Every budding herbalist should know how to make a basic salve. A salve or ointment, is a combination of an oil or fat infused with herbs and bees wax. The oil works as a solvent for the healing properties of the herb and provides a healing and soothing emollient base. By adding the bees wax we help to solidify the wonderful healing infused oil and make it easier to carry around and apply without making a big mess. The bees wax also adds protective and emollient qualities to the salve.
A calendula salve is a wonderful, simple and soothing salve to have on hand for many different skin issues.
Calendula“s healing properties are:
- Cellular repair
- Anti-septic (prevents infection)
- Used externally for burns and irradiated skin, bruises, soreness and skin ulcers. I love to use it for cracked dry skin, eczema, diaper rash, and garden hands. It can help reduce bleeding and is wonderful for sore nipples and varicose veins.
- You can learn all about Calendula in this Herbal Primer
Making this salve is simple. This is definitely a must have in any “Natural Medicine Cabinet”.
- 1 ½ C Organic Olive Oil (or other liquid carrier oil of choice)
- 1 C Calendula officinalis flowers (dried or fresh)
- 1 Oz (1/4 C) Bees Wax
- Glass pyrex bowl or glass mason jars. You will need two.
- Wood stirring device (a chopstick works great)
- Pan of boiling water.
- A container to put your salve in. This will make a little over 1C of salve.
- Place the Calendula flowers and Olive Oil in a glass mason jar or small pyrex bowl. You want the olive oil completely covering the calendula flowers.
- Put water in a pan and place your glass into the water being sure no water gets into your oil infusing.
- Heat the nbso online casino reviews water to a light simmer and let the oil infuse in the heat for 3-5 hours adding water to the pan as necessary. This is called vocalbook the “double boiler method” and you can read more about it here.
- When the oil is done infusing remove it from the heat. With a fine mesh strainer lined with cheese cloth strain the calendula flowers from the oil into another glass pyrex bowl or glass mason jar. Be sure to squeeze all the oil from the blossoms.
- Add the bees wax to the oil and put it back on the stove top in the water to melt the bees wax mixing occasionally with a wooden stirrer.
- When the bees wax is completely melted pour into the container of your choice. Let the salve cool and use it for any skin issues your family might be experiencing.
That is it! Salves take some time and pre-planning to make but having them on hand for any cut, scrape and bruise is very nice. This salves shelf life is a year from the date you made it as long as your olive oil isn”t too old.
What is your favorite simple herbal remedy to have on hand?
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