Part of my first aid kit for Summer is a batch of my handcrafted Camper's Salve. This salve contains organic extra virgin olive oil that has been infused with Burdock Root, Calendula Flowers, Chamomile, Chickweed, Goldenseal, Nettle, Oregon Grape Root, Plantain, Thyme and Yarrow. I then thicken it with a bit of beeswax and add in Lavender, Tea Tree and Myrrh essential oils. My family and I love to camp in the Olympic Peninsula and we usually get some type of bump, bite or boo-boo. A little bit of this soothing salve helps immediately!! I don't leave home without this salve! I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do.
Here are the ten herbs we will use to infuse the olive oil. Some of the qualities of these herbs are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-toxic and general skin relieving and soothing properties. You will need 1 teaspoon of each.
I like to place the cup of oil and herbs on a Mr. Coffee mug warmer and heat the oil to just about 110 degrees for at least 4 to 5 hours. I sometimes break it into two days of 3 hours each. Make sure you stir the mixture several times per hour.
Here is a label you can print out and attach to your jar.
Are you ready to start making salve? Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs for the dried herbs and the rest of the ingredients.