax, 12 drops of essential oils (lavender, chamomile, bergamot, and cedarwood), and tin cans for storage.. For such a soothing salve, you need 1/2 cup grapeseed oil, 1/2 cup almond oil, 2 tablespoons beeswax, 1/2 tablespoon vitamin E oil, and 5 drops of Lavender, Cypress, Melaleuca , Frankincense, and Eucalyptus essential oils.. 6 drops of Lavender essential oil, 4 drops of Geranium essential oil, 2 tbsp organic extra-virgin coconut oil , 1.5 tbsp organic beeswax pastilles, and 4 oz glass jar.
The first step to making a healing salve is infusing the oil with herbs.. Once you have a herbal-infused oil, making a healing salve only takes a few minutes.. Ideally, you’re warming the oil just enough to melt the beeswax (or other wax of your choice).. I measure the oil into a liquid measuring cup, and then I place beeswax on a small kitchen scale until it reaches 1 ounce by weight.. Pint Mason Jar Fine Mesh Strainer Double Boiler (or saucepan & heatproof bowl) Salve Tins (or other containers). (Note: Some of the oil will absorb into the herbal material, so starting with slightly more than 1 cup of oil should yield about 1 cup for making a herbal salve.). Measure about 1 cup of herb infused oil.. Ready to start making your own healing salves?
The first step in making these remedies at home is to infuse oil with dried herbs.. Once you’ve done this, you can use the oil alone as a topical treatment, or mix it to make a salve or cream.. dried herb 8 oz.. Directions: Finely chop or powder your dried herb and add to the mason jar.. Salves will last up to a year.. You need: 1 cup distilled water or rosewater 3/4 cup carrier oil (almond, or an herb-infused oil) 1/2 oz.–1 oz.. beeswax (less for a thinner consistency, more for a firmer cream) a double boiler blender or immersion blender clean glass jars essential oils, if desired. Directions: Combine the oil and beeswax in a double boiler and gently heat until the beeswax melts.. Pour the oil mixture into a blender, and let cool to room temperature.
Now that I’m living on a 12-acre homestead in the Ozarks, I have an even bigger opportunity to experiment with and learn about healing plants.. D.Taylor in Idaho / Flickr (Creative Commons) Thus, I’ve been spending time researching and learning about safe, non-toxic plants that can be used to help my family heal from their common ailments without the need for synthetic chemicals.. Typically, the leaves are used for creating a salve.. When you harvest, focus on picking bright, purple blooms and full leaves.. A great way to use these common medicinal plants is in a salve.. For the salve pictured, I used a mixture of plantain, self-heal, and red clover.. In glass jars (mason jars are great for this) pack the dried herbs, leaving about an inch of headspace at the top.. If you notice moisture collecting throughout the day, loosen the jar lid to allow it to escape while you infuse the oils.. Keep them in a dark, cool place, and they’ll be ready for your next recipe.. Jenia M / Flickr (Creative Commons) For the one pictured here, I combined 1/2 cup of plantain oil with 1/4 cup red clover oil and 1/4 cup self-heal oil.. Wren Everett / InsteadingOver very low heat, preferably in a double boiler, combine your oils with 1/4 cup beeswax (if you’re making a big batch, add 1/4 cup of beeswax for every cup of infused oil) and heat slowly, stirring occasionally.. I’m just a homesteader interested in taking responsibility for the health and healing of my family whenever I can.
Finding ways to conveniently apply the wonderful pain-relieving qualities of mint is sometimes a challenge.. Here you have a step-by-step recipe for making an easy-to-use pain healing mint salve that can absorb deeply into sore muscles and joints.. The salve itself is made with local beeswax, pure coconut oil, olive oil, and essential oils.. The recipe uses peppermint essential oil and spearmint essential oil.. 9 tablespoons olive oil 30 drops peppermint essential oil 15 drops spearmint essential oil. Place about 1 tablespoon of flakes in each container.. Step 3: Fill the containers with olive oil.. Step 4: Place 10 peppermint essential oil drops in each container.. Step 5: Place 5 spearmint essential oil drops in each container.. Making pain healing mint salve provides a convenient way to transport the painkilling properties in mint to the sore and aching areas of the body that need relief.
One of the items is my homemade Gentle Healing Salve.. It will help with scars, skin damage, and elasticity and it’s incredibly gentle, even for acne-prone skin.. Plantain Infused Oil : I added Plantain Infused Oil because it’s anti-inflammatory, helps improve inflamed/irritated skin, and soothes skin.. You can read more about it and learn how to make your own plantain infused oil here .. Calendula Infused Oil : Calendula is a gentle skin healer, gentle enough even for babies.. Lavender Essential Oil : this essential oil is gentle enough for babies and is wonderful for your skin.. Stir constantly, until the beeswax has completely melted and the liquid is clear (aka no little chunks of beeswax left).. Waiting for the Gentle Healing Salve to cool off and harden. Please learn about these ingredients on your own before making it….” Make sure to try it out on a small patch of skin to see if you and/or your baby have any skin reactions.
