This is my go-to healing salve recipe for soothing pretty much any scratch, cut, scrape, bug bite, dry skin patch, bee sting, hives… I have a relative who even likes to use it instead of an eye cream! Think of this as an herbal alternative to something like your typical store-bought, chemical laden antibiotic cream, without any of the nasty side effects that those can sometimes cause.
It takes a bit of pre-planning to make since you’ll need to infuse some oil with herbs first. You can do this one of two ways: the slow way (which I prefer) or the fast way.
To infuse oil the slow way, place a few inches of dried herbs into the bottom of a mason jar. Pour olive (or sweet almond or sunflower) oil over the herbs until the jar is almost full, cap, shake and let sit in a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 weeks before straining and using. These will keep about a year if stored carefully.
To infuse oil the fast way, fill one-third to one-half of a mason jar with dried herbs then carefully cover with oil until the jar is almost full. Don’t cap the jar, but if you’re worried about flies or other insects, you can put a thin layer of cheesecloth over the rim and secure with a rubber band. Set this down into a saucepan filled with a few inches of water. Gently heat for 2 to 3 hours. Don’t let the oil get too hot; if it starts to smell like deep fried herbs, toss it and try again!
You can also buy pre-infused calendula oil HERE and use it to replace the goldenseal and plantain oils as well. (i.e. use 3 1/2 ounces calendula oil, 1 tablespoon tamanu oil, 1/2 ounce beeswax and so forth.)
Herbal Healing Salve
- 1 1/2 ounces Olive Oil infused with Calendula Flowers
- 1 ounce Olive Oil infused with Goldenseal
- 1 ounce Olive Oil infused with Plantain
- 1 tablespoon Tamanu Oil (Where to buy)
- 1/2 ounce beeswax pastilles (you can buy HERE or HERE)
- 15 drops of tea tree oil
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- 1/8 teaspoon of Rosemary Antioxidents (available HERE)
Combine herbal oils, tamanu oil and beeswax pastilles in a heat proof measuring cup or jar. Set down into a saucepan filled with a few inches of water. Allow the water to come to almost a simmer and gently heat the mixture until the beeswax has completely melted.
Remove from heat, stir in the tea tree, lavender and rosemary oils, pour into small tins or glass jars, cap and allow to cool before moving around.
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Sometimes, I will have a limited amount of this salve in my Etsy shop, labeled as “Herbal Salve.”
This salve was created for personal use by myself and my family. No health claims are implied for your own individual situation. As with all cosmetic items, if sensitivity occurs, discontinue use.
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