Easy Salve Recipes
Make a Salve from THAT! Salve Recipes for Daily Life.
Here is a simple formula you can use for making salves. This article will take a lot of guesswork from making salves and coming up with salve recipes.
I have been making salves for over 30 years and have so much fun every single time.
16 oz. Infused oil or oil combination of your choice.
Two oz. of wax, your choice (beeswax, carnauba wax). Adding a little more or less can alter the consistency of your salve.
20-40 drops of essential oil. You can use Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Rose, or Citrus oils.
I tends to use less essential oils of Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Mints they can be too intense for some people. I also like to blend these with a little citrus oils too, lavender and tea tree make a great combination also.
Salve pots- you will also need salve pots, the amount required will depend on the size you decide to use. Most salves are in 2 oz. and 4 oz. sizes.
Melt the wax and herbal-infused oils in a double boiler. Warm until the beeswax melts. Remove from heat and add the essential oils then carefully pour into the salve pots.
Store the salve in a cool dark space.
If you live in a hot climate, you may want to add a little extra beeswax to help keep the salves hard.
Salves can last up to 3 years if properly stored.
Infused oils you can use for a salve are:
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Calendula-infused oil has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial qualities. Furthermore, these properties make it prized for wounds, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and radiation burns. Calendula is often found in herbal salve recipes for rashes, like diaper rash.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
This herbal infused oil has a long history of use. St. John’s wort is loved for skin injuries, nerve pain, burns, and hemorrhoids. It is also used for radiation burns, minor abrasions, and topical viruses. St. John’s oil is useful in treating bruises as well as alleviating neuralgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and rheumatism. The oil is an effective remedy for all types of internal and external pains, as it has a soothing effect. I love this oil for when I feel like I need to feel kissed by the sun. Apply and let that radiance soak in.
Plantain (Plantago ssp)
This infused oil is antiseptic and astringent. It has emollient properties and is loved for eczema, and dry skin. Plantain calms the inflammation and itching of insect bites and rashes. With this in mind, it is also helpful for rashes from poisonous plants. Plantain is also helpful for hemorrhoids.
Arnica (Arnica Montana)
Infused arnica oil helps to decrease inflammatory and associated pain when applied topically. Usually, Arnica is used for the pain and inflammation connected to bruises, sprains, strains, muscle aches, and even arthritis, since it helps to promote circulation and advance the healing means. Arnica is my go-to oil for all muscle aches and pains. Another critical point, Arnica is excellent for sports injuries and manual labor. Arnica is an excellent addition to any salve recipes.
Chickweed (Stellaria media)
This infused oil is fantastic for itchy and inflamed skin. Chickweed makes a great addition to salve recipes. Also, this herb is also excellent for eczema, rashes, psoriasis, wounds, and hemorrhoids. Furthermore, Chickweed blends well with Plantain.
Other lovely infused oils are Burdock, Mints, Lemon Balm, Thyme, Comfrey, Lavender, and Yarrow.
Have fun, and combine a few different infused oils to make your salves unique.
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