Regardless of whether or not it's carcinogenic, it doesn't do anything to nourish or actually moisturize the skin, and may cause harm.. Petroleum jelly doesn't have any healing properties to it either.. If I'm going to put something on a wound, I want it to have properties that not only moisturize my skin (not just act as a barrier) but can help my body promote healing, amen?. You can make any homemade salve recipes without the essential oils and just use herbal infused oils, but I do like to include different essential oils depending on what I want to use the salve for.. Food scale – when making homemade salves, soaps, and ointments, it's best to do so by weight and not volume.. I picked the essential oils to add to my basic wound healing salve recipe based on their healing properties from the book The Healing Power of Essential Oils by Dr. Eric Zielinski.. Using a double boiler, combine coconut oil, beeswax, and herbal infused olive oil, heat until melted to a liquid remove from heat and allow to cool before adding essential oils.. While salve is cooling, measure out your essential oils.
This is a basic salve recipe that can speed up the healing process for cuts, scrapes, bug bites, burns, and most any small wound.. has anti-fungal properties, is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.. You’ll need a total of 1/2 cup of fresh chopped herbs for this recipe.. If you’ll be using the double boiler method in the next step, you may proceed once the surface moisture is dry.. If you’re using dried herbs, give them a good crumble between your hands.. The first is to simply put the herbs in a clean glass jar and cover with oil.. In the top of the double boiler, add the 1/2 cup of chopped herbs and 1 Cup of oil (any liquid oil will work: sweet almond oil, grapeseed, olive, etc.).. Turn the heat down so that the water remains at a simmer but not a full rolling boil, place the top on top and keep the oil warming for 30 minutes.. Keep it heating for a full 30 minutes.. Pour the strained oil back into the top of the double boiler and add 2 Tablespoons of grated beeswax or pure beeswax pastilles.. Heat this mixture until the beeswax is completely melted, stirring well.. To make a softer salve, use less beeswax, for a firmer salve use more.. I do not add essential oils to my own healing salve because the herbs seem to do a fine enough job on their own but again healing salves are personal in nature, go with what feels good and right to you.. Oil Infusion 30 minutes. Place the top on the double boiler and reduce heat to keep water simmering but not boiling.
Need a healing salve recipe for winter skin care?. This healing hand salve hydrates and protects skin with all natural ingredients, including a simple blend of warming essential oils to help improve circulation and reduce inflammation.. As healing hand salve recipe contains a warming essential oil blend, it does more than simple promote skin health.. I like to use this healing hand salve to moisturize and protect my dry hands.. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can help reduce pain and inflammation from muscle ache, arthritis, and migraines.. In addition to the essential oil blend I chose for my healing salve recipe, there are also the ingredients that make up the actual salve itself.. Now that you know more about the benefits of the ingredients in my healing salve recipe, here’s how to make it.. Combine the baobab oil, shea nut oil and beeswax in a double boiler.. You can easily combine this essential oil blend with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil, to create a skin soothing, warming massage oil Simply add 6 drops of the ginger essential oil and 9 drops of the blood orange essential oil to two ounces of a carrier of your choice.
How to make a herbal healing salve that you can use to help heal minor burns and skin conditions.. You begin by first making calendula, plantain, and comfrey infused oils.. You’ll make three for this recipe — calendula, plantain, and comfrey infused oils.. The salve includes sweet almond oil for its lightness and skin conditioning properties.. You’ll use three herb-infused oils in making herbal healing salve. Before making the salves, make cold oil infusions with all three of the herbs. Make the Infused oils Begin making the three infused oils needed for this recipe at least four weeks before making the salve.. Wound Research Journal, Matthew J Leach, August 2008 Plantain’s full herbal properties described and cited on WikipediaThe Project Gutenberg e-book of The Complete Herbal , by Nicholas Culpeper, Release Date: July 24, 2015 [EBook #49513]  Comfrey: A Clinical Overview , National Center for Biotechnology Information, Christiane Staiger  COMFREY (Symphytum officinale): A healer of wounds, bruises and bones , Steph Zabel, August 2016, Cambridge Naturals
A joint salve should start with a good herbal oil as its base ingredient, and then beeswax and essential oils are added.. The warming sensation that black pepper essential oil generates is great for relaxing muscles and alleviating tension and pain.. It has the highest concentration of the anesthetic compound eugenol (75 – 80%), more than any other essential oil, which makes it the perfect ingredient in any salve for pain relief.. Olive oil (or any other plant-based oil).. A glass jar to make the herbal oil, and some small glass jars for the salve.. To start making your own salve, first, you need an herbal oil from any of the herbs listed above.. I had some ginger and olive oil in the cupboard, and some chamomile and rosemary growing in the garden, so that’s what I used to make an herbal oil.. You can put all 3 herbs in a jar filled with olive oil and either leave in the sun for 4 weeks; or place the jar in a pot of hot water over very low heat for at least an hour.. The next step is to use your double boiler from step 2 to warm the beeswax and combine it with your homemade herbal oil from step 1.. Add 4 tablespoons of your herbal oil into the glass jar sitting in the hot water.. Add 8-10 grams of beeswax to the jar and stir it into the warm herbal oil.. If you’re looking for a cooling salve that will ease joint pain and inflammation on a hot, sunny day, then try swapping some of the warming essential oils for some cooling essential oils.. You can swap the ginger, black pepper, and clove oils for cooling oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, spearmint, sandalwood, or vetiver.
