Herbal healing salve is my #1 always with me product. It is extremely versatile and comes with me on every adventure that I take, weather it's to the pumpkin patch or to a hut at the edge of Lago Peten Itza, in Guatemala. Great herbs for healing and soothing skin, rashes, minor wounds (un-open), bug bites, etc. include comfrey, plantain, calendula, all of which I include in my salve. Comfrey promotes cell proliferation and calendula is anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory. I also love to use my salve as a luscious and tasty lip balm or for dry cuticles. Here are the basics for DIY healing salve!
If your salve is not thick enough, add more beeswax. A quick way to check the consistency is taking a spoon of your melted concoction and setting it in the fridge for a few minutes, take it out, and test it out! For a vegan option, use carubana wax....although this takes some more testing out to get the consistency spot on! If you're in town, check out one of my salve making classes for some more insider tips!
- Mix herbs together and place in a crock pot. Alternatively, It is wonderful to infuse herbs into oil using the suns solar energy!
- Pour in olive oil just so that the herbs are covered by about an inch, and infuse at a low heat for 1 hour.
- Press oil out of herbs. I like to use a large potato ricer that squeezes everything out really well! Cheesecloth is a great strainer too.
- Melt beeswax into infused oil and add several drops of essential oil of choice to make your salve smell delightful!
- Pour into tins and allow to cool. Voi la!