Natural Mothers Herbal Healing Salve Tutorial
If you would like to make a really excellent multi purpose healing salve then this really hits the mark and has formed a staple in our medicinal cabinet for many years. We use this on burns, sunburn, light cuts and abrasions, bruises, chapped lips and cheeks and even on mosquito bites and wasp stings. This healing salve recipe makes a natural, gentle and soothing medication and the perfect solution for most minor emergencies, so you’ll be surprised how much you go through! If you end up with more than you think you’ll use, stick a label on a jar and give it as a gift to another family- this herbal healing salve is always well received!
Herbal Healing Salve Recipe
For those who have already made our Homemade Lip Balm Recipe , you’ll probably have most of the ingredients to hand, the ingredients are easy to find in your local craft and health stores.
(makes 125 ml/4 fl oz of salve)
What you need
- 20g/0.7 of an oz of beeswax pellets or grated from solid
- 20g/0.7 of an oz of cocoa butter
- 60ml/2.1 fl.oz of virgin olive oil (optional infused with calendula*)
- 5ml/0.17 fl oz of lavender oil (medicinal so highest quality you can afford)
- metal or heat proof measuring jug
- metal skewer to stir
- 2-3 repurposed baby food jars, 5-6 mini tins
What to do
Place around 500ml/3 cups of water into the saucepan and once it reaches boiling point, place the beeswax and cocoa butter into the metal measuring jug which you then place into the pan, double-boiler style. Once the mixture has completely melted and the two combined by stirring with your skewer, use oven gloves to carefully lift out the metal jug and place on a heat-safe surface and add the extra virgin olive oil or calendula-infused oil* and lavender oil. At this point it will have started to cool and already sorting to solidify so now pop the mixture back in saucepan of simmering water before pouring the liquid into your clean, prepared jars. Place in fridge to cool et voila, you have your own homemade healing salve!
Calendula Infused Oil
Crushed Calendula petals ( Marigold ) are useful in reducing inflammation, wound healing, and as an antiseptic. These orange-yellow flowers are an annual appearing between June- October in the northern hemisphere and have been used for years as a medicinal herb .They are so easy to grow, producing flower heads that produce more seeds for the following year.
Take a saucepan place in your dried calendula petals-the exact amount is up to you, I use a couple of handfulls. You can purchase calendula in good health stores or herbalists or dry your own from the garden when they’re in season. Add 125 ml/4.3 fl oz of olive oil and heat over the lowest possible heat for a minimum of 4 hours. I try to keep it going for around 14 hours. When infused, drain off the oil and use this in your healing salve recipe. If you find you have some left over, it also makes a wonderful massage oil!
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Rebecca Watkins worked as a professional photo journalist and travelled the world with her husband John, before settling down as a stay at home mother to their three daughters. They have recently moved back from the French Alps to an old cottage in Devon, England. Rebecca’s days are filled with visits to the beach, animated discussions and in the best moments, happiness and creativity in her family home of five. The other moments are filled with craziness and chaos and she loves those too.