April 9, 2021 February 16, 2022. Post navigation. Learn how to make this dandelion salve recipe using foraged dandelions!. This homemade herbal salve is especially good for sore muscles, joints, and dry skin.. I'm about to show you how to easily make a homemade antibiotic salve that not only has an antibacterial effect but also antiviral, antifungal antimicrobial…
How To Make A Soothing Salve–6 Different Healing Recipes. The second thing you’ll need is essential oils.. Salve OneBeeswax Base 1 c Coconut Oil 1 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 2T + 1 1/2t Beeswax 2 capsules Vitamin E (optional). Squeeze the punctured vitamin E capsule out into your mixture.. Once your base has melted completely then pour it into your containers.. Pour the hot salve into your containers.. This salve does not set-up right away.
A simple salve recipe can take as little as 10 minutes to make, and you only need a few ingredients to do it.. An herbal salve has two basic parts: an oil infused with herbs and beeswax (or carnauba wax for a vegan product).. Salves are easy to take on the go and will last for months to years, depending on which oil you use and how you store the salve.. There are two main methods for making an herbal oil: one that takes more time and one that can be completed quickly.. Use dried herbs to avoid adding moisture to the oil (which may spoil it) and a quality oil.. Once you have your herb-infused oil, all you need is beeswax and you're ready to make a salve.. This is a very basic recipe that you can add other ingredients to over time (like essential oils, for example).. Put the plate in your freezer for 1-2 minutes, then take it out and check the consistency of your salve.. There are numerous herbs that can be used to make a salve.. Avoid moisture during all parts of the salve making process by using dried herbs, making sure all containers are completely dry, and ensuring that your double boiler doesn't splash.. If your salve doesn't come out to the consistency you want it to be, you can take it out of the containers and re-melt it over low heat, adding either oil or beeswax to improve it.
And this Peaceful Warrior’s Salve is a soothing salve full of super potent anti-inflammatory herbs + analgesic essential oils that can be applied topically — and from personal use and experience:. can be massage into muscles, both before and after physical activity it stimulates circulation soothes and heals bruising relieves the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and tension headaches has the power to strengthen, protect, and prepare the body for and during exertion repairs overworked muscles, tendon injuries, and sprains acts as an anti-inflammatory by reducing inflammation and relieving the associated pain and swelling provides really relief from fibromyalgia symptoms. Plants such as CBD-rich hemp buds + flowers, arnica flowers, comfrey root, helichrysum flowers, St. John’s wort, devil’s claw root, ginger root, cayenne pepper, and turmeric root are all well-known for their:. Essential Oils such as eucalyptus, wintergreen, ravensara, lavender , juniper berry, sandalwood , helichrysum italicum, chamomile , clary sage, frankincense , peppermint , yarrow, vetiver, and marjoram are all able to treat and relieve:. muscle pain, tension, and spasms low back pain tension headaches migraine headaches pain caused by PMS (cramps) joint pain caused by rheumatism + osteoarthritis stiffness nerve pain fibromyalgia pain. 4 ounces herb-infused oil 0.5-1 ounce beeswax 25-40 drops essential oils. Using the same method I shared with you for making my homemade CBD-rich oil ( read that article here ) — choose the herbs you will use to infuse into the oil you have available ( for this salve I use a combo of this AMAZING organic olive oil + this AMAZING organic coconut oil ).. In a saucepan (made of non-reactive material), over low heat, melt 0.5-1 ounce (depending on how hard you’d like your salve) of beeswax into the herbal oil.. Using a spoon or wire whisk, stir while adding camphor + menthol (if using) and essential oils.. A Note on Essential Oils :: I love using essential oils that hold anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, and sedative properties.. Generally I add to this salve essential oils of eucalyptus, wintergreen, ravensara, lavender, juniper berry, sandalwood, helichrysum italicum, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, peppermint, yarrow, vetiver, and marjoram.. (I highly recommend the organic essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs …check out their extensive selection of oils here.)
