Friday, January 15, 2016

Quick DIY Herbal Salve Recipe

Herbal salves are like magic, they are protective to the skin and help promote natural healing.  The magic part of the salve is from the herbal infused oil used to make them.  Some of my favorite medicinal herbs to use for salves include calendula, mullein, plantain, rosemary, St. John's Wort and Comfrey.  At any given time, my herb closet is chock full of large glass jars containing olive oil and medicinal herbs just waiting for their chance to become a salve.  It takes several weeks to make a good herbal infused oil and not everyone has the patience to wait that long.  There is a "quick" method that takes just a day or two but requires heat which can sometimes be detrimental to the herbs and cause the oil to break down and go rancid faster. You need to keep the heat at a constant 120 degrees for about 24 to 48 hours.   However, the quickest way to make a salve is to purchase the ready-made herbal oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.  

Mountain Rose Herbs offers a variety of herbal infused oils such as Calendula Herbal Oil, Comfrey Herbal Oil, Arnica Herbal Oil, Mullein Herbal Oil, Plantain Herbal Oil, Poke Root Herbal Oil, Rosemary Herbal Oil, and St. John's Herbal Oil.  They are highly concentrated and therapeutic for a wide range of skin issues.  You can purchase small, two-ounce bottles to keep in your herb pantry for salve making and other body care recipes. Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs to buy some today!!! Be sure to order some beeswax for your salve, it is what thickens up the recipe and makes it a salve! 

My recipe uses the following herbal infused oils from Mountain Rose Herbs:

A beautiful photo of the Calendula Flower (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula Herbal Oil: It is a very gentle and cooling oil that is soothing to dry and damaged skin. 

Photo of fresh Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

Comfrey Herbal Oil: Contains the leaves and roots and is great for healing wounds and for promoting skin cell proliferation. Don't apply comfrey herbal oil to open wounds, wait until a scab has formed. 

Plantain in the Summer. (Plantago major)

Plantain Herbal Oil: Is very soothing to the outer skin tissue and can help speed the skin's natural recovery process from wounds and irritations. 

Rosemary. (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary Herbal Oil: Excellent oil for dry skin and promotes healing. 

A beautiful photo of St. John's Wort flower (Hypericum perforatum). I can't believe it is considered a weed! If you find a spot to wildcraft them, don't tell anyone else....keep the spot a secret!! 

St. John's Wort Herbal Oil: Speeds the body's natural wound healing abilities and is soothing to mild skin irritations. 

I don't use any essential oils in this recipe! The herbs used in the herbal oils are Super Heroes and don't require the assistance of any Side Kick essential oil.  Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil such as lavender, helichrysum, German chamomile or black pepper if you prefer. 

Quick DIY Herbal Salve Recipe
makes about 9.25 ounces

1.25 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax (Vegans may use one ounce of Carnauba wax instead)

Place the beeswax in a double boiler and melt completely. Add in the herbal oils and stir until the wax remelts completely into the herbal oils. Quickly and carefully pour the liquid salve into glass or tin containers and allow to cool completely.  I keep my recipe in a large canning jar and scoop out small amounts into a small metal tin to carry in my purse.  


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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs.