Healing Salve Recipe for Your Family


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

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Beeswax pellets and cocoa butter

  • 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)
  • saucepan
  • metal or heat proof measuring jug
  • metal skewer to stir
  • 2-3 repurposed baby food jars, 5-6 mini tins

What to do

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herbal healing salve

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

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Calendula Officinalis- (Mariglod)

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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Photo creditJaume Torán , Rebecca Watkins


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  1. Thanks for sharing this. I am always looking for new ways to use the things I grow in my garden and always have marigolds growing. Found you via diy home sweet home.

  2. What a great post! I hope you’ll stop by Wildcrafting Wednesday and share it with my readers, we’re always looking for great herbal uses. :)

    ~ Kathy

  3. Thank you for sharing! I pinned this one.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    I’m stopping by through At the Picket Fence’s Inspiration Friday.

  4. Your salve sounds just lovely – the lavender would make it so soothing. Thank you for sharing it, and the calendula infused oil as well.

  5. I like the alternative ways of healing! Great thanks for sharing.

  6. That’s a little dangerous…Calendula contains certain chemical toxins which, when used topically or internally too much, can cause some unpleasant effects. I think the main symptom of a marigold overdose was hyperactivity due to neural stimulation, or it may have been insomnia, I can’t remember off the top of my head.

    • NMNadmin on

      Calendula has been tested for toxicity and found to be relatively non-toxic and is as safe as most foods we ingest daily. This is a final report on the safety assessment of Calendula officinalis extract and Calendula officinalis from the US Library of Medicine. Hope this clarifies:-)

  7. Nancy on

    Thanks for a great post! I have made Calendula balm but not with lavender. I will have to remember to add some to my next one for sure. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Aayna on

    Hey Rebecca,
    A lovely post!! The two recipes are certainly great and helpful. I particularly loved the idea of a Calendula Infused Oil. I will prepare it. Thanks for the share.

  9. I am a firm believer of herbal healing. Appreciate your sharing another useful remedy.

  10. This sounds heavenly! I love lavender :) Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you back on Thursday :)