This is my family’s go-to healing salve recipe for soothing pretty much any scratch, cut, scrape, bug bite, dry skin patch, bee sting, hives, and so forth.
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 dried herbs into the bottom of a mason jar until it’s 1/4 to 1/2 full. 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 on low 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 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.)
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Herbal Healing Salve
- 1 1/2 ounces Olive Oil infused with Calendula Flowers
- 1 ounce Olive Oil infused with Goldenseal (or more calendula oil)
- 1 ounce Olive Oil infused with Plantain
- 1 tablespoon Tamanu Oil
- 1/2 ounce beeswax pastilles
- 15 drops of tea tree oil
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- 1/8 teaspoon of Rosemary Antioxidents – optional, to lengthen shelf life
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.
Important Note: Check with your doctor or health care provider if you have chronic health conditions, or have any questions or concerns about this or any herbal home remedy. While this site does its best to provide useful information for others, any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk and not a substitute for medical, legal or any other professional advice of any kind.