Every summer, when the herbs are fresh and full of healing properties I make infused oils,
lavender, comfrey, plantain, calendula, Saint John’s Wort (SJW), arnica, etc.
Once the oils are made, I usually stick them in the pantry and forget about them until I need to make a new batch of healing salve.
Today was that day.
There must be as many recipes for healing salve as there are herbalists. It seems each herbalist has his/her own special blend. Over the years I’ve developed my own combination of healing blends as well.
The oils in this healing salve are especially good for little wounds, such as blisters, rashes, bruises, burns, scrapes, bug bites, etc. It’s great to have this salve on hand if you have young ones, but can be used and is good for people of any age.
If you need salves that are geared more towards pain management you’ll need to use a combination of different herbs such as, but not limited to, cayenne, black pepper, kava-kava, ginseng, saint john’s wort, willow bark, turmeric and valerian root plus some essential oils, especially wintergreen.
But today we’re making healing salve.
The oils that I used for the healing salve were arnica, calendula, comfrey, plantain and SJW and I measured out roughly two tablespoons of each.
Arnica is good for bruises, chapped lips, muscle pain, insects bites and more, (do not use on large open wounds).
Calendula is good for skin dryness, chapping, soothes skin irritations, reduces pain, it is an anti-inflammatory as well.
Plantain helps reduce swelling and rashes, helps heal cuts, may be used for insect and snake bites.
Comfrey is good for healing sprains and broken bones, speedy wound healing, prevents and heals scars, prevents skin dryness, it also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
SJW is excellent for treating burns (including sunburns) and nerve pain, it also protects and soothes the skin.
These are just the external benefits, many of these herbs can also be taken internally to treat different issues.
Pour the oils into a small saucepan and to these oils add 2 tablespoons of beeswax. The beeswax firms up the oil so it can be rubbed into the skin, but it also contains its own healing properties, it forms a protective barrier and holds in moisture thereby preventing dryness. The broken up pieces of beeswax shown above came from our own hives.
It doesn’t take much heat to melt the beeswax and you can remove the small saucepan from the heat before the last bit of wax has melted. The beeswax will continue to dissolve.
To the oil and melted beeswax add 20 drops of lavender oil, which helps with cell regeneration, and 20 drops each of rosemary and myrrh tincture. Normally I prefer to use the essential oil of these herbs, but I didn’t have any on hand.
Lavender helps with wounds, cuts, burns and sunburns, may help with acne and wrinkles.
Rosemary contains antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, adding it to a skin healing salve makes sense to me.
Myrrh is full of antioxidant properties making it great for skin rejuvenation and healing.
As I’m writing this post I realize I forgot to add a little tea tree oil. The smell of this oil is very strong, sometimes a little harsh. I do leave it out at times but admit that tea tree oil has amazing healing properties. Hopefully I’ll remember to add it to my next batch. 🙂
Have your little salve jars ready.
Carefully pour the oil/beeswax solution in your jars, this needs a steady hand and preferably a little pan with a good spout for pouring.
The jars are filled.
In a very short time the salve will set.
If you have a color printer, it’s nice to label the jars with a pretty label or you can choose to just write the details and contents of each jar on a label. When you are preparing a large quantity of jars you’d appreciate the help of a printer. Listing the contents of each jar is especially important when sharing the healing salve with other, they’ll want to know what’s in the salve.
To use the salve, rub a generous amount into the skin as often as needed.
If you live in my neck of the woods, feel free to pick up a sample of healing salve.