Salve Recipes

Salve Recipes

Make a Salve from THAT! Salve Recipes for Daily Life.

Here is a simple formula you can use for making salves. This takes a lot of guesswork out of 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.
By fotoknips Salve recipes

16 oz. Infused oil or oil combination of your choice.
2 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. It 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 needed 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 make a salve from are:

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)- This infused oil has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial qualities. These qualities make it preferred for healing wounds, soothing eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and radiation burns, and relieving rashes, like diaper rash and hives.


St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)- This herbal infused oil has a long history of being used for skin injuries, nerve pain, burns, and hemorrhoids. It is also used to assist with radiation burns, minor abrasions, and topical viruses. St. John’s oil is useful in treating bruises as well as to 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 be kissed by the sun. Apply and let that radiance soak in.
Salve Recipes
Plantain (Plantago ssp)- This infused oil is antiseptic and astringent. It has emollient properties and is loved for eczema, dry skin and can help calm the inflammation and itching of insect bites and rashes of all kinds to include from poisonous plants, and 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 up the healing means. Arnica is my go-to oil for all muscle aches and pains. Excellent for sports injuries and manual labor.

Chickweed (Stellaria media)- This infused oil is fantastic for itchy and inflamed skin.  This herb is also excellent for eczema, rashes, psoriasis, wounds, and hemorrhoids.

Other great infused oils are Burdock, Mints, Lemon Balm, Thyme, Comfrey, Lavender and Yarrow.
Have fun, combine a few different infused oils to make your salves unique.

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