How to Make an Herbal Healing Salve
Did you know you can make an herbal healing salve with herbs, flowers and plants you can forage from your own backyard? Sure, you can purchase from reputable herb distributors but it's just not quite the same as fresh from the garden.
Summer flies by in NE Ohio so I grow and harvest as much of the herbal goodness as I can while the sun is shining and weather is warm. You can substitute any number of flowers or herbs in this recipe but I used spearmint for this particular batch. Calendula petals, plantain leaves, danedlion plants, and pine resin are a few of my oil infused favorites.
I use spearmint to help relieve my back spasms, for indigestion, and as an instant pick me up which pairs especially well with citrus. The menthol content, which has a relaxing and cooling effect on the nerves and muscles so its uses are pretty wide spread and gentle enough for the whole family.
My 4 year old is becoming quite the botanist. She asks for honey mint tea when her stomach is upset and is always on the lookout for the perfect flowers and leaves for infusion. We were walking at the county fair last week and she was dead set on collecting the plantains and red clovers she spotted in the grassy area behind one of the displays. My girl. I use spearmint and a few other goodies as a chest rub to help her with congestion through allergy season. It works as a gentle substitute for peppermint with the little ones whose airways are extra sensitive to the high menthol content.
Onto the good stuff.
Herbal Healing Salve
Recipe yields roughly 3 oz
You will need:
Glass Pyrex measuring cup
- Jar(s) for herbal infused balm
- 1/2 cup herb infused oil
- 2 TBSP Beeswax (or 1 TBSP candelilla wax for a vegan alternative)
- 1 TBSP Shea Butter
- 20 drops essential oil* total: lavender, tea tree, frankincense therapeutic grade essential oils
*Essential oils are optional but I highly recommend this trio for their stimulating and healing properties. Cut the oil amount in half if intended for use on little ones. As always, do your own research and consult with a healthcare practitioner if you have any questions or concerns.
When choosing ingredients, look for organic and unrefined products so you know you're getting the beneficial vitamins and nutrients your skin needs.
Grab your favorite herb infused oil. Check out my tutorial for a basic herbal oil infusion. You can follow this method to infuse pretty much any herb or flower you would like!
Heat the infused herbal oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a glass pyrex bowl over a pot of boiling water (double boiler style) and stir until the beeswax is completely melted.
Remove from heat and stir in essential oils.
Carefully pour the mixture into a jar or tin and set aside to cool and solidify.
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