Salves/ointments are generally antiseptic and bring healing to scrapes, cuts or burns by forming a protective layer over them.

1. Fill glass jar 1/3 full of herbs and cover with coconut oil or your oil of choice. Coconut oil has many healing and medicinal properties and is probably best for this application. Screw on lid and place jar on top of a dishtowel in a crock pot. Fill the crock pot with water (not above the jar’s lid) and turn on warm for three days.

2. Check the water level everyday to make sure the water hasn’t evaporated, and refill as needed. NEVER pour cold water over a hot glass jar.

3. After three days, strain the herbs off of the oil (while warm).

4. Melt a 1/2 cup (approximately 2 oz. of grated beeswax for 8 to 9 oz. of infused oil) of beeswax in a saucepan on low heat and add oil. Remove from heat and stir until completely melted. Add a drop of vitamin E oil or Grapeseed oil for every ounce of oil. This is a natural preservative.

5. Pour into metal tins and let sit over night or carefully place in refrigerator to cool and harden.

Tips:
~ If it is too soft for you, reheat it and add a bit more beeswax. If it is too hard reheat it and add a touch more oil.
~ Salve is a thick oil that is used for, cuts, bites, burns, rashes, boils, massage, and more. Salves can keep up to five years or more.
~ Keep out of light and extreme heat.

The following books have been our best references on making our own salves and ointments at home:

Herbal Antibiotics
Practical Herbalism
The How to Herb Book

 

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