How to Make a Skin Healing Salve

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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.

Every time the seasons begin to change, I see a shift in what I’m drawn to create. As the autumn air begins blow through the trees outside my window, I’ve been wanting to create more warming, medicinal remedies to give to my loved ones. Perhaps my holiday gift-making muscle memory is starting to kick in, but I’m in the mood to make stuff for my people!

So the other day, I whipped up this salve that is deeply nourishing for dry, irritated skin. And I’ve been giving it out ahead of the colder, drier days so people can know it’s in their medicine cabinets once the need arises.

The powerful ingredients here are calendula, heather flowers, olive oil, and chamomile. Calendula promotes skin regeneration, heather calms inflammation, olive oil deeply moisturizes and softens skin, and chamomile accelerates healing.

Skin Healing Salve

Herbal Oil

Salve

For the Oil

Fill a saucepan (or double boiler) with water and place a glass bowl on top. Fill the glass bowl with dried herbs and olive oil. Turn the heat on low and allow for the herb to infuse into the oil for approx 2 hours. Be sure the water doesn’t boil away and the oil mixture doesn’t start to bubble up and pop. I recommend stirring every 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 30 mins before straining out the herb from the oil. I did this by first straining the herb then using cheesecloth to squeeze out every last bit of infused oil from the oil-soaked herbs.

For the Salve

In the same double boiler, add your beeswax to you 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. 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.

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