Hello again. I get to blog about one of my favorite herbal creations, my Healing Salve. I first got the idea from Jen after she gave cute little tins with salve in them for Christmas gifts one year. So I researched a bit about which herbs to use and came up with this salve recipe. Here it is:
Herbs I used are:
1/2 pt Echinacea root
1 pt Comfrey leaf
1 pt Plantain leaf
1/2 pt Echinacea Purpurea
3/4 pt Yarrow
1/2 pt Rosemary
1/4 pt Calendula Flowers
1 Tb. Goldenseal (can use powder or cut root)
3 1/2c. Olive oil (to be addded soon)
1/2 c. Beeswax (to be added later)
Grapefruit seed oil 12 drops per 1 oz herb salve (add after heating oil in pan)
This makes about 2 batches when you use 1 cup = 1 part for the dried herbs.
Add herbs to jar to fill about 1/2 full. I used 1 quart jar.
Then add 3 1/2c. Olive oil to jar. Stir with a spoon. Then place it in a crock pot or on the stove with a towel underneath to prevent jar from breaking. Turn it on low or warm (if your crock pot has that setting) for about 3 days so the herbs can infuse in the oil. Make sure to check on the water level to add more if it is getting low. The water should be around the level of the herbs in the jar.
Once the infusion is done, take the jar out and strain the herbs. You can use a wire strainer and cheese cloth/kitchen towel/ or old clean T-shirt.
Now you have your herb infused oil to finish your salve.
Place the oil in a pan on the stove on low heat. The object is to add beeswax just enough to solidify your salve for use and being careful not to heat too high or too long and kill the good properties in the oil. You could melt the beeswax first before mixing with the oil if you like. I would start by adding 1/2c. of beeswax. A good gauge is 2 oz of beeswax to 8 oz of oil, which I used about 1/2c. plus 2 Tb. of beeswax. Stir until beeswax is melted. Then try out the consistency by pouring a little in a container and wait just a bit to see if it is solid enough to your liking. If your salve is too solid, add a little olive oil to herb oil, but if too soft, add more beeswax and heat until wax is melted and try testing again. Now add the grapefruit seed extract 12 drops to 1 ounce salve for a preservative. I added around 200 or so of drops for my 1 quart jar. I used to only use 1 drop of grapefruit seed extract to 1 ounce of salve. My salve was still good after a year. Your choice. 😊. Homemade salve is good for 1-2 years.
Pour your salve oil into tins, little jars, or cute plastic containers. You can use this salve for cuts, burns, rashes, chapped lips, chapped skin (especially kids with cracked hands in winter), insect bites, etc. These also make nice gifts!
Enjoy being creative!