Quick DIY Herbal Salve Recipe

Herbal salves are like the fairy godmothers of skincare - they whip up a protective, healing charm for your skin, all thanks to the wonder potion that is herbal-infused oil. 

In my magical herb closet, you'll find glass jars brimming with olive oil and medicinal herbs like calendula, mullein, plantain, rosemary, St. John's Wort, and comfrey, all eagerly awaiting their Cinderella moment to metamorphose into a salve. 

Creating an enchanting herbal-infused oil demands patience, as it's a slow simmer that takes several weeks. You can, of course, try the "speedy gonzalez" method, which only takes a day or two, but it requires heat. And we all know heat can be a fickle friend, potentially causing the oil to spoil faster. You must keep the temperature at a steady 120 degrees for about 24 to 48 hours - quite a feat!

But here's a hack for all you impatient wizards out there - skip the brewing and head straight to Mountain Rose Herbs. They've got an array of potent, ready-to-use herbal oils such as Calendula, Comfrey, Arnica, Mullein, Plantain, Poke Root, Rosemary, and St. John's Herbal Oil. These are your magic elixirs to combat a plethora of skin issues. You can snag small, two-ounce bottles for your potion pantry, perfect for whipping up salves and other body care spells. 

So, dust off your broomsticks and fly over to Mountain Rose Herbs. Grab some of these fabulous oils and don't forget the beeswax - the secret ingredient that thickens your potion into a salve. Abracadabra, let the skincare magic begin!

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.  

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.