How to Make an Herbal Salve

Hey there,

creative gal!

You’ve landed on a post I wrote a few years ago -
back when I was known as The Dabblist and was exploring all sorts of ways I could create beautiful things with my hands. It was a powerful time for me — awakening my creativity after suppressing it for so long — but this space has since evolved to reflect the woman I’m becoming.

I'm going to let you in on a secret. Once you've made an herbal oil, you are literally *one step* from making a salve.

Salve is essentially a soothing ointment for the skin, made from beeswax, herbs, and an oil (be it animal or vegetable). Once I figured out salves, it was bye bye petroleum-based vaseline and hello to healing herbs combined with protective beeswax. I've found it most useful to treat my husband's shave rash and chronically dry eyebrows, as well as for healing dry, chapped skin. It's amazing what this stuff can do. I am once again humbled by the healing power of nature's ingredients. There's no need to get in the way of that magic.

Once you get the formula down, the fun begins! You can play with different base oils, dried or fresh herbs, and aromatic essential oils. For teaching purposes, I've made a salve using the Jasmine & Elderflower oil I posted earlier this month. Come watch how easy this is...

Jasmine + Elderflower Herbal Salve

In a double boiler (or a glass bowl over a saucepan of hot water), place your beeswax and oil. Heat until beeswax is completely melted. Now you'll want to check your consistency by taking a chopstick and dropping a few drops on a plate and place in the freezer for 30 seconds. If it's too hard, you can add more oil. If it's too soft, add more beeswax. Remove the mixture from heat and pour into your containers (I used glass jars that were thoroughly cleaned). Let cool, and you'll see the mixture begin to come to its natural, harder state at room temperature. Keep in a cool, dark place. Salve will last for at least 6 months.

(Adapted from Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health)


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