Hello again friends,
I just love being on this herbal adventure with you all. Learning new stuff is tons of fun, and it’s even better when you can use that knowledge to help heal yourself and your family, naturally. This Healing Herbal Salve is all that and then some. So let’s get right to it.
What is a Salve?
A salve (sounds like “sav”) is a topical ointment made with infused oils mixed with beeswax.
There is more than one way to make a salve and you can use different herbs depending on your needs. This recipe has…
- approximately 1 oz (by weight) of the following combination of dried herbs:
- St. John’s Wort (minor burns, nerve & muscle pain, inflammation, anti-viral (cold sores)
- Calendula (lessens inflammation, antiseptic & astringent)
- Plantain (soothing and cooling, draws out infectious material)
- Comfrey (powerful skin regeneration abilities)
- (a few drops) Lavender Essentail Oil (optional) (antimicrobial, antiseptic & relaxing)
All of the above can be bought here or at your local herb store.
You’ll also need:
- 12 ounces of olive oil which makes 8 oz. of finished oil
- 1 oz. beeswax
- tins and glass jars
- a few basic kitchen tools (pot, strainer, glass measuring cup..oh and a stove)
While the ingredients are pretty basic. There are a couple different ways you can make a salve using your own combination of herbs, olive or coconut oil and beeswax. So, rather than risking a too long post (I know your time is precious), I’ve included a couple of my personal favorite sites which has both the solar method and the quick method. I haven’t actually tried the solar method yet. You can choose which way you like best. 🙂
- DIY: Herbal Salves – Mountain Rose Blog
- Homemade Healing Salve – Wellness Mama
How I Use My Salve:
I use my little “miracle in a tin” for just about anything. Dry hands, eczema, chapped lips, to disinfect minor wounds and speed healing, to tackle inevitable ashiness on my boys’ knees, cuts, scrapes, bites, stings, it’s good for all that. In fact, one of my boys had a minor, but persistent, skin issue in a specific area and I tried everything on it, even the doctors were stumped. After discovering the salve, I made it and started applying it to the area, and would you believe, skin issue…solved! Thus far, it has not come back, and that’s been over six months now! Pretty amazing!
*Just remember to NOT use any type of salve on serious burns or wounds.
And that’s the wrap-up on the amazing Healing Herbal Salve! If you’ve never made anything like this before, it may seem intimidating at first, but it really is quite simple. Either the solar method or quick method will produce a salve that you’re sure to love and use often. It smells good, feels good and is good for ya! Try it.
Do you like the idea of making your own healing ointment or do you have your own recipe I could try?
Next up…Nourishing Herbal Infusion (liquid vitamins!)
Disclaimer: It should go without saying but since I must, let me clarify that this information is not meant to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any illness or encourage you to pursue any particular course of treatment. This is simply the recipe I use for my family. I strongly urge anyone, as I do myself, to do their own research on any herbs, supplements before taking or giving it to your family. And it’s almost always best to do so under the care and supervision of a medical or other licensed practitioner. There, I said it.
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