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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How to Make Natural Salve

I found some wonderful ideas for making homemade salves over at Love to Know.  Any of the following bases can be used to create a salve of your choosing.

Base One
  • 1 part oil
  • 5 parts beeswax
Base Two
  • 1 part beeswax
  • 4 parts lard or lanolin
  • 1 part oil
Base Three
  • 4 parts cocoa butter, shea butter, or a combination
  • 1 part beeswax
  • 1 part oil
To make a salve of any of these, melt over low heat, and stir until blended.

Herb Infused Oil

1 part dried herbs 2 parts oil

Mix in a container and leave in a warm place for two to three weeks to infuse. When herbs have infused into the oil, strain the oil and store covered in a cool, dark place. The longer the herbs stand in the oil, the more potent it will be.

Good Oils to Use:
  • sweet almond oil
  • extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
  • extra virgin coconut oil
  • sunflower oil
  • apricot kernel oil (for facial salves)
  • grapeseed oil (for facial salves)
  • avocado oil
Always use cold pressed, organic oils for best results.

First Aid Salve
  • 1 part goldenseal oil
  • 1 part calendula oil
  • 1 part comfrey oil
  • 1 drop essential oil of lavender
  • 1/8 tsp. tea tree essential oil
  • 800IU vitamin E
Use as the oil in any of the basic herbal salve recipes. This is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and promotes quick healing. It is good for use on cuts, scrapes, infections, or just about anything.

Lip Salve
  • 1 part lavender oil
  • 1 part comfrey oil
  • 1 part rose oil (be sure to use unsprayed petals)
  • 800IU vitamin E
Use with the lanolin salve recipe. Coconut oil is a good oil to use with this.

Chest Rub
  • 1 part rosemary oil
  • 1 part thyme oil
  • 1 part peppermint oil (not essential oil, homemade oil infusion)
  • ½ Tsp. camphor essential oil
  • ½ Tsp. eucalyptus essential oil
Use with any salve base recipe.

**NOTE:  The vitamin E in the oil is the preservative.**

More Directions for Salve Making

natural salve directions

lip balm and salve

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