Making medicinal salves part 2

September 17, 2015

Making your own medicinal salves for healing skin is easy peasy. But first you will need to infuse your oil. Here is a previous blog on how to infuse oil with herbs. Once you have infused your oil, you can move on to the next step.

Herbs: We grow many of our herbs in the garden but when I need to order herbs I order them from Mountain Rose Herbs.


• 8 oz herbal infused oil(s) of your choice.  Choose one or a combination.
• 1 oz Beeswax
• Vitamin E Oil (optional, this acts as a preservative)
• 10-20 drops essential oil of choice(optional). Some essential oils commonly used are Lavender and Tea Tree.
• Glass Jars or Tin Containers

Place Herbal Infused Oils and Beeswax over a double boiler, and gently warm over low heat until the Beeswax melts.  Remove from heat and add the essential oil and Vitamin E Oil (if using).  Quickly pour into prepared tins or glass jars and allow to cool completely.  Salves should be stored in a cool location where they will remain semi-solid and will not continue to re-melt and re-solidify.  If stored correctly, salves will last for 1- 3 years. Yields 8 oz.

Note:  The consistency of salves can easily be adjusted depending on your preferences.  Use less Beeswax for a softer salve and more Beeswax if you’d prefer a firmer salve.  You can test the consistency by placing a few spoons in the freezer before making your salve.  When the Beeswax melts, pour a little salve onto one of the cold spoons and place it back into the freezer for 1-2 minutes.  Once cooled, you can make adjustments by adding more oil (for a softer salve) or more Beeswax (for a firmer salve).

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