If you can make pancakes, you can make an herbal salve. (If you can’t make pancakes, you probably still can.)
Not only is it easy, making an herbal salve is fun and useful. In the one week since making my first antibacterial green salve, we’ve used it on a mild diaper rash, a not-at-all-mild forehead bump, and a badly skinned knee. Each time I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how soothing the salve seemed to be and how quickly the owie started to heal.
DIY Herbal Green Salve
Ingredients & supplies:
- Herbal oil
- Beeswax (approximately 1/4 cup beeswax per 1 cup herbal oil)
- Cheese cloth OR old, clean tea towel
- Double broiler or two pots
- Tins OR glass jars
- Strain the herbal oil through a cheese cloth or tea towel (that you don’t mind getting stained) and measure.
- Pour into a double broiler OR a small pot that fits into a slightly larger one. Pour water into the bottom pot and heat over very low heat. You don’t want to burn the oil.
- Add beeswax, stirring occasionally until the beeswax is melted.
- Test your salve’s consistency by placing a teaspoon of it on a plate in the freezer. After a couple minutes, check to see if it’s your desired thickness. If it’s too thin, add more beeswax. If it’s too thick, add a little olive oil.
- Once the salve is the right consistency, pour it into tins or glass jars.
- Mark the jars with the contents and date (because, unless your memory is WAY better than mine, you will forget!) and enjoy!
Stored in a cool, dry place the salve lasts a long time. Once it starts to lose it’s color or smell off, discard.
Tips: Want to make an extra potent salve? Once you’ve strained the herbal oil, add fresh dried herbs and pour the strained oil over them. Store in a sunny spot for another two weeks. If condensation forms, wipe dry. Then, strain again and make your extra awesome salve!
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