Every part of the dandelion is full of benefits – namely the buds, the leaves and especially the roots.. Making this healing dandelion salve happens in 3 easy steps:. Gather dandelion buds Make an oil infusion Make the salve. In a super clean glass jar, place your dried dandelions in the jar, with some head space.. They all have their own benefits and properties, so do some research on that if you want to learn more about what oil will be best for you.. I like to list what plant and oil is in the jar, what date I started the infusion and what date it should be finished infusing.. Natural Beeswax Pellets (approximately 1 Tablespoon per cup of infused oil) Clean jars for your finished salve (I like these small 4 oz.. ones ) Lavender essential oil (optional, but it adds to the smell and antibacterial properties). Next time you have a cut, sore or achy body – try rubbing your healing dandelion salve on!. I have really enjoyed taking you along on my own personal journey of learning more about medicinal herbs.
To make an infused oil all you need is an oil (olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil will all work), and a selection of healing herbs.. Where to Find Materials Best Herbs for Your Salves (Injury Dependent) How to Prepare Herbal Oils How to Prepare Herbal Salves Using Essential Oils in Your Salves 3 Recipes to Try at Home. They are usually made by heating herbs in olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil until the herbs are crispy.. If you are willing to wing it on this one, I would suggest adding about 1 tablespoon of beeswax per ¼ cup oil, if you are using coconut oil, and a little more if you are using olive oil or almond oil—4 or 5 tablespoons of beeswax per cup of oil.. Plantain leaves Coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil sufficient to cover Vitamin E oil Beeswax for salve (if desired). Plantain leaf Yarrow leaf Comfrey root or leaf Calendula flower Solomon’s Seal root Coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil sufficient to cover Vitamin E oil Beeswax for salve (if desired). Calendula flower Plantain leaves Slippery elm bark Comfrey root St. Johnswort Coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil sufficient to cover Vitamin E oil Beeswax for salve (if desired)
It’s an all-purpose essential oil healing salve.. It moisturizes and protects chapped skin, cracked heels, and dry skin.. It helps heal minor burns.. Plus it acts as carrier oil to dilute the essential oils.. jojoba oil ( find here ) – Unlike other oils and butters, the wax structure of jojoba oil is very similar to the natural oils of our skin.. beeswax ( find here )- Beeswax performs two functions in this salve: (1) it soothes, protects, and nourishes skin and (2) raises the melting temperature – coconut oil melts at 76 degrees F, so without the beeswax on a warm day, this salve would completely liquefy.. It has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that may help speed healing of minor wounds, insect bites, and rashes.. convenient tubes that I use to keep healing salve in my purse and travel with ( find them here ). 25 drops lavender essential oil. 25 drops lavender essential oil
With just a few simple ingredients, you can create your own homemade burn salve (with honey and aloe.. Making you own burn creams and salves is really very easy to do.. raw honey coconut oil aloe vera gel beeswax. Honey: Raw honey is the best type to use for creating homemade salves and creams.. Beeswax is very easy to melt and can be mixed with a variety of oils, butters and other waxes to create natural products.. Some of the ingredients become hot when melted.. Gently melt the beeswax until it is completely liquified.. Remove the beeswax and oils from heat and add the Aloe Vera Gel.. If you enjoy making your own natural remedies, consider making a container of honey burn salve to keep in your “just in case” pantry.. Any homemade burn salve should only be used on minor wounds that are not serious or infected.
I recently posted a herbal medicine tutorial on how to make your own calendula infused oil .. Essential oil for fragrance (optional) – if you are using this salve for nappy rash, only chamomile or lavender essential oils are safe for babies when used externally.. I used a mixture of pellets and beeswax from the family farm hivesBeeswax ands calendula oilBeeswax melting down The method for preparing calendula healing salve is simple:. A suitable ratio to create a salve is 1 cup of calendula infused oil to 1 oz.. Dried calendula flowersInfusing in cold pressed oilFinal product: calendula infused oil for making salve Calendula officinalis , or commonly known as pot marigold is a wonderful healing plant.. When infused into a cold pressed oil like sweet almond or sesame, it becomes a beautiful medicinal oil to add into your health and beauty recipes.. Final product – Calendula healing salve. Print Using homemade calendula infused oil to create a beautiful healing salve.. 1 cup calendula infused oil 1 oz beeswax pellets (28 grams) 5-10 drops lavender or chamomile essential oil glass or stainless steel containers 50-150ml sizes or any size you prefer. Add your calendula infused oil and beeswax pellets to the glass bowl.